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FCC Ag Outlook 2017 – Foresee the Trends and Seize the Opportunities

October 13, 2016  |   Posted by :  



Michelle is speaking at FCC Ag Outlook 2017 in Morris, MB on Dec. 13, 2016.

Understand the trends, seize the opportunities: Get insight into what’s coming – and what it means to you – from our leading experts, and be refueled to grow and improve your farm business in 2017.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see into the future and grow your farm business, click here to learn more or attend the event.

Sharpen Your Leadership Skills at TEPAP with Michelle

January 6, 2016  |   Posted by :  



Like skates, you should sharpen your management and leadership skills every winter.

TEPAP-logo-2-300x78You can do it easily by signing up for TEPAP – The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers – an advanced, intensive, and rewarding week of classroom sessions with prominent economists and agribusiness specialists.

Michelle Painchaud is a course instructor at this year’s TEPAP, which takes place from Jan. 10 to 16. Her course, Human Resources Management 1, takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 1:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the Unit 1 schedule.

In the course, Michelle will provide an overview of the professional practice of human resources management – one of the most-important factors in the success of any organization.

The course includes:

  • Performing an HR audit
  • Onboarding new employees
  • Leadership development
  • Communication styles
  • Managing human capital
  • Feedback enforcement
  • A case study

Join Michelle at TEPAP – register today!

Your leadership and management skills will thank you.

Michelle Painchaud: Keynote Speaker at CGC’15

October 5, 2015  |   Posted by :  



Michelle Painchaud is featured in the September issue of Greenhouse Canada Magazine.

Canada Greenhouse ConferenceShe discusses high-performance organizations and how to develop a high-performing team on a farm. She stresses the importance of vision, goal setting and accountability.

Click here to read the full article.

If you’d like to hear Michelle speak about this topic, she is also the keynote speaker at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference in Niagara Falls, ON, on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 11:45 a.m. in Ballroom D.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how to create a high-performing team on your farm!

Canadian Greenhouse Conference – Mark Your Calendar!

August 24, 2015  |   Posted by :  



greenhouse_conf_logoMichelle Painchaud is the keynote speaker at the “Canadian Greenhouse Conference ’15 – Where Ideas Come to Life” in Niagara Falls, ON on Oct. 7 and 8, 2015.

This conference is Canada’s foremost event for flower and vegetable growers; the Canadian Greenhouse Conference is the ultimate connection point for growers, suppliers and research partners.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 11:45 a.m., Michelle will present “Creating a High-Performing Organization”: Learn the secret ways to engage your employees, turn them into high performers, and build a culture that attracts and keeps them. Most importantly, learn how your performance is directly related to your employees’ performance.

Download the conference brochure, or visit the conference website to learn more and register!

Don’t miss out on this great conference!

Canadian Greenhouse Conference

May 27, 2015  |   Posted by :  



Michelle Painchaud will be speaking at the 2015 Canadian Greenhouse Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Thursday, Oct. 8 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The Canadian Greenhouse Conference (CGC) is Canada’s marketplace for grower technology. Held annually since 1979 the CGC is committed to providing a high quality conference experience for the extension of information through speakers, workshops, demonstration and exhibits.

To learn more about the conference or register, click here.

Culture, Branding and Your Bottomline

May 22, 2015  |   Posted by :  



Kevin Stewart interviews Michelle Painchaud, President and CEO of Painchaud Performance Group, about “Culture, Branding and Your Bottomline.”

Watch the video to learn how culture, branding your farm and communication can lead to a better experience for hiring and retaining farm employees.

Norton-Kaplan, meet Painchaud

May 1, 2014  |   Posted by :  



Grant Cockshott (President, Innovair Group), Dr. Robert S. Kaplan and Dr. David P. Norton

Grant Cockshott (President, Innovair Group), Dr. Robert S. Kaplan and Dr. David P. Norton

I am the master of my Norton-Kaplan domain!

