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The time has never been better for women in agriculture. Women are changing our industry every day across the sector and across Canada. To accomplish this change, women need strong networks and solid skills. And that is where Advancing Women Conferences can help.

Iris Meck is proud to host the Advancing Women Conference (AWC) across Canada since 2014. 

AWC is recognized for quality speakers, workshops, panels and the breadth of industry leaders who attend. Join the hundreds of women who have already committed to advancing their careers, companies, families, community and the agriculture industry.   

Register now for AWC, the premier conference for women in agriculture.


Who Should Attend?

AWC is created for every woman who is passionate about agriculture and food, whether you are a university student studying agriculture, producer, rancher, entrepreneur, representative of a grower association or corporate agri-business.  AWC is for women who want to enhance their family life, community, career, and industry through:

  • communications through coaching, mentoring, and networking,
  • financial management and independence
  • health and balance of life strategies
  • career planning, and
  • setting goals in all areas. 

Listen, learn, network and grow!

AWC is the premier symposium in Canada where women in agriculture join a community of their peers to listen, learn, network and grow.

  • seize the opportunity to be motivated and inspired by our speakers who have achieved great heights,
  • learn from other women who face similar challenges and will share their successes,
  • network with women from across the country who share a common passion for agriculture and
  • grow life and career skills to prepare you for your best possible future. 

Here’s what some of the past attendees have told us:

“The greatest benefit of attending this conference was to see how successful women have experienced in their careers the same things I’ve experienced or am currently experiencing. To have their recipes for success are a great tool for path building for my own success.” -Catalina S., Edmonton, AB

“I did not come with the expectation to network and meet people, but the more than usual time to network and the overall happy, positive and uplifting atmosphere was incredible.” -Brooke L., Watford, ON

“This event greatly exceeded my expectations. Uplifting, energizing, professional, fabulous!” -Laurel O., Saskatoon, SK

“The greatest benefit of attending this conference was meeting other women in the business, hearing great, honest, empowering stories.” -Tanya H., Vancouver, BC

“Amazing and inspiring, a great experience to take part in on a yearly basis to get specific information and grow.” -Ashley M., Coalhurst, AB

“The conference is my pick-me-up, my getaway, and an opportunity to learn.” -Sandra S., Carnduff, SK

“The conference refreshed and reframed my thinking, which will make me a better leader, teammate, wife, family member and friend.” -Karen K., Edmonton, AB

“I found the open nature of the speakers and delegates to be inspiring. It has truly given me pause for thought on where my goals in life are and how I can now change them.” -Susan T., St. Marys, ON

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!


Location and Accommodations

AWC WEST 2017 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Calgary located in the heart of downtown Calgary. Visit Hyatt Regency Calgary to view this outstanding facility. Enjoy your stay at an excellent price that extends for longer than the conference dates.

For more information, visit Accommodations.

Please visit this site often for updates, and contact us if you have any questions or require further information.

Phone: 403-686-8407
Email: events@irismeck.com
Fax: 403-255-4592
Address: Suite 510, 5920 – 1A street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G3 (map)
Twitter: @advancing_women


AWC has a proven track record of bringing women in agriculture and food together from across Canada and parts of the US. AWC is proud of the quality of speakers that we bring to the podium, including business experts, motivational and inspirational leaders, and industry representatives.

By the end of our AWC EAST 2016, over 2500 women representing over 300 organizations had experienced AWC and were part of the network.

Join us and the leading agribusiness organizations and demonstrate your commitment to recruiting, retaining and advancing women in agribusiness. Help produce this important and one of a kind initiative for women in agriculture and food.

Why be involved in AWC?

LEAD: Your involvement will demonstrate your commitment to recruiting, retaining and advancing women in agribusiness. Join our community of inspired women!

ELEVATE: Showcase your organization and brand as an innovative leader by being part of this initiative and show you recognize the important contribution women in all sectors of agriculture make to our industry.

