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Recruitment announced for AALP Class 20

Recruitment announced for AALP Class 20

Graduates include Peggy Brekveld, current Ontario Federation of Agriculture President, and Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

By Andrew Joseph,; Image by Rural Ontario Institute

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) is now accepting applications for Class 20.

During the 18-month executive program delivered by the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI), up to 30 individuals will embark on a personal leadership journey to realize their potential, while exploring the agri-food sector from the local to the international level. Each class is created with attention to the diversity of the participants so peer-to-peer mentorship, interrelationships, and a broad network are developed.

“It’s exciting and affirming to see the high calibre of talent that applies,” said Gabe Ferguson, Leadership Programs Director. “Participants bring new ideas and energy that keep the program relevant. We deliver advanced leadership techniques while creating opportunities to broaden their agri-food network provincially, nationally, and internationally.”

Successful applicants will come together for in-person seminars, online webinars, small group issues analysis projects for agriculture, food, and rural community clients, and two study tours—North American and international.

Class members will learn about government and political systems, national and international trade, communication and organization skills, negotiation and decision-making, media relations, problem-solving and debating, ag-sector issues and innovation, agri-food trends, globalization, and the dynamics of change.

First established in 1984, AALP has over 500 graduates who have risen to leadership positions in private industry, producer associations, public service, and community organizations.

“AALP advances your understanding of key agriculture and rural issues, providing the tools you need to be a true advocate for the agricultural community,” related Peggy Brekveld, President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and AALP Class 12 alumna. “The program is an immersive, experiential learning opportunity, building upon your natural skills and strengthening your passions. This is an experience you will never forget.”

Added Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and AALP Class 6 alumna: “Building leadership skills is a lifelong journey of personal growth and education. The agri-food sector needs talented and passionate representatives. Our government is proud to support AALP and its efforts to train this next generation of leaders.”

The deadline for applications is November 25, 2022.

For more information on how to apply visit

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