Request for Presenters

Beyond the Market is an economic development strategy, administered by Community Futures Fraser Fort George, which supports the local food and agriculture sectors across the BC Highway 16 region. We provide promotion, coaching, training and extension services to local farm businesses.

Beyond the Market is currently seeking qualified individuals to lead training and development workshops for the agricultural sector in the BC Highway 16 community. Topics of interest include:

  • Livestock care and handling
  • Livestock genetics and breeding
  • Grazing and pasture management
  • Forage production
  • Horticultural production
  • Season extension
  • Value-added production
  • New markets
  • Niche markets
  • Retail and wholesale distribution
  • Sales and customer services
  • Branding and marketing
  • Financial literacy
  • Business planning
  • Tools and technologies
  • Succession planning
  • Human resources
  • Women and youth in farming
  • Much more…pitch us your idea!

Beyond the Market seminars are organized in several BC Highway 16 communities at multiple times throughout the year, typically in November, January, February and March. Seminars are delivered to the communities of Dunster, Prince George, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Smithers, Terrace and others within the service region. Workshop logistics are handled by Beyond the Market staff. Workshops that run 2-4 hours in length are sought for weekday evening sessions or conferences, and full day workshops are sought for weekend intensive training sessions.

If you are an expert in one or more of the fields listed above and can deliver an informative, engaging and detailed workshop to our farming clients, we would encourage you to submit a proposal to become a series speaker.

Submission should include:

  • Details about you and a listing of credentials
  • Examples of relevant past work
  • Workshop topics you could deliver and the length of time required for delivery
  • An indication of your schedule availability
  • Number of days you are willing to travel in a row
  • Expected remuneration

*Please note: Beyond the Market will cover travel costs to and from the service delivery area. An estimate of accommodation and meals allowances should be included in the expected remuneration.

Beyond the Market will receive submissions on an ongoing basis. The first of the 2014 workshop series is anticipated to run in November 2014. Preference will be given to speakers that demonstrate a knowledge base relevant to northern BC farmers. Experiential knowledge is critical. Preferred seminars will delve into deep detail, rather than deliver high-level overviews, and may require a full day or more to deliver. Seminars that include exercises, hands-on guidance, examples, personal experiences and take-away materials for participants are encouraged.

Further questions and submissions can be directed to:

Jillian Merrick
Coordinator, Beyond the Market
c/o Community Futures Fraser Fort George
1566 7th Ave, Prince George, BC, V2L 3P4
250-562-9622 ext. 115