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Advancing Women in Agriculture

October 15, 2018 - October 16, 2018


Who Should Attend?

AWC is created for every woman who is passionate about agriculture and food, whether you are a university or college student studying agriculture, producer, rancher, entrepreneur, representative of a grower association or corporate agribusiness.  AWC is for women who want to enhance their family life, community, career, and industry through:

  • communications through coaching, mentoring, and networking
  • financial management and independence
  • health and balance of life strategies
  • career planning, and
  • setting goals in all areas

Get Involved

AWC has a proven track record of bringing women in agriculture and food together from across Canada and parts of the U.S. AWC is proud of the quality of speakers that we bring to the podium, including business experts, motivational and inspirational leaders, and industry representatives.

By the end of our AWC EAST 2017, over 3500 women representing over 350 organizations had experienced AWC and were part of the network.

Join us and the leading agribusiness organizations and demonstrate your commitment to recruiting, retaining and advancing women in agriculture and food. Help produce this important and one of a kind initiative for women in agriculture and food.

Why be involved in AWC? 

LEAD: Your involvement will demonstrate your commitment to recruiting, retaining and advancing women in agribusiness. Join our community of inspired women!

ELEVATE: Showcase your organization and brand as an innovative leader by being part of this initiative and show you recognize the important contribution women in all sectors of agriculture make to our industry.

INVEST: This conference has a winning track record for networking and learning. Attendees generate leads, create new business contacts and connect with future colleagues.

How can you participate? There are many ways to be involved!

ATTEND: You can attend yourself, or with a group of women! We have seen many large groups of customers, clients, and members come from different companies and organizations, mothers and daughters attend together, and individuals from across Canada and the U.S. come. Some companies use this to enhance their human resources and marketing programs. It’s a gathering of women in agriculture not to be missed!

SHARE: This conference has grown remarkably by powerful word-of-mouth sharing. Do you know women who would love this information? We’d be grateful if you could share it with women in your network: staff, family members, clients, customers, producer groups or industry stakeholders. Some organizations use this program as an opportunity to build better relationships with their customers and stakeholders and hold contests, draws, receptions and events around the conference.

SPONSOR: Contact us early to book your sponsorship position! Exclusive sponsorship positions will be designated on a first come basis. Also consider nurturing a future leader by sponsoring a student from an ag college or university.

Want to find out more?

To get more information on the AWC program, just contact us or visit our website We look forward to meeting your needs – just call us at 403-686-8407.

Take the opportunity to be profiled on the site as a supporter of women in ag! Thanks in advance for your consideration and your potential participation!

Become a Sponsor

Take action today! 

The time has never been better for women in agriculture. Women are changing our industry every day across the sector and across Canada. To accomplish this change, women need strong networks and solid skills. And that is where Advancing Women Conferences can help.

Iris Meck is proud to host the Advancing Women Conference (AWC) across Canada since 2014.

AWC is recognized for quality speakers, workshops, panels and the breadth of industry leaders who attend. Join the thousands of women who have already committed to advancing their careers, companies, families, community and the agriculture industry.

Contact us early to book your sponsorship position!

Exclusive sponsorship positions will be designated on a first come basis. Also consider nurturing a future leader by sponsoring a student from an ag college or university.

Want to find out more?

We look forward to meeting your needs – just call us at 403-686-8407.

Student Program

Each year we invite students to apply for the AWC Student program where they can get their hotel accommodations and registration to AWC provided for them. Join us to help build our future leaders in agriculture by becoming a sponsor for young women passionate about agriculture.

This is how important this type of conference is to our leaders of tomorrow, hear what some of our past attending AWC students have told us:

“As a student sponsor, it was very important for me to reach out to the two students that we sponsored to get to know them personally and understand why the Advancing Women in Ag conference was important to them. I am very glad that I took the time to reach out to both students by phone before the conference to get to know them more, and they had some great questions for me as they wanted to learn more about Zoetis and what my role within the company was. I was incredibly impressed with the level of engagement and professionalism demonstrated by both students at the conference. Since October, I have kept in touch with both of them, I’ve involved them in one of our customer meetings, and they both attended the first “CalfStart College” workshop that I led to share best practices with dairy calf health management. I would encourage other Ag business to get involved with sponsoring these young women, and to make that extra effort really get to know them as these personal connections create wonderful opportunities for both parties.” -Melodie Chan, Senior Manger Veterinary Services – Cattle/ Equine/Genetics, Zoetis, Kirkland, Quebec

“I would just like to tell you and your team how thankful I am to have been able to experience the Advancing Women In Agriculture Conference in Calgary a couple of weeks ago. As I am home going about my usual schoolwork and work duties, I am still reminded of how much passion and devotion goes into our powerful industry. I learned a lot about the boundaries we create for ourselves and how to dismantle them. I also learned a lot about new changes in businesses and succession planning (which is where we are at for both my family’s seed plant and my boyfriend’s farm!) This student opportunity was great, and I am excited for all of the future students who can participate. What a fun way to meet people and see others hard at work like ourselves. Thank you very much for organizing this event.” -Karis H., University of Manitoba

“Thank you for organizing such a fantastic conference! I am so happy that I was able to attend, it truly was inspiring and I have a whole notebook full of highlights to share with my peers! I’ve been encouraging all my girlfriends to mark AWC west 2017 on their calendars!” -Fiona J., Student, St-Francois Xavier, MB

“Very interesting, uplifting and motivating conference that is amazing for young women who often question their decision to enter this industry. This conference smashed all doubts.” -Melissa D., Olds, AB

“The greatest benefit of the conference? To be inspired – and I am fully! So many areas of agriculture to become involved in.” -Brianna C., Dapp, AB

“This is a great conference, but the sponsorship for students was what allowed me to attend. Amazing weekend! Good stories and speakers. I feel inspired to be a part of this industry.” -Briane C., Garafraxa, ON

“Unreal experience and confidence booster. So great to meet so many like-minded women in the industry. Once I’m done school, I feel like I’ll have so many more connections. Any chance to advance in networking and leadership skills is something that I am interested in.” -Rachael V., Portage la Prairie, MB

If you are a university or college student studying agriculture who wants to attend AWC, or an industry stakeholder who wants to sponsor a student, contact us at 403-686-8407 or email us for details at


October 15, 2018
October 16, 2018
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