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The University of Lethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business is pleased to once again be honouring members of the business community though the Dhillon School of Business Scholarship Dinner. The 33rd dinner will honour the Perry Family and Perry Family Farm.
When: 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20
Where: Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge
Tickets: Individual tickets are priced at $125, or a table of eight is priced at $1,000. To purchase a ticket or table, call or text Steve at 403-329-5181. Each ticket includes a $60 charitable tax receipt. Donations to the Perry Family Scholarship Fund can be made here.
About the Perry Family Farm
The Perry family are fourth-generation farmers in Chin, Alberta who have owned and operated the award-winning, 5,280-acre Perry Family Farm since 1909. They primarily grow potatoes and are a major supplier for brands such as Frito-Lay, McCain Foods Canada and Bonduelle. They were recently named McCain’s Top Potato Grower and were named Frito-Lay’s Canadian Supplier of the Year in 2008.
The Perrys are also leaders in data driven and sustainable agriculture. In 2011 they were McCain’s National Environmental Award Winner. In 2012 the Perry Farm implemented Data Driven Agriculture. These aerial image remote sensing and geographical information systems provide real-time data to manage their water and fertilizer more efficiently, helping to increase land productivity by an estimated 20 per cent.
True to their commitment to sustainable farming practices, the Perry family designed and constructed the “Grow the Energy Circle” (GrowTEC) Biogas Plant in 2013. The plant takes large volumes of manure and organic waste and converts it into heat, a pathogen-free and nutrient rich soil supplement that is applied back to their fields, and biogas. The biogas is converted to over 4,000 MWh of renewable electricity each year and sold into the Alberta electricity grid. GrowTEC is currently producing nearly three times more electricity than the entire Perry Farm operation consumes.
These sustainable agricultural practices have garnered interest from around the world, leading the Perrys to speak at the Paris Accord and Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue. The family continues to develop and pursue many sustainable initiatives.
Since 1988 the Dhillon School of Business Scholarship Dinner has raised more than $2 million in support of student scholarships, with over $80,000 being distributed annually to Dhillon students. Proceeds from this year’s dinner will go towards creating an annual scholarship for students in the name of the Perry family.