Future Leaders Dive Deep into Canola
Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference hosts hopefuls.
“The visit with you was a highlight; the passion from the farmers as they talked to us about their work and environmental risks to arable farm land, the tractor ride and the amazing sunset.”
A recent survey of Canadian urban dwellers found that the more recently someone has visited a working farm, the more optimistic they are about job prospects in the industry. They also tend to support an increased role for government in that industry.
Armed with this information, Manitoba Canola Growers (MCGA) set out to show participants of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC) just how productive, unique and important Prairie farms are to the Canadian economy. Earlier this year, members of the 2017 GGCLC spent an action-packed day learning about canola, canola oil, farmers and the importance of agriculture on the Canadian landscape.
“It’s critically important that we connect more people to agriculture,” says Curtis McRae, canola farmer and spokesperson for MCGA. “We’re making a strong effort to engage our farmers to share what, how and why they do what they do when it comes to growing our food.”
The 20 participants of this year’s GGCLC Manitoba study group were treated to a farm-to-food themed day that kicked off with a tour of Winnipeg’s Canadian International Grains Institute. The group then traveled to Kelburn Farm, a 700-acre research farm and crop development centre operated by Richardson International where they spent time with farmers learning about the challenges and opportunities that come with modern farming.
“It’s one thing to read about how crops grow,” says McRae, “But it’s a completely different experience when you can crush the seeds of a canola plant at one station, then move to the next and use that oil to make something delicious in the kitchen.”
The GGCLC was created to broaden the perspectives of future leaders in management, unions, government and the community sector. The participants spend two weeks a year traveling throughout Canada and connecting with industries and communities. All are high-potential individuals expected to achieve senior leadership positions in their respective organizations and communities.
Resolutions and AGM Notice
Are you interested in submitting a resolution to the Manitoba Canola Growers Association’s Annual General Meeting?
Resolution guidelines can be found at www.canolagrowers.com
or call 204-982-2122.
Deadline: January 19, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Submit to: Fax 204-942-1841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MCGA’s Annual Meeting will be held Thursday February 15, 2018 at 7:30 am during the CropConnect Conference at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg.
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