With passion comes success. That is why we believe in hiring people who are passionate about their roles at Farmers Edge, and Janessa Johnston, HR Generalist, is no exception. Nominated for Canada’s 2016 HR Rising Star of the Year Award, Janessa’s passion for attracting, developing and retaining the brightest talent in agriculture, continues to support our global growth as the industry’s leading provider of precision agriculture and data management solutions.


Janessa joined Farmers Edge in the newly appointed role as HR Generalist in early 2015, to help build the recently created department of the growing company. From there, Janessa helped take the company from under 100 employees in Canada to over 300 employees in five countries. In fact, she played an integral role in hiring 351 employees to Farmers Edge in 16 months, with minimal turnover, leading the company to be recognized as one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies.


“Janessa joined us amidst our rapid and massive growth spirt,” says Wade Barnes, President & CEO, Farmers Edge. “Her guidance and mentorship made and continues to make significant and transformative contributions to the company. We are proud that she is being recognized as a candidate for this prestigious award. It is well deserved.”


The Canadian HR Awards brings together industry leaders to celebrate excellence in the HR profession and those that have made an outstanding contribution in 2016. Specifically, the HR Rising Star of the Year Award recognizes Human Resource leaders of the future.The winners will be announced at the Canadian HR Awards banquet on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Liberty Grand, in Toronto.


When asked what fuels her passion and her continued success in her HR role at Farmers Edge, Janessa says “Having a strategic influence on our growth in relation to our company’s biggest asset; people -and working in the heart of agriculture.”


Shine on Janessa! We wish you the best of luck at the Canadian HR Awards.

To learn more about the Canadian HR Awards please visit: http://www.hrawards.ca/