"I congratulate the industry on the launch of Taste Your Future and look forward to more Ontarians embarking on careers within the agri-food and beverage processing sector," said the Honourable Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "Ontario is the ideal place for the industry to grow and thrive, with a robust population, colleges and universities training the future workforce, access to local and export markets and an entrepreneurial culture."
"Canada's food and beverage processors drive our economy, connecting producers to consumers and touching the lives of all Canadians," said the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support the food sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation."
"We have employed young people in Ontario for more than 16 years and have grown and fostered these employees into senior positions, allowing them to move to different parts of the business, learning and training along the way," said Greg Taylor, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewing and FBO member. "We brew beer, host events and tours, do marketing and sales. Our company is a small example of the exciting range of positions this sector has to offer and the strong relationship between the agri-food industry and tourism."
"We're looking forward to sharing information about the post-secondary opportunities in the food and beverage processing sector with parents and students trying to figure out what they want to study," said Linda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario and a member of the committee working with FBO to develop and execute the Taste Your Future program. "Through this campaign, we're also working with employers to better identify the specific roles they are trying to fill so we can profile them on tasteyourfuture.ca and find the students and future employees that are right for them."