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 here (PDF).
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
- Brad Lichty*
- Clinton Buttar*
- Carol Maki*
- Matt Langford*
- Nathan Stevens*
- Sara Avoledo*
- Karen Mansfield*
- Rick Berthiaume, OMAFRA
- John Zandstra, Curriculum Advisor, University of Guelph
- Rob Black, Chief Executive Officer, Rural Ontario Institute
* Indicates AALP graduate