Be recognized for encouraging and recognizing 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

Banquet Sponsor

TD Bank

TD Agriculture Services recognizes that farming is more than a way of life, it’s a business. We have been in business supporting farmers for over 160 years, starting with a single branch serving grain millers and merchants. Our Agriculture Specialists understand farming and are committed to building a long-term relationship with you, your business and the next generation of proud Canadian farmers. Our experience helps us appreciate the factors that affect the industry in Canada. We can help you expand your operation, improve your cash flow and finance land, equipment, quota, and livestock. Together we can meet today’s challenges and anticipate tomorrow’s opportunities.

Reception Sponsor


Nutrien is the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services, playing a critical role in helping growers increase food production in a sustainable manner. We produce and distribute approximately 27 million tonnes of potash, nitrogen and phosphate products world-wide, and manage a leading agriculture retail network. We operate with a long-term view and are committed to working with our stakeholders as we address our economic, environmental and social priorities. We are creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels safe, has a sense of belonging, trusts one another and acts with integrity. To learn more about your equity, diversity, and inclusion approach, visit:

Breakfast Sponsor


FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $47 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and food. We provide flexible financing, AgExpert management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industry. As a 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

Lunch Sponsor


FEAD (Female Entrepreneurs in Agri-Food Development) is a program dedicated to empowering and advancing entrepreneurs in the dynamic agri-food,value added, food processing, food services and beverage sector. Our mission is to feed female foodpreneurs with growth, knowledge and community by offering business support, technical services, education, resources, partnerships and networking opportunities.

Lanyard Sponsor

ATB Financial

W. Warrior. Worldly. Wise. Woman. W can represent a lot of different things, but for us, W is about supporting our business clients that are women business owners or leaders with expert financial advice and business industry expertise. This is where W by ATB comes in. We aim to drive change in business financial services for women by bridging networking opportunities, and developing gender-intelligent practices, solutions, and services that truly power growth, innovation and success.

Speaker Sponsors


Great minds discuss ideas and with more than 185 years providing financial services to Canadian farms and agri-businesses we’ve got some GREAT ideas! Combined with the Scotiabank Women Initiative – a comprehensive program helping women take their businesses to the next level, through Access to Capital, Mentorship and Education – we can help you make a real change for your business. It’s your time, seize the opportunity.

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC)

Agriculture Financial Services (AFSC) partners with agricultural producers and agribusinesses to support and advance development, create new opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural Albertans. We believe women play a key role on Alberta’s farms, ranches and agribusinesses and we are recognizing their contributions through our Women in Ag award. We’ll find the way forward together.

Delegate Bag Sponsor

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.

Coffee Break Sponsors

Bayer Inc.

For 150+ years, Canadian women have played a significant role in agriculture with their hard work, innovative thinking, and passion for the industry. We recognize and promote women across every facet of Canadian agriculture—so we can all continue to farm for change.

In Canada, we have several resource groups focused on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion areas, including GROW Canada. GROW’s vision is that women have an equitable presence, leadership impact, and recognition at all levels and men advocate for this equity. We are driven to foster an inclusive culture that champions the growth and achievement of women.


Our 160,000 colleagues help address some of the biggest global challenges in food and agriculture. They help our farmer, rancher and producer partners raise the food that feeds billions of us every day. This enables our customers to keep shelves stocked with everything from feed to food to personal care products.

It’s a big responsibility that takes a wide range of experiences, ideas and talents. That’s why Cargill is committed to making the future of food and agriculture more diverse, equitable and inclusive.


Canadian Pacific Kansas City


FEAD (Female Entrepreneurs in Agri-Food Development) is a program dedicated to empowering and advancing entrepreneurs in the dynamic agri-food,value added, food processing, food services and beverage sector. Our mission is to feed female foodpreneurs with growth, knowledge and community by offering business support, technical services, education, resources, partnerships and networking opportunities.


Great minds discuss ideas and with more than 185 years providing financial services to Canadian farms and agri-businesses we’ve got some GREAT ideas! Combined with the Scotiabank Women Initiative – a comprehensive program helping women take their businesses to the next level, through Access to Capital, Mentorship and Education – we can help you make a real change for your business. It’s your time, seize the opportunity.

Dream Sponsors


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada supports the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector in many ways. From the farmer to the consumer, from the farm to global markets, through all phases of producing, processing and marketing of farm, food and agri-based products. As agriculture is a shared jurisdiction in Canada, the Department works closely with provincial and territorial governments in the development and delivery of policies, programs and services.

Amara Studios

Amara Studios Still + Video Production is a visual branding agency specializing in creating compelling marketing content for companies aiming to connect and sell more through the telling of their own unique story.

Your story is the most powerful marketing tool you own 

Collaborating closely with clients, we unearth the essence of your brand, leveraging over 17 years of professional experience across diverse industries to exceed expectations, producing visual content that goes beyond the ordinary.

