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Interested in a career in agriculture?
Looking for a scholarship?
Then you've found the right place!

Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation awards seven $2,500 scholarships annually to Canadian students who are entering or currently pursuing an agricultural related program at a Canadian college, university or apprenticeship (trade) institution.

Scholarships are awarded to students based on a combination of leadership attributes, and an essay or video response to the question “What do you consider to be the two main opportunities for the Canadian agriculture and food industry and which one inspires you the most?”

The agriculture and food industry is an exciting and growing field. Whether you're looking to become a plant breeder, an agri-marketer, a researcher, part of the agri-retail industry, a PhD, a farmer or an agricultural equipment technician, it all starts with an undergraduate degree, diploma or apprenticeship in an agriculturally based or related program.

Maria Duynisveld

Pathways to Agri-Food Scholarship Recipients 2020

Paula Eraso

Amanda Hardman

Caylee Dorval

Christine Kilpatrick

Hugo Drouin

Josh Weber

Scholarships

CABEF awards seven $2,500 scholarships annually to students enrolling or currently in an agricultural related program at a Canadian university, college or apprenticeship institution. These scholarships are funded through generous donations from agri-business and people involved in the agricultural and food industry.

Students from across Canada are invited to apply for one of seven scholarships awarded annually. One scholarship will be awarded in the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, the Atlantic Provinces as a whole and one from British Columbia/Territories.

Applicants will be assessed on a combination of their leadership attributes, and written or video response to the question “What do you consider to be the two main opportunities for the Canadian agriculture and food industry and which one inspires you the most?”

Watch the video from our 2019 scholarship recipients.



Scholarship Eligibility

  1. Canadian students who will be entering their 1st year or currently in their 2nd or 3rd year pursuing an agricultural or ag-related program at a recognized Canadian college, university or trade school are eligible to apply. Current 4th year or post-graduate students are not eligible to apply.
  2. Past CABEF scholarship winners and family of CABEF board members not eligible to apply.
  3. Students must be at least 16 years of age to apply.
  4. Application form must be completed in full and saved as PDF.
  5. Activities demonstrating leadership must be completed and saved as a PDF.
  6. Submissions can be either in written format or video. Written essays must be between 750 – 1000 words and provide as a PDF. Videos must be a minimum of 2 minutes to a maximum of 5 minutes in length and provide a YouTube link to video. Click here to view video requirements.
  7. Entries must be received by CABEF on or before 5:00PM EST April 30th, 2020.
  8. Winners will be selected and notified no later than May 31st, 2020.
  9. Winners must provide proof of enrolment from their post-secondary institution by September 30. The students will receive their scholarship money within 30 days of receiving proof of enrolment. Proof of enrolment to be sent by email to: info@cabef.org

Forms

Scholarship Application Form. Download Now.
Corporate Donation Form. Download Now.
Individual Donation Form. Download Now.
Jenn Norrie

Jenn Norrie, Chairperson

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Jenn Norrie, Chairperson Communications Manager, North America

Alltech is a leading global biotechnology company whose mission is to improve the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation.

  • Agriculture marketing communications professional with 12 years experience working with companies such as AdFarm, Woodruff Sweitzer, UFA and Bayer CropScience
  • Member of the Calgary Stampede International Agriculture & Agri-Food Committee
  • Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) Class 16 participant
  • Member of Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA); Board Member 2011 - 2016
Becky Parker

Becky Parker, Vice-Chairperson

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Becky Parker, Vice-ChairpersonManager, Community Trust, BC Agriculture Council

BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) is the only provincial-wide general farm organization representing the farmers and ranchers of British Columbia. BCAC proudly serves nearly 30 commodity associations who in turn generate 96% of the farm gate sales in B.C.

  • Agriculture communications professional with 8+ years experience working with companies such as AgScape, Agriculture in the Classroom Canada and Agricorp
  • Nuffield Canada Scholar (2015), studying agriculture career education
  • Vice Chair, Nuffield Canada
  • Ontario Certified Teacher

About Us

The purpose of CABEF is to advance education by providing scholarships, bursaries, and awards to students enrolled in agricultural or agri-business related programs at a university, college or trade school in Canada.

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Jenn Norrie

Jenn Norrie, Chairperson

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Becky Parker

Becky Parker, Vice-Chairperson

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Jenn Norrie, ChairpersonCommunications Manager, North America

Alltech is a leading global biotechnology company whose mission is to improve the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation.

  • Agriculture marketing communications professional with 12 years experience working with companies such as AdFarm, Woodruff Sweitzer, UFA and Bayer CropScience
  • Member of the Calgary Stampede International Agriculture & Agri-Food Committee
  • Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) Class 16 participant
  • Member of Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA); Board Member 2011 - 2016

Becky Parker, Vice-Chairperson Manager, Community Trust, BC Agriculture Council

BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) is the only provincial-wide general farm organization representing the farmers and ranchers of British Columbia. BCAC proudly serves nearly 30 commodity associations who in turn generate 96% of the farm gate sales in B.C.

