Alan is the Executive Director at the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA). He supports a group of Forage and Applied Research Associations with the goal of providing applied research and knowledge transfer/extension services to growers and others in agriculture. Alan has almost 50 years of experience in the Ag industry. Prior to ARECA, he has served as Director in Alberta Agriculture and Alberta Agricultural Research Institute. He has been and is a member of numerous Boards of Director including Applied Research Associations, Canadian Agricultural Research Council, Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund Ltd, to name a few.
Tayo lives in Regina with her family and works for SynergyAG. She is a Professional Biologist (P.Biol.) with close to 8 years of work experience spanning research in plants, microbes and soil. Her areas of expertise are in crop trials, disease diagnostics and gene functional studies. She has a MSc in Crop Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham, UK and is currently completing her PhD thesis on Fusarium. Prior to SynergyAG, Tayo has worked in two international research institutes: Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), South Africa and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA, CGIAR). Her role in both institutes encompassed molecular disease diagnostics, crop trials and the management of the Fusarium culture collection (in FABI). With SynergyAG, she is a Research Biologist who is involved in the planning and management of our research endeavours with the ultimate aim of providing solutions to our growers.
Hello Everyone, my name is Tayo Adegeye. I live in Regina with my family and I am a Research Biologist working with SynergyAG in Saskatchewan. I grew up in Nigeria, a country with a thriving agricultural industry. I have always had a passion for the sciences, especially biology and agriculture. My love for agricultural research has taken me on an exciting journey. I have a Masters degree in Crop Biotechnology from the University of Nottingham, UK and I am currently writing up my PhD thesis on Fusarium.
Since moving to the Prairies, I have an even bigger respect for farmers, they truly do the hard, sometimes fun (I presume) job of feeding the world; they should be appreciated much more. In my job role, I am involved in the planning and management of our field and laboratory research endeavours with the ultimate aim of providing solutions to our growers.
I am very happy to be a part of the 2020-2021 Advancing Ag Future Leaders program, my goal with this program is to gain more on-farm experience and expand my professional network in the Ag industry. To this end, I am very lucky to have as my mentor Alan Hall. He is the Executive Director, Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA), with almost 50 years of experience in the Ag industry spanning research, extension services and management of research institutes/organizations. I hope to gain a lot from his wealth of knowledge.
We had a wonderful two-day Leadership Summit early November last year in Banff suitably themed ‘Leading Yourself and Others’. Our facilitators covered a lot on workplace profiles and effective communication in leadership. I learnt lifelong lessons about my personality and leadership style which will really improve my relationship with colleagues in the workplace. The take-home message for me was the power in understanding, listening and asking questions. The beautiful scenery we had looking out from the conference room was a lovely bonus! I would like to thank the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley for this program and the sponsor Corteva.
By Christina Owczarek
Navigating COVID in the last part of 2020, was not just navigating the obvious social, professional & barriers, but for a lot of people it has been navigating the comorbidities of depression & anxiety caused by financial pressures, isolation, exhaustion from trying not to lose hope, and the sheer extra mental & emotional energy it takes to get just the basic things done in a world full of so many more hurdles than usual.
However, one much needed break in the bleak (literal) mid-winter, was the Advancing Ag Leadership retreat in Banff in early November 2020. This retreat was gorgeously staged at the iconic Rimrock Hotel nestled in the Upper Hot Springs of historical Banff, and saw the 2020-2021 Adv.Ag class meet in one place for the second time, and what we hope won’t be the last. While oddly spaced at 6ft apart at our tables over the course of three days, the distance between each participant grew less and less personally as we opened-up vulnerable conversation and exploration of our individual personality styles, and in turn the way in which we interact with others. We did this through guidance by Linda Wilson of CorQuest leadership development using the DISC model of behavioral and productive conflict styles.
Over the course of two days, we explored the way in which we take in external information & stimulus, the way we process it, how we express ourselves, and how these factors combined creates relationships both in and outside of the workplace. It allowed us a mutual safe place to examine our strengths and also our areas that may require improvements to be facilitate and foster better relationships for greater success.
The weekend brought a group of people together to share & grow as a group striving to make our impact in our businesses & in turn our communities better. I sincerely hope that the world allows us to meet again in such circumstance to share & how this program has shaped & developed us as budding leaders in this very exciting sector.