Featured: Advancing Women in Agriculture with Iris Meck

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On this special featured episode of The Rural Woman Podcast, you’ll meet Iris Meck.

Iris Meck was raised in Sapton, Manitoba, on a mixed farm and attended the University of Manitoba, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and earned a Certificate in Management at the University of Manitoba while working at Cargill. Iris started her career at Cargill and, for over 10 years, held management positions that included marketing and sales.

Iris then moved into Account Management for prominent agricultural marketing agencies in Regina and Calgary.

In 1999, Iris started her own business delivering marketing tactics for domestic and international agricultural corporations. She organized numerous forums, conferences, workshops, product launches, facility openings and social gatherings for clients in the agriculture and food industry.

Among her successes, in 2014 Iris created the Advancing Women Conferences ‐ a Life Skills for Leadership Program for Women in Agriculture positioned across Canada. Since 2014 and through 10 years of hosting AWC conferences, over 7000 women have joined the community to listen, learn, network and grow.

In late 2019 Iris joined Glacier FarmMedia and continues to host AWC and other events in agriculture. Iris lives in Calgary, Alberta.



The Advancing Women Conference is celebrating its 10th year anniversary of bringing women in ag together to listen, learn, network and grow. The next conference will be held on November 19, 20, 21, 2023 at the Sheraton Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Join us to hear over 25 expert speakers and role models from the ag and food sector that will provide you with inspiration, motivation and new tools to help you succeed in your personal life, in your operation or career.

For more information or to register, visit our website here or call Iris at 403-686-8407 or email imeck@farmmedia.com.

Women listening to The Rural Woman Podcast can register at a discounted registration fee of $625 + tax, a saving of over $70 per person using the promo code AWCESPL23.

Join the AWC East Conference 

Invest in yourself and network with others passionate about agriculture. If you are a student, farmer, entrepreneur in ag and food, member of a grower association, or a representative of corporate agri-business – celebrate with us for our 10 year anniversary of Advancing Women Conferences!

Join us to hear role models tell their story – their challenges, obstacles, successes and lessons learned and more:
– Invest in yourself. Take this time away from your job, operation, family to reflect, learn and get rejuvenated and inspired and feel refreshed to dive back into work.
– Meet women who are just like you.
– Build your support system here.
– Meet the role models in the industry.
– Find mentors and coaches ready to help you.
– Find ways to balance your life
– Build your resilience and mental well -being.
– Hone your soft skills in leadership and career building. Get empowered.
– Network and build connections with women from across the country and sector.
– Share ideas, and different perspectives.
– Speak with like-minded individuals.
– Practice new skills in multiple workshops.
– Listen, Learn, Network, and Grow!

Join producers, students, entrepreneurs, representatives of Grower Associations and Corporate Agri-business. In 10 years, over 8000 women in ag and food from across Canada have attended AWC and have been inspired by leaders in and outside of our industry.

Are you looking for a change, looking for ways to better your life and your health, need some inspiration and motivation to reach the goals you have ahead of you? Advancing Women Conference is where you want to be in November 2023! Register today!


Here’s What People are Saying About AWC

“AWC was the perfect pick-me-up – especially with a busy life of working in the industry, farming with my husband and his family and having a family. The connections, the sharing of experiences and ideas energized me.”
~Karlene, Hairy Hill, AB

“What a way to be surrounded by empowering women in a safe place.”
~Danika, Alexandria, ON

“Felt more empowered and not alone as a woman in the industry.”
~Mitze, Midstead, SK

“ The feeling of this conference is unlike any other conference I’ve every been to. The sense of community is strong and being surrounded by amazing women has been healing in ways I never knew I needed!”
~Holly, Listowel, ON

“As a first time attendee, I truly enjoyed listening to the speakers who covered a wide diversity of subjects. From starting their own business to succession planning as well as mental health to menopause, many topics were covered. Informative sessions, very well organized event and I am looking forward to see what’s in store for next year! If a you are a women farmer, I truly encourage you to attend this event!”
~Alexandra, Girouxville, AB


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Welcome to Wild Rose Farmer! My name is Katelyn Duban and I am a first generation female farmer in Southern Alberta, Canada. I married into agriculture back in 2016 to my multigenerational farmer husband, affectionately known as Mr. Wild Rose Farmer. We live and grow on our families certified organic grain and oilseed operation. In the Spring and Summer seasons, I raise a small herd of meat goats and have previously raised bottle calves as well.

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