Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program


The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) is a 19-month executive development opportunity for men and women who want to shape the future of the agriculture and food industry and make a positive difference in rural communities across Ontario.

The curriculum includes a series of eight seminars, two study tours – one North American and one international – and one issues analysis project. Study topics include government and political systems, marketing and economics, environmental impact, national and international trade, communication and organization skills, decision making, consumer and social issues, media relations, agri-food trends and society and globalization and the dynamics of change.

AALP was established in 1984 through the work of four partners – the University of Guelph, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Foundation for Rural Living. Read "The Early History of AALP" by Jack Hagarty and Patricia Mighton.

For more detailed program and interview information, please read AALP Orientation/Interview and FAQ

In order to highlight successful completion of the program, an AALP Alumnus logo (below) has been created for AALP grads. AALP Alumni are encouraged to use the logo on business cards, email signatures, etc. Please get in touch if you would like a high-res version of the logo for your own use.

AALP alumnus logo


AALP is appreciative of all endowments that have been received. These gifts continue to grow and finance a portion of program costs for each AALP class. Current endowments include the Ken McKinnon Memorial Fund, Wm. A. Stewart Endowment, George Dmetriuc Memorial Fund and W. Garfield Weston Endowment.

AALP Advisory Committee

  • Teresa Van Raay*, Chair
  • Sara Avoledo*
  • Aaron Breimer*
  • Megh Burke*
  • Clinton Buttar*
  • Matt Langford*
  • Brad Lichty*
  • Karen Mansfield*
  • Carol Maki*
  • Nathan Stevens*
  • Rick Berthiaume, OMAFRA
  • John Zandstra, Curriculum Advisor, University of Guelph
  • Norm Ragetlie, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Ontario Institute
  • Tanya Stuart, Communications & Project Manager, Rural Ontario Institute

* Indicates AALP graduate