Johanne has been a champion for agriculture education for more than 20 years – first as the Executive Director of AITC in Manitoba, and then by leading the development of the national organization which formalized in 2015. Johanne has tirelessly dedicated her career to advocating for agriculture education to be present in all classrooms, bridging the information gap and creating meaningful connections to agriculture and food for Canadian students and educators.
"The Board of Directors and provincial colleagues congratulate Johanne! She leads AITC Canada with enthusiasm and passion, encourages collaboration, and maintains connections with farmers and people experienced in agriculture," said Pat Tonn, Chair. "She has built a lasting legacy for agriculture education in Canada and is most deserving of induction to the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame."
Johanne is a natural leader and team builder, with a genuine passion and enthusiasm for sharing Canada’s agriculture and food story. She has demonstrated her value of innovation, while working with the AITC provincial groups to deliver agriculture learning to Canadian students in a fun, experiential, and interactive way.
She is also a driving force that has inspired hundreds of partnerships and collaborations with agriculture stakeholders including the federal government, to support the delivery of accurate, balance, and current curriculum-connected agriculture-focused learning. In 2020 alone, AITC provided more than two million student agriculture learning experiences from coast to coast.
This induction into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame celebrates the lasting legacy of not only Johanne’ leadership, but the importance of agriculture education to the ongoing success and growth of Canada’s agriculture and food sector.
Johanne started her agriculture education career in Manitoba in 2000, helping AITC-Manitoba grow from a “one-woman-shop” to a team of eight in 2016, when she moved on to lead AITC-C, which she was dedicated to building along with her provincial AITC colleagues. Since that time, AITC-C has grown to a nationally recognized Canadian charity with 10 provincial AITC members and a team of eight staff.
Johanne is also a proud community booster where she lives with her family on their farm near Minnedosa, Manitoba. She has served on countless boards and committees including 4H, her local credit union and the Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation. Inspired by agriculture education initiatives, Johanne currently sits on the Assiniboine Community College Board of Governors and is proud to be co-chair of ACC’s Prairie Innovation Centre fundraising campaign. Ross was recognized as the YWCA Woman of Distinction for Agriculture in 2015.
Johanne was nominated for the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame by her sisters, Laurel Hyde and Patti McKenzie, and fellow CAHF inductee Robynne Anderson. The nomination focused on Johanne’s contributions to agriculture on a national level and included 10 letters of support from AITC provincial members and board, stakeholders, educators, and industry leaders.
We would like to thank all the stakeholders, partners, educators, volunteers, and supporters who have contributed to AITC’s success – making this acknowledgement for the importance of agriculture and food education possible.
We are so proud to have Johanne leading the AITC team to bring agriculture into every classroom, inspiring every student.