ACC creates new Ag and Environment program

The Assiniboine Community College has separated Agriculture and Environment programming from its Business department as part of school's "refreshed strategic direction."

Assiniboine Community College (ACC) has shown a long dedication to educating tomorrow’s producers and those in the support industries who form the backbone of the Manitoba economy. The post-secondary school took another step forward in that regard by recently separating the Business and Agriculture/Environment programs into two schools.

To facilitate this expansion, ACC has hired Tim Hore as the new Dean of Agriculture and Environment. He will officially begin his duties in early January.

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“We are delighted to be welcoming Tim to the team in January as we advance our efforts towards program leadership in agriculture and environment, which continues to be a stated priority in our college’s refreshed strategic direction,” said Dr. Deanna Rexe, Vice-President Academic in a press release.

Hore spent the previous 25 years working in both the private and the public sectors, including 15 years working for two different multinational food companies. He spent the past 10 years working for the Manitoba Department of Agriculture where he served as the CEO of the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie.

Hore feels his time in the public and private sector – especially this time with Manitoba Agriculture – gives him a tremendous range of experience to draw upon as he enters his new position.

“I was very fortunate to have many exciting roles in Manitoba Agriculture,” said Hore. “The opportunities that I enjoyed gave me incredible insight into public service and working with all levels of government.

“It is the inner knowledge of bureaucracy and external contacts that I gained over the last 10 years that I will take into my new role.”

He added he made the decision to move in the academic field to help shape the direction of education in Manitoba, noting how important both environmental studies and agriculture will continue to be moving forward.

“The strategic direction of the college and focus on agriculture and environment is what really attracted me to the position,” says Hore. “Agriculture is a significant economic driver for our province and ACC’s current and future programming is responsive to Manitoba’s growing agriculture sector labor market.

“The opportunity to work with students, faculty and the leadership at the college to continue and build exceptional learning experience that supports economic growth is exciting.”

Of course, environmental issues are top of mind with many, as scientists, politicians and the public wade into the debate about what must be done to care for the world we live in. Moving into a dean’s position that oversees both agriculture and the environment provides Hore the opportunity to help shape that discussion moving forward.

“In my opinion agriculture and environment are closely connected. Climate change is affecting how and what we are growing across the region and western Canada and, in my opinion, will continue to create opportunities,” noted Hore.

“Public trust in agriculture is shaping how we think about agriculture and communicate the issues and opportunities. Incorporating applied research and experiential learning will only strengthen our graduates ability meet the needs of current and future employers.”

The decision to accept the job at ACC was one that was warmly welcomed in the Hore household. After all, he joins a school which helped educate and prepare his daughter for a career in the agriculture industry.

“My daughter had a tremendous experience at ACC, graduating from the Agribusiness Diploma program. She now works as an Innovation Specialist with BASF,” said Hore. “In her opinion, it was the hands-on experiences and innovative teaching that helped prepare her for life after college.

“I’m looking forward to building on the foundations that exist and working with students, faculty, college leadership and of course the Ag Industry to meet the future needs of the ag sector.”

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