Clockwise from left: Alexis Kuper, Emily Kyle, Sarah Kiar, and Patrick Verkley.

First Rural Change Makers cohort announced

Class members will learn how to have an impact on their communities

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Rural Ontario Institute has announced the cohort for the Rural Change Makers pilot project. Eighteen people aged 19 to 29 were selected from across the province to be part of the program. The goal of the program is to grow the capacity of young adults to serve as change makers and to strengthen rural […] Read more

Gabrielle Ferguson, director of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program.

Listening tour shows demand continues for agriculture leadership skills

AALP has provided that training for 35 years to the Ontario agriculture sector

Reading Time: 3 minutes Gabrielle Ferguson set out last fall to hear what the Ontario agriculture sector had to say about leadership programming. The new director of the Rural Ontario Institute’s Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP) met with farmers, agriculture and rural businesses and organizations from Ridgetown to Ottawa to Thunder Bay at trade shows, kitchen tables, in board […] Read more

Gabrielle Ferguson.

Ferguson to run AALP, other ROI leadership programs

Reading Time: < 1 minute Gabrielle Ferguson has joined the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) as the new Leadership Programs Director. In this new position, Ferguson will manage ROI’s long-running Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program, and continue to develop the organization’s other leadership program offerings. Ferguson will also be instrumental in maintaining and creating sponsor relationships for current and future programs. Ferguson […] Read more

Rob Black will be stepping down from his role as CEO of the Rural Ontario Institute to take his place in the Senate. Photo: Courtesy ROI

Rural Ontario leader appointed to the Senate

Reading Time: < 1 minute A leader in Ontario’s agriculture and rural community is one of Canada’s newest Senators. Rob Black, executive director of the Rural Ontario Institute was named one of two new Senators from Ontario by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Feb. 15. Why it matters: It has been a long time since someone so connected in Ontario agriculture has […] Read more

Rural Ontario leader appointed to Senate

Reading Time: 2 minutes A leader in Ontario’s agriculture and rural community is one of Canada’s newest senators. Rob Black, executive director of the Rural Ontario Institute and a former president of 4-H Canada, was named Thursday as one of two new senators from Ontario by Governor General Julie Payette. Why is this significant? It has been a long […] Read more