The Grow Our People Summit.

New skills-building event launched for people in agriculture and food

February 16, 2022 Posted by growourpeople 0 thoughts on “New skills-building event launched for people in agriculture and food”

Grow Our People Summit coming to Niagara Falls this November

Guelph, ON. February 17, 2022 – People are at the heart of Canada’s food system and should be valued as the most important asset in any business. The new Grow Our People Summit was created for people who work in agriculture and food to help them build business and leadership skills, while making new connections. 

The Grow Our People Summit vision was created by three ladies with a passion for agriculture, food, and the great people they have worked with throughout their careers. Crystal Mackay, Mary Thornley, and Brenda Trask have combined their skills and networks to create this fun, engaging and valuable experience. 

“We are excited to welcome the good people who work in agriculture and food to come together in person to learn, network and have some fun,” shared Summit Co-Founder Crystal Mackay. “By investing in people, we can elevate the whole sector for the future.”

The Grow Your People Summit will be held in-person at the Sheraton Fallsview in Niagara Falls from November 2-4, 2022.

To provide the most value for travel budgets and time, this Summit is scheduled for the same week as three other prestigious events: the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Best of CAMA agri-food marketing awards, and the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

This ‘unconference’ experience will have galas, bus trips, networking across typical sector divides, and personal development workshop opportunities. The unique model of this event is partner-driven with a people-first approach.  

Brenda Trask, Summit Co-Founder, says “We are excited to work with eight non-profit partners who are leaders in their fields. They will host 12 interactive sessions to build business skills and people skills. Plus add in a fun road trip and agriculture’s academy awards!”

Sessions will be hosted by partners Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation, Canadian Agri-Food Marketers Alliance, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, Do More Ag, Outstanding Young Farmers, Rural Ontario Institute, and the team from  

With sincere thanks to the initial sponsors who have invested in the vision for growing our people to date: Bayer Crop Science, BDO, Farm Credit Canada, Gay Lea, and RealAgriculture.

“Register yourself, your teams, your customers, your leaders, and future leaders,” stated Mary Thornley, Summit Co-Founder. “This is a tremendous opportunity to add some tools to your toolbox, and boost spirits at the same time.”

Summit attendees will leave the event with new skills, deeper networks, and a renewed sense of enthusiasm for our agri-food sector. 

Save the date and find out more at Registration and session details will be coming soon.