Be recognised for encouraging and recognising the contribution that women make to the industry.

Join us and nurture your staff, customers, clients, and members by being involved! Sponsor AWC today by calling Iris Meck at 403-686-8407 or email

Thank you to the following leaders!

Printed Program Sponsor

Bayer Crop Science Inc.

Bayer believes human ingenuity can shape the future of agriculture and help achieve our goal: health for all, hunger for none. For 150+ years, we’ve used science and imagination to advance health and nutrition and are committed to improving lives through a food system that is better for farmers, consumers and the planet. We are proud to support the women of Canadian agriculture who are pushing our industry forward, and helping shape a more vital, creative and inclusive future everyone can feel proud to be a part of. For more information on the leading products and services we offer Canadian farmers, visit

Speaker Sponsors

Case IH

Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment. Headquartered in Racine, Wisc., the company delivers a full line of equipment innovations and precision farming technology for High-Efficiency Farming. For more information, visit

Coffee Break Sponsors


FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $44 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and food. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, we provide an appropriate return to our shareholder, and reinvest our profits back into the industry and communities we serve. For more information, visit

John Deere

John Deere customers are at the center of everything we do.

We rely on more than 180-years of experience and terabytes of precision data to know them and their businesses better than anyone else. Our easy-to-use technology helps deliver results they see in the field, on the job site, and on the balance sheet. We ensure seamless access to parts, services, and performance upgrades from take home to trade-in by providing world-class support throughout the lifecycle of their equipment, with productivity and sustainability always in mind.

And we never forget that we’re here to help life leap forward.

Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited

Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited (P&H) is a Canadian, family-owned agribusiness with over 110 years of success in the agriculture industry. Our operations include grain merchandising, crop inputs, flour milling, and feed mills.

P&H has more than 1,500 employees at over 70 locations from coast to coast, and customers in 24 countries around the world. We pride ourselves on being a first-class business partner and strive to grow and adapt to meet the challenge.

Network Level Sponsors


Co-operators is a leading Canadian financial services co-operative, offering multi-line insurance and investment products, services, and personalized advice to help Canadians build their financial strength and security. Co-operators has been providing trusted guidance to Canadians for the past 76 years. Our origins as a co-operative are rooted in our relationship with Canadian farmers. Today, we remain the insurance provider of choice for over 40,000 farm operations across Canada, and we continue to enhance and improve our innovative solutions.

National Bank

Banking solutions for agribusiness. Our experts come to you. Whether it’s a question of succession, growth, equipment purchases or quota, we come to you to offer solutions tailored to your needs.

Mentor Level Sponsors

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Canada Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim is now the second largest company in the global animal health market, and is the top provider worldwide of parasiticides and vaccines. The company is now the global leader in the pet, swine, and equine sectors, with a strong position in poultry and cattle.

BNG Bossy Nagy Group

BNG Bossy Nagy Group is a pre-eminent accounting, wealth and business advisory firm in southwestern Ontario, trusted by our clients to strengthen their business and enhance family wealth. With a deep knowledge base, committed team and decades-tested reputation as trusted accountants and business advisors in agriculture, agri-business and more, BNG works closely with farm owners and families through growth, development, transition and succession to build better businesses. BNG has offices in Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Delhi.

Chicken Farmers of Canada

Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) represents 2,800 chicken farmers across Canada. CFC ensures farmers produce the right amount of fresh, safe, high-quality chicken to meet Canada’s needs. Through commitments on issues such as Sustainability Excellence, On-Farm Food Safety, Animal Care and other initiatives, Chicken Farmers of Canada works closely with government partners and industry stakeholders to keep the industry innovative and responsive. CFC plays a key role in developing, partnering and managing programs for Canada’s chicken farmers that demonstrate how Canadian producers continue to grow high quality chicken Canadians trust.

