The MFRE Leadership Award seeks to honor the student or students who have been positive leaders through their studies in the MFRE program. The recipient of this award has motivated hers/his classmates, expanded other students’ horizons, showed dedication and hard work, and had a positive outlook. Particular emphasis is given to a student who develops or strengthens their leadership qualities during the MFRE program; put another way, to a student who blossoms or flourishes within the MFRE program in a way that has a positive influence on their fellow students and the program. Recipients can use the award to support professional development activities of their choosing up to a maximum of $1,000.
Harmony Bjarnason: Harmony used the award to attend the Climate Leaders Training offered in July 2015 in Toronto by The Climate Reality Project, which is chaired and founded by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
Airlie Trescowthick: Airlie used the award to attend the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Outlook 2015 conference in Canberra in March 2015. The theme of the Conference was “The business of agriculture: producing for profit.”
Joel Bokenfohr: Joel used the award to attend the course Agribusiness in Brazil at Universidade Paulista – UNIP, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The course offered me the opportunity to gain an increased global perspective of agriculture and interact with students from around the world. Specifically we covered topics on Agribusiness Strategy in Brazil, Supply Chain Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Brazilian Agriculture, as well as Marketing and Communication.
This experience gave me a new appreciation for the scale and potential of agriculture around the world.