Bursary Program

The Ontario Processing Vegetable Industry Bursaries were established to support and encourage individuals pursuing a career in the processing vegetable industry who will further develop and grow this sector of Ontario’s agri-food economy.

Bursaries are available including two memorial awards in the name of former OPVG Directors. Since its launch in 2001, the bursary program has provided $185,000 to deserving individuals pursuing a career in our industry.

Bursary Eligibility

Applicants must be a Canadian citizen who resides in Ontario and is registered as a full-time student at an Ontario college or university entering the second, third, fourth or post-graduate year of study which relates to the processing vegetable industry.

Bursary Application

A call for applications for the Ontario Processing Vegetable Industry Bursaries will take place in September of each year.

To apply, download the application form here or request a form via email at opvg@opvg.org 

Applications will be accepted by regular mail at 435 Consortium Court, London, ON N6E 2S8 or by email at opvg@opvg.org

The deadline for applications is October 15.

2019 Bursary Winners

2019 Bursary Winners with OPVG Director Carl Merrick

Matthew Vanek, Carl Merrick/Director, Sarah Furlan, Catherine Teeter

$2,000 Bursary

Congratulations to Sarah Furlan, recipient of a $2,000 Bursary

Sarah currently resides in Chatham and is in her 3rd year at the University of Guelph's Food and Agriculture Business Program.  Sarah is pursuing a career in agriculture lending and finance.


The Jim Whitson Memorial Bursary

Congratulations to Matthew Vanek, recipient of a $2,000 Jim Whitson Memorial Bursary

Matthew currently resides in Dresden and is in his 2nd year at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus studying for his Associate Diploma in the Agriculture Program.

About Jim Whitson

Ken Epp Memorial Bursary

Congratulations to Katherine Teeter, recipient of a $3,000 Ken Epp Memorial Bursary

Katherine resides in Markdale and is in her 4th year at the University of Western Ontario in the Honours Specialization in the Integrated Science program with Chemistry and a minor in Biology.

About Ken Epp

About the OPVG

The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers is a not-for-profit agricultural organization that represents Ontario vegetable growers producing crops for processing.