Cargill, Farm Credit Canada and Corteva Agriscience Announce Support for Actua on National Day of Agriculture

from Canada The agribusiness industry demonstrates its growing commitment to increasing skills development opportunities for underrepresented youth and supporting pathways to career opportunities in the sector.

OTTAWA (ON), February 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Actua today announced new partnerships with CargillFarm Credit Canada and Corteva Agriscience, which will meet the agricultural industry’s growing need for a diverse and skilled workforce.

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These partnerships provide additional support for Actua’s national STEM skills development programs, which equip young people with essential and in-demand skills and increase their awareness of career opportunities available in cutting-edge industries, such as agribusiness. They also focus on promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry by engaging Indigenous youth, girls and other underrepresented youth.

“It was Actua’s focus on equity, inclusion and diversity that aligns with our own Corteva Agriscience goals that prompted Corteva to support this project,” said Bryce Eger, President, Corteva Agriscience Canada. “Corteva Agriscience is deeply committed to making agriculture as inclusive as the communities we serve. Through an investment in Actua’s Indigenous Youth in STEM program, Corteva is helping the next generation of Indigenous youth become leaders in STEM-based industries, including agriculture. “

“Our values ​​drive us to put people first. That’s why we’re working with partners like Actua to invest in an inclusion and diversity agenda that provides girls, Indigenous youth and other vulnerable youth with STEM skills development programs that focus on this education being applied to agribusiness occupations,” said Connie Tamoto, Cargill’s corporate responsibility Canada. “AT Cargillwe believe that agriculture will not only allow us to feed the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way, but it will also help us close the opportunity gap for children around the world. Canada.”

The growing support from the agriculture industry began early last year when Protein Industries Canada announced its co-investment with Actua, Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative (EMILI) and Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C ) to launch a project, known as the Explore Project, which introduces K-12 youth to the career opportunities available to them in the plant protein, agribusiness and digital agriculture sectors. , and develops the skills they need to thrive as future leaders in this space. Now in its second year, the Explore project aims to reach 69,000 young people over three years.

“At Farm Credit Canada (FCC), we believe investing in the next generation is important to the future of Canadian agriculture,” said Marty Seymour, director of industry relations at FCC. “Our partnership with Actua aims to develop critical workforce skills and inspire Indigenous youth and girls to consider careers in agriculture. We know these programs will have a big impact on building diversity and equity, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to dream, grow and thrive in this dynamic industry.”

Protein Industries Canada – one of from Canada five innovation superclusters – not only made the inaugural investment in the Explore project, but their involvement was instrumental in opening up new avenues of collaboration with industry.

“Actua’s new partnerships in their youth education programs are a sign not only of their success, but of the significant impact collaboration can have on from Canada Food and Plant-Based Ingredients Sector,” CEO of Protein Industries Canada Bill Greuel noted. “From our initial co-investment in their project partnership to today’s announcement, this collaborative approach has helped drive increased interest in our sector, increased opportunities for young people and increased opportunities for from Canada small and medium enterprises. These new partnerships are exactly the kind of connections and industry expansion we hope to see from our co-investments, and I look forward to seeing the impact they will have on our industry. »

“Actua is pleased to see so many leading organizations coming together to cultivate greater interest in the innovation potential of this industry among the next generation of leaders,” said Jennifer Flagan, President and CEO of Actua. “Through these partnerships, Actua’s network can further expand the reach and impact of its programs that build the essential skills, knowledge and confidence young people need to lead the digital agriculture industry. “

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About Actua: Actua is from Canada largest youth outreach network in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) representing more than 40 university and college members. Each year, Actua’s growing network of member organizations reaches more than 350,000 young Canadians in 500 communities across the country. Actua focuses on engaging underrepresented youth through specialized programs for Indigenous youth, girls and young women, at-risk youth, and youth living in northern and remote communities. Its national InSTEM program reaches more than 35,000 Indigenous youth per year in more than 200 Indigenous communities. Actua’s major funding partners include: the Government of Canadathe Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of CanadaRBC Foundation, Suncor Energy Foundation, Protein Industries Canada, TD Bank Group, Microsoft Canada, Finning Canada, Toyota Canada Foundation, Enbridge, NCR Foundation, Cargill, Imperial and Lockheed Martin Canada. For more information about Actua, visit

On Cargill: On Cargill: Cargill’s 155,000 employees in 70 countries work tirelessly to achieve our goal of feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers to markets, customers to ingredients, and people and animals to the food they need to thrive. We combine 157 years of experience with new technologies and knowledge to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, finance and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Together, we are building a stronger and more sustainable future for agriculture. For more information, visit and our Information Center.

About Farm Credit Canada: FCC East from Canada leading agricultural and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $44 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and food. We provide flexible and competitively priced financing, AgExpert management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industry. As an independent Crown corporation, we provide an appropriate return to our shareholder and reinvest our profits in the industry and the communities we serve. For more information, visit

About Corteva Agriscience: Corteva, Inc. (NYSE: CTVA) is a publicly traded global agriculture company that combines industry-leading innovation, world-class customer engagement and operational execution to cost-effectively deliver solutions to the world’s most pressing agricultural challenges. Corteva generates preferred market preference through its unique distribution strategy, as well as its globally balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection, and digital products and services. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and a technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to maximizing farmer productivity, while working with stakeholders across the food system as it delivers on its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce. and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. More information can be found at Follow Corteva on Facebook, instagram, LinkedIn, Twitterand Youtube.




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