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Rick Hansen headlines FCC Forum speaker series

Published on 09 September 2013

This year’s Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Forums, beginning in November, will feature some of Canada’s most entertaining and enlightening speakers. Presentations will be from Canadian icon and spinal cord injury research advocate Rick Hansen; Tornado Hunter Greg Johnson; and Michelle Painchaud, a management expert who works with farmers and agriculture businesses across Canada.

FCC Forums bring producers and agribusiness operators together to learn, network and share ideas. Participants say the events give them an opportunity to attend a motivational event and many leave inspired, ready to set new goals in their personal and professional life. Hansen’s story relates to those in agriculture.

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{socialbuttons}“Attitude is everything when it comes to achieving success and overcoming challenges,” Hansen said. “Being able to ‘dream big’ and work hard through all kinds of obstacles – whether they are spinal-cord-injury-related or agriculture-related – is incredibly important for all of us.”

With his “bucket list” philosophy and constant eye on the sky, Greg Johnson knows the importance of following your passion in a profession.

"Nobody makes a decision to become a farmer if they don’t have a passion for being on the land,” says Johnson. “It’s that same passion and connection to the physical world, which drives me into tornadoes and I love it!”

As one of Canada’s premier consultants in human behaviour and employee performance, Michelle Painchaud will provide everyone with new ideas about motivating their workforce.

“Some people think it’s impossible to motivate someone — that motivation only comes from within,” Painchaud says. “In fact, it’s not only possible, there are easy ways for businesses to do it apart from financial motivation.”

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The 2013 Forum series will include stops in Langley, B.C. (Nov. 19), Kingston, Ont. (Nov. 26), Vaughan, Ont. (Nov. 28), London, Ont. (Dec. 10), Red Deer, Alta. (Dec. 12), Regina, Sask. (Jan. 21), Saskatoon, Sask. (Feb. 27), Winnipeg, Man. (March 4), Moncton, N.B. (March 7) and Lethbridge, Alta. (March 11). Speakers for FCC Forums in Quebec will be announced later this fall.

Participants can register for the forums online or by calling (800) 387-3232. The public also is invited to join speakers online to participate in live Twitter Q&As leading up to the first forum in November.  PD

—From FCC news release

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