Advancing Women

Banquet Sponsor

Bayer CropScience Inc.
Bayer CropScience is a world leader providing growers with innovative products and solutions for agriculture and environmental health. Growers depend on Bayer CropScience’s comprehensive selection of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and seed systems. At Bayer CropScience, our team’s commitment and dedication to Canadian agriculture is second to none.

Banquet Reception Sponsor

Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. brings innovation to life through people, chemistry and biotechnology in the areas of seed and crop production and pest management. We are committed to developing sustainable agricultural solutions that make farming more profitable and productive while helping to support the world’s growing population. As a company dedicated to professional development in agriculture, we are pleased to support the Advancing Women in Ag conference.

Lunch Sponsor

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) works with Alberta’s agriculture producers and commercial enterprises to ensure they have the tools they need to be successful. AFSC helps Alberta producers grow, offering crop, hail and livestock insurance; income stabilization programs; and lending products and services. AFSC is a Crown corporation with more than 55 offices located across Alberta. Visit for more information.

Breakfast Sponsor

Dupont – Pioneer
For more than 200 years, DuPont has brought world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace through innovative products, materials and services. Our market-driven innovation introduces thousands of new products and patent applications every year, serving markets as diverse as agriculture, nutrition, electronics and communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel. As a sponsor and participant of the Advancing Women Conference, we are proud to celebrate women in agriculture. To learn more about us visit our corporate website at

Coffee Break Sponsors

AVAC Ltd. was created over 16 years ago to stimulate and enhance the development capacity of the agribusiness and to facilitate the commercialization of innovative products and services. Early funding came from both Government, to oversee investments in innovation and advanced education, and from private equity. Today, we focus our investments in early-stage value-added agribusiness companies and agriculture technology. Since its inception, AVAC Ltd. has been a direct investor in over 115 early-stage commercial businesses, over 50 agricultural research projects and programs, and an indirect investor (Limited Partner) in four national venture capital funds. Since 1997, AVAC Ltd. has invested over $118 million, with our present and past portfolio companies reporting in excess of $1 billion in sales.

Cargill Ltd.
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and nearly 150 years of experience. We have 143,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

Welcome Coffee Reception Sponsor

Syngenta Canada Inc.
Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture. Our ambition is to bring greater food security in an environmentally sustainable way by creating a worldwide step-change in farm productivity. We are dedicated to the stewardship of our products through management of our solutions throughout the product life cycle. Syngenta Canada Inc. provides integrated plant solutions through our Canadian business, managing products in crop protection, seed care, seeds, flowers and turf protection.

Dream Level Sponsors

Accolade Promotion Group
Accolade Promotion Group (APG) is proud to support the Advancing Women's conference. As Canada's largest distributor of promotional and corporate merchandise, APG believes it is of vital importance that products from diverse and minority vendors are promoted to our customers. APG is a member of WBE Canada and the Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC). For more information on APG and our capabilities please visit is the leading online job board and human resources website for the agriculture industry.

Alberta Beef Magazine
A monthly magazine with a 20 year tenure, devoted to the Alberta beef producing industry with monthly producer profiles, articles and columns, delivered by addressed mail only to Alberta's largest commercial cow/calf producers, feedlot operators and purebred breeders. 8,000 copies distributed per issue.

Alberta Farmer Express
Alberta’s Provincial Farm and Ranch Newspaper

Alberta Farmer Express is written specifically for farmers and ranchers in Alberta, Canada's second-largest agricultural province. Alberta Farmer Express features provincial, national and international farm news, weekly sections on both crop and livestock production and markets, industry and policy news, lively opinion pages and a popular farm weather page.

Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA)
The Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) provides ideas, information and investment opportunities. As a unifying catalyst we encourage industry collaboration and alignment of priorities.

ALMA's programs encourage innovation and the adoption of best practices, new technologies and state-of-the-art processes. ALMA 's initiatives enable industry to pursue its vision of a competitive, profitable, internationally recognized industry.

Canadian Cattlemen
The Beef Magazine

Published since 1938 and known to many readers as "the cattleman's bible," its content is relevant, practical, informative and applicable to anyone in Canada's beef industry. From the best ways to grow the forage crops that sustain Canada's cows and their calves, to the marketing chain of feedlots, packers and domestic and international sales, beef producers will find it all in Canadian Cattlemen. It's also a key source of information for Canada's purebred cattle associations and producer organizations.

