This page was published under a previous government and is available for archival and research purposes.
2015 Regional Award Winner
Groupement de gestion agricole de l'Ontario
+ High resolution
Johanne Lafrance, Céline Brunette and MPP Sophie Kiwala
They say it's a dog-eat-dog, everybody-for-themselves kind of world. Groupe de gestion agricole de l'Ontario thinks a little differently. Each member of the 26-year-old farmers' co-operative provides their farm financials and production data, which is then fed into the organization's in-house software. The resulting reports allow everyone to compare their costs and ratios with similar operations in similar growing areas. Members can choose to keep their analysis confidential, although the benefits from trust, open sharing and discussion vastly outweigh short-term privacy concerns. The collaborative approach makes it possible to track performance over the years, identify opportunities and problem-solve with other producers, proving that membership really does have its privileges. The successful model, which was adopted from Quebec, has now spread to Manitoba and New Brunswick.