EAST 2018

Ag students and sponsors come together at AWC!

Two things make the AWC Student program successful:

  1. Students who are excited about starting their career path with a blast of inspiration, some great direction, and a network of leaders at their fingertips.
  2. Industry leaders who will join us in sponsoring and supporting these students and future leaders, giving them the opportunity to attend AWC and reap the benefits.

AWC matches students from agricultural degree programs across Canada with companies looking to invest in future leaders!

Students, as you prepare to cross the threshold into the working world, join us and get a head start in honing your leadership skills and building your network!

Would you like to sponsor a student to attend AWC?

Leading associations and agribusiness can take pride in supporting these young women and making this opportunity possible. That is what AWC has in store for you.

Complete Sponsor Application Form

Call us at 403-686-8407 or email

Are you a student who would like to apply for sponsorship?

If you are a student studying agriculture at a Canadian university or college and you are in your first, second, third or fourth year, and have not graduated with a degree, you are eligible to apply. Your application will be reviewed and the top students will be sponsored. Deadline for complete applications extended to September 10, 2018.

Complete Student Application Form

You can also call us at 403-686-8407 or email

Applicants + Sponsors

Jo Ann Chew:

“Attending the Advancing Women Conference would allow me to gain valuable insights and skills, further developing my communication and leadership skills. This will grant me the opportunity to interact with others more effectively, which will enhance my career as a graduate student when speaking with producers and industry representatives. By attending this conference, I also hope to expand my network of women and young leaders in agriculture, where we can continue to support one another.”
-Jo Ann Chew, MSc Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan

Andrea Dohner:

Ontario 4-H Ambassador

“I believe it is important for us to come together and support each other, and also to inspire one another. With a conference like this, we can inspire and encourage not only other women, but also ourselves. By attending this conference I am hoping to gain some insight into what a career in agriculture could look like and what it would mean for me. I want to be inspired and reassured that a career in agriculture is the right path for me. I also want to learn how to inspire other women to get involved with agriculture.”
-Andrea Dohner, Veterinary Technician, St. Clair College

Christine Flaherty:

“As a young adult looking to make a living in the agriculture industry, I believe learning from the various impressive women at this conference could be a priceless experience. I am looking to develop a career in the nutritional sector of animal livestock but I also want to learn to be a leader in my career in order to open more doors and opportunities to myself. I think this conference could have an immediate and lasting impact on how I move forward with my education and career as a woman in agriculture.”
-Christine Flaherty, Animal Biology, University of Guelph

Carley Frerichs:

“Attending the Advancing Women Conference would provide me with the opportunity to network and connect with other individuals who share similar interests. Animal Ethology and welfare is becoming a popular field of study but it is still a relatively new discipline. Therefore, attending this conference would allow me to see what types of job opportunities currently exist, and connect with those involved.”
-Carley Frerichs, Masters in Animal Science, University of Saskatchewan

Amanda Henderson:

Ontario 4-H Young Leader

“I am interested in networking with other conference attendees about some of the issues that women face working in agriculture. In my job breeding queen honey bees I have had the opportunity to train several young women and I hope to find new ways to inspire and encourage them to consider a career in agriculture like I did.”
-Amanda Henderson

Samantha Lalonde:

“I believe attending the Advancing Women Conference would benefit me in many ways. I am pursuing a career in public relations, so I believe this conference would give me a great opportunity to network with other women and learn about potential career opportunities. I am greatly interested in this conference as I believe it will be a remarkable opportunity to learn about various advancements in the agriculture industry.”
-Samantha Lalonde, Master of Science, University of Saskatchewan

Alexa Peterson:

“I am interested in attending the Advancing Women Conference because I hope to gain insight on how to transition from being a student to a successful woman in my field. I hope that I will be able to learn from a wide range of women who are leaders in their fields and gain inspiration from like minded peers. I also believe that networking is an important part of any career and would love to continue to meet individuals working and studying in agriculture. I hope that I will gain skills that will help me become a stronger communicator and leader, which I will be able to bring into my future career.”
-Alexa Peterson, Plant Biotechnology, University of Manitoba

Cindy Rouet:

“For me, the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference would represent the unique opportunity to connect with other women passionate about agriculture, horticulture and innovation. I would like to be inspired by women who are leaders in the agriculture sector and are dedicating their careers to make changes, promote and develop sustainable agriculture practices and sustainable food systems. I would like to learn how to develop strong leadership skills to become a major actor in my field and meet potential long-term mentors and friends.

Attending workshops would allow me to better my skills and learn more about entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector. I would like to develop my skills in communication, networking, financial management and career planning. I am also excited to discuss health, balance of life strategies and self-care as a woman involved in her professional career, but also as one dedicated to her family.

Agriculture is a fascinating sector. Recent progress and technology advances in the sector are creating so many opportunities. This conference will be a wonderful human experience and amazing opportunity for professional and personal growth.”
-Cindy Rouet, Ph.D. Candidate – Plant Agriculture Breeding and Genetics, University of Guelph

Abbey Taylor:

“As a young female passionate about agriculture, attending the AWC would be a dream come true for me. Meeting and networking with successful women in agriculture would encourage me that I too can succeed in this industry. I hope that by meeting women from various agriculture sectors, I will be exposed to many different career paths and find inspiration for my own future career in the industry. My goal is to be a primary producer on my family farm, and I am also interested in working in agribusiness. I know that attending this conference would open my eyes to the many possibilities that exist for women in agribusiness. Most of all, I would love to be surrounded by women who share my love of agriculture and I hope to learn as much as I can from their various experiences and pathways to success in agriculture.”
-Abbey Taylor, Associate Diploma in Agriculture, University of Guelph – Ridgetown Campus

Melissa Williams:

“I attended this conference last year and left with a sense of community and a better understanding of the multitude of roles women play in this field. If I were able to attend this year as well I would expect the same networking, self-growth and career opportunities that will help me to further build upon my current networks.”
-Melissa Williams, Master of Science – Animal Nutrition, University of Guelph

Hear what some of our past attending AWC students told us:

“Thank you for organizing such a fantastic conference! I am so happy that I was able to attend, it truly was inspiring and I have a whole notebook full of highlights to share with my peers! I’ve been encouraging all my girlfriends to mark AWC on their calendars!”
~Fiona J., St-Francois Xavier, 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

“The greatest benefit of the conference? To be inspired – and I am fully! So many areas of agriculture to become involved in.”
~Brianna C., Dapp, AB

“This is a great conference, but the sponsorship for students was what allowed me to attend. Amazing! Good stories and speakers. I feel inspired to be a part of this industry.”
~Briane C., Garafraxa, ON

If you have any questions call 403-686-8407 or email