Country Guide
Strategic. Business. Thinking.

With roots back to 1882, Country Guide is Canada's oldest and best-known farm title. Success through strategic business thinking, no matter how small or large the operation, provides a fresh modern editorial focus. Whether it's the intensive, high-value specialty operation or a grain farm of thousands of acres, Country Guide provides case studies of successful farmers – from young farmers taking the operation to the next step or the mature farmer looking for a successful transition to the next generation.

Practical production tips for the Prairie farmer

Grainews is the publication farmers use to get on with the day-to-day business of farming – choosing the right herbicide, how to buy, use and maintain machinery or managing the farm accounts. The focus is on grain, but each issue also features a section called Cattleman's Corner which targets cow-calf producers and the thousands of Prairie farmers who have an integrated grain and cattle operation. is a growing company that provides innovative information products and services to the global agriculture and food industry. Over 25,000 farmers and agri business professionals visit the network of websites each day.

Hyatt Regency Calgary
Hyatt Regency Calgary; part of the Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world’s premier hotel companies with properties in 45 countries, provides authentic hospitality to guests through a passionate commitment to personalized service, cultural relevance, celebration of diversity, and genuine stewardship of the environment. Hyatt Regency Calgary is proud to support the 2015 AWC and share in the commitment towards advancing women in leadership and empowering them in all aspects of business and employment to ensure equal opportunity.

Manitoba Cooperator
For Manitoba farmers since 1925

The Manitoba Co-operator has been has been a fixture in most Manitoba farm homes since 1947. Featuring farm news from the next town or the next continent, and weekly sections dedicated to both crop and livestock production and markets. The Co-operator also has industry and policy news, lively opinion pages and a weekly farm weather page with analysis, precipitation reports, and a forecast for the week ahead.

Real Agriculture is focused on the issues that are impacting agriculture. Our site is focused on getting you the opinions on the issues so that you not only get the news but the insight into what the news means to your business. Whether you are a farmer, employed in industry, or research we have content that is applicable to you and your business.

The Western Producer
The Western Producer is an integral part of the family farm, reaching deep into the rural landscape of Western Canada. The Producer engages with the decision makers, women and men, who make modern farms successful.

Opportunity Level Sponsors

Global Ag Risk Solutions

Global Ag Risk Solutions (“GARS”) is a privately owned financial services company based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in the heart of one of the country's largest agriculture communities.GARS was founded by a group of finance professionals who came together to develop a new, exciting and unique revenue - based risk management solution for farmers.

Backed by Northbridge Insurance, a major Canadian insurer, GARS offers farmers a multi-peril Production Cost Insurance for grains and oilseeds that covers the three major crop input costs (fertilizer, seed and chemicals) and provides enhanced base revenue coverage of up to $125/acre. Ancillary benefits include:

  • As input costs increase over the year, so does the coverage at no additional premium;
  • Claims are honoured quickly;
  • The insurance can be used by farmers as collateral with major banks.

The GARS Production Cost Insurance product is quickly gaining acceptance in the Canadian farming and agribusiness community.

John Deere Canada ULC
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere Canada at its website at

Royal Bank of Canada
RBC Royal Bank is Canada's leading non-government financial services provider to agricultural and agribusiness clients. RBC Agriculture and Agribusiness has been a focus of RBC Royal Bank since 1967, and today has over 200 specially trained Farm Finance Professionals, and 50 centres of expertise, working with agriculture and agribusiness clients across the country. In addition, a team of specialized Risk Managers concentrates solely on specific commodity groups. RBC Agriculture and Agribusiness's support for agriculture extends beyond financial advice, products, and services into community leadership through donations and sponsorships to national agriculture organizations.

Network Level Sponsors

As a global leader in agricultural products and services, we help growers increase crop yields sustainably – so together we can provide more high-quality food to a rapidly growing population.

Canadian Canola Growers Association
CCGA represents canola farmers on national and international issues, policies and programs that impact farm profitability. The organization researches policy alternatives and advocates for beneficial changes to agriculture policies affecting canola farmers. CCGA also helps farmers more effectively manage their cash flow and market their commodities by providing access to cash advances on a wide list of field crops and livestock commodities across Western Canada.
Farm Marketer is one of Canada’s leading online agriculture communities, and the largest agriculture real estate website in our country. We are dedicated to providing the latest information on Agriculture Real Estate, News, Weather, Commodities and what matters most to Canadian agriculture. Our website truly has a national presence with loyal visitors coming to our website on a daily basis from across Canada’s farming communities.

