Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture

Meet the 2020 Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture

In March, the teams behind the agricultural magazines at Annex Business Media launched Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture (IWCA), a recognition program designed to honour, highlight and celebrate the work women are doing across Canada’s agriculture industry. We asked our readers to nominate Canadian women working in all areas of agriculture, from farming and research to animal health, sales and marketing.

We are thrilled to present the inaugural six women chosen as Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture. Please join us in congratulating:

  • Peggy Brekveld, dairy farmer and agvocate, Ontario
  • Barbara Cade-Menun, research scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatchewan
  • Kristen Phillips, owner-operator of WP Acres Ltd. and general manager of Manitoba Ag Days, Manitoba
  • Karen Schuett, CEO and co-founder of Livestock Water Recycling, Alberta
  • Karen Schwean-Lardner, associate professor, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan
  • Laura Van Eerd, professor, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, Ontario

These six women will share their stories, wisdom and insight in a new podcast series on AgAnnex Talks, a podcast channel presented by Top Crop Manager, Potatoes in Canada, Canadian Poultry, Fruit & Vegetable and Manure Manager magazines. The first episode, featuring Karen Schwean-Lardner and Canadian Poultry editor Brett Ruffell, launches June 15, and new episodes will follow biweekly after that. Never miss an episode by subscribing to AgAnnex Talks on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

The team behind IWCA wishes to extend a sincere thank you to our audiences for participating in the program, and to our sponsors for their support.




Stefanie Croley, Editorial Director, Agriculture
519-429-5225 x4225

Brett Ruffell, Editor, Canadian Poultry

For sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to:

Michelle Allison, Publisher
Top Crop Manager, Potatoes in Canada

Catherine McDonald, Associate Publisher
Canadian Poultry

Sharon Kauk, National Account Manager
Manure Manager
519-429-5189 x4189

Quinton Moorehead, National Account Manager
Top Crop Manager / Potatoes in Canada

Diane Kleer, VP Production/Group Publisher
519-429-5177 x4177




Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture is dedicated to honouring women who are driving the future of Canadian agriculture. The program will recognize women who are actively farming, providing agronomy or animal health services, or leading research, marketing or sales teams.