Advancing Women

Labour Market Intelligence: CAHRC getting down to work
June 2, 2015
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Leaving the Farm: Overcoming Culture Shock and Welcoming Change
May 11, 2015
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Women from across the country leave Advancing Women Conference inspired
May 11, 2015
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Attending The Advancing Women Conference Is A Very Powerful Experience
May 8, 2015
Thanks to Amy Matheson, Dairy producer from Oxford County, delegate at AWC WEST 2015, and for this recap of AWC WEST 2015.
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Finding Balance: An Interview with Deputy Minister Alanna Koch
May 4, 2015
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Advancing Women - Behind the Seeds
April 30, 2015
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Talent, not gender, is what matters in today’s agriculture
April 27, 2015
Whether running farms or taking a leadership role in ag businesses, women are breaking down the gender barrier - By Gwen Paddock

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Confronting the Pregnant Pause: 7 Tips for Dealing with the Media
April 27, 2015

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Women urged to follow their dreams
April 22, 2015
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Editorial: Why do women in agriculture go largely unrecognized?
April 16, 2015
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Enthusiasm, Support Abound (With Just a Hint of Controversy) at the Advancing Women Conference
April 16, 2015
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Women take Financial Control
April 16, 2015
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Women from across the country leave Advancing Women Conference inspired
April 10, 2015
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Learn to Invest by Investing: An Interview with Gwen Paddock
April 9, 2015
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CAHRC research supports women in agriculture
April 7, 2015
The Canadian Agricultural HR Council is looking forward to bringing together women and stakeholders within the agriculture community to develop and implement a strategic program to support improved access to leadership opportunities and strengthen business success for women working in agriculture. Through multiple research points as well as engaging and learning from the agriculture community the results are expected to be programs and resources such as a Supporting Women in Agricultural Leadership Program that offers online resources, the creation of a Women in Agriculture professional network, and a suite of instructive reference materials for Boards and training institutions to improve the accessibility of opportunities for women.

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IMCI and AgriView are proud to sponsor Brianna Elliott to attend the Advancing Women Conference West 2015
March 11, 2015

Brianna Elliott
Student at Olds College
Dan Fullerton Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Brianna was raised on a purebred Black Angus ranch near a small town called Rock Creek in southern BC and was a dedicated member of our local 4H club for 10 years. She moved out to Alberta after completing high school and is currently attending Olds College in the agricultural management program, majoring in both marketing and finance and will be graduating with a diploma at the end of the semester. She is an active member of the Olds College Aggies club acting on the board for the past 2 years. After completing her diploma she is looking to go on to pursue a degree in agricultural business.

Q&A with Alanna Koch
February 10, 2015
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Q&A with Debbie Travis
February 4, 2015
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Q&A with Liana Robberecht
January 29, 2015
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Q&A with Gwen Paddock
January 28, 2015
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Q&A with Jennifer Carlson
January 26, 2015

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Women leading women in new directions in ag
November 17, 2014
Download or read online the Progressive Dairymen Article in the November 2014 Issue, Vol 4. No. 11 - p. 21-22.
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Success Leads to Paying It Forward
October 9, 2014
The launch of the first Advancing Women Conference in 2014 brought to light many successes and accomplishments among women within the ag industry. With the overwhelming success of this event, Iris Meck, AWC conference organizer and owner IMCI, is proud to be able to pay it forward and invest in future leaders by sponsoring and funding great opportunities for women in ag. “At the conference in April, so many young women told me that the experience had changed the way they thought about their future,” says Meck. “We are now supporting the dreams of these women and making them reality.”

Dr. Zodwa Mbambo and Ms. Henriette Hobbs at ABIC 2014 sponsored by IMCI.

Bio Fundi 2014 from Mike Byron on Vimeo.

Iris Meck Communications Inc. is honoured to have sponsored two students from South Africa, Dr. Zodwa Mbambo, Post Doc at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Ms. Henriette Hobbs, PhD Candidate at the University of Cape Town, to attend the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) 2014 in Saskatoon.

Another highlight for Meck and her team was sponsoring two students selected from the University of Lethbridge, Phyllis MacCallum and Monica Gorham, to attend the 24th Annual Agribusiness and Food World Forum. Phyllis and Monica also participated in the International Student Case Competition where they ranked exceptionally well. Upon their return, they are now planning for next year’s conference with a full team from U of L. “It is life changing experiences like these that make our work with AWC so rewarding,” says Meck.

Recently, the Alberta Beef Magazine featured strong and capable women in the ag industry in their August 2014 Women in Ag issue, and Meck is proud to sponsor these leaders to attend AWC 2015 Calgary. Check out the Alberta Beef Magazine website at and follow them on Twitter at @beefnews.

Women in Agriculture - Alberta Beef Magazine Special Issue

October 1, 2014
IMCI and Advancing Women Conference is proud to be a sponsor of the Women in Agriculture special issue published by Alberta Beef Magazine August 2014. We are also honoured to sponsor six women leaders to attend AWC Calgary 2015: congratulations to Garilyn Morris, Jenn Glass, Kelsey Stewart, Ronda Reesor, Sam Edith Hardstaff, and an ATB representative.

In addition to the profiles of this year’s Women in Ag, four speakers from the AWC 2014 Calgary were interviewed. To read their stories, visit and flip through to pages 14, 15, and 16 where Alison Sunstrum, Gwen Paddock, Fran Burr and Angela Santiago tell us about the ingredients that attributed to their success.

Advancing Women in Agriculture on YouTube!
It’s a great way to meet the women who face the same challenges as you at big ag shows. It’s great to have a woman’s view on everything.
– Catherine K., Bow Island, AB

To read and view the interview with Gwen Paddock by Real Agriculture visit:
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Thank you to our Advancing Women 2015 - 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" addressed the conference and shared their inspirations and ideas.

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