AALP Class 20 North American Study Tour: Freedom is Not Free

Date: April 25, 2024

After arriving in Washington, DC on Friday and spending time discussing agriculture and politics, Saturday was a day of reflection as we toured museums and historical monuments. Our first stop of the day was the White House Visitor Centre where we viewed historical artifacts, videos, and photos associated with the White House and past Presidents.

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Addressing Rural Labour Shortages: Innovative Ontario Case Studies

Date: April 18, 2024

​Amid economic uncertainties exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario faces challenges in tight labour markets, high unemployment rates, and a significant skills gap, particularly in rural areas, where approximately 250,000 jobs remain unfilled.

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AALP Class 20 North American Study Tour - Florida

Date: March 8, 2024

Day 3 in Florida started at the Everglades Research and Education Centre (EREC). Dr. Samira Daroub who is the Professor and EREC Center Director, Soil and Water Sciences, gave us the 100 + year history of the center which has expanded to 12 centers across Florida. 

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Remembering Agriculture Leader John Hagarty

Date: February 20, 2024

The Rural Ontario Institute remembers John "Jack" Hagarty, and his enduring legacy in the agriculture sector and Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP).

Jack Hagarty peacefully passed away in Guelph, Ontario, Monday February 5th, 2024 in his 86th year. He left an indelible mark in the agriculture industry and the hearts of all who knew him.

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AALP Class 20 Visits Queen's Park

Date: January 22, 2024

​What happens when twenty Aggies, mostly from rural Ontario, embark on the Big City for a few days!? Curiosity, development, leadership, and a little bit of karaoke!

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AALP Class 20 - Toronto Seminar

Date: January 22, 2024

At the crack of dawn on an icy cold day 3, coffees in hand, our class boarded the bus and sped down the Gardiner Expressway towards the Ontario Food Terminal...

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AALP Seminar 2: The Dynamics of Teamwork

Date: December 18, 2023

It was an early Sunday morning as I made my way from Ottawa to Sarnia for Class 20 - Seminar 2. On our first evening we were greeted by MP Marilyn Gladu, MPP Bob Bailey and MPP Trevor Jones. I was fortunate to be seated with MP Gladu for dinner where she provided insight into her career journey, some of the challenges she has faced in her time in politics and what she hopes she can teach the next generation of young leaders.

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Measuring the Urban Exodus: Statistics Canada Data Trends in Rural Ontario

Date: November 21, 2023

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a visible migration of urban populations into rural communities. A new research initiative is examining the migration trends taking place in Ontario and their impact on rural communities, economies, and environments.

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Exploring the Rural Research Landscape across Ontario

Date: November 9, 2023

​The Rural Futures project at the University of Guelph is on a mission to promote the impactful research work happening in Ontario, particularly as it relates to rural people, places, and the environment. As an initiative aimed at promoting rural-focused research by students and faculty, Rural Futures is committed to making these outputs accessible to everyone.

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Welcome to the Inaugural Seminar of AALP Class 20

Date: October 13, 2023

What occurs when you gather twenty-three individuals who are complete strangers and encourage them to step out of their comfort zones, you ask them to bid farewell to their families and friends, temporarily set aside their work, and embrace a new challenge? It might sound unusual, but this marks the inception of something truly extraordinary that is bound to alter the course of their lives indefinitely.

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