EAST 2017

Join these industry leaders and be recognised for supporting women in agriculture.

Would you like to be a part of an exciting force to recognise and inspire women?

Want to create support and mentorship for women leaders in business? Want to foster skill development for future generations of women leaders in agriculture? We do, too!

For more information on sponsorship, and if you would like to be an AWC EAST sponsor please contact Iris Meck for program details and opportunities at events@irismeck.com or phone 403-686-8407.

Banquet Wine Sponsor

Pillitteri Estates Winery

Pillitteri Estates Winery proudly continues a family tradition of viticulture and winemaking excellence. Founded by Gary and Lena Pillitteri in June of 1993, the opening of Pillitteri Estates was the culmination of a family’s dream. Today 3 generations of the Pillitteri family continue this dream, producing 100% local Niagara VQA wines that have received over 800 wine awards from around the world. The Pillitteri winemaking philosophy is to produce the finest wines possible from the highest quality Niagara Peninsula grapes. Pillitteri is proud to partner with Debbie Travis to craft her Pinot Grigio.  Debbie has a keen interest in wine and an excellent palate.  She worked hand in hand with Pillitteri to create an award winning PinotGrigio and looks forward to working on more wines in the near future.

Speaker Sponsors

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. www.rbcroyalbank.com/agriculture

Delegate Bag Sponsor


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: www.monsanto.ca  or follow us on Twitter @MonsantoCda.

Breakfast Sponsor

Dairy Farmers of Ontario

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. Visit www.bmo.com/agriculture or www.bmo.com

Wifi Sponsor

Workhorse Hub

WorkHorse is a new innovative online platform that matches job seekers with employers in the agriculture industry in your own backyard and around the world. And that’s just the beginning. It’s a community, a platform and an agricultural hub. It’s where work gets done, workhorsehub.ca

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

Parrish & Heimbecker

Parrish & Heimbecker (P&H) is a key player in the Canadian agricultural industry, with three business divisions that include Grain, New Life Feeds and Milling. Our goal is always growth, whether we’re supporting farm producers or our own sales teams nationwide. Because relationships are the cornerstone of our business, you can count on us for friendly, efficient service. Now 1300 employees strong, P&H is proud to be part of your world and your conversations.

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.

Wine Tour Sponsor

Grape and Wine Tours

Wine Down with Us

Opportunity Level Sponsors

The Co-operators Group Limited

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 www.cooperators.ca.

The Mosaic Company

As a global leader in crop nutrition, we sit at the nexus of two of the worlds’ most pressing problems – food security and water scarcity. We feel it is our responsibility to bring our financial resources, expertise and an innovative spirit to the table, helping the world grow the food it needs through strategic partnerships with innovative organizations. On a local level, we understand that the sustainability of our business and our communities are indelibly linked. Our communities are also our homes – where we live, work and raise children. We strive to be a thoughtful and engaged neighbor who invests carefully and generously and seeks long-term partnerships with organizations that are making a difference. Find out more at www.mosaicco.com

Network Level Sponsors

Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Mentor Level Sponsors

BASF Canada Crop Protection

BASF Canada Crop Protection helps you get the most from every acre no matter what crop you grow. We offer a variety of products, tools, and services designed to meet the needs of Canadian growers.

Our customer focus and broad experience in research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales make us the preferred partner of growers, retailers, distributors and seed producers. www.agro.basf.ca

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!

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

Careers in Agriculture and Food

Dairy Farmers of Canada

Dairy Farmers of Canada is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization representing Canadian dairy farmers living on approximately 12,000 dairy farms. It works to maintain policies that foster the viability and sustainability of the Canadian dairy industry and promote Canadian dairy products and their health benefits through advertising, contests, partnerships, media relations and nutrition programs.

Deere & Company

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 Deere.ca.

