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For Guidance Counsellors

Agriculture: Real Life, Real Issues, Real Opportunities

November 10th @ 9am - 3pm

Canadian youth face daunting career challenges. Many popular fields of study are crowded with hopeful career candidates. Yet career opportunities abound in food and agriculture with an estimated three jobs available to every graduate of a related post-secondary program. 

Join us to find out more about surprising career opportunities in food and agriculture for your students - positions in sciences, marketing and sales, research, IT and many other disciplines. While you're here, tour The Royal to experience food and agriculture first-hand!

Keynote Speaker

Matthew Vair
Topic: Agriculture – A Canadian Success Story and How You Fit In

Matthew is a senior relationship manager with Farm Credit Canada in Listowel, ON.  He grew up in Nova Scotia and attended Dalhousie University, Agricultural Campus (formerly the Nova Scotia Agricultural College), graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Ag Business in 2008. After graduation, Matthew immediately went to work for FCC in Kentville, NS. He has since worked at FCC offices in Newfoundland and PEI before landing his current position in Ontario.  Matthew and his wife Meredith, also a graduate of NSAC, share a passion for agriculture.  They live in Listowel with their daughter, Hannah and two dogs.  

Introductory Speaker

Colette Wyllie
Community Education Manager, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture

In this session we’ll talk about agriculture’s role in solving real world problems, using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as our guide. Participants will get a snapshot of career opportunities in agriculture as they pertain to the global issues we’re facing.