Our Staff

Our dedicated staff members are passionate about agriculture and food.  AITC-C staff are proud to work with provincial members to provide national tools and opportunities for Canadian classrooms.

Johanne Ross

Johanne Ross

Executive Director

jross@aitc-canada.ca

Through my career journey I have been able to experience first hand the passion, inspiration, excitement, innovation and uniqueness of Canada’s agriculture and food story. I feel so blessed to be able to share all of this with Canadian educators and students through AITC’s critical resources, programs and initiatives. Collaboration is the cornerstone to what we do, how lucky am I to be able to work alongside all the dynamic provincial member organizations, as well as hundreds of dedicated stakeholders and partners, as we strive together to build curiosity around, connections to and understanding of, the business of producing food. I love my job!!!

Christa Wright

Christa Wright

Operations Manager

cwright@aitc-canada.ca

Growing up on a farm I always had a great appreciation where our food comes from. Our family is now into the 3rd generation, and I have watched how farming is not just a job but a lifestyle filled with dedication and passion. Our children today are so removed from the farm, they do not have the understanding where our food comes from or the importance of food. When I first began my career in agriculture education many years ago I quickly learnt that we have an obligation to educate our future generations. We have a good story to tell and I am excited to have a role to play in delivering it to students across Canada. Agriculture in the Classroom Canada will build provincial capacity across this country for agriculture education so we can reach as many students as possible. So proud to be a member of this dynamic team!

Allison Leclerc

Allison Leclerc

Finance and Admin Manager

aleclerc@aitc-canada.ca

I feel fortunate to be a part of the AITC-C team, seeing each province deliver Ag Education across the country. As a farmer, I feel it is important that people, young and old, know where their food comes from and AITC-C delivers in an accurate, balanced and current format!

Shayla Hertz

Shayla Hertz

thinkAG Program Manager

shertz@aitc-canada.ca

"From the time I was a little girl, I pondered what it meant to find my dream career. My dream meant having the opportunity to make a difference in this world, the chance to leave my mark. The dream came true when I found agriculture, and then the dream grew into something bigger: having the opportunity to share the importance of food and farming with the rest of the world. Helping people connect to and understand agriculture in their own special way has become the purpose of my career. Agriculture is essential to life, which means it will be forever present, forever looking forward, forever innovating, and forever exciting. I’m proud to represent agriculture as a Saskatchewan farmer and a member of the AITC Canada team, striving to help people of all ages understand where their food comes from, how it is produced, and why it is the greatest industry on earth."

Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark

Program Assistant

mclark@aitc-canada.ca

I am so proud to be part of a team that provides curriculum-based programming and resources to students and teachers across Canada, promoting ag education! As a 'teacher to be' I think it is so important to provide students with the opportunities and skills to think critically about where their food comes from so they can navigate their way through the information that inundates their daily lives!