The Canadian Consulting Agrologists Association (CCAA) is taking some of the same advice its members offer farm clients – and broadening its horizons.
The association has merged with the much larger Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada) to expand its network of professional advisers, said former CCAA president Terry Betker. As part of the merger, Betker becomes a director of the CMC-Canada.
Betker said consulting agrologists, who are required to adhere to an ethics code and go through a certification process, have found farm clients need access to an increasingly diverse range of advisers when mapping out a future for their farm businesses – everything from human resources management to financial planning to information technology to engineering expertise.
As well, there is a growing convergence of agriculture, health, environment and energy opportunities that provide both an opportunity and a challenge for traditional agriculture to meet.
It made sense for the consulting agrologists to build networks in order to provide access to those consulting services, through an organization that adheres to a similar code of conduct and professional certification standards, he said.
“CCAA had a membership base that was broadly focused, but we needed a larger organization with the critical mass and the complementary adviser-based skill sets to meet the current and evolving needs.”
Glenn Yonemitsu, the CEO for CMC-Canada said Canada is positioned to be a global agri-food leader and good professional advice can serve as a catalyst for that. [email protected]