FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Scholarship Honours the Memory of a Farm Management Legend
September 22, 2014 - Ottawa, ON – Robert (Bob) L. Ross was instrumental in inspiring and encouraging farm management excellence across Canada and the United States through his leadership and passion for the agricultural community. A dairy farmer and farm business consultant from St.Marys, Ontario, Bob fought a courageous battle with cancer, passing in March 2014.
As a tribute to his passion, leadership and legacy, Agri-Food Management Excellence, Farm Management Canada and the Ross Family have established the Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarship program, rewarding one Canadian farmer with the opportunity to participate in the CTEAM program and continue on a path towards excellence, as inspired by Canada’s leading experts and a one-of-a-kind support network of peers and colleagues.
“Bob Ross was instrumental in the creation of CTEAM. His passion for farm business management excellence was exemplified as he encouraged and supported the participants through his many years of involvement with the program,” says Heather Broughton, AME Principal. “This scholarship is a tribute to his dedication and commitment.”
“We are very honoured that Bob’s dedication and commitment to farm management excellence are being recognized through this Scholarship. Bob was passionate about the value of the CTEAM program, and he would be very pleased that we are supporting the program and Canadian family farmers in his memory.” – Nancy Ross and Family
The Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarship has been established to ensure Bob's legacy lives on and continues to inspire the next generation of remarkable farm managers.
The Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving farmer who emanates and demonstrates Bob’s lifework through their passion and devotion to excellence and leadership within the agricultural community.
“As a former Vice-Chair and long-standing Board member of FMC, we are grateful to receive the Ross’ Family’s blessing to honour Bob this way,” says Heather Watson, FMC Executive Director. “While Bob’s legacy continues to live on in all of us, this Scholarship allows us to act on his behalf to forever change the life of a deserving farmer.”
Eligible applicants must demonstrate:
- A progressive operation and entrepreneurial
- Passion for the industry – community or industry
- How the value gained from the program will be
The successful recipient will have the chance to take part in a life-changing learning opportunity. The recipient will receive free tuition to the CTEAM program and up to $4000 towards travel expenses.
The Scholarship will be offered on an annual basis beginning in 2014. The Scholarship recipient will be awarded on November 20th 2014 in conjunction with Farm Management Canada’s Agricultural Excellence Conference taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Scholarship applicants must submit a completed application form along with 2 non-family references by October 31st, 2014.
To apply for the Robert L. Ross Scholarship, visit: www.agrifoodtraining.com
Any industry stakeholders interested in becoming part of and supporting the Robert L. Ross Scholarship are asked to contact AME.
About Agri-Food Management Excellence Inc.
Agri-Food Management Excellence (AME) is inspired by empowering people to realize their goals. We empower farmers, ranchers and other agribusiness professionals through leading edge courses delivered in an unconventional format. It is Canada’s only national farm management learning program.
About Farm Management Canada
Farm Management Canada is a national umbrella for farm business management activity and the only organization dedicated exclusively to the development and delivery of advanced business management information, tools and resources to position Canada’s farmers for success.
For more information contact:
Agri-Food Management Excellence
Heather Broughton, Principal
Phone: 780 781 2840
Farm Management Canada
Heather Watson, Executive Director
Phone: 613 237 9060 ext. 31