Ag Women’s Network partners with FCC for 2019 Mentorship Program

May 2, 2019 – The Ag Women’s Network (AWN) is excited to partner with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) to deliver this year’s mentorship program for Ontario women in agriculture.

Ten women have been selected and matched with mentors through the 2019 application process. Mentors and mentees will work through a personal road map to help advance the participants’ individual goals.

“Mentorship is a valuable tool for leadership development, and we are proud to offer the mentorship program for a second year. Our team has taken feedback from industry and last year’s pilot program participants and we are excited to have the opportunity to provide an enhanced mentorship experience this year.” says AWN chairperson and founder, Jennifer Christie.

The Mentorship Program was started in 2018 by AWN volunteers, Amanda Brodhagen and Joan Craig. The grassroots program aims to celebrate the diversity of sectors, roles and experiences of women in Ontario agriculture by building authentic relationships which support upward mentorship.

Mentees and mentors in the AWN Mentorship Program come from a variety of agriculture sectors in Ontario. Participants in this year’s program include:

Emily Allen - Katie Normet

Lynsay Beavers - Joanne Hewitson

Brittany Blakely - Anneke Stickney

Emily Bromley - Barb Keith Badour

Samantha Fancher - Maggie McCormick

Sylvia Megens - Dan Wright

Anita Speers - Anne Hyndman

Claire Ross - Angela Straathof

Kayla Veldman - Patty Townsend

Kayla Walker - Danielle Collins

Through their investment in the AWN Mentorship Program, FCC to supports new learning and networking opportunities for participants, while also helping to establish a more sustainable structure for the Ag Women’s Network.

“I believe that agriculture and agri-food needs the most diverse and passionate leadership that we can come up with in Canada.” said John Geurtjens, Vice-President of Western Ontario Operations at FCC. “So of course, empowering women to have a greater voice and greater participation in the industry is a wonderful initiative. Not only the right thing to do, but good for business!”

Photos and bios for participants are available on the AWN website -

About the Ag Women’s Network:

The Ag Women’s Network (AWN) is an online community that cultivates and connects leaders through the empowerment of women. Founded in 2013, the volunteer-led, non-profit organization is based out of Ontario and currently connects over 2,000 women working in agriculture. Visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter @agwomensnetwork.

About Farm Credit Canada:

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $36 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits are reinvested back into the agriculture and food industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work while providing an appropriate return to our shareholder. Visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

For more information:

Joan Craig (Chair) or Amanda Peer - Team Leads, AWN Mentorship Program

Jennifer Christie - AWN Chairperson

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