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Making the move from farm manager to CEO

Reference: FCC

The business card says, “farm CEO,” which means the farmer oversees everything. But when it comes down to job duties, CEO is defined in two ways: vision and leadership.

One agri-food CEO says producers who transition from farm manager to CEO need a vision that shows the entire value chain what they care about, along with the leadership to turn the vision from words to action.

Court Desautels became CEO of the Ontario-based Neighbourhood Group of Companies in 2016. The group, started by his father, comprises of five local-food restaurants and 150 employees.

Like sons and daughters of farmers working their way up the ownership chain, the younger Desautels started on the ground floor, as a dishwasher at the group’s first restaurant. Throughout the years, he held more than a half-dozen positions in the company, including general manager and director of operations before becoming CEO... Read More