Public lecture and branch meeting
Global Food Security: How the change that is needed will come from our next generation
Léona Dargis, Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth – Honorary Next Generation Facilitator
Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:00-7:30 P.M.
Grant MacEwan University City Centre Campus 10700 104 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta Room 7-218 For maps and directions click here.
Lecture and speaker information
The topic of global food security has come to the forefront within mainstream media over the last few years and a priority for many worldly organizations. However, does the general public understand what this actually means? How is food security different between developed and developing countries? And what change is needed for a sustainable future in food production? Léona Dargis was raised on a family farm in rural Alberta. She learned the true values of hard work, having a positive attitude and building your network at a young age. Her passion for travel grew as she began to understand the importance and complexities of agricultural industries around the world. To build thriving communities they require better education, innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn about what work is being done to encourage our youth to take lead in changing the future of food security and what you can do to help make an impact. Léona’s real-life experiences of visiting the Mamas from the Maasai Mara in Kenya to speaking with members of the Royal family will offer you a unique insight into a life of passion and perseverance.
This Canadian award-winning Olds College student is passionate about agriculture and life. Léona has struck a perfect balance in applying the time-honoured principles she learned within her farming family roots. Her parents, the late Jean & Joanne Dargis, taught their five daughters the powerful combination of education and enthusiasm in moving not only the agricultural industry forward but in truly living life to its fullest. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness from Olds College and without skipping a beat her leadership role expanded from provincial to international. Today, she respectfully represents future young leaders from around the world as an elected Honorary Next Generation (NG) Trustee for the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) where she has the honour of working with the President of the association, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. In 2011, Léona became the youngest Canadian Nuffield Scholar and completed an international study on ‘Successful Succession Planning and Diversification on the Family Farm’ while focusing on the next generation. Still in her twenties, her role as a keynote speaker and agricultural ambassador grows as her presentations are as genuine as they are inspirational.