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Registration Now Open! BUILD Leadership Program

January 4, 2024

Join us for a training program for beef farmers designed to develop and improve the leadership skills of existing and potential leaders of BFO. This program not only provides industry participants with the knowledge and confidence to excel as leaders, it supports those farmers who are capable of moving the Ontario beef sector forward - providing stronger leadership capacity for the entire organization.

Between 2012 and 2017, BFO executed five iterations of its BUILD Leadership Development Program in partnership with the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI), graduating 96 beef industry leaders and emerging leaders. It's been seven years since the last program was offered, and with a renewed strategic plan that has a focus on producer excellence and leadership training, BFO has committed to hosting the program in April for interested individuals.

The program will accept 15 individuals, and will require attendance at three sessions:

Virtual Kick-off Night
Wednesday, April 3
7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

  • Program Introduction
  • Taking the Plunge into Leadership Roles
  • Overview of Pre-session Assessments

Session One (Guelph, Ontario)
April 7-9th

  • Board Roles & Responsibilities
  • Understanding People Using Personality Profiles
  • Innovative Problem Solving
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Communication Skills
  • How Does Understanding Financials Help Both on the Board and Your Farm?
  • Becoming a Leader, People Will Follow


Session Two (Toronto, Ontario)
April 21-22nd

  • Importance of Advocacy/Government Relations Work
  • Queen's Park Tour

Like the previous program offerings, there will be a $150 fee to reserve a spot, which will be refunded at the conclusion of the program provided all sessions were attended by the participant. If you, or someone you know, is interested in this unique training opportunity, register soon to avoid disappointment. 

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