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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Controller

Controller

As a Controller, Kassandra’s daily functions include accounts receivable, payroll and other accounting responsibilities. 

Meet Kassandra Mohr, a Controller at SeedMaster. Although agriculture was not her first choice coming out of university, she has managed to quickly become a success and now cannot see herself working in any other industry.  Kassandra began her post-secondary education completing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting. After that, she obtained a Master’s in professional accounting and her chartered accountant (CA) designation.

While in school Kassandra took advantage of co-op work terms in order to test out a career in her chosen field, but also to make some money while going to school. Her first co-op term was with Evraz doing internal audits. Following that, she moved on to Meyers Norris Penny (MNP) to work in accounting – they even paid for some of her schooling. 

As a Controller, Kassandra’s daily functions include accounts receivable, payroll and other accounting responsibilities. She manages two other employees in order to keep the financial side of the company running smoothly. Kassandra is also part of the senior management team at SeedMaster, participating in daily high-level discussions regarding the direction and focus of the company, as well as evaluating new initiatives and business plans going forward. Before SeedMaster, Kassandra was also part of the senior management team at MNP. 

Kassandra never planned on working in the agriculture industry even after growing up on the family farm. She was interested in accounting and did not initially see the connection with agriculture. Once at MNP, she discovered that just because you are not a primary producer, does not mean you cannot have an exciting career in agriculture and help to feed the world. She now says that she will never leave the ag industry and strongly recommends it as it is full of opportunities for young business professionals.

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