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July 6, 2020 • Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference moving to virtual format in November

While COVID-19 has taken away the ability to meet in person at the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conferences (AWC) in 2020, organizers of the well-known gathering announced they will hold a virtual conference with new ways for women in agriculture to connect.

“Our past conference attendees have told us there is power in gathering – to share experiences and learn from each other,” says Iris Meck, Director of Conferences for Glacier FarmMedia, and organizer of AWC. “COVID-19 has created so much uncertainty and changed so many in-person plans this year that it made us more determined to find a way to reach out to our community of women in ag.”

The new AWC 2020 Virtual Conference will take place on November 24 & 25, 2020. Conference attendees will be able to participate in online sessions featuring a wide variety of speakers on mental health, managing stress, running a farm business, advocacy, developing communication skills and more. There will also be opportunities to participate in live Q&As, visit virtual booths, chat with company representatives and get special conference offers from sponsors.

“We’ll have the same superb quality of speakers and information that women in ag have come to expect from our conferences,” says Meck. “With our new virtual conference format, women in agriculture have the choice to access the conference sessions from wherever it works for them – whether on their mobile devices or a computer.”

Meck says that AWC virtual speaker sessions and sponsor information will be available until December 31, 2020 for those registered attendees who wish to view the sessions and chat discussions but may be unable to attend during the designated conference days. She notes that a virtual format also allows producers beyond Canada to register and connect with other women in ag at the conference, something that she has been asked about in the past.

“Connecting with others passionate about agriculture across geographical boundaries has always been an important part of our conferences,” says Meck “In today’s world where so many women in ag are facing uncertainty and constant change, we wanted to provide a platform for women in ag to connect with their community, find encouragement through guest speakers and build the skills they need to run their businesses and thrive in life.”

The Advancing Women in Agriculture Virtual Conference platform is being developed and registration will be available soon. More information on the speaker program can be found at the AWC website

June 19, 2020 • Calgary startup program launches agriculture stream

Haskayne School of Business: Congratulations to AWC Virtual 2020 speaker Alison Sunstrum who has joined the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) – Rockies’ Ag Stream as a Founding Partner and Fellow. Alison is helping launch a mentorship program to help grow seed-stage science and technology-based startups in the agriculture and food space across the Prairie provinces and around the world.

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