RealAg LIVE! with Chris Lane of Canadian Western Agribition and the Top 50 in Agriculture


This week marked Canada’s Agriculture Day on Tuesday and, along with it, the very first naming of the Top 50 in Canadian Agriculture, split between five categories.

Chris Lane, with Canadian Western Agribition, was a leading force in this recognition of leadership, diversity, and influence in agriculture. He joins host Kara Oosterhuis for this RealAg LIVE! to talk about the process, the impressive and inspiring list of winners, and what’s afoot for Agribition 2021.

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  • The Top 50 in Canadian Agriculture were named this week
  • What went in to choosing the leaders?
  • Wanted truly cross-Canada names for the list
  • Choosing judges meant that the panel needed to be pan-Canadian, too
  • This year marks 50 years for Agribition, too
  • Will it be a one and done, this Top 50? Does it have legs in the future? Maybe!
  • How will the people on the list be recognized at Agribition?
  • There will be a formal invite and ceremony in November
  • But plenty in the meantime, including a magazine
  • Committed to an in-person event in November! It’s months away
  • Let’s talk about those honoured and some of their stories: Brian Olsen out of Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.
  • Mentorship category was a popular one
  • Innovation
  • Influence, expertise, and communication to build an audience and a following, such as Anne Wasko and Sandi Brock
  • Commitment to excellence, for example Dr. Joy Agnew
  • Chris doesn’t know all the people on the list, and that’s so great, and how it should be!
  • Who is he excited to meet in person?
  • The list was extensive and it took a long time to give each nomination the attention it deserved
  • What’s on the docket for Agribition 2021?

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