  • Agriculture communications professional with 8+ years experience working with companies such as AgScape, Agriculture in the Classroom Canada and Agricorp
  • Nuffield Canada Scholar (2015), studying agriculture career education
  • Vice Chair, Nuffield Canada
  • Ontario Certified Teacher
Board of Directors
Mary Thornley

Mary Thornley, Executive Director

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Mary Thornley, Executive DirectorMary Thornley Management

  • Former Account Executive, AdFarm & Kahntact Marketing
  • Executive Director, CAMA (Canadian Agri-Marketing Association)
  • Member, National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA)
Candace Hill

Candace Hill, Director

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Michelle Allison

Michelle Allison, Director

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Amanda Howard

Amanda Howard, Director

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Candace Hill, DirectorManager Special Projects, Farm Credit Canada

Farm Credit Canada is Canada’s leading agriculture lender providing flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry.

  • Marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working at Conexus Credit Union, MNP, Viterra, and Farm Credit Canada
  • Proud Agvocate who led the Agriculture More Than Ever cause (2015-2018)
  • Current member of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA), Saskatchewan chapter

Michelle Allison, DirectorPublisher, Top Crop Manager/Potatoes in Canada

Top Crop Manager and Potatoes in Canada are two specialty agricultural trade publications focused on field crop and potato production across Canada. We offer insights and in-depth information on plant breeding, research and development, fertility, seed, crop protection, precision agriculture, technology, and business management. Trusted content reaches our targeted audience via print, website, webinars, podcasts, and events.

  • Vice-Chair, Ag Women Manitoba
  • Current member of CAMA, Manitoba chapter
  • ACC graduate - Agribusiness and Business Administration

Amanda Howard, DirectorAccount Director, AdFarm

AdFarm is a catalyst for the advancement of agriculture. AdFarm is a North American communications and marketing agency focused entirely on agriculture.

  • Board member, 4-H Foundation of Alberta
  • Past President, Alberta CAMA
  • Current member, Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) Alberta Chapter
Amanda Mitchell

Amanda Mitchell, Director

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Owen Roberts

Owen Roberts, Director

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April Stewart

April Stewart, Director

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Amanda Mitchell, Director2017 CABEF Scholarship Recipient

Undergraduate Student, University of Saskatchewan, Agronomy

  • 4-H member for 10 years
  • Past SRC President
  • Community Volunteer
  • Global Youth Institute Participant, 2014

Owen Roberts, DirectorDirector of Research Communications, University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is proud to call itself Canada's Food University. A major portion of the university's $150-million annual research complement is related to agriculture and food.

  • First Canadian president of the 5,000-member International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, active in 53 countries
  • Creator of the University of Guelph's Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge (SPARK) experiential education program
  • Freelance journalist with numerous local, national and international media outlets, active on social media as @TheUrbanCowboy

April M. Stewart, DirectorFounder-Owner, Alba PR

Alba PR is a brain to brain communication design company that shares insights from neuroscience, social and behavioural sciences, and sales and marketing with farmers to help them develop communication impact boosters. She is also a sixth generation Quebec dairy farmer, a contributor at The Country Guide, and a seed sales rep for Speare Seeds.

President of Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture Social media, marketing & communications for the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation Past Executive Director of Agriculture in the Classroom Quebec.

For more information on our Board of Directors, email info@cabef.org

The Founders of CABEF

Larry Hertz, Chairperson (2009 – 2016)

Rod Delahey, Director (2009 – 2014)

Jen Christie, Director (2009 – 2016)

Justin Funk, Director (2009 – 2017)

Mary Thornley, Executive Director (2009 – Current)

Past Chairpersons and Directors

Steve McCabe (2019 – 2020)

Martina Pfister (2018 – 2020)

Morgan Knezacek (2018 – 2020)

Jennifer Kyle (2018 – 2019)

Daniel Lamoureux (2013 – 2019)

Faith Matchett (2017 – 2018)

Johanne Ross (2016 – 2018)

Rod Merryweather (2013 – 2018; Chairperson 2016 – 2018)

Christa Wright (2016 – 2017)

CABEF Timelines

  • April 2009 – Discussions began with Larry Hertz, Rod Delahey, Justin Funk and Mary Thornley

  • May 11, 2010 – First board meeting was held.

  • March 20, 2013 – Charitable status obtained CRA (3-year process)

  • June 2013 – Worked with CIBC WoodGundy, Guelph to establish an Investment Policy Statement

  • March 2, 2015 – First CABEF strategic plan developed with assistance from Rob Hannam

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Contact


Mary Thornley

Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation

22, Guyers Dr, R.R. #3

Port Elgin, ON, N0H 2C7

info@cabef.org