4-H Canada and Bayer Supporting the Development of Outstanding Young Minds in Science and Technology

Ottawa, ON – June 9, 2016 – 4-H Canada and Bayer are proud to be supporting outstanding young minds making contributions in science and the agriculture and agri-food field in Canada. With the generous support of Bayer, the 4-H Canada’s Science & Technology partner, 4-H Canada this year launched its inaugural Science Fair, which represented a direct stream to the 55th Canada-Wide Science Festival (CWSF) which took place recently in Montreal, QC.

Four 4-H youth participated in the CWSF as the winners of the 4-H Canada Science Fair, which took place at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in early-March 2016 (photo attached). In addition to giving out two 4-H Canada awards, 4-H Canada was proud to have two 4-H PEI members, Neleah Lavoie and Megan Downe, bring home a Bronze Medal in the junior category for their project, “Reward vs. Punishment – Which is the better motivator?”

The 4-H Canada Science Fair is part of 4-H Canada’s ongoing commitment to furthering science and technology skills and knowledge development for youth through 4-H programming. In addition to youth programming, 4-H Canada is also striving to increase the capacity for skills and knowledge transfer in science and technology, by training adult 4-H volunteers across Canada to become Science Champions in their communities. Together, 4-H Canada and Bayer are looking forward to building upon a successful first year of programs, increasing the number of Science Champions across Canada and launching the second year of the 4-H Canada Science Fair to more 4-H youth.

“The 4-H Science & Technology program is cultivating young leaders’ passion for science,” said Derrick Rozdeba, VP Communications at Bayer Canada. “We hope these youth will continue to pursue their discoveries in the world of science and technology with the goal of affecting positive change for a better life.”

“Congratulations to all of our 4-H participants at the Canada-Wide Science Festival,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “Thanks to our generous partner Bayer, 4-H Canada is proud to provide programming for young people who are passionate about science and technology and recognize the incredible power of great young minds across Canada in making a difference in important fields such as agriculture and agri-food.”

To learn more about the 4-H Canada Science Fair and other science programming, please visit www.4-H-Canada.ca.

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Photo cutline: The winners of the 4-H Canada Science Fair at the Canada-Wide Science Festival, May 18-22, 2016. The four 4-H’ers competed against 500 youth from across Canada for close to $1,000,000 in prizes and awards, and between them took home two bronze medals. (Photo courtesy 4-H Canada)

About 4-H Canada

For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H Canada has more than 24,000 members and 7,400 volunteers. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, engaged and confident leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. To learn more about 4-H Canada, please visit www.4-H-Canada.ca.

About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2015, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of EUR 46.3 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.3 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to https://www.bayer.com.

For more information, media may contact:

Elizabeth Jarvis
Director of Marketing and Communications, 4-H Canada
613-759-1013 (ext. 130) or 613-809-7141

Komie Hossini
Marketing Communications, Bayer CropScience Inc.