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Growing Horticulture Roundtable: Part 3 – The Ideal Candidate


November 19, 2021
By Greenhouse Canada, Fruit & Vegetable magazines

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What do growers look for when hiring staff? How important are soft skills compared to technical skills? What role does formal education play, and what should be taught through real-life experience?

In part 3 of 4 in our Growing Horticulture roundtable series, our grower, educator and industry partner panellists share their thoughts on the qualities that make up the ideal candidate, and how education and on-farm training play a part.

Featuring panelists from across the sector:

  • Stephanie Slaman of John Slaman Greenhouses, Ont.
  • Dusty Zamecnik of EZ Grow Farms, Ont.
  • Kim Wickwire of Olds College, Alta.
  • Laura Bryce of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, B.C.
  • Niki Bennett of Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Ont.
  • Tania Humphrey of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Ont.

Catch up on Part 1: Introductions where growers, educators and sector representatives speak about their roles and perspectives on horticultural labour in Canada, as well as Part 2: Challenges where panelists identify the hurdles they face in hiring, training and retention.

For a perspective from long-time supplier and roundtable sponsor, A.M.A. Horticulture, watch their special In the Spotlight video.

Can’t wait for the bite-sized pieces to drop? Look for the full, mostly uncut roundtable available on Youtube.


Thank you to our sponsor A.M.A. Horticulture for making this roundtable possible.


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