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Iris Meck: Advancing Women In Agriculture Conference - April 5, 6, 2015 Calgary, AB.

joedales's Avatar Jan 3, 2011 | 13:32 1 Here is a video interview with Conference Founder Iris Meck on the first Advancing Women Conference.



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joedales's Avatar Oct 19, 2014 | 09:18 3 Advancing Women Conference expanding,
with events planned for Calgary and Toronto in 2015

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Calgary, October 8, 2014 – Two days of learning and networking, two cities to choose from and many more ways to be inspired about a future in agriculture. After a successful first edition in Calgary in 2014, the Advancing Women conference is set to grow.

IMCI today announced that Advancing Women conferences will take place in Calgary and Toronto in 2015. The Calgary event will be held April 6 and 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency and is open for registration at www.advancingwomenconference.ca. AWC Toronto will be held October 5 and 6, 2015 at the Westin Harbour Castle

The first Advancing Women: Life Skills for Leadership – Women in Ag Conference was held at Calgary’s Deerfoot Inn & Casino on April 29, 2014 and attracted an outstanding group of registrants, speakers and sponsors. According to Iris Meck, conference organizer and owner of IMCI, there was no mistaking the reaction of those in attendance.

“At the reception the evening before, people were already coming up to me asking about 2015,” says Meck. “People took the time to fill out their conference evaluation forms very thoughtfully, and most said: ‘let’s do this again, only bigger and better.’”

As Meck explains, the 2014 event consisted of an evening reception and a one-day conference. For 2015, the Advancing Women Conference in Calgary will begin on the afternoon of April 6 and then run the full day of April 7 and the same timeframes will run in Toronto.

Holding the event at the larger Hyatt Regency in Calgary will allow more people to take part and make it easier to move around and meet people. The event’s networking possibilities will also be enhanced by a banquet on April 6.

As in 2014, the 2015 WEST Advancing Women: Life Skills for Leadership – Women in Ag Conference will feature a first-class faculty of speakers. These will include Alanna Koch, Saskatchewan’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture; Courtenay Wolfe, former President and CEO of Salida Capital and Gwen Paddock, Royal Bank’s National Manager of Agribusiness, Client and Business Strategy. Speakers for the 2015 WESTprogram are listed on the website at www.advancingwomenconference.ca Details on the Advancing Women Conference to be held in Toronto in 2015 will be announced in the coming months.

For Meck and the team at IMCI, doubling the footprint of the Advancing Women Conference and moving cross-country is a challenge to be savored.

“At the conference in April, so many young women told me that the experience had changed the way they thought about their future,” says Meck. “With all the support, mentoring and inspiration they saw around them, they knew that agriculture was the right place for them. I couldn’t ask for more.”

The Calgary edition of the 2015 Advancing Women: Life Skills for Leadership – Women in Ag Conference will take place on April 6 and 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary. For more information and to register, visit www.advancingwomenconference.ca or call IMCI at 403-686-8407. Reply With Quote
joedales's Avatar Oct 19, 2014 | 09:19 4 Success Leads to Paying It Forward

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Calgary, October 9th, 2014 – The launch of the first Advancing Women Conference in 2014 brought to light many successes and accomplishments among women within the ag industry. With the overwhelming success of this event, Iris Meck, AWC conference organizer and owner IMCI, is proud to be able to pay it forward and invest in future leaders by sponsoring and funding great opportunities for women in ag. “At the conference in April, so many young women told me that the experience had changed the way they thought about their future,” says Meck. “We are now supporting the dreams of these women and making them reality.”

Iris Meck Communications Inc. is honoured to have sponsored two students from South Africa, Dr. Zodwa Mbambo, Post Doc at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Ms. Henriette Hobbs, PhD Candidate at the University of Cape Town, to attend the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) 2014 in Saskatoon.

Another highlight for Meck and her team was sponsoring two students selected from the University of Lethbridge, Phyllis MacCallum and Monica Gorham, to attend the 24th Annual Agribusiness and Food World Forum. Phyllis and Monica also participated in the International Student Case Competition where they ranked exceptionally well. Upon their return, they are now planning for next year’s conference with a full team from U of L. “It is life changing experiences like these that make our work with AWC so rewarding,” says Meck.

Recently, the Alberta Beef Magazine featured strong and capable women in the ag industry in their August 2014 Women in Ag issue, and Meck is proud to sponsor these leaders to attend AWC 2015 Calgary. Check out the Alberta Beef Magazine website at www.albertabeef.ca and follow them on Twitter at @beefnews.


The Calgary edition of the 2015 Advancing Women: Life Skills for Leadership – Women in Ag Conference will take place on April 6 and 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary. For more information and to register, visit www.advancingwomenconference.ca or call IMCI at 403-686-8407. Reply With Quote