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Victoria Berry, chair, AgScape
Victoria Berry, chair, AgScape

AgScape, a leader in agriculture and food education for students and educators across Ontario, proudly hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 1, 2024 and celebrated the incredible milestone achievement of providing more than one million educational experiences to Ontario students.


This year’s theme was “Growing Futures: Youth Exploring Agriculture & Food” and Mira Lyonblum, executive director of AgScape, highlighted the organization’s significant strides in advancing agriculture and food education in Ontario.


“Last year, AgScape reached over one million educational experiences for the first time, marking a major milestone in our mission to ensure every student in Ontario can engage in innovative agriculture and food education experiences,” Lyonblum remarked.


Lisa Thompson, Ontario ag minister at the time of the meeting, said “I was also pleased to attend AgScape's AGM to celebrate the fact that the governments of Canada and Ontario are committing up to $3 million to support two important initiatives known as Engaging Youth in Growing a Sustainable Future Project and Agri-Careers project, both of which are designed to promote the wide range of careers available in the agriculture and food industry.”


During the election portion of the meeting for AgScape’s 2024/2025 Board of Directors, the following individuals were elected:


-  Victoria Berry of Grain Farmers of Ontario as board chair


-  Sarah Andrews of Hill+Knowlton Strategies as vice chair


-  Jim McMillan of McMillan Farms as treasurer


-  Jennifer Kyle of Beef Farmers of Ontario and Michael Black​ of Synthesis Agri-Food Network​ to corporate seats


-  Phil Emmott of ​Corteva Agriscience and Mason Ballek​ of FarmTogether to community seats


“Less than two per cent of the population farms, but 100 per cent need to eat and I look forward to helping the AgScape team build on their truly momentous achievements from the past year,” said Victoria Berry, chair of AgScape.


Source:  AgScape June 13, 2024 news release


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Submitted by Karen Davidson on 13 June 2024