AgriWorkforce Roundtable

Evaluating Compensation Solutions

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council was pleased to host the 2017 Growing the AgriWorkforce roundtable event in Ottawa, at the Lord Elgin Hotel on June 27th, 2017.

Browse below for the event agenda, photos from the day, speaker presentations and profiles.

Event Agenda

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Photo Gallery

Speaker Presentations and Profiles

High Priorities for Agricultural Labour: An International Perspective on Agricultural Compensation

Marc Smith
Retired Senior Extension Associate
Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Marc grew up on a dairy farm in western New York, where his father, brother, nieces, nephews and a large extended family still live and work in agriculture. He graduated from Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana, then studied farm management and international development at Cornell University. He served in the Peace Corps in Chile, his mother’s birthplace, attempting to help honey producers in the foothills of the Andes develop wider export markets. Marc came home in 1977, to help hold the dairy farm together after his Dad’s business partner of nearly 20 years left.

Marc took another big leap into the southern hemisphere in 1979 to get his Masters in agricultural economics at the University of New England in Australia. He returned to the farm, and for the next thirteen years worked with his family to grow Lawnel Farms, Inc. into the large, successful dairy business it is today. His work as a local government leader led to his appointment as New York State Executive Director for the USDA-Farm Service Agency under President Clinton. He worked on a range of farm policy issues during his tenure, and helped craft the 1996 Farm Bill. Following his USDA service, Marc returned to Cornell, where he spent the next 15 years promoting agricultural research as Assistant Director at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and as Senior Extension Associate, exploring means to meet agricultural labor challenges and reform immigration policy. He organized an agribusiness advisory council for the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and worked closely with fruit and vegetable growers to fund and implement research programs to meet high priority industry challenges.

Marc retired from Cornell in 2015, but stays actively involved with the issues he cares about most. He spent much of 2016 working as a volunteer on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in North Carolina. Marc has two grown children, Alexandra, who lives and works in Buffalo; and Connor, who calls Chicago home. Marc and his wife Linda have been together for over twenty years. They live on Cayuga Lake with their two cats, Bailey and Vincent.

Mushroom Industry Wage Survey

Frédérick Clerson
Groupe AGÉCO
Todd Bergen-Henengouwen

Frédérick Clerson holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Laval University. He joined Groupe AGÉCO in 2015. His domains of interest are agriculture politics analysis and structured marketing. He is particularly specialized in contractualization and supply management systems, in Quebec and Europe. He is also qualified in agroenvironnemental file and related advises services

Todd grew up on a mixed irrigated crop farm in southern Alberta where he has actively been involved with business operations. He also has experience operating and managing a custom farming operation. Todd’s education in agricultural business management and previous work experience has provided him with strong economic and analytic skills.

Economic Impact of Increased Minimum Wages in Quebec

Geneviève Lemonde
Executive Director
Robert Ouellet
Agricultural Employment Coordinator

Since 2014, Geneviève Lemonde has been the Executive Director of AGRIcarrières, a provincial Sector Council for the agricultural industry. She has completed a Bachelor of Administration in Human Resources Management as well as a Masters in Organizational Change and Intervention at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Her expertise in human resources management skills, training and organizational development has enabled her to work in various organizations (IBM, Radio‐Canada / CBC, UPA) and on various projects.

Robert Ouellet has worked for five years as Coordinator of Agricultural Employment for AGRIcarrières. He supervises the activities of Agrijob, an agriculture labor recruitment center in Montreal. He also acts as a coach to each of the 12 Agriculture Employment Centers (CEA) of UPA. He is a graduate in Industrial Relations from the University of Montreal. Mr. Ouellet has nearly twenty years of experience in managing non-profit organizations, and team and project management, focusing on employment, training and qualifications of the labor, especially the environment and automobile sectors.

Staying on the Right Side of Revenue Canada

Anne Van Delst
Partner, Ginsberg Gluzman Fage & Levitz

Anne grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Ottawa and witnessed the hard work necessary to be successful in personal and professional life. Over the past 20+ years, Anne has developed relationships with her clients, the majority of whom are private business owners. Learning what is important to them enables Anne to provide the value added services that make her their trusted advisor, as opposed to just their accountant. She believes that for business owners hard work is only half the battle; the other half is getting the proper financial and tax planning advice to ensure the hard work pays off. Anne joined GGFL in October 2000 after starting her career at another mid-sized accounting firm. She became a partner in 2013.

Path forward: A review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program's Primary Agriculture Stream

Steve West
Temporary Foreign Worker Program ESDC

As Director of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), Steve West heads a division of experts on labour market and economic analysis in the area of foreign and domestic labour markets. He provides program direction to Service Canada regional offices on the labour market impact assessment (LMIA) process and works closely with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Canada Border Services Agency on economic immigration issues and the entry of foreign workers into Canada

Producer Panel:

Tips from the Front Line

Tom Baker
The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance HR Committee

Explaining the importance of the Temporary Foregin Worker Program

Murray Porteous
Labour Committee - The Canadian Horticultural Council