WEST 2018

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April 19, 2018 • Good nutrition can help battle stress

Posted by The Western Producer, “Nutrition has become complicated and people are often confused about what to eat, nutritionist Leslie Beck told a crowd at the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference. People are looking for ways to manage stress, get more energy and stay healthy, which can be achieved with proper nutrition, she said at the event held in Calgary March 26-27…”

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April 3, 2018 • Advancing Women in Agriculture West Conference Inspires and Informs

Posted by Industry West: “The 2018 Advancing Women in Agriculture West conference was a vibrant, fun and engaging affair. Held in Calgary March 26 and 27, the conference attracted delegates and speakers from across the country. The downtown Hyatt Regency provided a fitting backdrop, with its assortment of prairies-influenced paintings by Canadian artists and historical photos of Indigenous tribes…”

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March 28, 2018 • The Sprout: Grain transportation updates, committee meetings, crops symposium

Posted by iPolitics: ICYMI: Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was joined by his wife at the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference in Calgary on Tuesday, where they spoke about the role of women in the sector and how Budget 2018’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy is aimed at better supporting women entrepreneurs.

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March 27, 2018 • Minister MacAulay participates in Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: “The Government of Canada recognizes the important role women play in the agriculture and agri-food sector, as well as the Canadian economy at large. This is why Budget 2018 launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy to better support women entrepreneurs, to help them grow their businesses and to remove barriers to their success…”

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March 27, 2018 • Advancing Women in Agriculture West Conference: Day 1 Wrap

Rural Roots Canada: Rural Roots Canada’s Craig Lester and Alberta Young Farmers and Ranchers’ Lacey McCrae talk about Day 1 of the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference in Calgary. March 26, 2018

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March 26, 2018 • Sharyl Sauer – Corteva Agriscience

Rural Roots Canada: “Corteva Agriscience North America and Platform Communications Leader Sharyl Sauer talks about the importance in playing to your strengths and how that will lead to success in business. She also talks about why she enjoys Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference.”

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March 26, 2018 • Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference West: Speaker Rachael Harder, MP for Lethbridge

Rural Roots Canada: “Rachael Harder, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, talks about her personal journey to her now role as an MP. Harder spoke at the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference on how women are powerful, free and have the ability to impact the world. The only barriers they face are the ones they place in front of themselves.”

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March 22, 2018 • AWC, Canadian Grain Commission

Contributed by Cheryl Prokosh“There is a rapid pace to the changes in Agriculture,” shared Jolene Brown a thriving farmer from Iowa, “in which the consumer values time, youth, health, safety, and experience.”

For the 430 women that gathered at the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference in Niagara Falls, October 30-31st, this was an unforgettable opportunity to learn and network with talented, skilled, knowledgeable and passionate women leaders from more than 200 organizations…”

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March 15, 2018 • Women in Ag to Tell Their Stories at Upcoming Conference

Posted by Marc Zienkiewicz of GERMINATION: “Saskatchewan’s Cami Ryan finds herself in an interesting place these days — Missouri, where she works as social sciences lead with Monsanto’s Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs department.

It would be an understatement to refer to her career as an adventure, considering she’s not a farmer but comes from a farming family. She’s not a scientist in the traditional sense. Yet her influence is huge. She has quite a story to tell, and she’ll join a full slate of others at the fifth annual Advancing Women in Agriculture (AWC) western conference in Calgary taking place March 26-27 to tell it…”

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March 15, 2018 • Advancing Women in Ag Conference

Posted by Sara Stricker: “In 2016 I had the opportunity to attend the Advancing Women in Ag Conference in Toronto, ON. Thanks to the sponsorship of Dr. Catherine Mavriplis, the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering at NSERC, I received the AWC Student Sponsorship…”

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March 7, 2018 • Minister MacAulay Speaking at Advancing Women In Agriculture Conference

Posted by With the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference (AWC) celebrating its 5th anniversary in Calgary this month, the invitation list just added two important guests.

AWC announced today that Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, has confirmed he will be attending the AWC Calgary event with his wife, Frances MacAulay. This farm couple has run a family farm in Prince Edward Island since the 1970s, along with their three daughters. They will share their experiences with delegates during the AWC evening banquet.

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March 7, 2018 • AWC welcomes Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

AWC News Release: AWC welcomes Lawrence MacAulay, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food to speak at AWC being held on March 26&27, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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