Advancing Women

Want to create support and mentorship for women leaders in business? Want to foster skill development for future generations of women leaders in agriculture? We do, too!

Participate as a sponsor today!

We have outlined the levels of sponsorship opportunities that are available, however if you would like to
custom design one of these levels to better meet your needs, we would be excited to discuss the many opportunities with you! Please contact us at:

Phone: 403-686-8407
Fax: 403-255-4592
Address: Suite 510, 5920 - 1 A street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G3

As a sponsor you will receive:

  • Great awareness with your logo/name listed in the Advancing Women final program and several promotional emails that are sent out from April 2016 – October 2016.
  • Your logo/name listed on the Sponsor PowerPoint presentation loop during the reception, evening program, breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch.
  • Your logo/name listed on the signage in the registration area and areas of specific sponsorship i.e. coffee breaks, lunch, etc.
  • Your logo/ name listed in the Advancing Women Website Sponsor section with a short corporate profile and a link to your website.

Mentor Level:
The Mentor Level sponsor will be provided with one complimentary registration to the event.

Network Level:
The Network Level sponsor will also be entitled to two complimentary registrations to the event.

Opportunity Level:
The Opportunity Level sponsor will also be entitled to two complimentary registrations to the event and will have a complimentary booth space of 10 feet x 5 feet in the registration area.

Dream Level:
The Dream Level sponsor will be entitled to three complimentary registrations to the event and will have a complimentary booth space of 10 feet x 5 feet in the registration area.

More Exclusive Sponsorship Levels available today but are going fast!

For more information on sponsorship, and if you would like to be an AWC EAST sponsor please contact Iris Meck for program details and opportunities at or phone 403-686-8407.

Lunch Sponsor

BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of approximately $642 billion as of October 31, 2015, and close to 47,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services. BMO's roots in the Canadian agricultural sector date back to 1817, when it first began working with farmers. Today, BMO enjoys a well-founded reputation for providing customized loan and deposit solutions to Canada's agri-business owners, the single largest core commercial sector that the bank serves. BMO Bank of Montreal offers programs and products including a specialized farm-equipment line of credit, flexible farm mortgages, BMO's Agri ReadiLine and loans under the Canadian Agricultural Loans Act.

Breakfast Sponsor

Dairy Farmers of Canada
Dairy Farmers of Canada is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canadian dairy farmers living on approximately 12,000 dairy farms. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability and sustainability of the Canadian dairy industry and promote Canadian dairy products and their health benefits through advertising, contests, partnerships, media relations and nutrition programs. Canada's dairy farmers support the advancement of women in sports through its Fuelling Women Champion initiative.

Conference Wi-fi Sponsor

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

Delegate Bag Sponsor

Royal Bank of Canada
RBC Royal Bank is here to help our clients and communities build a better future. We believe that diversity and inclusion provide an advantage in intellectual capital and helps ensure continued growth in the markets we serve. Whether it’s creating an inclusive workplace that offers all employees the opportunity to reach their potential, developing programs and services to meet the needs of women and women entrepreneurs or supporting initiatives that address the needs of women in our communities, making the most of our diversity is both the smart thing and the right thing to do.

Coffee Break Sponsors

National Bank
At National Bank, we know agriculture and agribusiness. Our team of agricultural account managers understands your needs, and can help you reach your objectives. Whether you have questions about succession or growth, or want to purchase land, machinery or quota, our specialists can guide and help you make the right decisions. National Bank also offers a full array of banking services, including corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management, as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. Visit us online at

Merck Animal Health

Welcome Coffee Reception Sponsor

Cargill Limited
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 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

Lanyard Sponsor

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.

Dream Level Sponsors is the leading human resources website and services provider for the global agriculture and food 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.

Evolution Presentation Technologies Ltd. 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.

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.

Le Bulletin des agriculteurs
Quebec’s farm business magazine

Serving Quebec’s French language farmers since 1918, Le Bulletin is written for progressive business farmers whose main source of income is farming. Le Bulletin provides relevant, credible, timely information on crops, livestock, new technology and innovation, machinery, marketing, succession planning, financial management and successful farm profiles to help farmers keep their operations competitive and profitable.

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.

Ontario Farmer
Ontario Farmer is the province's only weekly farm publication, published every Tuesday. It is a business-to-business communicator with an extensive editorial network of editors and reporters, across the province, including many women on and off the farm. Meet the personalities who sustain our farming communities and the policy makers who help shape the agricultural landscape. Regular departments include News, Production, Markets, Auctions, Classified Ads, Rural Properties and Careers.