Dairy Farmers of Canada

Dairy Farmers of Canada is a farmer-funded and farmer-run organization.  We represent the interests of the hard-working men and women on almost 11,000 Canadian dairy farms, day in and day out. Indirectly, we also stand with the over 221,000 extended members of the dairy farmer community and workforce from coast to coast.

Driven by teamwork, integrity, and passion, dairy farmers work hard each day to play our part in ensuring all Canadians have a chance to share a healthy, sustainable future.

We are committed to leading the way with innovative research, providing essential nutritional education, and promoting healthy living.

Our commitment to quality goes far beyond the safe, nutritious and delicious milk inside every carton. It extends to everything we do and how we do it. From humane treatment of our animals, to a respect for our environment and steadfast adherence to strict safety policies – no corners cut, no detail too small.   |

Egg Farmers of Ontario

Egg Farmers of Ontario is an association that represents approximately 500 egg and pullet farm families. EFO works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable and high-quality eggs produced under a system of fair farm pricing ensuring adequate returns to egg farmers.

UPL AgroSolutions Canada Inc.

UPL is a global leader in agriculture solutions and is well positioned to lead the industry towards a more sustainable future. Enabling food, farms and growers to thrive in a changing global environment. This is our purpose, we call it OpenAg.

OpenAg is an agriculture network that feeds sustainable growth for all. No limits, no borders.

Student Sponsors

The Andersons

CanMar Foods Ltd.

CanMar Foods Ltd. is a fully integrated “closed loop” state of the art Canadian Flax &Hemp processing company.  Able to purchase flax & hemp seed directly from CanMar’s farms, we process the highest quality and best tasting flaxseed available for consumers worldwide. Our patented Roasting Process delivers an enhanced nuttier taste and achieves food safety levels unmatched in the industry. CanMar Foods serves the retail and ingredient industry.  Products are traceable from “farm to spoon” providing full transparency and traceability. CanMar Foods exports to over 20 countries worldwide CanMar products in Canada are sold at all major retail stores in Canada.

The Berry Growers of Ontario

The Berry Growers of Ontario (BGO) was formed in 2017 under the Farm Products Marketing Commission. Before BGO was formed the provincial berry grower organizations were the Ontario Highbush Blueberry Association and the Ontario Berry Growers Association, who represented 200 growers who produce 80% of the berry crops in Ontario. The mission of this marketing board is to work with growers and their customers to deliver an outstanding berry eating experience to consumers, and to deliver value to berry growers by supporting the needs that contribute to their profitability.


Melodie Chan

Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario



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.

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.

Litherland & Co.

Litherland & Company is a Canadian-based search management firm specializing in the placement of skilled professionals, managers, executives and board members within the AgriBusiness, AgriFood and Bioproduct sectors. Established in 1993 by founder Lori Litherland (1960-2019), the Litherland & Company team continues to build on Lori’s foundation of grit and determination to produce results for their clients.

MacDon Industries Ltd.

Harvesting Performance

For nearly 70 years MacDon has been a world leader in technology, innovation and manufacturing of high-performance harvesting equipment. Our harvesting history is rooted deep in the rich prairie heritage of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. As a Canadian company, we’ve kept our values firmly intact while becoming a world-class equipment manufacturer. We are proud of our worldwide reputation for excellence and take our position as the Harvesting Specialists seriously, because at the end of the day our equipment is harvesting the crops that help producers feed the world.

MacDon Industries Ltd. is proud to sponsor the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference!

Ontario Mutuals

We’re always proud to support exemplary programs like the AWC. This conference creates an environment of inclusion and collaboration, and the people who run it are dedicated to fostering positive growth for all of their participants.

We’ve been insuring local communities for generations – over 160 years – and although we’re deeply connected to our history and roots, we’re also dedicated to encouraging the future growth and exciting change that the AWC brings.


RBC is a longstanding advocate for the inclusion and advancement of women in business across all sectors, including agriculture and is a strong supporter of the Advancing Women in Ag conference which brings women from across the country together to celebrate agriculture.


