Canadian Farm Business Management Council

Canadian Farm Business Management Council

June 17, 2005 09:53 ET

CFBMC: University of Manitoba Instructors Win Wilson Loree Award 2005

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 17, 2005) - A team of farm management instructors from the University of Manitoba's School of Agriculture have been named the recipients of the prestigious Wilson Loree Award for 2005. The award is given annually by the Canadian Farm Business Management Council (CFBMC) for extraordinary contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada.

Ernie Steeves, Lorrie Koroscil, Scott Corbett and Gabi Sponagel-Ridder have received the award at the CFBMC Innovation Day banquet on June 7th in Ottawa.

The four farm management instructors are responsible for developing and teaching courses in the two-year Diploma in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba, the only program in Manitoba providing comprehensive training in farm management and agricultural production. A core component of the program is a management planning project in which students develop a detailed business plan for a farm or agribusiness.

All four instructors bring a wide range of practical knowledge to the program as three of the four are actively involved in managing their own farm operations. They are all University of Manitoba graduates themselves from either the agricultural diploma or degree programs.

"We were very surprised and flattered to discover we were receiving this award," said Ernie Steeves, the farm management team coordinator. "Although the perception about agriculture is sometimes pessimistic, we feel that we are helping students prepare for successful and positive experiences in the agricultural industry. It's gratifying to see students return to run a farm or get a great job with ag business."

The non-monetary Wilson Loree Award was created three years ago by the Canadian Farm Business Management Council to recognize those who have made significant contributions in business management, either regionally or nationally, shown innovation, served as a role model and mentor to colleagues and clients and shown ability to network and build partnerships to include others in furthering the vision and goals of the agricultural industry.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Farm Business Management Council
    Chantal Fortier, agr.
    Project Manager
    (613) 237-9060 #25 or 1-888-232-3262 #25
    (613) 237-9330 or 1-800-270-8301 (FAX)