March 26 & 27, 2018 Hyatt Regency, Calgary, Alberta

Listen, Learn, Network, and Grow!

AWC WEST 2018 was our 5-year anniversary conference in Calgary!

IMCI is proud to have hosted another successful Conference March 26 & 27, 2018, Hyatt Regency, Calgary, Alberta!

Next up, AWC EAST 2018 is being held on October 15 & 16, 2018 at the Hilton/Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Didn’t get to Calgary? Watch our slide show recap below. If you have feedback or questions, please get in touch at or call 403-686-8407.

AWC WEST 2018 is a wrap!

This wrap-up video will give you a quick overview from our March 26 & 27, 2018 Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference at Calgary’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. We had over 450 women in attendance, and had an amazing time of learning, connecting and celebrating women in Agriculture!

View the Event Slideshow—AWC WEST 2018: Celebrating Women in Ag in Calgary!

Some Event Highlights:

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Frances MacAulay

Jacquie Stephens, Workshop Presentation, “Coaching 101: Tackling your Triggers!”

The AWC Team visits with Attendees at the Registration table

Merle Good, Workshop Presentation, “Stereotypes are a thing of the past … Spousal Succession is a thing of the future!”

Rachael Harder, during her talk, “Powerful & Free: Being a Woman of Influence”

Another gorgeous banquet room for our fifth year in Calgary!

Darci Lang meets Attendees

BMO Monday Workshop

Sherry Waddingham, during her talk, “Don’t let unspoken gender rules get in your way”

Getting to know each other during the lunch break!

Iris Meck with speakers Nancy Robertson, Sharyl Sauer, Frances MacAulay, and The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

Attendee during a Q&A portion

We have FUN together at AWC!

So many great books and authors at AWC! Pictured: Janet Podleski, #1 National Bestselling Author, The Looneyspoons Collection/Entrepreneur

Attendees chatting during the break

See you next year!

Here is what we have heard!

Merel Voth, who operates Hillside Dreams Goat Dairy with her husband Barrie, was inspired to start a goat association for commercial producers when she heard leadership stories by other women who attended our Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference in October 2017. We love providing the space for learning and inspiration like this! Click here to read her story.

In their own words – comments from our sponsors and delegates

“At Cargill, we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that fosters growth and development for all our employees. The Advancing Women Conference reflects this and is a great way to accelerate the development of women at Cargill and in Canadian agriculture. Our employees return from the conference energized, motivated and excited about what they learned and the networking they were able to do. It is exciting to see women in agriculture coming together in such an engaging way and Cargill is proud to be a continuous sponsor of this event.”
~Jeff Vassart, President, Cargill Limited

“The success of the Canadian agriculture industry is thanks to the bright women and men who have brought us to where we are today. The challenges of tomorrow will require even greater leadership, and G3 is very pleased to support the Advancing Women Conference to foster the development of women across the industry. We hope the experience is inspiring and empowering for all of the conference participants.”
~Karl Gerrand, CEO G3

“I was so thrilled to meet so many incredible women in strong positions in the industry. Networking with these women was by far the highlight of the conference for me.”
~Madelena P., Edmonton, Alberta

“This conference also seems to be able to bring me up when I need it, and it lasts all year through.”
~Alana K., Priddis Greens, Alberta

“Loved every minute I was here. I’m so truly thankful and grateful!”
~Wendy M., Gilbert Plains, Manitoba

“I am leaving with a shift in mood and motivation.”
~Pamela W., Brandon, Manitoba

“As always, networking and topics are spot on!”
~Michelle G., Rycroft, Alberta

“This is my first time attending and it was amazing! All of the speakers have been incredible, very insightful and motivating.”
~Erin B., Coalhurst, Alberta

“I’m going to eat better, talk about mental health with my kids and encourage women in my network.”
~Vanessa W., Airdrie, Alberta

“There were a lot of really great topics and I am leaving with a greater knowledge base and a higher level of confidence and empowerment.”
~Jenn F., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to come to Alberta for the first time and to meet many other young women also passionate about contributing to the agriculture industry. Learning about their backgrounds, interests and journeys was really inspiring to me.”
~Morgan M., Bible Hill, Nova Scotia

“This was fantastic both personally and professionally. From networking to all the self-care – outstanding!”
~Lynda C., Leduc, Alberta

“Thank you for bringing amazing women together to support each other, learn from each other – and most importantly, to elevate each other.”
~Shannon P., Calgary, Alberta

“Thank you for the recharge!”
~Marie-Lucie G., Provost, Alberta

“I networked with women I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet otherwise, and I left this conference with a confidence and excitement I didn’t have previously.”
~Jaclyn E., Willingdon, Alberta

To hear more from past attendees, speakers and sponsors, click here