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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

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

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

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.

Dream Level Sponsors 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.

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.
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. 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. - Ag Buyer's Guide Ag Buyer’s Guide magazine is published 12/year and is delivered free to rural farms in Ontario. As part of the family, Ag Buyer’s Guide’s published dealer and farmer listings, as well as listings from equipment dealers and farmers across the country can be found online at

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coffee Break Sponsors

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.

Merck Animal Health

Welcome Coffee Reception Sponsor

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.

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.

Opportunity Level Sponsors

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

Valentine Volvo
With roots dating back to 1946, Valentine Volvo is one of Calgary's oldest family run businesses and one of the most reputable car dealerships in the country - consistently winning awards for customer satisfaction. Valentine Volvo believes that giving back to the community is an essential part of doing business, and has become well known for their support of service organizations, social agencies and minor sport. With Volvo’s new, award winning vehicles and industry leading parts and labour warranty, a Volvo is one of the safest investments you can make, for you and your family.

Network Level Sponsors

Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency Ltd.
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 inspire increased market development, innovation, the adoption of best practices, sustainable development, as well as the training and development of highly-qualified people. Through our partnerships, industry can pursue its vision of becoming more competitive, profitable and internationally-recognized.

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.
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.

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.

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 2016.

Mentor 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.

Alberta Wheat Commission

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!

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.

The Co-operators
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.

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.

As an emerging leader in plant health innovation, FBSciences is focused on the discovery and development of breakthrough value-adding active ingredients that enhance the growth and health of agriculture and horticulture crops, markets and consumers worldwide. Our naturally-based, proprietary technologies assist in preserving land and water usage while improving crop yield and quality, thereby providing sustainable solutions, both economic and environmental, for the pressing problems of shrinking resources to meet expanding global demand.

Flax Council of Canada
The Flax Council of Canada is a national organization which promotes Canadian flax and flax products for nutritional and industrial uses in domestic and international markets. Established in 1986 with full representation from all agricultural and industrial flax interests, the Flax Council promotes the advancement of flax and flax products. Located in downtown Winnipeg, the Council operates at the hub of Canada’s grains and oilseed trade.

The Council focuses the resources of the entire Canadian flax industry on flax market development, market and production research and crop promotion. Through its marketing initiatives and communication programs, the Flax Council creates worldwide market opportunities for flax. The Council has a strong research and technical emphasis, supporting flax-related research both with direct funding and indirectly as a coordinating forum.

FP Genetics

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.

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."

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

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.

Novozymes is the world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, we improve industrial performance while preserving the planet’s resources and helping build better lives. As the world’s largest provider of enzyme and microbial technologies, our bioinnovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many other benefits that we rely on today and in the future. We call it Rethink Tomorrow.

Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited
Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited is a Canadian family owned and operated grain company for over 106 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.

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.

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.

UFA Co-operative Limited
UFA Co-operative Limited is one of Canada’s largest and most dynamic co-operatives. As a progressive and diversified business, we strive to provide the products, services and solutions for our owners and customers in rural communities.

Since our founding in 1909, UFA has grown from a small-scale local co-operative into an extensive retail operation with 120,000 active owners. Our businesses include agriculture, petroleum, construction and outdoor adventure.

Though we have grown and changed over the years, at our heart remains a commitment to rural life. That commitment inspires all that we do at UFA and is reflected in our vision, mission and values.

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
We are an organization that promotes women in the agriculture industry, as well as the agriculture industry as a whole. It was founded by women proud to be members of the agriculture business community and even prouder to be Saskatchewan farmers. The creators and their network of women have put together a calendar to represent each of them in their everyday working roles. The mission is to raise awareness within the Ag industry by showcasing smart and talented women of all ages, backgrounds & professions and to create a platform for women to promote each other, work together & network.

Printed Program Sponsor

Global Ag Risk Solutions

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"I just wanted to send you a note to again say congratulations – you are making such a difference with this conference. It was absolutely amazing."
- Chantelle D., Winnipeg, 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

"Speakers were fantastic. I am leaving here motivated and excited to grow."
- Ebony P., Rose Valley, SK
Thank you to our Advancing Women 2016 - 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" will have a chance to address the conference and share their inspirations and ideas.

Speaker Profiles

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