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Excellence Award for Agricultural Students

FMC and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) have once again partnered to offer the Excellence Award for Agricultural Students.

The Award encourages agricultural students to enhance their communication skills and raises awareness of the importance of farm business management. Each year, Farm Management Canada collects submissions from agricultural students across Canada and awards three deserving students with money towards their ag education.

This competition continues to be a popular means of connecting with the next generation while challenging them to reflect on the important issues facing our industry. FMC takes great pride in exposing these young minds to the rest of Canada – to encourage and inspire!
Awards were issued in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place categories.

For the 2016-17 competition, students had to submit a multimedia presentation, a video, a Twitter chat, a blog or a Wiki, responding to the following question:

Certain segments of the general public question the way food is produced, and have misgivings about the use of new technology. What concrete steps would you, as a future member of the agricultural industry, propose to bridge the information and awareness gap?

The deadline for applications was May 5, 2017. The winners will be announced in June. Thanks to all who participated!

This year, students have a variety of options to choose from when deciding the best way to participate. Students may answer the question by creating and submitting a:

  • 3 to 5 minute Multimedia Presentation (with audio) or Video
  • 30 to 60 minute Twitter Chat (Twitter discussion on the topic held at a specific time with a specific hashtag)
  • Blog or Wiki

Selection of winners

A panel will select three winners based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the presentation, whether it be audio-video or written
  • Quality of the content
  • Presentation skills and/or written skills
  • Logic and coherent flow of ideas that are relevant to the theme of this year’s competition
  • Ability to reach the desired audience
  • Compliance with eligibility criteria
  • Points will be deducted for going over or under the allotted time (3-5 minutes for Multimedia or Video and 30 to 60 minutes for Twitter Chats)

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age as of 31 December 2016, and they must be enrolled in an agriculture program at a recognized post secondary educational institution at the college or undergraduate level;
  • Applicants must complete the application form included, approved by a professor or teacher from the educational institution;
  • Applicants must provide proof of enrolment at an educational institution in a field related to agriculture or to agri food (you can complete an application form even if you have submitted an application for admission and have not yet received a reply. However, if your application is accepted, you will need to provide a copy of your acceptance letter);
  • Applicants must reside in Canada

Deadline for receipt of entries

Farm Management Canada must receive the completed application form no later than May 5th, 2017. Winners for the 2016-2017 Excellence Award for Ag Students will be announced in June, 2017.

For more information, contact:
Farm Management Canada
613-237-9060 or 1-888-232-3262

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2016-2017 Excellence Award for Agricultural Students! The deadline for submissions was Friday, May 5.

The winners of the 2016-2017  Excellence Award for Ag Students are:

  1. Shanthanu Krishna Kumar
    University of Guelph, ON
  2. Jasmin Bautz
    University of Saskatchewan, SK
  3. William Lacasse
    Institut de Technologie Agroalimentaire, campus de La Pocatière, QC

Congratulations to the winners!

Stay tuned for the 2017-2018 Excellence Award for Ag Students program!


In 2015-2016, students were asked the following question:

What top 3 priorities should Canada’s agricultural industry focus on in order to be a leading agricultural body going forward? How will you, as a new graduate, positively contribute to these priorities?

The winners for 2015-2016 were:


In 2014-2015, students were asked the following question:

How can the agricultural industry best support young farmers looking to succeed in an ever-competitive and complex global marketplace?

The winners for 2014-2015 were:


In 2013-2014, students were asked the following question:

“What key skills has your educational institution taught you about farm management that will be most useful in your career? Please explain why these are important.”

The 2013-2014 winners were:


In 2012-2013, the students were asked the following question:

“Why is innovation an important aspect of a farm’s success? How can farm business management be innovative? Please provide examples.”

The 2012-2013 winners were:


In 2010-2011 the students were asked the following question:

“What is the importance of lifelong learning to meet the business management requirements of an increasingly complex agricultural industry, and how can farm managers integrate learning opportunities into their hectic schedules?”

The 2011-2012 winners were:


In 2010-2011 the students were asked the following question:

“As a future farm manager, how will you balance the environmental stewardship necessary for the safeguarding of our water, air and soil with the need to be productive and competitive in a global economy?”

The 2010-2011 winners were:

  • Gabriel Gosselin (Institut de technologie agroalimentaire – Campus de La Pocatière, QC)
  • Jessica Harbers (Lethbridge College, AB)
  • Mathieu Ouellette (Université Laval, QC)


In 2009-2010 the students were asked the following question:

“How do changing consumer trends affect farm management responsibilities and styles?”

The 2009-2010 winners were:

  • Kendra Laing (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Philippe Langlois (Institut de technologie agroalimentaire)
  • Améillie Sirois LeClerc (McGill University)
  • Alexandra Fournier Lupien (Collége Lionel-Groulx)
  • Elizabeth Schouten (University of Guelph)


In 2008-2009 the students were asked the following question:

“Starting a farm in Canada is no easy task these days. What are some innovative ways for the next generation of farmers to get into farming?”

The 2008-2009 winners were:

  • Geneviève Arseneault, Université Laval, Agroéconomie
  • Christina Crowley, University of Guelph, Agricultural Business
  • Jacques Gaudet, Cégep de Victoriaville, Gestion et exploitation d’entreprise agricole (horticulture biologique)
  • Emma Holmes, University of British Columbia, Global Resource Systems – sustainable agriculture
  • Kevin Robson, University of Guelph, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, crop science

Bob Ross Scholarship

CTEAM stands for Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management and is run by Agri-food Management Excellence. During the program, farmers learn detailed financial, marketing and human relations management skills, using their own operation as a case study.

