As the Advancing Ag program draws to a close and I finalize my roadmap for the last year, I look back on the opportunities I was presented the last 12 months.
A program highlight for me was the three day conference in November that focused on communication and leadership, and was also a great opportunity to get to know the 7 other mentees. The Leadership Centre out of Calgary ran the workshops for the small group of us, allowing an intimate and open few days for learning. Bob Chartier taught various team engagement tools that I now use regularly, including a technique I will use in my final presentation at the ‘Graduation’ event.
Another favourite aspect of the program was the set up of formal and informal networking events. There are many great people in our industry and it is always interesting to meet new people and hear their stories of involvement in agriculture. Some of these opportunities included the very first day of the program for the Meet and Greet, the Leadership conference, FarmTech and Ag Expo tradeshows and events, and the Rural Roots Ag Days.
Throughout the year I tried to learn as much as I could at every turn, and to take advantage of all the opportunities to learn from the others around me. A big thanks to the Wheat and Barley Commissions and their staff, the program sponsors Corteva Agriscience and Meyers Norris Penny, and all the mentors for the support throughout the year and for making the investment of time and capital in the group of ‘future leaders’. For the new mentees, my only advice is to take advantage of every opportunity in front of you and don’t be afraid to do something outside your comfort zone.. I never thought I would be a blogger, but here we are!