Advancing Women
The Western Producer - Interview with Iris Meck: Women share challenges, triumphs
April 19, 2016

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AWC: A 'celebration' of women in agriculture.
April 13, 2016

Read the Article at Alberta Farmer

Real Agriculture: Women Still Largely Underrepresented, Holding Just Over 10% of Seats on Canadian Boards
April 11, 2016

Watch Interview at Real Agriculture

Don't miss it: Rural Roots coverage of Advancing Women Conference West, a powerful force for growth…
April 6, 2016



Real Agriculture: Wrapping up the Third Annual Advancing Women (West) Conference with Dianne Finstad
April 6, 2016

Read the Article at Real Agriculture

Advancing Women delegates to receive discounts at amazing restaurants! Bon appétit…
March 17, 2016

The delegates for the upcoming Advancing Women Conference West 2016 will have access to the restaurant discounts via the Meetings + Conventions App beginning March 24, 2016 (that’s when the discounts will go live on the app). Each restaurant will offer various discounts for the delegates.

The app can be downloaded here:, or by searching "Calgary Unplugged" in your app store on Android, Apple or Blackberry.

Interview with Dianne Finstad
February 29, 2016

Watch the latest the Rural Roots video: an interview with Dianne Finstad.

Are you a farmer producer in Manitoba? Check this out!
February 18, 2016

The Advancing Women Conference is a training opportunity in the Next Generations Program catalogue. Please contact your local MAFRD office and speak to a Farm Enterprise Specialist to apply to have a portion of your registration fee reimbursed.

New! Pre-Conference Workshop
February 3, 2016

Date: Monday March 28th from 10:00am - 11:15am
Title: Working with Your Banker
Topic: If you are a farm producer or small business, learn about Canada’s banking system, and how to make it work for you. Receive the practical information you need to build a long-term relationship with your banker, so that if the time comes that you need strong financial support, you will truly appreciate the relationship you have developed with your banker – a relationship that may mean the difference between turning your business around or closing it down. - Presented by BMO

You must be registered for the full conference to be eligible to attend the workshop. If you are interested in attending please call (403)686-8407 to register for the workshop. Seating is limited so sign up today!

Dianne Finstad interviews Jennifer Christie
February 12, 2016

Jennifer Christie is the Dealer Development Manager for John Deere. She talks about the benefits of attending AWC WEST 2016.

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Advancing Women Conference is now registered with the Farm Business Development Initiative in Saskatchewan
February 1, 2016

We are proud to announce that Advancing Women Conference is now registered with the Farm Business Development Initiative in Saskatchewan. This means that Saskatchewan farm women may be eligible for a reimbursement of up to 75% of the AWC registration fee by contacting FBDI at 306-946-3214. For more information please visit

Call of the Land - Interview with Iris Meck

January 15, 2016

The Advancing Women: Life Skills for Leadership—Women in Ag Conference is set for Calgary in late March. Iris Meck, host of the conference, joins us on the line with details.

Visit for the interview | Download .mp3 (1.2 mb)

Conference Recommendation
January 1, 2016

Watch the latest the Rural Roots video and see the recommendation from Page Newton from Canterra Seeds to attend the AWC this spring (at the 4:09 mark).

Conference Wrap-Up
October 25, 2015

Read Anna Roberts wrap-up of the Advancing Women’s in Ag Conference. Read the article on Ag Women's Network

Alberta Beef Magazine interviews four women in agriculture
September 11, 2015

Alberta Beef Magazine interviews four women in agriculture, and all of them speakers from our April 2015 conference in Calgary. Read the interviews with Trish Jordan, Wynne Chisholm, Dianna Emperingham and Susan Blair. We are excited to have Dianna and Susan back with us as speakers at our Toronto conference on October 5 & 6, 2015!

Read the article in Alberta Beef Magazine (PDF)

Agriculture's Glass Ceiling
September 9, 2015

If gender isn't a big issue on the farm, why are so many women signing up for women's organizations and conferences? This article by Helen Lammers-Helps published in the September 2015 edition of Country Guide explores the growing topic of conversation around women in agriculture.

Read the article in Country Guide (PDF)

New video highlights best of the Advancing Women conferences
September 2, 2015

One of our sponsors, Rural Roots Canada, has created a video interview with four dynamic women who attended the Advancing Women Conference in Calgary on April 6 & 7, 2015.

Here are some highlights from the video:

“For a young person today, there’s just so much opportunity (in agriculture). It’s really inspiring to come here and have people that have been around for a while mentoring and coaching and really encouraging people to build a career in agriculture. We compete with so many other industries…we want the best and the brightest to choose agriculture over other industries.”
- Trish Jordan, Public and Industry Affairs Director, Monsanto Canada

“It’s a great opportunity to network. I’ve made business contacts here, renewed business contacts, and connected with younger women in agriculture that I very often visit with encouraging them in their career paths.”
- Deborah Wilson, Senior VP of Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS)

“The speakers are really inspirational... talking about following your passion and looking for what you want to do, and making that your life’s work.”
- Annemarie Pedersen, Owner, Annemarie Pederson Communications

“There have been some great speakers with really interesting points on how to balance life and work and relationships...with other women in the industry, and then also those relationships that you have with your co-workers as well.”
- Kate Sanford Mitchell, Bayer CropScience

Here is the complete video. Thanks to Rural Roots Canada!

Join the hundreds of women who have already signed up for the October 5 & 6, 2015 Advancing Women conference in Toronto.

Advancing Women in Agriculture on YouTube!
Watch this space for delegates comments coming soon.
Thank you to our Advancing Women 2016 - West sponsors for being the champions for women in the ag industry.

Thanks to Our Sponsors
Along with our high profile industry speakers, select "Speaker Sponsors" will have a chance to address the conference and share their inspirations and ideas.

Speaker Profiles

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