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Tournez-vous vers l'excellence! Contest

Contest 2016 Tournez-vous vers l'excellence

Top 10 Competition Finalists

Adrian Constantinescu

Adrian Constantinescu

Centre Équestre Impérial (Terrebonne, Lanaudière)

Passionate about horses since childhood, Adrian is the head trainer and co-owner of an equestrian training and development centre. With a solid background in his field, this young leader has significantly contributed to his operation’s growth through the sale of horses trained for high riding quality.

Mélissa Daigle

Mélissa Daigle

Ferme Kobec (Saint-Bernard-de-Michaudville, Montérégie)

Growing up on her grandfather’s dairy farm, Mélissa was always passionate about agriculture. This young business woman is now making a name for herself with an operation unique in Québec, specialized in raising pure-bred Wagyu cattle to produce high-end products. Encouraged by her family, Mélissa has shown determination and resourcefulness in carrying out this ambitions project that is now reaping its rewards.

Jean-François Dion

Jean-François Dion

Aux Fruits de la colline (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Chaudière-Appalaches)

Jean-François is a dynamic young man who pursued his dreams by acquiring his own market gardening operation. Since then, he has relentlessly innovated and diversified the products and services he offers. With solid community involvement, this entrepreneur remains focused on his operation’s prosperity.

Nathalie Gauthier

Nathalie Gauthier

Ferme Trois Chemins inc. (Saint-Bernard, Chaudière-Appalaches)

Taking over the reins of her father-in-laws’s family farm with her partner was quite a challenge for Nathalie, one she skillfully manoeuvred. Since her establishment in agriculture, she has focused on the efficiency, productivity and profitability of her dairy operation, using best practices in sustainable development.

Marie-Chantal Houde

Marie-Chantal Houde

Bergerie et Fromagerie Nouvelle France (Racine, Estrie)

With her training and expertise, Marie-Chantal has made a notable contribution to the growth of her cheese-making operation. This young manager is constantly innovating, creating new products while maintaining the excellent quality of her cheeses. Marie-Chantal wants her business to become the Canadian reference for fine ewe’s milk cheese production, contributing to her region’s renown and that of Québec.

Patrick Leblanc

Patrick Leblanc

Ferme Patrick Leblanc (Saint-Hugues, Montérégie)

Starting a new business is no small task. That is why Patrick surrounded himself with substantial support and implemented effective management practices to achieve his dream of owning his own hog-producing and grain-growing operation. This determined young entrepreneur concentrates on the continual improvement of his performance to maximize his operation’s growth.

Virginie Lepage

Virginie Lepage

Ferme Olofée inc. (Saint-Félicien, Lac-Saint-Jean)

Virginie made team building her primary goal when she arrived to manage the family farm. This young multi-tasker is determined to maintain her leadership role at the business, specialized in oat production and seed cleaning operations. Her objectives for the coming years are to work at improving her product lines and making her company better known across the country.

* Second from left

Éléonore Macle

Éléonore Macle

Intermiel inc. (Mirabel, Laurentides)

Since her arrival at the family business, Éléonore’s know-how has been evident and her skills in management and marketing have become invaluable assets. She has collaborated in creating several different product lines, derived from raw farm materials. This young manager also contributes in making her company known throughout North America for the quality and diversity of its products and for its educational component.

Steve Michel

Steve Michel

Les Ruchers de la Mère Michel inc. (Saint-Christophe-d’Arthabaska, Centre-du-Québec)

Steve presides over the family business that specializes in the pollination of small fruit crops. Over the years, this manager has ensured his farm’s sustainability by offering a pollination service in various regions of Québec. The future looks promising for this young visionary whose business is constantly expanding and posed to become one of the leading pollinators in Québec.

Anne Turbide

Anne Turbide

Ferme Martin Turbide (Val-Brillant, Bas-Saint-Laurent)

Anne actively participates in the various activities of the family’s dairy business, which has seen superior performances since she established herself as a producer. This born entrepreneur stands out in her community through her commitments and authenticity. Some serious challenges lie ahead for this ambitious manager as she seeks to develop products that combine quality and innovation, while going outside the usual paradigms for dairy production.

To recognize excellence among aspiring farmers

This contest is for new farm entrepreneurs who, through their professional skills and management qualities, stand apart with a profile of excellence.

To win: one $5000 grant and two $2500 grants

Eligibility conditions:

  • Have been in business for from two to seven years 
  • Be between 18 and 40 years old 
  • Hold at least 20 % of your operation's shares 
  • Have received a start-up grant under the Financial Support for Aspiring Farmers Program or received confirmation that this grant will be accorded

The aim of the Contest Tournez-vous vers l'excellence! is to showcase the individual contribution of entrepreneurs. Note that only one person may present a candidature per operation, even if the operation has two associates with equal shares.

The FIRA will award a $1 500 grant to one of 10 finalists who will have distanced himself by the relevance of his formation as well as by the importance of his supervision and/or his mentorship in the success of his business project.

The winners will be announced in the framework of the Colloque Gestion (Business convention) of the Centre de référence en agriculture et agroalimentaire du Québec (CRAAQ), on November 23, 2016, in Drummondville.

By opening this contest, La Financière agricole du Québec, in conjunction with CRAAQ, seeks to demonstrate the importance it accords to solid training and the acquisition of qualities and skills that pave the way to exercising a profession in agriculture. 

Contest Winners and Finalists

Since its creation in 2005, 30 young people have received an award of excellence.