Advancing Women conferences join Glacier FarmMedia

Agricultural publisher Glacier FarmMedia is expanding its events division at both ends of the country with a major networking event for women in agriculture and agribusiness.

The Winnipeg publishing house, which owns and operates this website, announced Thursday it acquired the two Advancing Women in Agriculture Conferences (AWC) — and has hired AWC’s founder, conference organizer Iris Meck of Calgary, as GFM’s director of conferences.

Meck will lead the AWC West and AWC East conferences and the annual Farm Forum Event, which GFM acquired in 2018 and is scheduled this year for Nov. 24-25 in Saskatoon.

The AWC conference, which Meck launched in Calgary in 2014, expanded to include an eastern edition the following year.

AWC West 2020, which was set for March 23-24 in Calgary, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; AWC East 2020 is scheduled for Nov. 15-17 in Niagara Falls, Ont.

“AWC is proud of the quality of speakers that we bring to the podium, including business experts, motivational and inspirational leaders and industry representatives,” Meck said Thursday in GFM’s release. “I look forward to working with the Glacier FarmMedia team and energizing AWC to a new level.”

“At Glacier FarmMedia, we know that access to information, connecting, learning and networking are foundations of success – for those on the farm, for students and for those working in the agriculture industry,” GFM president Bob Willcox said in the same release.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer this to an important and celebrated sector of the ag industry – women – through the Advancing Women in Agriculture Conferences.” — Glacier FarmMedia Network

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