Twenty people have been chosen for the 17th annual Advanced Agriculture Leadership training program.
They are (nominating entity or employment in brackets):
Kelly Armstrong, Renfrew, Scotiabank
Laura Bowers, Ailsa Craig, Burnbrae Farms
Brendan Byrne, Essex, Cash Crop Producer
Krista Cressman, New Hamburg, Steckle Heritage Farm
Janice Danen, Stratford, Dairy and Poultry Producer
Rebecca Egan, Toronto, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Jeff French, Mitchell, Dairy Heifer Replacement Producer
Roger Harrop, Fergus, Cash Crop Producer
Paul Hoekstra, Cambridge, Syngenta
Nick Huybers, Wyoming, Pork Producer
Paul Legge, Chesley, Cash Crop Producer
Brenda Miller-Sanford, Guelph, Grain Farmers of Ontario
Erica Murray, Seaforth, Little, Masson & Reid Professional Corp.
Katie Nolan, Kemptville, OMAFRA
Erin O’Hara, Ottawa, Crop Life Canada
Vanessa Pottinger, Caledonia, Arterra Wines Canada
Rhonda Ryan, Walton, Trillium Mutual Insurance Company
Ryan Stirling, Belle River, South West Ag. Partners
Valerie Stone, Paris, Cargill
Bernice Weber Passchier, Palmerston, Ag. Business and Crop Inc.
During the 19-month program, AALP participants learn about leadership and organizational development theories and practices, government and political processes, economics, trade policy, global affairs, sector and industry-related issues in Ontario and globally through North American and international study travel components.
AALP is delivered by the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI). Established in 1984, the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) has graduated more than 470 leaders.