Professional Director Rural Leadership Program

The Professional Director Education and Certification Program for Rural Leadership

This program has been designed specifically for rural leaders. It takes the essentials of what all board members and executives must know about governance – the 80% of governance that is common to any organization and any sector – and then adds to it specific information for the rural leader.

The key benefits for the directors participating in the program are that by its end they will have:

  • The skills and competence required to fulfill their roles as board members;
  • An excellent knowledge of the function of corporate governance and how it operates within their business, sector and organizational structure;
  • A good knowledge of business finance and the tools and know-how to use financial information appropriately at the board level; and
  • A good understanding of their own personal strengths and weaknesses and be able to continually develop themselves to meet their future needs.

Press Release

The Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario, located in Guelph, Ontario, working in collaboration with Governance Solutions Inc. of Halton Hills, Ontario – and with government support through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership – is thrilled to launch the first, online board governance certificate program created specifically for rural leaders, directors and prospective directors working on corporate or not for profit boards.
“Canada’s youth play a critical role in the continued growth and prosperity of the agriculture sector,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister. “Our Government is proud to support projects such as this certificate program that provide young farmers with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed as effective leaders.”
“Our government is committed to removing barriers for our agri-food sector so it can grow and be more competitive in the global marketplace,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we’re pleased to support industry efforts like this, which are developing the agriculture sector leaders of today and tomorrow.”
The Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario, located in Guelph, Ontario, working in collaboration with Governance Solutions Inc. of Halton Hills, Ontario is thrilled to launch the first, on line board governance certificate program created specifically for rural leaders, directors and prospective directors working on corporate or not for profit boards.
This comprehensive, 8 level program known as the Professional Director Education and Certification Program for Rural Leaders©, earns successful participants their PRO.DIR.RL designation. This certificate program provides comprehensive governance training and serves to build capacity and strengthen the quality and effectiveness of current and prospective rural leaders and
directors. With an emphasis on governance essentials, it moves beyond the basics of governance structure to address the behavioural and cultural aspects of boardroom dynamics.
This certification program has been developed with support provided through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five year, federal-provincial-territorial initiative as well as corporate support from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and Shawn LaPalm Insurance Agency with the support of The Co-operators Advisor Community Fund.
Delivered completely online, this multi-level program can be accessed 24/7 and is taken at the student’s own convenience and pace. Visit www.professionaldirector.com/ruralleadership and use the code JFAO when registering. Governance Solutions Inc. has been trusted for over 28 years by organizations around the globe to provide superior governance solutions.
The Junior Farmers Association of Ontario has been a not for profit association building young leaders across rural Ontario since 1944.

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