From capturing people, places, and products to conveying the core of your brand, Amara Studios is dedicated to elevating your ideas and expertise, ensuring your story reaches your target audience.


Thank you to CanMar for providing samples of their Canmar flax products!

The Printing House

Thank you to The Printing House in Calgary who assisted us in providing our AWC WEST 2024  printed program and signage! Visit us at TPH.CA

Opportunity Sponsor

John Deere Canada ULC

John Deere is a proud sponsor of the Advancing Women in Agricultural Conference.

Network Sponsor

The Co-operators

As a leading Canadian financial services co-operative, Co-operators is guided by co-op principles and has deep roots in agriculture. The organization was founded in 1945 by a group of farmers, credit union leaders and social pioneers at a time when traditional insurers couldn’t meet their needs.

Co-operators offers multi-line insurance and investment products, services, and personalized advice to help Canadians build their financial strength and security. Co-operators insures more than 950,000 households and provides advice and solutions for 42,000 farms.

Today we remain true to our roots: putting the needs of our clients and our communities first.

Tourism Calgary

Calgary is a dynamic blend of warm western hospitality and big-city energy. From must-see attractions to world-class dining and stunning scenery, Calgary delivers a truly extraordinary destination experience. Our local champions and dedicated client and event services teams will ensure you feel welcomed into our community, and that your event is seamless and memorable.

Mentor Sponsors

Canadian Food Innovation Network

At Canadian Food Innovation Network, we are the driving force behind transformative food- tech and innovation projects, uniting a vibrant community of Canadian food professionals. We fund innovation, stimulate collaboration, and champion sustainability. Our focus on Smart Product & Process Development, Food Ecosystem Sustainability, and Agile & Safe Supply Chains propels Canada to the forefront of global food innovation. Proud sponsors of the Advancing Women in Ag Conference, we invite visionaries and trailblazers in these fields to join us as we shape the future of the food industry together.

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Canada Inc.

At Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Canada Inc. we’ve been keeping pets and livestock healthy for more than 50 years.

How do we do it? By constantly evolving, by holding ourselves to the highest possible standards, and by forging lasting relationships with those who care for animals. Whether they curl up on couches or are raised on farms, we do more than treat their illnesses and alleviate their suffering; we focus on disease prevention and daily care. And we do it with an eye toward the future.

Pioneers in animal well-being, we always push ourselves to develop innovative solutions and broaden our wide range of treatments. With groundbreaking research and industry-leading technical expertise, our potential is boundless. Our people power us and we enable them by nurturing a diverse, open, collaborative environment; and we do the same with our customers and partners.

As a family-owned, independent organization and one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, we combine scale, agility, depth, reach and a personal touch. That’s how we improve animal wellness and, in turn, enrich humanity – and we will keep doing it for future generations.


As the largest supplier of Certified seed in Canada, SeCan is pleased to sponsor AWC and support women in our industry.


Founded in 1909, UFA Co-operative Limited is an Alberta-based agricultural co-operative with more than 120,000 member-owners. UFA’s network comprises more than 115 bulk fuel and Cardlock Petroleum locations, 34 Farm & Ranch Supply stores and a support office located in Calgary, AB. Independent Petroleum Agents and more than 1,200 UFA employees provide products, services and agricultural solutions to farmers, ranchers, members and commercial customers in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. For more information, visit

Student Sponsors

Ag-West Bio Inc.

Ag-West Bio is Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association. We help grow agri-food business by supporting businesses, catalyzing initiatives, creating connections, and promoting science. Our members represent the biotechnology, bioproducts and biofuels, environment, health and nutrition sectors. We stand behind startups and small companies to help them bring their innovations – and dreams – to life.

Alberta Canola Producers Commission

Sponsorship and mentoring of young women who have chosen a career path in agriculture is why we support The Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference. Alberta Canola is contributing and connecting with people who are passionate about agriculture and the food industry, agriculture small business, academia, young producers, or grower related business so we can grow together.          and     

Alberta Sugar Beet Growers

Working for the 200 Southern Albertan farm families who provide Canada’s only domestic source of 100% Canadian sugar. Made entirely from sugar beets, all #ABsugar22 products are locally grown, locally-produced, and verified sustainable.

Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency that regulates grain handling in Canada and establishes and maintains science-based standards of quality for Canadian grain. Guided by our mandate, mission, vision, and values, we work in the interests of grain producers while bringing value to the entire Canadian grain sector. We are proud that more than half of our employees are women, and women hold 62,5% the executive roles within the Canadian Grain Commission. Over 70% of our scientific staff, including the Director General of our Grain Research Laboratory, are women. Our programs, services, and world-class research support Canada’s reputation as a consistent and reliable source of high-quality grain.


CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the U.S. South through a 18,600-mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

Credit Unions of Alberta

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC is a recognized leader in the areas of sustainable agriculture, good, nutrition and health; food safety and quality. Our scientists have informed and influenced policy related to food insecurity, nutrition, animal welfare, and climate change from agriculture. The diverse expertise of our Faculty, and our small size, gives us the ability to capitalize on our individual strengths wile working together on critical agri-food initiatives.