This week I was in Boston taking the Norton-Kaplan Master Class – designed for elite business owners and managers who recognize the need to have best-practice frameworks that create organizational results.

Delivered by Dr. Robert S. Kaplan and Dr. David P. Norton, the world’s leading experts on strategic performance and creators of the Strategy Map and Balanced Scorecard, the two-day workshop challenged over 50 industry leaders to re-evaluate their typical strategic planning event.

The research and teachings included best practices and case studies, and confirmed the need for business leaders to formulate a strategy that follows a balanced scorecard process for execution and success.

Discussions included a typical problem for many organizations: spending a day or two creating a yearly vision and strategic plan that isn’t executed well and doesn’t focus people, performance, or behaviours to drive the strategy.

To help combat this issue, the group became masters in creating strategy maps and balanced scorecards that have initiatives, personal objectives and overall strategic outcomes.

With this model, the result is satisfied shareholders, delighted customers, and efficient and effective processes with a motivated and prepared workforce. Coming soon: I look forward to helping our clients learn and implement this proven model into their businesses.

It’s wrap! The 2013/14 FCC Forum Speaker Series

March 24, 2014  |   Posted by :  



I felt like a movie star at the Oscars at the 2013/14 FCC Forum Speaker Series. It was an amazing experience and I’m proud to have been part of it.

The FCC Forum Speaker Series selects celebrities and industry experts to help the agriculture industry learn, get re-energized, network, and share ideas with business owners and operators.

The 2013/14 series started in Langely, BC on Nov. 19, 2013 and ended in Lethbridge, AB on March 11, 2014. It was a great turnout: 500 to 1,200 people per show, and I had the pleasure to present, travel, and speak alongside two, distinguished speakers:

My presentation focused on leadership, employee motivation and engagement. I wanted to provoke farmers to think about leadership and push themselves for change and engagement. I asked them questions about how they lead and manage their employees, which on the farm often means family members. My goal was to create a sense of urgency for owners and mangers to start thinking and acting like CEOs on Wall Street.

What about Bob?

In part of my presentation, I talked about “being a Bob.”

Who’s Bob?

About 10 years ago, I met a farm business owner named Bob who said he felt “something in the air,” on the job and asked me to help him out. I met and interviewed his employees and it became evident that he wasn’t a great a manager. Intimidating and unpredictable, he was known to throw a tantrum – and his cell phone across a room.

When I shared my findings with Bob, he was angry and defensive, but eventually – with some work – he learned to become more patient and understanding. Subsequently, Bob has turned out to be one of the best farm leaders I’ve ever met.

His name lives on in my presentation; it works, because I continue to have people ring me up, email, or stop me and say, “I think I’m a Bob.” Most recently, at the Winnipeg airport, a man yelled my name from across the terminal. He ran over to me, towing his luggage. He shook my hand and said, “I saw you speak last week and I’m afraid I might be a Bob. I think I need your help.”

After meeting with farmers across the country, the issues and questions I hear are the same: “How can I think less like a farmer and more like a businessman or CEO?” “How can I learn to not only improve my crop yields and livestock, but also my employees’ engagement and productivity?” “How do I leverage the human side of my business when I’m working with family?”

If you find yourself asking any variation of the above questions, or you’re simply wondering how to improve your employee engagement and become more like a CEO, please contact me. I can help.

In closing, I’d like to thank my fellow speakers, Rick and Greg, for making this a fun and great series, the FCC for allowing me to be part of this series and coordinating the tour, and the participants for your great questions – it was a pleasure meeting all of you!

FCC Forum Lethbridge

March 12, 2014  |   Posted by :  



I had a great time at the FCC Forums in Lethbridge, Alberta on March 11. The audience and event were amazing.

For a peek at what the forums are about, check out Global Lethbridge’s story about the event!

Michelle Painchaud to speak at CCA Conference and AGM

February 9, 2014  |   Posted by :  



Michelle Painchaud will be speaking at the Canadian Certified Crop Advisors Conference and AGM in London, ON in 2014.