Country Guide Magazine published an article about the Flittons of Twin Valley Farms in Alberta who are taking CTEAM together. "The Flittons know that no one training course can be the panacea to their transition, but CTEAM is helping them to develop a measurable and fully implementable business plan and to take some baby steps towards the transition of the farm."
Quotes from CTEAM Participants:
“Going through CTEAM is like coming out of a dark tunnel with a light at the end. You gain the focus to head toward the light, and when you get to the end you realize how large your opportunities are.”
Robert Semeniuk, RAS Farms, Alberta
“CTEAM allows you the opportunity to be working on your business, rather than in your business.”
Melanie Sommers, Newbrabant Farms Ltd, Ontario
“CTEAM has changed me and my farm operation forever. My classmates and the instructors gave me more motivation and drive than I ever thought possible. This is a course that every farm operator, owner or manager should be enrolled in. Guaranteed success!”
Colin Brown, Dykeview Farms, Nova Scotia
"The commitment to moving agricultural producers to the next level is incredible. The course covers all aspects of business, and is a definite necessity for producers today.”
Lauren Maurer, Land & Sky Grains Inc., Saskatchewan
2010 National Winner, Outstanding Young Farmers
“This will change your life and your business forever. Go to just one session and see. You must be prepared to work very hard, but it is worth every minute”
Sonia Decker, Decker Farms
“One of the best personal growth experiences of my life. Creating a strategic business plan in the process was a bonus.”
Tim Nerbas, Nerbas Enterprises Inc.
“The CFAME program applies theoretical business concepts to real-life industry operations specifically tailored for agri-food leaders.”
Alan Chong, Customer Service Centre Manager, Chilliwack BC, Vantage Foods
“This program was one of the most enjoyable and informative programs I have taken in a long time. It covers a significant amount of material and the instructors do an excellent job providing information while encouraging participation from the entire group. One of the most relevant aspects is the tours and subsequent debriefing sessions. They provide practical examples for utilizing the techniques studied in the course. They also allow the group to identify strengths and weakness in each organization, and to identify ways in which successful implementation of the strategies studied can assist an organization in reaching its objectives. The program was over far too quickly and I look forward to the development of an Alumni group.”
Lori Schmaltz, MNP LLP, Alberta
“You will broaden your strategic thinking and expand your mind. The course is only one tool that allows you to think strategically, the participant interaction is an added feature that will help you grow in your business strategic thinking.”
Chris Schull, Director of Information Technology, Ridley Inc
“I came into this program not sure of what to expect from this course and myself. This program has exceeded my expectations. It has changed how I approach my professional life drastically. I am more passionate about my job – the business – and implementing changes for success. Thank you!”
Dana Klassen, Star Egg Co. Ltd., Saskatoon, SK
“Excellent program. Looking back I will remember this course as a major turning point in my life and business.”
John Griffin, WP Griffin Inc., Elmsdale, PE
“An excellent opportunity to spark ideas outside your “box” and use the knowledge and experience of those around you to think through how to apply them.”
Trish Fournier, Lake Erie Farms Inc.
“Great location, good speakers and an excellent opportunity to meet some of the most progressive farmers in Canada.”
Ryan Schuyler Farms Ltd.
“I was very impressed overall.”
Deb Conzelmann, King Cole Ducks
"The course was challenging, thought-provoking, and pretty intense. There was also no lack of humour. Thanks, it was very worthwhile!”
Harvey Jasudavisius, Procurement Manager, Weetabix of Canada Ltd.
“It’s great having instructors who are so genuinely keen that their students learn. The course content was challenging, but was made accessible through patient instruction.”
Holly Buchanan, Vice President, Buchanan Trading Inc.
“It was becoming clear that we needed to understand more about how the commodity futures market worked and how we could use it to reduce some of our risk from an ever increasing volatile market. The program clearly explained how the futures market functions and how it is important to create a marketing plan that has clear direction so when implemented, “risk management” and “risk taking” don’t get confused. It is the type of program that every manager in agriculture should take.”
Robert & Angela Semeniuk, Outstanding Young Farmer, Alberta Winners
“All sections of this course were very well presented. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to further their understanding of managing commodity based pricing."
Derek Jamieson, General Manager, Four Division, New-Life Mills Limited
“The course opened the door to the commodity futures world. Well worth the time and the money."
Gary Erickson, Manager, Grain Transactions, CSP Foods