Egg Farmers of Ontario

Egg Farmers of Ontario is an association that represents approximately 440 egg and pullet farm families. EFO works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable and reasonably-priced eggs with fair farm pricing ensuring adequate returns to egg farmers. www.getcracking.ca

Farm Credit Canada

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $28 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. Our profits are reinvested back into agriculture and the communities where our customers and employees live and work. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca Follow Farm Credit Canada on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter @FCCagriculture.


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. farmmarketer.com

Grain Farmers of Ontario

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. The crops they grow cover over 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Litherland & Company

Litherland & Company is 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.

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. Learn more at www.litherlandco.com

Maple Leaf Foods

Maple Leaf Foods – supporting the health, growth and strength of Canadian women.

Merial Canada

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 www.merial.com

Ontario Federation of Agriculture


SeCan is a consortium of over 700 independent Canadian seed businesses engaged in seed production, processing and marketing.
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 480 varieties in 27 crop types developed by public and private sector breeding programs.
Collectively, SeCan members are major supporters of seed variety research and development, returning more than $91 million in royalties and research funding since inception in 1976.

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. www.syngenta.ca


TD is proud to sponsor the Advancing Women Conference.

We’re working together with Iris Meck Communications Inc to make a difference for Women in Leadership.

Western General – Farm Insurance

We’ve been putting farmers first for over a century, specializing in protecting large-scale poultry, dairy, and grain farms. Our knowledgeable underwriters understand the challenges farmers face today, offering customized coverage to meet your unique needs. We’re also proud to provide complimentary, on-site thermography and loss-prevention services for eligible operations. Talk to your broker today about getting Western General on your side.

Student Sponsors


Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada’s grain quality standards. Its programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers’ rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions. http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/

Canadian Pork Council

The Canadian Pork Council serves as  the national voice for hog producers in Canada. It represents nine provincial pork industry associations and approximately 7,000 farms spread across Canada. The Council is honoured to work with producers such as Amy Cronin, conference speaker, in addressing the needs of Canadian pork producers. www.cpc-ccp.com

The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA)

The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) is the national voice of the Canadian seed industry, representing more than 130 companies and associations engaged in all aspects of seed, from research and development to plant breeding, production marketing, licensing and domestic and international sales. Members range from small family owned companies to large multinational companies engaged in over 50 different crop kinds and involved in organic, conventional and biotech production.


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. FBSciences.com

Genome Prairie

Grand River Agricultural Society

The Grand River Agricultural Society is a not for profit corporation incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act and is governed by a volunteer Board. The Society owns and operates Grand River Raceway in Elora. The Grand River Agricultural Society provides opportunities for people to be involved in their community through agricultural and/or environmental initiatives by facilitating activities, volunteer opportunities, and support for individuals or organizations that aspire to improve these areas of interest. www.grandriveragsociety.com

Grape Growers of Ontario


Iris Meck Communications

Women make a significant contribution to Canadian agriculture, but it requires special skills to be a leader in an industry. Agriculture is rich with successful women. We want to connect those successful women with others. We believe opportunities for women in agriculture have never been better! To help women capitalize on these opportunities, Iris Meck Communications has created a conference where women can sharpen their skills and share their inspirational gifts. Visit imcevents.ca to learn more about what we do!

The Little Potato Company

Co-founded by Angela Santiago and her father Jacob van der Schaaf in 1996, the first crop of Creamer potatoes was washed by hand in the family bathtub.

By going back to the potato’s roots, we uncovered the same types of potato varieties first cultivated—small, highly nourishing, diverse, and packed with flavor.

We see a future where potatoes are—once again—full of flavor, bursting with nutrition, and the centerpiece of family meals all over the planet.

We are on a mission to better feed the world, and it all starts with our small potatoes.


Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency

The Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA) is a producer operated organization which represents all aspects of the sheep, lamb and wool industry in the province of Ontario. It was established to encourage, promote and represent the industry. OSMA’s activities work to improve the marketing of sheep, lamb and wool through producer education, promotional campaigns, consumer education and public awareness.


Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, biodevices and a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2016, the company generated annual revenue of $4.9 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.zoetis.ca

Dream Level Sponsors

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. evolutionav.ca

Real Agriculture

RealAgriculture.com 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. Find us at www.realagriculture.com or listen to RealAg Radio on SiriusXM Rural Radio Channel 147.

Media Sponsors

Better Farming

The Business of Ontario Agriculture

Better Farming magazine is the real farmer’s trusted source for insight and analysis on Ontario agriculture. Reaching more actual farmers (by far!) than all other content-based magazines and newspapers in the province, Better Farming earns the respect and trust of farmers every month, in every magazine. Online, BetterFarming.comcovers the breaking news stories that matter to Ontario’s commercial farmers.

Canadian Cattlemen

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. www.canadiancattlemen.ca

Canadian Poultry


Country Guide

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. Country-guide.ca

Farms.com Ag Buyer’s Guide

Farms.com Ag Buyer’s Guide magazine is published 12/year and is delivered free to rural farms in Ontario.  As part of the Farms.com 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 Farms.com/Used-Farm-Equipment.

Fruit and Vegetable



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. Grainews.ca

The Grower

The Grower puts farmers first, with editorial that reaches 12,000 industry readers every month of the year. As Canada’s premier horticultural publication, we strive for a balanced buffet of business stories that can drive profitability. Read us in print or on our Website, Facebook or twitter.

We distinguish ourselves with professional, award-winning photography that celebrates the hard work of horticulturists. As such, this is the best editorial environment in Canada for advertisers who want to reach qualified decision-makers in horticulture.Visit us online at www.thegrower.org.

Manitoba Co-operators

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. ManitobaCooperator.ca

Manure Manager


Ontario Beef Farmer

Ontario Beef Farmer is a leading source of information on beef genetics, technology, nutrition, animal health, animal welfare, and industry trends aimed specifically at the province’s beef producers. It’s all in there – from a look at the policies that shape the way the province’s beef farmers do business, to a peek into the lives of the people who make up Ontario’s beef farming communities.

Ontario Dairy Farmer

Ontario Dairy Farmer is the magazine dairy farmers turn to for the information they need to keep them informed of the pressing issues of the day. Articles run the gamut from the politics of farming to trends and technology. Meet the personalities who sustain our farming communities and the policy makers who help shape the agricultural landscape. In each issue, readers can also look forward to a publication that carries a wealth of information including articles pertaining to, animal health, nutrition, breeding, research, consumer trends, the political scene and industry news.

Ontario Hog Farmer

Ontario Hog Farmer is aimed specifically at the province’s pork producers and has always been a consistent and accurate source of information. The magazine gives its readers the lowdown on everything pertaining to hog production – such as animal health, nutrition and breeding– it also provides in-depth coverage of the issues that matter to pork producers right now, from profiles of industry leaders and their take on the important issues of the day, to agricultural politics and the decisions that affect every aspect of farming.

Ontario Farmer

Ontario Farmer is the province’s only weekly farm publication, published every Tuesday. It is a business-to-business communicator with an extensive editorial network of editors and reporters, across the province, including many women on and off the farm. Meet the personalities who sustain our farming communities and the policy makers who help shape the agricultural landscape. Regular departments include News, Production, Markets, Auctions, Classified Ads, Rural Properties and Careers.

Ontario Farmer has a stable of companion publications for niche markets. We produce a farm show program for two of the farm shows in Ontario, as well as magazines for the dairy, hog, beef and cash crop sectors. Further information on these can be found on or web site www.ontariofarmer.com. Ontario Farmer is a well-established institution in Ontario’s farming circles.

Progressive Dairyman

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. www.ruralrootscanada.com

Small Farm Canada

Small Farm Canada magazine is the established voice in Canadian agriculture … informing, entertaining, inspiring and challenging small farmers and rural property owners across Canada. Published bi-monthly since 2004, Small Farm Canada delivers award-winning, quality articles that provide information on farming, farming techniques, equipment, market gardening and small-scale livestock production and market trends. For more information on this trusted name in farming visit www.smallfarmcanada.ca

Top Crop Manager


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.