Sep 122017




We are pleased to announce that Jake Ayre, a University of Manitoba Agribusiness student from Minto, Manitoba and Lauren Benoit, a Master’s of Science student from Kirkton, Ontario, are this year’s winners for CSTA’s Future Influencer competition. In its eighth year, this program offers the opportunity for Canada’s youth to attend the annual GrowCanada Conference and provide their perspective on agriculture. This year we had many thoughtful responses to our essay question, but only two winners are selected. Any student across Canada in grades 11 and 12, or in agricultural college or university, may apply.

Both Jake and Lauren actively participated  in the 2017 GrowCanada Conference in Calgary, Alberta from November 28-30, 2017. They were both very well received and engaged with many stakeholders within the industry.

Please also check out Lauren’s account of the conference where she shares her insights on what was discussed. If you are interested in becoming a Future Influencer be sure to read her report to get a first-hand look at the experience.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Kim Sabourin at

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