Advisory Group Named for Advancing Women in Agriculture Project


The Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC) announced this week the list of individuals who now form the advisory group for the Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture project.

The project, funded through the Status of Women Canada, will “examine and address critical barriers to advancement facing women in the industry.” From there, the CAHRC will develop a program to support improved access to leadership opportunities and strengthened business success for women working in agriculture, it says.

RealAgriculture’s Lyndsey Smith spoke with Jennifer Wright, a human resources consultant with CAHRC, about the new advisory panel, the project overall, how to get involved, and the timeline for intelligence gathering and next steps.

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The advisory group is comprised of professional and entrepreneurial women and men in the agriculture industry, and have been drawn from senior management and executive positions in farm businesses, agricultural associations and agribusiness, says Wright.

The members include:

  • Heather Broughton, Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta, Agri-Food Management Excellence Inc.
  • Chantelle Donahue, Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Cargill Limited
  • Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Susan Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald & Co, Canadian AgriWomen Network
  • Rebecca Hannam, Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program, Rural Ontario Institute,
  • Dr. Laura Halfyard, Sunrise and Connaigre Mussel Farms, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Association
  • Brenda Lammens, Agri-Food Management Institute, Canadian AgriWomen Network
  • Geneviève Lemonde, AGRIcarrières
  • Iris Meck, Iris Meck Communications
  • Debra Pretty-Straathof, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, World Farmers Organization (WFO) Standing Committee on Women in Agriculture
  • Lis Robertson, Canadian Association of Farm Advisors
  • Kim Shukla, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance

CAHRC will soon roll out sub-groups focused on specific areas, and will connect participants through social media groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. For more information or to get involved with Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture, visit CAHRC at

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