Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan continue support for the Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship Program

News release

November 22, 2021 – Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are pleased to announce applications for the Next Gen Agriculture Mentorship Program (Next Gen) are now being accepted. Next Gen is delivered by Canadian Western Agribition (CWA).

The program develops young leaders and prepares them to take on active roles in industry leadership, governance and efforts to build public trust through the pairing of each successful applicant with an established member of the agriculture industry.

The federal and provincial governments will provide $100,000 to support this round of mentees as they continue their leadership journey in the agriculture sector.


“Investing in the next generation of agricultural producers is critical to helping the Canadian industry grow and thrive. The connections these young people make will help them gain knowledge they can apply to their operations and become industry leaders of tomorrow."

- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Ensuring security in the sector and contributing to economic growth is best achieved by mentoring future leaders. This program builds leadership capacity through knowledge and first-hand experiences, which is critical to a strong agriculture industry in Saskatchewan. Our government is proud to support such an important initiative.”

- David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister

"Agribition is honoured to help pave the way for the next generation of leaders in agriculture. Over the past few years, we’ve seen valuable connections made between mentees and mentors through this outstanding program.”

- Chris Lees, CWA President

Quick facts

  • This year, eight applicants will be selected and paired with a mentor for an 18-month mentorship experience beginning in February 2022. Applicants should have clear developmental goals and exhibit strong leadership potential.

  • Next Gen is funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3 billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agriculture, agri-food and agri-products sectors. This includes a $2 billion commitment that is cost-shared 60 per cent federally and 40 per cent provincially/territorially for programs that are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.

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