REGINA — Applications for an agriculture mentorship program delivered by Canadian Western Agribition are now open, accepting a new generation of ag leaders to jump into the industry.
The Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship program aims to help develop young leaders in the agriculture sector by connecting them with established mentors within the industry.
"Ensuring security in the sector and contributing to economic growth is best achieved by mentoring future leaders," said Agriculture Minister David Marit. "This program builds leadership capacity through knowledge and first-hand experiences, which is critical to a strong agriculture industry in Saskatchewan.”
Eight applicants will be selected for the program this year, to undertake an 18-month mentorship experience beginning in February.
Applicants are asked to have “clear developmental goals and exhibit strong leadership potential.
"Agribition is honoured to help pave the way for the next generation of leaders in agriculture," said CWA President Chris Lees. "Over the past few years we've seen valuable connections made between mentees and mentors through this outstanding program."
Mentees will be selected by an advisory committee based on industry involvement, skillsets, interest, goals and overall fit in the program, said CWA.
The Next Gen program, which first launched in 2019, is supported by joint federal and provincial funding of $100,000, to support mentees this year.
It is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year $3 billion investment from all levels of government to support the sector.
More details on the application process and the overall Next Gen program are available online through the CWA’s website.