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

Get Involved

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!

Become a Sponsor

Take action today! 

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.

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.

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 for 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:

“I would just like to tell you and your team how thankful I am to have been able to experience the Advancing Women In Agriculture Conference in Calgary a couple of weeks ago. As I am home going about my usual schoolwork and work duties, I am still reminded of how much passion and devotion goes into our powerful industry. I learned a lot about the boundaries we create for ourselves and how to dismantle them. I also learned a lot about new changes in businesses and succession planning (which is where we are at for both my family’s seed plant and my boyfriend’s farm!) This student opportunity was great, and I am excited for all of the future students who can participate. What a fun way to meet people and see others hard at work like ourselves. Thank you very much for organizing this event.” -Karis H., University of Manitoba

“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.


Here is what we have heard!

In their own words – comments from our sponsors and delegates

Merel Voth, who operates Hillside Dreams Goat Dairy with her husband Barrie, was inspired to start a goat association for commercial producers when she heard leadership stories by other women who attended our Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference in October 2017. We love providing the space for learning and inspiration like this! Click here to read her story.

“At Cargill, we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that fosters growth and development for all our employees. The Advancing Women Conference reflects this and is a great way to accelerate the development of women at Cargill and in Canadian agriculture. Our employees return from the conference energized, motivated and excited about what they learned and the networking they were able to do. It is exciting to see women in agriculture coming together in such an engaging way and Cargill is proud to be a continuous sponsor of this event.” –Jeff Vassart, President, Cargill Limited

“The success of the Canadian agriculture industry is thanks to the bright women and men who have brought us to where we are today. The challenges of tomorrow will require even greater leadership, and G3 is very pleased to support the Advancing Women Conference to foster the development of women across the industry. We hope the experience is inspiring and empowering for all of the conference participants.” -Karl Gerrand, CEO G3