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News release—for immediate release
Ottawa — October 30, 2023 — The Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens (UCFO), jointly with the Agricultrices du Québec’s Dimension E program, is proud to announce the return of the AgriMentor program. Designed to offer an individual coaching service, AgriMentor mainly targets women in the agricultural sector, whatever their role.
The AgriMentor program establishes a mentoring network made up exclusively of women with solid experience in the agricultural sector. It is designed to meet the needs of women working in agriculture nationwide, whether they are French or English-speaking.
AgriMentor targets a diverse audience of women active in the agricultural sector, including female farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs, producers’ spouses, farm workers, professionals in career transition, professionals working closely with farmers, as well as female agricultural students. Individual coaching will be provided over a six-month period. Each mentee enrolled in the program will have the chance to benefit from the support of a female mentor during monthly meetings held virtually, making the program accessible to all Canadian women.
“We’re delighted to support and promote the growth of women in the agricultural sector by offering a mentoring space tailored to their needs and realities. AgriMentor is a unique opportunity to strengthen women’s leadership in agriculture, promote knowledge sharing and foster the professional growth of women farmers,” said Roxanne Lormand, executive director of the Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens
“AgriMentor is an essential initiative for empowering women in the agricultural sector. This program offers a unique platform for the professional development and the affirmation of women’s presence within the agricultural industry. We are proud that the UCFO is our main partner in implementing this specific aspect of our Dimension E program,” said France De Montigny, executive director of Agricultrices du Québec.
The continued collaboration between the UCFO and Agricultrices du Québec in the Dimension E program marks a major step forward in supporting women’s leadership in the agricultural sector. AgriMentor provides an environment conducive to exchanging knowledge, stimulating professional growth and affirming the presence of women in agriculture.
To learn more about the AgriMentor program and your eligibility as a mentee or mentor, please visit https://ucfo.ca/agrimentor-en/.
About Dimension E
Cultivate your agricultural potential: The Dimension E program offers customized services to women entrepreneurs in the agriculture and forestry sectors across Canada. It helps to strengthen the potential of each woman farmer by giving them the tools and support they need to succeed in their entrepreneurial projects. Since 2020, the Dimension E team has supported over 450 women.
In its second phase, Dimension E will extend its professional co-development program to French- and English-speaking women farmers across Canada by 2024. Women farmers in Ontario will also have access to one-hour consultation sessions with experts in various fields.
To learn more about the Dimension E program, please visit https://dimension-e.ca/en/.
About the Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens
The UCFO is the only accredited Francophone agricultural organization in Ontario. For over 90 years, the UCFO has represented the interests of the Franco-Ontarian agricultural sector. The UCFO is the voice of more than 2,000 agricultural businesses and nearly 4,500 Francophone agricultural workers involved in the socio-economic development of agricultural and rural communities in Ontario.
About Agricultrices du Québec
Agricultrices du Québec is the only women’s farm organization in the province and the most structured in Canada. Its mission is to offer women working in agriculture and forestry a network dedicated to developing their potential. The aim is to bring together professionals who wish to play a full part in the development of agriculture and forestry.
For questions or media inquiries:
Roxanne Lormand, executive director, Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens,
[email protected] 613-488-2929
France De Montigny, executive director, Agricultrices du Québec,
[email protected] 438-827-2773
This new service offering is made possible through funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.