INVEST: This conference has a winning track record for networking and learning. Attendees generate leads, create new business contacts and connect with future colleagues.     

How can you participate? There are many ways to be involved!

ATTEND: You can attend yourself, or with a group of women! We have seen many large groups of customers, clients, and members come from different companies and organizations, mothers and daughters attend together, and individuals from across Canada and the USA come. It’s a gathering of women in agriculture not to be missed. Some companies use this to enhance their human resources and marketing programs.

SHARE: This conference has grown remarkably by powerful word-of-mouth sharing. Do you know women who would love this information? We’d be grateful if you could share it with women in your network: staff, family members, clients, customers, producer groups or industry stakeholders. Some organizations use this program as an opportunity to build better relationships with their customers and stakeholders and hold contests, draws, receptions and events around the conference.

SPONSOR: Contact us early to book your sponsorship position! Exclusive sponsorship positions will be designated on a first come basis. Also consider nurturing a future leader by sponsoring a student from an ag college or university.

Want to find out more?

We look forward to meeting your needs – just call us at 403-686-8407. To get more information on the AWC program, just contact us or visit our website www.advancingwomenconference.ca.

Take the opportunity to be profiled on the site as a supporter of women in ag! Thanks in advance for your consideration and your potential participation!


Contact Us:

Call us anytime with your comments, questions, of if you just want to discuss AWC with us!

Advancing Women Conference
c/o Iris Meck Communications
Suite 510, 5029 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G3 (map)
Phone: 403-686-8407
Fax: 403-255-4592
Email: events@irismeck.com
www.advancingwomenconference.ca
twitter:@advancing_women


AWC WEST 2017 Student Program

Each year we invite students to apply for the AWC Student program where they can get their hotel accommodations and registration to AWC provided for them.

Join us to help build our future leaders in agriculture by becoming a sponsor young women passionate about agriculture.

This is how important this type of conference is to our leaders of tomorrow.  Hear what some of our past attending AWC students told us:

“Thank you for organizing such a fantastic conference! I am so happy that I was able to attend, it truly was inspiring and I have a whole notebook full of highlights to share with my peers! I’ve been encouraging all my girlfriends to mark AWC west 2017 on their calendars!” -Fiona J., Student, St-Francois Xavier, MB

“Very interesting, uplifting and motivating conference that is amazing for young women who often question their decision to enter this industry. This conference smashed all doubts.” -Melissa D., Olds, AB

“The greatest benefit of the conference? To be inspired – and I am fully! So many areas of agriculture to become involved in.” -Brianna C., Dapp, AB

“This is a great conference, but the sponsorship for students was what allowed me to attend. Amazing weekend! Good stories and speakers. I feel inspired to be a part of this industry.” -Briane C., Garafraxa, ON

“Unreal experience and confidence booster. So great to meet so many like-minded women in the industry. Once I’m done school, I feel like I’ll have so many more connections. Any chance to advance in networking and leadership skills is something that I am interested in.” -Rachael V., Portage la Prairie, MB

If you are a university student studying agriculture who wants to attend AWC, or an industry stakeholder who wants to sponsor a student, contact us at 403-686-8407 or email us for details at events@irismeck.com.


AWC is created for every woman who is passionate about agriculture and food, whether you are a university student studying agriculture, producer, rancher, entrepreneur, representative of a grower association or corporate agri-business.  AWC is for women who want to enhance their family life, community, career, and industry through:

  • communications through coaching,
  • mentoring, and networking,
  • financial management and independence
  • health and balance of life strategies
  • career planning, and
  • setting goals in all areas. 
Participate as a sponsor and reap the rewards. We are seeking corporate sponsors who believe in the importance of fostering great women leaders in agriculture, and who want to help make this conference a reality.

2017 West Sponsorship
Come and hear our high profile industry speakers share their experiences, inspirations, knowledge and ideas.

2017 West Speakers
Western Conference - 2017 Advancing Women in Agriculture on YouTube!