engAGe

EngAGe!

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Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) is excited to bring engAGe to three urban areas in Canada in partnership with our provincial member organizations, including British Columbia Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and  AgScape in Ontario, as well as a partner organization in Quebec; le Centre de développement pour l'exercice de la citoyenneté (CDEC).

Coming Together to Grow the Future of Agriculture!

This high energy and motivating event will engage high school students and educators in a world of agriculture and food career opportunities! Through inspiring speakers, interactive culinary experiences and breakout sessions, participants will learn that agriculture careers are much more than farming and that opportunities extend into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), business and more!

We are looking forward to welcoming 500 students and their educators in each host city to celebrate careers in agri-food.

engAGe Montreal

November 19, 2019

engAGe Vancouver

February 11, 2020

engAGe Toronto

April 7, 2020

Lend a Hand

Support, expertise and personal stories from Canada’s agricultural and food community are critical to these three events. We are looking to involve as many areas of agriculture as possible to share Canada’s full agriculture and food story. engAGe provides an opportunity to cultivate curiosity about the pathways into your specific field of the industry and the jobs that are available.

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If you're interested in volunteering or getting involved in engAGe, please contact us today.

Founding Sponsor

FCC

engAGe would not be possible without the support and generosity of our founding sponsor, Farm Credit Canada

Ready to engAGe

"Food is a great connector. Whether you’re spending an ordinary day deciding on lunch or planning a big moment of celebration, food is often at the centre of what we’re doing. Being a part of the sector that brings it to our plates is something special.

At FCC we are obsessed with supporting the industry that feeds the world. As we serve the agribusiness and agri-food sector, we encourage the next generation to discover the career options that extend beyond the farmgate to processing and manufacturing. At FCC alone, we have a team of 1800 employees across Canada who love to come to work to be a part of the agriculture and food community. 

FCC team at engAGe Montreal, November 2019
FCC team at engAGe Montreal, November 2019

Students who don’t have a connection to agriculture likely don’t realize how their skills and interests can be of value in the sector we serve in all kinds of interesting ways. There is tremendous opportunity in the science, technology, engineering and math areas which makes them a perfect focus at engAGe. There are thousands of jobs in agriculture that need to be filled in the years ahead and we need students who are able to innovate, problem solve and push the boundaries of what is possible in raising, growing, processing and manufacturing food.

We all have a stake in the future of our food and that’s why we’re excited to see students taking an interest in ag and food sector careers. In the face of globalization and a knowledge-based economy, engAGe is a window into what’s needed and a perfect starting point for students wondering where their career paths will lead."  

Marty Seymour, Director of Industry Relations, FCC

Ready to engAGe

“Food is a great connector. Whether you’re spending an ordinary day deciding on lunch or planning a big moment of celebration, food is often at the centre of what we’re doing. Being a part of the sector that brings it to our plates is something special.

At FCC we are obsessed with supporting the industry that feeds the world. As we serve the agribusiness and agri-food sector, we encourage the next generation to discover the career options that extend beyond the farmgate to processing and manufacturing. At FCC alone, we have a team of 1800 employees across Canada who love to come to work to be a part of the agriculture and food community.

Students who don’t have a connection to agriculture likely don’t realize how their skills and interests can be of value in the sector we serve in all kinds of interesting ways. There is tremendous opportunity in the science, technology, engineering and math areas which makes them a perfect focus at engAGe. There are thousands of jobs in agriculture that need to be filled in the years ahead and we need students who are able to innovate, problem solve and push the boundaries of what is possible in raising, growing, processing and manufacturing food.

We all have a stake in the future of our food and that’s why we’re excited to see students taking an interest in ag and food sector careers. In the face of globalization and a knowledge-based economy, engAGe is a window into what’s needed and a perfect starting point for students wondering where their career paths will lead.”

Marty Seymour, Director of Industry Relations, FCC
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engAGe Pilot Year

During our pilot year, enrollment for the three engAGe events will be limited, however, we are looking ahead and exploring what opportunities may be in store for expansion in 2020. Stay tuned!  

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Why are we focusing on STEM?

A 2017 Teen Career Inquiry Survey completed by Kynetec determined that high school students are most interested in careers related to STEM, but less than 50% of students realized that agri-food offers these opportunities. In response, we've set out on a journey to ensure that career events, specifically engAGe, provide exciting, interactive and hands-on activities that showcase agricultural career options connected to STEM.

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thinkAG

 

engAGe! is part of AITC-C's thinkAG initiative which focuses on increasing awareness and interest in agriculture and food careers among teens across the country.

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engAGe would not be possible without the generous support of:

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For the Media

If you're interested in learning more about engAGe we'd love to speak with you! Please take a few moments to check out our press kit and get in touch with us. 

To read our press release, please click on the link below: 

For the guidelines for use of the engAGe logo, to request the engAGe logo in English or French or to request photos from engAGe events, please contact Kim Sabourin

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