L.E.A.D. Mentors Guide 4-H Canada Youth on Path to Success

Former “Dragon” Brett Wilson and Olympic Biathelete Megan Imrie Among Mentors Announced

Ottawa, ONNovember 08, 2016 – 4-H Canada and CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI), are excited to announce the outstanding individuals named as the 2016 4-H Canada Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.) mentors, four respected leaders of industry and community who will guide and support the four 2016 4-H Canada L.E.A.D. scholars as they navigate their post-secondary education and early career choices.

The four mentors, who were announced at 4-H Canada’s L.E.A.D. Banquet at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto on Friday, will each mentor one L.E.A.D. scholar who were chosen for their demonstration of personal and community impact, and leadership excellence in one of 4-H Canada’s four Leadership Development Pillars. Together, the L.E.A.D. scholars and their mentors form an impressive group:

Community Engagement & Communications L.E.A.D. Recipient - Joshua Power (NL)

Mentor - Gerry Rogers, NDP MHA for St. John’s, Newfoundland

Science & Technology L.E.A.D. Recipient  - Erinn Jones (AB)

Mentor - Brett Wilson, entrepreneur, philanthropist and former Dragon’s Den Panelist

Environment & Healthy Living L.E.A.D. Recipient - Eveline Juce (MB)

Mentor - Megan Imrie, two time Canadian Olympic biathlete

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security L.E.A.D. Recipient -  Jessica Mayes (MB)

Mentor - Dr. David Bailey, Ph.D., President and CEO of Genome Alberta

 “We are thrilled to have such accomplished mentors dedicated to empowering our 2016 L.E.A.D. recipients, four exceptional senior youth members from across Canada who exemplify leadership excellence and academic achievement,” said Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada. “Mentorship remains one of the most powerful tools to help young leaders discover their path, and this scholarship, with the support of our partner CN, has allowed for us to once again assist four outstanding 4-H’ers as they dedicate themselves to achieving greatness in their studies and beyond.”

Currently in its second year, 4-H Canada’s L.E.A.D. scholarship provides a unique and much sought after opportunity for senior 4-H youth to be matched with preeminent business people, public figures and thinkers who are connected to their field of study and career interests. This invaluable program, which is made possible through the generous support of 4-H Canada’s long-time supporter, CN, demonstrates the importance of not only financial support for youth as they embark on their studies, but the essential non-tangible supports this generation of youth leaders is so eager to access.      

“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 L.E.A.D. scholarships and thank you to all the community leaders who have agreed to mentor these exceptional young people,” said Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President CN Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer. “4-H Canada and CN share a vision to building stronger communities across this country and this partnership exemplifies this commitment.”

To learn more about the 2016 L.E.A.D. recipients, their mentors and the L.E.A.D. program, please visit 4-h-canada.ca.  

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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 nearly 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, caring and contributing leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. To learn more about 4-H Canada, please visit 4-h-canada.ca and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

About CN

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the company’s website at www.cn.ca

For more information, media may contact:

Elizabeth Jarvis
Director, Marketing and Communications
4-H Canada
Tel: 613-759-1013 ext. 130
Cell: 613-809-7141
​ejarvis@4-h-canada.ca   
Kate Fenske
Media Relations for Western Canada &
Manitoba Community Affairs Lead
Tel: 204-934-8388
​kate.fenske@cn.ca