Youming Zhao (pronounced “You-Me”), P. Ag. M.Sc., was born and raised in a rural area of eastern China. He studied agriculture in China. He has also obtained his M. Sc degree of Agriculture from the National University of Ireland (UCD).
Youming has over 30 years of experience within the Chinese and Canadian agricultural and agri-food industries. He has worked as an agricultural specialist in China. In 1991, Youming also attended a five-month meat science training program in Finland.
After immigrating to Canada in 2000, Youming also worked in the flower and horticulture sectors in the Golden Horseshoe area of Ontario for several years. He joined the Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA) in 2002 and was promoted to a Professional Agrologist in 2004. Youming has gained extensive knowledge of Canadian agricultural and agri-food through wide contact with other senior agrologists and OIA professional training programs.
Since 2007, Youming has worked hard to promote Chinese-Canadian immigrants to establish farms in Canada. Annually, Youming and his team organize farm start seminars and online training programs to help new farmers adapt to Canadian agricultural techniques. These seminars have become very popular.
In July 2013, Youming also earned his realtor license. He hopes that this license will further assist him in promoting his farm start program and also allow him to become deeply involved in the market of Canadian farms.
Youming is a strong advocate of Canada-China cooperation and exchange in agricultural, agri-food and life sciences. Youming has been the President of Canada-China Agriculture and Food Development Exchange Centre since 2008. He obtained House of Commons Canada, Canada-China Trade Promotion Award 2016.
Youming also has been actively giving back the community. He is a donor for Canadian agriculture future- 4 H Canada/Ontario, Canadian mental health in Agriculture-“the do more agriculture Foundation “and Hope, Healing, Discovery-St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.
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