The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) has committed $100,000 to sponsor an industry collaboration area, the Collaboration Zone, within Assiniboine Community College’s Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture.
“Working with industry is an integral piece of the vision for the centre,” said Tim Hore, dean of the School of Agriculture and Environment, in a media release. “This is an important partnership and it’s quite fitting to welcome a major commodity association like MCGA aboard the Prairie Innovation Centre project.”
The Prairie Innovation Centre will bring together collaborative learning spaces, applied research labs, multi-purpose spaces and amenities that will serve both industry and the college community. The Collaboration Zone is where education and industry connection meet.
“MCGA is proud to expand our long-standing support of Assiniboine Community College,” said Delaney Ross Burtnack, executive director, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, in the same release. “We recognize the invaluable role Assiniboine plays in developing agriculture’s future people and innovations, and the Prairie Innovation Centre Collaboration Zone will become a central point connecting agricultural education to industry.”
Danielle Tichit is a faculty member in the School of Agriculture and Environment. In the courses she teaches, students build a thorough understanding and skill set regarding canola production and marketing.
“Canola is essential to agriculture in the Prairies, making up one-third of the acres here in Manitoba,” said Tichit. “Our students will either be growing canola in their own future farming operations or supporting the canola industry with financial or production advice.”
The MCGA has a long history with the college, sponsoring the Manitoba Canola Growers Association Culinary Theatre in the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts along with student financial awards for culinary and agribusiness students and several event sponsorships.
“Assiniboine is a valued institution to western Manitoba and to agriculture. In fact, three of my kids launched their careers through Assiniboine programs including communications, culinary arts and agribusiness,” said Bill Nicholson, who is a farmer and MCGA board member from Shoal Lake.