On November 23, the winners of the 2017 Tournez-vous vers l'excellence! Contest were announced during Colloque Gestion, a management seminar organized by the Québec Reference Centre for Agriculture and Agri-food (CRAAQ), in Drummondville.
It should be mentioned that the Tournez-vous vers l'excellence! Contest was created in 2005 by La Financière agricole du Québec and aims to recognize new farm entrepreneurs who have distinguished themselves with their professional skills and management qualities.
The grand prize winner of the 12th edition and recipient of a $5000 grant is Virginie Lepage, from Ferme Olofée, located in Saint-Félicien in the Lac-Saint-Jean region.
The two runner-ups, each receiving a $2500 grant, are Jean-François Dion, from Aux Fruits de la colline located in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce and Stephanie Maynard, from the Quinn Farm, located in Notre-Dame-de-l‘Île-Perrot in the Montérégie region.
The $1500 grant from FIRA was awarded to Audrey Bogemans, from Ferme Bogemans, located in Saint-Sébastien in the Montérégie region.
Pictures: François Pinard - La Financière agricole du Québec.