Class 18 of Advanced Ag Leadership announced

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The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) has selected twenty-one current and emerging leaders from across the province with various backgrounds to make up Class 18. The program for Class 18 will begin on September 15, 2019 at their first seminar in Oakville, Ontario.

Eight class members are primary producers or involved in family-run farming operations. The remaining twelve come from agri-business and agri-food, financial and insurance sectors, non-government and commodity associations and provincial agencies. The class ranges in age from 26 to 54.

“The men and women selected for Class 18 by our interview panels are a diverse group of strong agriculture, food and rural leaders eager to make a difference in their businesses, organizations, industries and communities,” says Gabrielle Ferguson, leadership programs director of the Rural Ontario Institute, the organization that delivers AALP, “I am excited to see this new class selected and look forward to engaging with them over the next two years.”

Participants in AALP Class 18 are:

Betty-Jo Almond, Ariss, AgSights

David Beking, Richmond, Poultry Producer

Victoria Berry, Guelph, Grain Farmers of Ontario

Jaime Carson, London, Trouw Nutrition/Shur-Gain

Danielle Collins, Guelph, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

David Colyn, Kitchener, Trillium Mutual Insurance Company

Carolyn Cornelissen, Watford, Cornelissen Farms Inc., Grain, Oilseeds, Chicken Producer

Chris Duyvelshoff, Guelph, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association

Emma Lackey, Navan, Ottawa Valley Farm Show

Justine Lennox, Ayton, North Wellington Co-operative

Marin MacNamara, Winchester, Bonnefield Financial, Crop Producer

Aaron McQueen, Fisherville, AA Company, Grain and Oilseeds and Sheep Producer

Beth Mitchell, Parkhill, Veterinarian Technician, Grain and Oilseeds and Pork Producer

Philip Nywening, Thamesville, Chicken and Grain and Oilseeds Producer

Scott Persall, Waterford, Grain, Oilseeds and Poultry Producer

Lisa Power, Bothwell, Corteva Agriscience, Grain and Oilseeds Producer

Maria Jose Ramirez Giraldo, Guelph, Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

Angela Reimneitz, Ingersoll, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers

Geoffrey Smith, Guelph, Agricorp

Felix Weber, Palmerston, AgBusiness and Crop Inc.

Kaitlin Worden-Collins, Puslinch, Agrico Canada

During the 19-month program, AALP participants will come together in both in-person seminars and five online webinars – a new addition to the program. Class members will learn about leadership and organizational development practices, government and political processes, economics, social and environmental issues, trade policy, global affairs, sector and industry-related issues in Ontario and globally through North American and international study travel components.

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