Ontario's agriculture & agri-food sectors & rural communities are sure to be in good hands

by Rural Ontario Institute 3. October 2011 08:31

The agriculture and agri-food sectors and rural communities across Ontario are sure to be in good hands in to the future, if the latest AALP Class 14 is any indication!  Seminar #1 took place Sunday, September 25th through to Wednesday, September 28th and the programming was well received by all involved.  Wednesday afternoon saw a tired group of individuals leave the Cambridge Holiday Inn after a worthwhile but intensive 3 ½ day program.  A highlight for the group was the opening banquet on Tuesday evening where more than 50 sponsors, friends, supporters, ROI Directors and AALP Advisory Committee members turned up to congratulate this newest AALP Class and to wish them well on their upcomgin leadership journey.  Lorie Jocius of Guelph and President of Canada’s Outdoor Shows Limited provided the evening keynote address and stressed the importance of leadership in agriculture while encouraging AALP Class 14 to speak up and have a voice for agriculture.  Her message was well received by all in attendance.

Class 14 is made up of a strong group of 30 individuals who are passionate on all things agriculture and rural… and who are keen and excited to be participating over the next 19 months on their AALP leadership journey.   These current and emerging leaders were selected on the basis of their written applications and by panel interviews.   

Over the next 19 months, Class 14 participants will come together for approximately 48 days and they will graduate in early April 2013.  During their time in the program they will learn more 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. 

Thirteen class members represent primary production agriculture and the remainder of the group comes from the agri-business and agri-food sectors, municipal government and the provincial and federal governments and their agencies. 

Established in 1984, the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) has graduated over 380 leaders who are now making a positive difference across Ontario and beyond. In a recent Ipsos survey, ninety nine per cent of AALP alumni reported that they regularly use the skills learned in the program and ninety eight per cent say that the program has made them better leaders.  Graduates use their increased skills and knowledge of the entire agri-food system to work with others to lead, direct and manage change within the industry.

For more information visit www.aalp.on.ca

Rob Black, Chief Executive Officer



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