Ontario Farmer has a stable of companion publications for niche markets. We produce a farm show program for two of the farm shows in Ontario, as well as magazines for the dairy, hog, beef and cash crop sectors. Further information on these can be found on or web site Ontario Farmer is a well-established institution in Ontario’s farming circles.

Ontario Dairy Farmer
Ontario Dairy Farmer is the magazine dairy farmers turn to for the information they need to keep them informed of the pressing issues of the day. Articles run the gamut from the politics of farming to trends and technology. Meet the personalities who sustain our farming communities and the policy makers who help shape the agricultural landscape. In each issue, readers can also look forward to a publication that carries a wealth of information including articles pertaining to, animal health, nutrition, breeding, research, consumer trends, the political scene and industry news.

Ontario Hog Farmer
Ontario Hog Farmer is aimed specifically at the province's pork producers and has always been a consistent and accurate source of information. The magazine gives its readers the lowdown on everything pertaining to hog production - such as animal health, nutrition and breeding– it also provides in-depth coverage of the issues that matter to pork producers right now, from profiles of industry leaders and their take on the important issues of the day, to agricultural politics and the decisions that affect every aspect of farming

Ontario Beef Farmer
Ontario Beef Farmer is a leading source of information on beef genetics, technology, nutrition, animal health, animal welfare, and industry trends aimed specifically at the province's beef producers. It’s all in there - from a look at the policies that shape the way the province's beef farmers do business, to a peek into the lives of the people who make up Ontario's beef farming communities.


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.

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.

Opportunity Level Sponsors

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

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.

Small Farm Canada Magazine
Small Farm Canada magazine is the established voice in Canadian agriculture... informing, entertaining, inspiring and challenging small farmers and rural property owners across Canada. Published bi-monthly since 2004, Small Farm Canada delivers award-winning, quality articles that provide information on farming, farming techniques, equipment, market gardening and small-scale livestock production and market trends. For more information on this trusted name in farming visit

Network Level Sponsors

Better Farming Magazine
The Business of Ontario Agriculture

Better Farming magazine is the real farmer's trusted source for insight and analysis on Ontario agriculture. Reaching more actual farmers (by far!) than all other content-based magazines and newspapers in the province, Better Farming earns the respect and trust of farmers every month, in every magazine. Online, covers the breaking news stories that matter to Ontario's commercial farmers.

Egg Farmers Ontario
Egg Farmers of Ontario is an association that represents approximately 440 egg and pullet farm families. EFO works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable and reasonably-priced eggs with fair farm pricing ensuring adequate returns to egg farmers.
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.

McCain Foods
McCain Foods Limited was founded in 1957 and has become one of the world's largest manufacturers of frozen French fries and potato specialties. McCain products can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers in more than 160 countries - one in every three French fries in the world is a McCain fry. In addition to fries, McCain also produces other foods, including pizza, appetizers, oven meals and vegetables for both the retail and foodservice industries. A privately owned company headquartered in Canada, McCain generates annual sales of CDN$7 billion, employs 18,000 people globally, operates across six continents with 41 sites, and works with 3,200 farmers while using 6.5 million tons of potatoes every year. Please visit our website at to learn more.

Mentor Level Sponsors

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!

Canadian Pork Council
The Canadian Pork Council serves as the national voice for hog producers in Canada. It represents nine provincial pork industry associations and approximately 7,000 farms spread across Canada. The Council is honoured to work with producers such as Amy Cronin, conference speaker, in addressing the needs of Canadian pork producers.

DeLaval commends the Advancing Women in Ag Conference team for its work on elevating our understanding of the importance of women in agriculture and for helping to redfine the key role women play in agriculture. By empowering women to claim their rights, we together can improve access to leadership & opportunites for current and future generations. DeLaval is a proud equal opportunity employer.

Farm Credit Canada
FCC is Canada's leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $28 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. Our profits are reinvested back into agriculture and the communities where our customers and employees live and work. For more information, visit Follow Farm Credit Canada on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @FCCagriculture.

Farm Management Canada
In an ever-changing and increasingly competitive global environment, Canada’s farmers require the appropriate resources and information to capture opportunity – to anticipate, respond to, and plan for change.

Much of the solution to deal with intensifying realities lies in applying proven business practices, and fostering innovative business thinking.

Farm Management Canada (FMC) is a national umbrella for farm business management activity, dedicated to increasing the awareness and adoption of beneficial farm management practices through national coordination and collaboration.

