Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture

Virtual Event
Influential Women in Agriculture Summit
October 20, 2020 at 12:00pm ET

Register for a virtual mentorship event with some of the most influential leaders in Canadian agriculture.

Earlier this year, we launched the Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture (IWCA) program to recognize women across Canada’s diverse agriculture industry. The applications we received showed the innovative and important contributions women are making in all ag sectors.

Six IWCA honourees were chosen by AgAnnex (the agricultural publications at Annex Business Media). In discussing their experiences, we found common lessons worth sharing.

On October 20, we will continue the conversation with the first IWCA summit.

This half-day virtual event will showcase select honourees and nominees of the IWCA program in a virtual mentorship format. Through roundtable-style sessions, panelists will share advice and real-life experiences on leadership, communication and balance working in agriculture.

Click on the session titles to read more about what’s in store, with panel descriptions and speaker bios.


12:00 pm – 12:05 pm
Opening Remarks

Stephanie Gordon, Editor, Fruit & Vegetable Magazine
Alex Barnard, Associate Editor, Agriculture, Annex Business Media

On Demand
Message from the Minister

Speaker The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Government of Canada

Leadership Panel Discussion

Peggy Brekveld
Gillian Flies
Michele Rogalsky

Moderator: Darlene McBain, manager of industry relations, Farm Credit Canada

Communication and Networking Panel Discussion

Kristen Phillips
Karen Schuett
Jennifer Forde

Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University

1:30 pm to 1:45 pm

1:45 pm to 2:25 pm
Balance Panel Discussion

Barbara Cade-Menun
Laura Van Eerd

Trish Jordan, Bayer

2:25 pm
Closing remarks

Q&A: Bethany Deshpande

Speaker: Bethany Deshpande, CEO, SomaDetect

On Demand
Q&A: Emily Potter

Speaker: Emily Potter, executive director of Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA)

Q&A: Karen Schwean-Lardner

Speaker: Karen Schwean-Lardner, associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan

Q&A: Himadry Singh

Speaker: Himadry Singh, marketing coordinator

On Demand
Q&A: Jennifer Forde

Speaker: Jennifer Forde

Product Demos

Frequently Asked Questions About Influential Women in Agriculture Summit

When & Where?

Influential Women in Agriculture Summit will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on October 20, 2020 at 12:00pm ET.

There will be a 10 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of October 20, 2020.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.