Louis Dreyfus Commodities
Advancing agriculture. Advancing with you.

Monsanto Canada Inc.
Monsanto is an agricultural company committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce a variety of seeds ranging from fruits and vegetables to key crops – such as corn, soybeans, canola and cotton – that help farmers produce abundant and nutritious food. We work to find sustainable agriculture solutions that help farmers conserve natural resources, use data to improve farming practices, use water and other important resources more efficiently, and protect their crops from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, please visit:  or follow us on Twitter @MonsantoCda.

Rural Roots Canada
Rural Roots Canada gets to the Stem and Meat of Agriculture.
RRC strives to tell unique stories from the agriculture community that show the true roots of the industry. It will also show off new products and ideas from the ever evolving industry.

Mentor Level Sponsors

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions is a research agency funded by the Government of Alberta. We invest in science and innovation to grow prosperity in Alberta’s agriculture, food and forest sectors. We routinely work with R&D partners on research and innovation projects in the areas of sustainable production, bioindustrial innovation, food innovation, ecosystem services and prion diseases. Visit

BASF’s Crop Protection division is a global leader and a strong partner to the farming industry working towards a sustainable future. The Canadian arm of the division, BASF Canada, is based in Mississauga and delivers an innovative portfolio of products that helps farmers combat weeds and diseases as well as improve crop yield and quality. The vision of BASF’s Crop Protection division is to be the world’s leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population.

Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
As one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies, Boehringer Ingelheim focuses on the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. Founded in 1885, our family-owned company emphasizes the key elements of its corporate culture, which include mutual cooperation and respect, as well as environmental protection and sustainability. Our global Animal Health division is proud to provide innovative solutions that prevent and reduce disease, and improve the health and quality of life for animals. We proudly support women in agriculture!

Founded in 1818, Bunge is a leading global agribusiness and food company with integrated operations that stretch from the farm to the retail shelf. Our more than 35,000 employees in over 40 countries are dedicated to improving the global agribusiness and food production chain. Bunge originates, transports and processes oilseeds and grains worldwide, produces food products for commercial customers and supplies raw materials and services to the biofuels industry. We aspire to be inclusive, where each employee feels valued and respected. We know by fostering this culture we will encourage engagement, promote our entrepreneurial spirit, and build openness and trust, which are key to our growth and prosperity.

evolution presentation technologies ltd.
Evolution Presentation Technologies is Western Canada's leader in providing audio visual event solutions. Since 1969 we have given audio visual support to gala dinners, meetings and special events such as the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference. We are proud to contribute to the success of this years event by both providing the audio visual equipment and personnel as well as sponsoring this years conference.

Genome Alberta
Genome Alberta is a publicly funded not-for-profit corporation that initiates, funds, and manages genomics research and partnerships. Our ability to leverage funds across a variety of sectors, organizations, and levels of government gives is a unique position in Alberta research community. Genome Alberta strives to be the leading source of information and administration related to genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and bioethics research in Alberta.

Maple Leaf Foods
Maple Leaf Foods – supporting the health, growth and strength of Canadian women.

Merck Animal Health

Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs approximately 6,200 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with close to €2 billion of sales in 2013.

Merial is a Sanofi company.

For more information, please see

Nexus Exhibits Ltd.
Nexus Exhibits Ltd. is one of Western Canada’s leading companies in the design and production of trade show displays and in all forms of visual presentation. We are pleased to not only sponsor, but contribute to the success of the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference 2015.

Novozymes is the world leader in bioinnovation. Together with customers across a broad array of industries Novozymes creates tomorrow’s industrial biosolutions, improving its customers' business and the use of our planet's resources.

