Assiniboine welcomes Ag-Quest for inspiring fireside chat

Ag-Quest employees

The college is collaborating with the agriculture and environmental field research firm, based in Minto, Manitoba, to inspire possibility and future careers in ag.

In celebration of Canada’s Agriculture Day and 45 years of agriculture programming at the college, Assiniboine hosted local research firm and college supporter Ag-Quest for an inspiring fireside chat.

Ag-Quest has a deep-rooted connection to the college. Founder, David Rourke, is engaged as an adjunct faculty researcher at the college and the firm has made a generous contribution of $40,000 towards scholarships and bursaries for the college’s Russ Edwards School of Agriculture & Environment.

Dana Maxwell, CEO of Ag-Quest

“Ag-Quest provides tremendous opportunities for our students not only through financial support, but through summer work placements and engaging sessions like this,” said Tim Hore, Dean, Russ Edwards School at Assiniboine. “We’re proud to be celebrating 45 years of ag programming at the college, and to mark this Canada’s Ag Day with a group of passionate industry supporters is truly gratifying.”

The college’s Canada’s Ag Day event granted attendees a unique, interactive opportunity to gain insights into the impactful research the firm is spearheading across the prairies and globally.

“A key pillar of the Edwards School is collaboration with industry,” said Derrick Turner, VP Advancement at Assiniboine. “By shining a spotlight on our college champions and connecting them to our community, it opens doors of opportunity for everyone involved. We are thankful to have the support of Ag-Quest, and to be able to collaborate with them to share their research and innovations with the agriculture community.”

Ag-Quest operates 5 research stations across the prairies and in 2023, hired 58 summer students, including many from Assiniboine.