WEST 2018

Coverage on AWC WEST 2018

February 21, 2018 • Calling All Women in Agriculture

On Air with Country 106.5: “The countdown is on for the 5th Annual Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference … The conference will take place in Calgary late next month and Host Iris Meck says women in the agricultural come from all over Canada, let alone Alberta, to attend.” Listen here >

February 6, 2018 • Connecting Women in Agriculture

Article posted by Jessica Giles of High River Online: “Women in agriculture will have the opportunity to network and be motivated at an upcoming event.The Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference will be held March 26 to 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary. Host of the event, Iris Meck, says it’s a great opportunity to be inspired by women who have reached great heights in their careers.” View full article here >

January 31, 2018 • Be Brave: Ag leader encourages women to take the next step to achieve professional success

Article posted by Rural Roots Canada: “I think the big thing that I have seen (change over the years) is a mentor and a training program that we’ve developed and also a willingness of our senior staff and the senior managers in our company to continue to work to develop training programs, said Kaplan.  “The women were willing to jump at the chance to take these opportunities and get involved in these training programs.” View full article and watch video here >

Jan 9, 2018 • Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference – Video by Rural Roots

In this video by Rural Roots Canada, we hear from three women who attended the most recent Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference. Listen as Tracey Shelton (Richardson International), Dianne Finstad (Master of Ceremonies AWC) and Trish Booy (BMO) talk about the benefits of attending an Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference and what they got from attending.

Nov 20, 2017 • Hanne Nauwelaerts, AWC: A Powerful Source for Growth

Article posted by Bioenterprise: The majority of my work experience has been obtained on my family farm. Growing up and working in this environment motivated me to pursue  an education in agriculture; I am currently a third-year Food and Agricultural Business student at the University of Guelph. This past summer I completed my first co-op work term as Operations Assistant at a farrow-to-finish hog operation. View full article >

Nov 2017 • Jolene Brown, on The Journey with Sisters in Ag

Article posted by At the recent Advancing Women in Agriculture Conferences in Calgary and Niagara Falls, I had a chance to bring 900+ Sisters in Agriculture messages of hope, humor and help. I listened to stories and answered questions. And of course, I got to be the student, learning from other presenters and hallway interactions. I treasure both the mission of these leadership events for women in agriculture and the conversations with their extraordinary creator and event planner, Iris Meck.  View full article >

Oct 24, 2017 • Alberta Farmer—All the iron is still there, but Agri-Trade has a new dimension

There’s still acres of farm equipment to be seen, but also an opportunity to upgrade your personal skill set: When you think of a farm equipment show, a motivational speaker talking about personal development might not spring to mind. But it’s exactly what women who attend Agri-Trade said they wanted to see at the popular Red Deer event. Read the full article >

Sep 30, 2017 • Advancing Women in Agriculture: By Laura Wiens, CAAR

Article posted by CAAR: Since it began in 2014, the AWC has seen 3,000 women attend six conferences, with approximately 450 to 600 women at each conference. Read the full article >

Sep 21, 2017 • Here’s what women are saying about AWC!

Nice to hear from women who’ve been to our conference. Great feedback!

“For 150 years, women have been making valuable contributions to Canada’s agricultural industry – and Iris Meck, host of the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference (AWC), is encouraging Canadians to celebrate farm women by sharing photos and stories on social media, using the hashtag #Canada150FarmWomen. Read the full article >