Viterra is Canada’s grain industry leader, supported by the expertise of its people, superior assets, and unrivalled connections to world markets. Headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, our commitment to agriculture goes back over 100 years, partnering with farmers to market and move their crops around the world. Our focus on operational excellence allows us to efficiently handle, process, distribute and transport grains and oilseeds. We add further value to our farm customers through a variety of contracting and risk management tools. These are exciting times in agriculture, and we are proud to lead the way. For more information, visit

Women in Ag

Supporter Level Sponsors

AdFarm is a marketing communications firm with a single focus – agriculture. Our purpose is 'to be a catalyst for the advancement of agriculture' and our long-term goal is "to be the world’s most respected marketing communications firm." AdFarm’s client list includes many of North America's agribusiness leaders. AdFarm has people located throughout North America and offices in six strong agricultural communities -- Calgary, Guelph, Fargo, Sacramento, St. Louis and Kansas City.

Agri-Trade Equipment Expo
Focused on Networking, equipment and Technology, Agri-Trade is the meeting place for the leading edge in Agriculture. Agri-Trade’s focus is on quality exhibitors bringing quality equipment, technology, and services to the Agriculture industry. The show, which happens each November in Red Deer, Alberta, provides the tools our industry needs within a friendly environment to grow networks across Alberta and Canada and ultimately help the ag industry grow and succeed.

AgriView Inc.
AgriView is proud to sponsor the Advancing Women Conference for Women in Ag. Through our investments and philanthropic initiatives we take great pride in sponsoring women’s initiatives in a number of countries around the world including Peru, South Africa, Ghana and Canada.

Alberta Seed Growers’ Association
Alberta Seed Growers' Association represents over 700 members who deliver new technologies and plant genetics through high quality. Our members have been multiplying and producing some of the highest quality seed in the world using a quality assurance identity preserved system that is world renowned. Our vision is to ensure that pedigreed seed produced in Alberta strengthens global crop based value chains.

Alberta Wheat Commission


Canada Malting Co. Ltd.
The GrainCorp Malt Values help define our organizational culture by providing us with a common understanding of how we do things at GrainCorp Malt and how we should behave towards each other, our customers and stakeholders. Everyone at GrainCorp Malt is responsible for professional and ethical business conduct and is accountable for ensuring their decisions and actions are consistent with the values. At GrainCorp Malt, we value: Safety, Our People, Customers, Excellence, Integrity, Our Community & Sustainability.

Canterra Seeds
CANTERRA SEEDS is proud to support women in the field of agriculture. We recognize that women often face unique and diverse challenges in the workplace, and we are committed to helping them succeed.

Federated Co-Operatives Limited

The Co-operators Group Limited
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $38 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada by Sustainalytics and Maclean’s magazine. For more information visit

Farm Credit Canada
FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy portfolio of more than $26 billion and 20 consecutive years of portfolio growth. FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles, and to being socially and environmentally responsible. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. Employees understand agriculture and are committed to the success of customers and the industry. With FCC in the market, producers benefit, agriculture benefits, rural Canada benefits and so do all Canadians. For more information, visit Follow Farm Credit Canada on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @FCCagriculture.

FP Genetics

GrowSafe Systems Ltd.
The GrowSafe “Big Data” platform is changing the way livestock are measured, managed, and treated ensuring safe, healthy, quality protein produced sustainably.

As one of Canada’s largest and most established agricultural societies, Northlands has been dedicated to serving the agriculture industry in Alberta and throughout Western Canada since 1879. As a not for profit, community service organization, Northlands is proud to host and produce numerous events throughout the year, including agriculture focused shows such as Farmfair International and the Northlands Farm & Ranch Show.

Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited
Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited has been a Canadian, family owned and operated, grain company for more than 105 years. With locations across Canada, P&H represents Canadian products to domestic and global markets and is a leader in supply chain management, risk management and meeting the needs of producers and consumers of Canadian Ag products.

Richardson International
Richardson International is Canada’s largest agribusiness and is recognized as a global leader in agriculture and food processing. Based in Winnipeg, Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a vertically-integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products. One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, Richardson has over 2,500 employees across Canada and the U.S.

As “Canada’s Seed Partner”, SeCan actively seeks partnerships that promote success in Canadian agriculture. SeCan is the largest supplier of certified seed to Canadian farmers with more than 700 member companies from coast to coast engaged in seed production, processing and marketing. Since its inception in 1976, SeCan has been a major supporter of plant breeding in Canada, returning more than $84 million in royalties and research funding. SeCan represents more than 480 varieties in 27 crop types developed by public and private sector breeding programs.

UFA Co-operative Limited

Advancing Women in Agriculture on YouTube!
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– 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.

Speaker Profiles
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