Bright, confident, enthusiastic and articulate – these are the characteristics of the students selected as CSTA Future Influencers. An annual contest, this opportunity connects students with industry leaders for a one of a kind learning opportunity.
The GrowCanada conference provides a platform for networking and sharing among industry leaders from across the country with the goal of sharing cutting edge insight and building a stronger and more vibrant Canadian agricultural sector. As a partner of GrowCanada, CSTA saw an opportunity to host students at the event and have them provide the youth’s perspective. Students who attend are given an exceptional opportunity to meet the leaders of some of the world’s most important agriculture and food companies and organizations, participate in industry discussions and learn more about agriculture.
2017 Future Influencers
Jake Ayre is a 21-year-old aspiring farmer and University of Manitoba Agribusiness student from Minto, Manitoba. He and his family have been involved in agriculture for several generations, both in Canada and England where his Grandparents still reside on the family farm. Jake has a passion for agriculture and has a keen interest in the crop/seed industry and its agricultural policies.
Born and raised on a grain farm in Kirkton, Ontario, Lauren Benoit completed her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Guelph in 2016 and is currently working on a MSc. in Weed Science. Lauren has three years of experience working in herbicide research and development for DuPont and BASF and before beginning her MSc. she worked as a Science and Regulatory Affairs intern at CropLife Canada.
The GrowCanada Experience
The Future Influencers program has been running for over seven years now, and is always a highlight of the GrowCanada conference. We asked past Future Influencer winners about their experience at GrowCanada and how attending the event help shaped their path.
Do you want to be a Future Influencer?
We welcome confident and enthusiastic students in Grade 11 or 12, or students who are studying at an agricultural college or university, to apply for this opportunity. If you are someone who can clearly articulate your views and would be interested in challenging the delegates of GrowCanada, please contact us with an application. CSTA will cover the conference registration, cost of travel and accommodations for the winners and their chaperones (if applicable). Applications are due annually in October with successful applicants being contacted for a phone interview in late October.