Robert (Bob) Ross was instrumental in guiding the CTEAM program, inspiring and encouraging farm management excellence across Canada through his leadership and passion for the agricultural community. Bob fought a courageous battle with cancer, passing in March 2014.

As a tribute to his passion, leadership and legacy, Agri-Food Management Excellence, Farm Management Canada, Family Farms Group and the Ross Family, along with an additional private contributor this year, established the Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarship program, rewarding two farmers with the opportunity to participate in the CTEAM program and continue on a path towards excellence, as inspired by Canada’s leading experts and a one-of-a-kind support network of peers and colleagues.

For further details and to apply for the scholarship and for the CTEAM program, contact AME or visit:
Larry Martin, Principal
Phone: 519-841-1698
Heather Broughton, Principal
Phone: 780-781-2840

Wilson Loree Award

Farm Management Canada seeks to honour individuals or groups who have made an extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.

The Wilson Loree award is named after Wilson Loree who retired as Branch Head of Agriculture Business Management after 27 years with Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. A past director and one of the founders of the Canadian Farm Business Management Council (now Farm Management Canada), he has been cited as “an individual who exemplifies innovation, wisdom, and a constant focus on the farm manager and the farm family.” Currently Wilson resides in Olds, Alberta with his family and operates Loree Management Services.

The Wilson Loree Award is awarded to individuals or groups that:

  • have made significant contributions in the area of business management regionally or nationally
  • have demonstrated innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors
    to agriculture; and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers
  • have served as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients, inspiring them to achieve their full potential
  • have demonstrated the abilities to network and develop partnerships to include others in furthering the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry


Alberta’s Merle Good Recognized for Industry Leadership with Prestigious Wilson Loree Award

December 14, 2016, Ottawa, ON – Farm Management Canada (FMC) recently held its Agricultural Excellence Conference in Calgary, Alberta where Merle Good was announced as the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Wilson Loree Award. Now in its fourteenth year, the Award honours individuals or groups who have made an extraordinary contribution to advancing agricultural business management practices in Canada.

“His footprint and passion for farm management is a true legacy,” states Rick Taillieu, who nominated Merle Good on behalf of the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, representing more than 14,000 canola growers.

Merle worked for the Provincial Ministry of Agriculture in Alberta from 1977 to 2014. He began his career as an Agricultural Loans Officer before beginning his 30+ year career as both a Farm Management Specialist and the Provincial Agricultural Tax Specialist.

Merle currently operates a private Farm Management Consulting business assisting farmers with business structures and succession planning, as well as speaking at conferences and meetings on these topics.

While Merle has continuously provided direct support, education and information to primary producers, he is also known to leverage his expertise to provide other professionals with the information and skills to succeed in the farm management arena. Merle is the driving force behind the annual tax update for professionals in both Alberta & Saskatchewan.

While known as a leading expert, Merle has never forgotten the day-to-day operational needs of both primary producers and processors. His extension efforts continue to provide practical, useful and easy to follow tools and techniques to support producers in managing their bottom line.

Upon notification of receiving the Wilson Loree Award, Merle shared “This is a real honour. I met Wilson for the very first time as a student in the U of A where he was a guest lecturer. I thought what a neat job he [Wilson Loree] has, educating farmers in financial management. I did not ever think then that I would become a member of the Farm Management Branch in Alberta Agriculture, and Wilson my Branch Head.”

Wilson Loree personally presented the award to Merle Good at the Agricultural Excellence Conference. “…Being able to present the award to Merle was very special to me – to be able to give recognition to someone who I hired many years ago and watched mature into a great contributor to Canadian farmers,” said Wilson.

Wilson Loree retired as Branch Head of Agriculture Business Management after 27 years with Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. Wilson is cited as “an individual who exemplifies innovation, wisdom, and a constant focus on the farm manager and the farm family.” Currently Wilson resides in Calgary, Alberta.

Recipients of the Wilson Loree award to date are:

2016 – Merle Good of Alberta
2015 – Terry Betker of Manitoba
2014 – Peter VanderZaag of Ontario
2013 – Jean-Philippe Perrier of Quebec
2012 – Lyle Staveness of Saskatchewan
2011 – Dr. Larry Martin of the George Morris Centre
2010 – Brian Little, former National Manager of Agriculture at RBC
2009 – George Geldart of BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
2008 – Raymond Levallois of Université Laval
2007 – Marcel Couture, agr.
2006 – Ian Hall of Olds College
2005 – The Team of Farm Management Instructors from the School of Agriculture, University of Manitoba
2004 – Dr. Len Bauer from Alberta
2003 – Fédération des groupes conseils agricoles du Québec

The winner of the 2015-2016 Wilson Loree Award was announced in November 2016. Stay tuned for the 2016-2017 Wilson Loree Award nominations launch.

Wilson Loree Award
Farm Management Canada
300-250 City Centre Ave.
Ottawa ON K1R 6K7
Fax: 1-800-270-8301

Our Vision:
That FMC is the trusted source and primary resource centre for farm business management knowledge and skills development in Canada.

Our Mission:
To cultivate excellent Canadian farm business management, through awareness and adoption of beneficial management practices.