2017 GrowCanada Conference to Feature CSTA Future Influencers

November 29, 2017
2017 GrowCanada Conference to Feature CSTA Future Influencers

Calgary, Alberta – The Canadian Seed Trade Association is pleased to announce that Jake Ayre, a University of Manitoba Agribusiness student from Minto, Manitoba and Lauren Benoit, a Master’s of Science student from Kirkton, Ontario, are this year’s winners for CSTA’s Future Influencer competition. Both Jake and Lauren will be actively participating in the 2017 GrowCanada Conference in Calgary, Alberta from November 28-30, 2017.

In its eighth year, this program offers the opportunity for Canada’s youth to attend the annual GrowCanada Conference and provide their perspective on agriculture. This year we had many thoughtful responses to our essay question, but only two winners are selected. Any student across Canada in grades 11 and 12, or in agricultural college or university, may apply.

Jake Ayre is a 21-year-old aspiring farmer. He and his family have been involved in agriculture for several generations, both in Canada and England where his Grandparents still reside on the family farm. Jake graduated Valedictorian with a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 2017 and is currently working on his degree in Agribusiness. Jake has experience working with the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers. He has a passion for agriculture and has a keen interest in the crop/seed industry and its agricultural policies.

Lauren Benoit was born and raised on a grain farm in Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the University of Guelph in 2016 and is currently working on a MSc. in Weed Science studying control options for glyphosate resistant waterhemp in corn. Lauren has three years of experience working in herbicide research and development for E. I. DuPont Canada Crop Protection in Thorndale, Ontario and for BASF Canada Inc. in Lethbridge, AB. Before beginning her MSc. she worked as a Science and Regulatory Affairs intern at CropLife Canada.

“The Canadian Seed Trade Association is proud to have this long-standing sponsorship of the Future Influencers program at GrowCanada,” said Dave Carey, Executive Director. “CSTA is incredibly pleased to offer this opportunity to young people, they are the future of agriculture and their perspective is essential in guiding the direction of the industry. We offer our sincere congratulations to Jake and Lauren on this excellent achievement and we look forward to hearing their thoughtful insights at the 2017 GrowCanada Conference.”


The Canadian Seed Trade Association is the national voice of more than 130 seed company members engaged in all aspects of seed research, production, and marketing and trade, both domestically and internationally.Learn more about CSTA at cdnseed.org. Follow us on Twitter: @SeedInnovation.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Kim Sabourin, Communications and Member Engagement Coordinator
Cell: 613.292.4326 or email: ksabourin@seedinnovation.ca

Dave Carey, Executive Director
Cell: 613.878.5770 or email: dcarey@seedinnovation.ca