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Growing Horticulture Roundtable: Part 3 – The Ideal Candidate

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

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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