Agriculture Careers

What is your future? Do you dream of owning your own business? Maybe you are the creative type, eager to make your mark with graphic design? Or perhaps you get excited by the idea of a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Would you be surprised to learn that all of those  (and more!) are career options within the agri-food sector?  Careers in agriculture and food are incredibly diverse… and they aren’t all on the farm.

The agriculture and food sector is at the leading edge of research and innovation to address global challenges. There are endless opportunities which will allow you to make a difference: feed the growing population, protect the environment, care for animals, or help people.

So go ahead…take a look through these profiles of real Canadians working in agriculture and food. You may just get a glimpse of what your future can hold.

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Canola Origination Manager

Canola Origination Manager

Ryan is the Manager of Canola Origination. He helps sign canola producers to supply the facility, but it isn’t a simple buyer-seller relationship.  The risks and the challenges in agriculture are very real, with population projections skyrocketing and our ability to feed the world needing to increase. 

The world will always need food. It’s a simple enough concept, but one that fostered an incredible determination in Ryan Stack to buck the trend of his friends who pursued work in the oil patch. Ryan instead chose a career in agriculture. After earning his business degree with a major in Sales and Marketing, Ryan applied at Cargill in Calgary, one of North America’s largest privately held companies. He applied for an Operations Manager Trainee position, but didn’t get the job. Instead, they asked him to join their sales team and before long he was an Assistant Farm Marketing Representative. Three years later Cargill asked him to lead a team of Canola Origination Merchants, based out of the world’s largest canola processing facility in Clavet, Saskatchewan. 

Ryan is now the Manager of Canola Origination. In his job he helps sign canola producers to supply the facility, but it isn’t a simple buyer-seller relationship.

“Farmers take on an incredible amount of risk in hopes of having a good crop,” Ryan said.  “I’d like to think of us as partners in helping to manage that risk.”

The risks and the challenges in agriculture are very real, with population projections skyrocketing and our ability to feed the world needing to increase. Ryan is both humbled and optimistic about the challenge.

 “If you don’t like change, you’re going to hate being obsolete,” said Ryan.

Young enthusiastic people like Ryan Stack add new life and vitality to Canada’s agricultural sector. If the projections are any indication, more professionals like him will be needed for the foreseeable future in this incredibly diverse and growing business sector.

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