We Believe…
The success of any farm enterprise, regardless of size, geography, or commodity is directly related to the farm business management skills and practices of the farm manager.

Grain Farmers of Ontario
Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover over 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

LITHERLAND & COMPANY, Placing Leaders in Canadian Agriculture
We invite you to reach out to us. On our initial call, we’ll be able to offer our confidential perspective.

We’ll take the time to understand your background and help you discover what’s next - where you want to go and what environment you’ll thrive in. With the expertise to answer your tough questions, we’ll share our knowledge of the marketplace and advise you on how to best advance your career. There is no cost to candidates.

We are a Canadian search firm specializing in the placement of professionals and leaders within the AgriBusiness, AgriFood and BioProduct sectors. Through our established industry presence and reputation, we excel at placing candidates in permanent, full-time positions. Our client’s range from growing entrepreneurial ventures to established global companies.
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Maple Leaf Foods
Maple Leaf Foods – supporting the health, growth and strength of Canadian women.

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

New Holland
New Holland has been committed to providing solutions that improve our customer’s efficiency and productivity. New Holland continues to discover the technology of tomorrow with active promotion of renewable fuels, emissions reduction systems and sustainable agricultural technology.

New Holland offers cash crop producers, livestock farmers, contractors, vineyards, ground care and construction professionals the largest choice of easy-to-operate tractors, harvesters, balers, material handling, seeding equipment and light construction equipment. New Holland complements their line-up though a global dealer network, efficient parts and service support, and a range of tailored financial services. No matter the location, New Holland is your reliable partner. For more information, visit

Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is a producer operated organization which represents all aspects of the sheep, lamb and wool industry in Ontario. Established in 1985, OSMA's mission is to enhance producer returns and provide consumers with premium lamb and sheep products by encouraging Ontario sheep producers to provide quality, year-round product through advocacy, industry capacity, research and market development. OSMA strives to be the leader and trusted ally for the Ontario sheep industry that will enable Ontario shepherds to be the principal suppliers of lamb and other sheep products in Ontario.

SeCan is a consortium of over 700 independent Canadian seed businesses engaged in seed production, processing and marketing.

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 480 varieties in 27 crop types developed by public and private sector breeding programs.

Collectively, SeCan members are major supporters of seed variety research and development, returning more than $91 million in royalties and research funding since inception in 1976.

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.

Synthesis Agri-Food Network
Synthesis Agri-Food Network offers professional services in strategic consulting, education programs and marketing communications. We focus our services in these areas to help our agriculture and food clients plan and prepare for the future, increase performance and communicate their message in an impactful way.

Synthesis draws on its combined expertise to build and customize solutions that meet each client's unique need. From strategic thinking and planning to implementation and measurement, we skillfully manage the process to drive action and deliver results at every step.

Student Sponsors

AgriView Inc.
AgriView is proud to sponsor a student to attend 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.

Chair for Women in Science and Engineering

Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA)
The Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) Inc. is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of farm advice by increasing farm-focused skills and knowledge of farm advisors.

CAFA is an umbrella organization for professionals providing advice and guidance to farm families and businesses. Farm advisors include, among others, accountants, bankers, lawyers, financial planners, risk managers, agrologists, family coaches, succession specialists and interested farmers.

CAFA's provincial Farm Update Series offers professional development in Farm Succession, Farm Tax and Farm Management. CAFA also has local chapters across the country that meet regularly so members can hear from speakers on matters of common interest and build professional networks and resources.

CAFA is improving the quality of farm advice. Hire a Certified Agricultural Farm Advisor who understands the business of farming.

Advancing Women in Agriculture on YouTube!
Advancing Women is created for every woman who wants to achieve success. Whether you are a crop, fruit, vegetable, dairy or livestock producer, own your own small or large ag business or in a career path with an ag organization or association - this conference is for you. Gain or hone the skills that will bring you success in your career, family life and community. Learn from those who have reached great heights in their career and life, and are ready to share the advice you may need on building life skills, financial independence and relationships in and outside the workplace. Looking for your dream job? Have the opportunity to network with women who have the same passion for agriculture as you do. Take the opportunity to listen, learn, network and grow. AWC is a one of a kind event. Register today. Be inspired for tomorrow.

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Participate as a sponsor and reap the rewards. We are seeking corporate sponsors who believe in the importance of fostering great women leaders in agriculture, and who want to help make this conference sustainable for our future leaders.

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