Advancing Women

Due to the overwhelming positive feedback and demand we are now working on building AWC EAST in Toronto in the fall of 2016! A big thank you goes out to all who attended and supported this conference and we look forward to seeing you and your friends and co-workers in Toronto in 2016!

Didn’t get to Toronto? Read and see all about it in our recap below! We look forward to hearing from you!

Images from the Conference:

The Room was Packed!

Amazing Cheese Plates

Mug Shot

Banquet Reception

Iris Meck greets The Honourable Kathleen Wynne


Margaret Hudson

Panel Discussion

Delegates Enjoy Themselves!

Deb Stark


Diana Emperingham

Dr. Shapiro

Contest Winner

Linda Smart

Making New Friends

Ontario Minister Jeff Leal

Selfies at the Banquet

The Honourable Kathleen Wynne

A few comments about the Conference from our delegates:

It was such an amazing and empowering opportunity to be able to be in that room and hear all the stories from such amazing women. Thank you Iris (and team!) for doing such an incredible job!
- Sarah B., Guelph, ON

I'd like to say thanks for bringing the Advancing Women Conference to Toronto this week. I had an amazing time meeting and reconnecting with very motivated and inspiring women. Looking forward to the next one!
- Milveen E. , Mississauga, ON

The greatest aspect of this conference was the opportunity to network with women in the industry.
- Amelie M., Plantagnet, ON

The greatest value to me was the networking and incredible speakers. and I will attend next year!
- Caroline L., Vaughan, ON

I loved the atmosphere, seeing women stand together, support each other and strive to accomplish common goals!
- Alexa S., ST Joachim, ON

The greatest value to me with networking with other women, its great ok get together and have a commonality!
- Katherine M., Saint Jean Sur Richelieu, QC

I now have the confidence to seize the opportunity and own it!
- Cynthia C., Hastings, ON

I am inspired and have a renewed sense of excitement. 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

The keynote speakers, the topics covered, the opportunity to network with women in ag - thank you for planning and executing a standard of excellence in the AWC 2015 Conference!
- Katherine S., ON

This event brought me back to who I was, reminded me of who I am, and what I can do, and inspires me to all the opportunities that the future will hold! Thank you so much!
- Chantelle L., Cobden, ON

The greatest value to me was the opportunity to find myself “relating” to the life/career stories of the many speakers!
- Nadine S., Hanover, ON

There was great value to me from the takeaways that will help me do a better job at home and at work.
- Leslie P., ON

Very well done and I look forward to attending future conferences as I move along my ag career.
- Rebecca, O., Middle Musquodoboit, NS

The greatest value to me is knowing that the way I feel, is that I am not alone!
- Delegate, AWC EAST 2016

In the media:

How Syngenta Promotes Diversity in the Workplace. View the video here.

4-H on the Forefront of Female Leadership in Ag. Interview by Real Agriculture with 4-H Canada. View the interview here.

Coverage of Advancing Women Conference East 2015 by Rural Roots Canada. View the coverage here.

Real Agriculture interviews DuPont's Joanne Hewiston about Developing a Vision - The Role of 'Change Agents' in Business, at the Advancing Women Conference. View the interview here.

Real Agriculture interviews Crystal Mackay, CEO of Farm & Food Care Canada. View the interview here.

Real Agriculture interviews Dr. Shapiro about the issues around looking after your own health and wellness.
View the interview here. interviews Iris Meck about her inspiration for putting the conference together and shares tips for network building. View the interview here.

Real Agriculture asks the question: Is the Agriculture Industry gender Blind? Hear the interview with Bianca Ferrari Souza and Collin Phillip as to why gender diversity is so important to companies like DuPont. View the story here.

Real Agriculture interviews Dr. Bonnie Schmidt about relationships at the Advancing Women Conference in Toronto. View the full interview here. covers the Advancing Women Conference including an interview with The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario. View the story here.

Are you ready to work in #Agriculture? Here's a video with advice. View the video here.

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Advancing Women is created for every woman who wants to achieve success in her career, family, community, financial independence and relationships in and outside the workplace. Whether you are in a career path with an organization, starting your own business, looking for your dream job or wanting to hone your overall life skills, this conference is for you. AWC is a one of a kind event. Register today. Be inspired for tomorrow.

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