Ann Gordon

Ann’s enthusiasm and passion for leadership is a cornerstone to her expertise in the field of capacity building, economic and human resource development for the agriculture, food and rural sectors. Throughout her career, she has held a variety of progressively responsible leadership positions in government, non-profit and private enterprise. Ann has a Master’s degree in Rural Extension and believes in continuous learning that encompasses local and global perspectives.

As a respected leader with a commitment to “make a difference”, Ann’s leadership and influence can be seen in many areas. From her critical part in the creation of The Centre for Rural Leadership and her work with the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP), to her international work in value chain/supply chain development, Ann has been walking the talk of making a difference for over 20 years. Other accomplishments include Board and Executive positions in the Community Development Society, AALP Graduate, recipient of the J. Ross Cavers International Exchange Scholarship and the University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship Award. On behalf of AALP, she accepted an Award of Rural Excellence for Outstanding Philanthropic Action in 2000. Ann has been twice nominated, as part of a team, for the Amethyst Award for Outstanding Achievement by Ontario Public Servants.

Ann is a Sr. Project Manager/Consultant for the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) providing leadership to projects in Tanzania, Afghanistan and Pakistan. As the 2004 Canadian Nuffield Scholar, her research topic was “Intercultural Leadership Skills: Canada-China Agri-food Experiences”. Ann’s studies were conducted in Canada, China, and Europe.

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