Federated Co-operatives Limited

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) does business differently. At its core, FCL is a co-operative that supports other co-operatives that serve people in Western Canada.

FCL is a wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative co-operative owned by more than 160 independent local co-operative associations. These local co-ops own and operate agro centres, food stores, gas bars/convenience stores and home centres.

G3 Canada

G3 is building a smarter path from farmers’ fields to global markets. As a leader in Canada’s ag industry we’re proud to support AWC.

Genome Alberta

As part of a Canadian network, Genome Alberta is a not-for-profit research funding organization that helps initiate, fund and manage genomics partnerships to catalyze genomics solutions that benefit Albertans, Canadians and the world. We build strong, successful partnerships with the research community, industry, governments, and other end users to maximize the impact of investments in genomics research and innovation. By supporting excellent science, we bring together talent and technology development to deliver solutions for some of today’s greatest challenges.


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!

Manitoba Canola Growers

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) is boldly committed to driving success for canola farmers. Empowered with a new vision, mission and strategic plan that better reflect who we are, our team is taking everything we have learned in more than 40 years of serving our farmer members and finding new and valuable ways to support farmers for sustainable success in the decades to come.

Marilyn Sharp PHEc BHE

MLT Aikins

MLT Aikins has served as a trusted legal adviser to a wide variety of food and agriculture clients since the establishment of the firm. From its substantial work in the consolidation of the grain handling sector, the rise of alternative proteins, and the increasing sophistication of ag-tech, MLT Aikins has developed extensive experience, in-depth technical knowledge and a unique understanding of the emerging issues, challenges and opportunities in the fields of food, agriculture and life sciences.

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.

Rahr Malting

Rahr Malting is proud to be a part of Advancing Women in Agriculture and maybe eventually the malting/beer/industry. Women are big in beer.

Rocking Heart Ranch

Rocking Heart Ranch is your equine destination in Southern Alberta. This diversified ranch is nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains adjacent to Waterton Lakes National Park and provides horse owners with opportunities to learn, connect, and explore the region with their horses through clinics, demos, or camp with your horse at the Ride N’Relax and trail ride the National Park. RHR also runs a Quarter Horse breeding operation that focuses on providing versatile and family friendly horses for recreational and ranch use as well as Rocking Heart Romance, a unique ranch style wedding venue.

RBC Dominion Securities Inc., St Louis Private Wealth

Richardson International

Richardson International Limited is a global leader in agriculture and food processing. We are Canada’s largest agribusiness and a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds. With a legacy of service going back 160 years, our vertical integration strategy starts with the relationships we have with our farmer customers and ends with oat-, wheat-, and canola-based food products in kitchens around the world.

Richardson has more than 3,000 employees in over 100 locations in Canada, the United States, and Europe. We offer a range of career opportunities in agriculture, operations, and corporate roles.


SVG is a leading AgriFood Innovation and Investment platform headquartered in Silicon Valley, and comprised of top agriculture, food and technology corporations, universities and investors. With a community of over 10,000 startups from over 100 countries, SVG invests, accelerates and creates unparalleled access for entrepreneurs to scale globally to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. SVG’s Corporate innovation program works with Fortune 1000 corporations transforming their businesses, accelerating their growth and driving their innovation priorities. SVG’s global partners include leading government, agriculture, and technology corporations such as Alberta Government, Old’s College, Calgary Economic Development, Corteva, Driscoll’s, FCC, BASF, Kubota, Land O’Lakes, Shell, Trimble, Taylor Farms, Bayer, ICL, Nutrien, Intel, Agrofresh, Valmont, UFA, Yamaha Motor Ventures, KRONE and Wilbur-Ellis.


Viterra has been helping farmers feed the world for over 100 years. We are passionate about agriculture and the amazing people who work in this great industry.

That’s why we are proud to support this important event that brings together women in agriculture to network, learn and find inspiration amongst their peers. As a student sponsor of this year’s event, our goal is to help educate new generations of women about the wide variety of opportunities available in agriculture, and to encourage our female leaders of tomorrow to pursue their passion. Because together, we are stronger and achieve more.

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

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.


At Harrowsmith we believe that people are connected through our love of growing, food and community, and our desire to live simply and sustainably. Our magazine has 45+ years under our belt as being a well-respected, vital, informative brand with a devout and loyal readership — and now, a group of younger Canadians are discovering Harrowsmith for the first time.

95% of readers take action from reading ads in Harrowsmith magazine.

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.

Nexus Exhibits

As a Women Owned Business, Nexus Exhibits is honored to support the next generation of women in agriculture. This conference is not only educational, but is inspirational for current and future women. It brings a great opportunity for women and leaders to come together, learn and connect.

Real Agriculture

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.

Rural Roots Canada

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.