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2018 Womens’ Grains Symposium (Guelph, ON)

November 7, 2018 - November 8, 2018

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A premier learning and networking event for women in agriculture.

Join Grain Farmers of Ontario for a day of sessions and opportunities to connect with fellow farmers.

The Women’s Grain Symposium helps attendees build leadership skills and understand the power of communications and personal and professional branding.

Attendees will hear speakers on the topics of leadership, networking, social media, and personal branding, mental health and speaking with consumers. The most valuable aspect of the program will be the opportunity to network with other women involved in the grain sector and to learn from one another.


Wednesday, November 7

3:00-3:30pm – Arrival and Registration

3:30 – Opening Remarks (Leadership opportunities at GFO and within Agriculture)

  • Steve McCabe, manager of member relations, Grain Farmers of Ontario
  • Maegan MacKimmie, communications lead, Grain Farmers of Ontario

3:50 – Welcome Address

  • Barry Senft, CEO, Grain Farmers of Ontario
  • Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario

4:15 – Introductions and welcome of attendees

4:30 – Presentation

  • Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education, MPP

5:00 – Introduction to Shauna White

  • Shauna White, winemaker, Adamo Estate Winery

5:15 – Wine Tasting and networking with Adamo Estate Winery

6:30 – Dinner


Thursday, November 8

7:00 -8:00am – Breakfast

8:00am – Leadership

  • Jana Burns, Director of Economic Development, County of Wellington

9:00am – Social Media and Personal Brand Through Storytelling

  • Heidi Davidson – Marketing and communications executive, Galvanize Worldwide

10:30am – Break and Networking

10:50am– Panel Discussion – Management, business, consumers

  • Christine Schoonderwoerd, assistant manager – ruminant division, Wallenstein Feed
  • Sandi Brock, sheep farmer and vblogger at Sheepishly Me
  • Charlotte Wall, project manager, AMI

12:10pm – Lunch and Networking

1:00pm – Mental Health

  • Carol Poulsen, Executive vice-president and chief information officer, The Co-Operators

2:00pm – Strategic networking

  • Erica Campbell, Society of Beer Drinking Ladies

3pm – Closing comments


November 7, 2018
November 8, 2018


Grain Farmers of Ontario
1 (800) 265-0550


Delta Hotel
50 Stone Rd. W.
Guelph, Ontario N1G 0A9 Canada
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(519) 780-3700

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