As the largest supplier of Certified seed in Canada, SeCan is pleased to sponsor AWC and support students who are the future of our industry!

University of Manitoba

We attract people from around the world who share our ideals and vision for positive change. We believe in embracing challenges and taking action. Our students, researchers and alumni bring their unique voices to learning and discovery, shaping new ways of doing things and contributing to important conversations in topics that matter most, from human rights to global health to climate change. We are where imagination and action collide.

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Wine Growers Ontario

Wine Growers Ontario are the leading Ontario wineries and grape growers that are committed to offering Ontario wine drinkers a wide range of quality wines to enjoy at any occasion. From 100% Ontario Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) to International Domestic Blends (IDB) wines, our award winning wines span the taste preference, quality and value appreciated by our local customers.

We are generations of winemakers as well as new entrepreneurs. We cultivate vast acreages of grapes and smaller vineyards too. Together, we are proud of our international acclaim for award winning wines produced from the beautiful, rich and diverse Wine Country of Ontario.

Most of all, we are passionate about the grape and wine industry and truly committed to its continued success at home, in Canada and around the globe.

Media Sponsors

Alberta Farmer Express

Alberta Farmer Express is a biweekly publication for farmers and ranchers in Alberta, Canada’s second-largest agricultural province. Alberta Farmer 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 Farmer also contains Wheel and Deal, Alberta’s largest advertising publication for agricultural products and services.

Canadian Cattlemen

The name says it all — if you raise cattle in Canada, there’s probably a copy of Cattlemen nearby. In publication since 1938 and known to many readers as “the cattleman’s bible,” its content is relevant, practical and informative and applicable to anyone in Canada’s beef industry. Cattlemen’s coverage starts with the best ways to grow the forage crops that sustain Canada’s cows and their calves, and continues through the marketing chain of feedlots, packers and domestic and international sales. It’s also a key source of information for Canada’s purebred cattle associations.

Country Guide

With roots back to 1882, Country Guide is Canada’s oldest and best-known farm title, but with a fresh, modern focus — success through strategic business thinking, no matter how small or large the operation. 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, whether it’s young farmers taking the operation to the next step or the mature farmer looking for a successful transition to the next generation.


The tagline sums it up: “Practical production tips for the Prairie farmer.” Grainews is the publication farmers use to get on with the day-to-day business of farming. It provides farmers with information such as 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.

Manitoba Co-operator

With roots back to 1923, the Manitoba Co-operator has been published weekly since 1947 and since then has been a fixture in most Manitoba farm homes. It features 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. It also has Manitoba’s largest and most popular farm classified section.

Progressive Publishing

Progressive Dairy magazine combines new, market reports and industry trends with current dairy management and production practices. Its thought-provoking content is geared toward forward-thinking dairy producers.


RealAgriculture is focused on the issues that are impacting agriculture. Launched in 2008 as a grassroots effort to provide farmers with a new way to access agricultural information, today we are the leading and only national agriculture publication in Canada, online, and on air with our daily show RealAg Radio at 4:30pm ET

The Western Producer

The Western Producer is the leading agricultural publication and online news site targeted for Western Canadian farmers and ranchers and has been a staple in the agricultural industry since 1923. Each week The Producer covers in print the latest developments in agricultural news, production, technology, markets, finance, livestock and rural lifestyles. Online and for mobile, The Producer reproduces much of the print edition along with daily news and market reports, updates and analysis. Commercial producers are the focus with a weekly technical section branded Production/Farming. News bureaus in Calgary, Camrose, Saskatoon, Regina, Brandon, Winnipeg and Ottawa and an international freelance network ensure comprehensive coverage. Additional supplements inside The Producer provide specialized coverage of the seed industry, canola and pulse industry and farm equipment. The Producer also publishes and distributes show guides for major agricultural trade shows.