Events by MWAF

I- Networking & Culture

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Your online networking place for men & women. Monthly always 7-8 PM CT

2022 Mar 28: Willliam Greuel, Protein Industries Canada's CEO
Why I am trying to do better and give back

I recently crossed a professional threshold, 25 years working the agriculture sector. Over the course of that time, I’ve had bosses and mentors that took a chance on me and set me straight when I needed it. As I look to the back end of my career, I am trying to be one of those people. In this session, I will share the stories of the people who were influential in my career with the hope of inspiring people, myself included, to try and do better and give back. 


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2022 Feb 28:  Topic: The evolution of 4-H.
Chair: Carlie Whetter, 4-H Canada Chair 
 Join Carlie to learn about the 4-H of today and how it has evolved to remain relevant to youth members.  She will share programming highlights and how changes in environmental circumstances created unseen opportunities.  We will also discuss volunteerism in the youth development sector. As a 4-H leader for 10 years she has witnessed changes in the way volunteers wish to engage in the organization. Let’s share ideas on how to remove barriers to volunteerism and get excited about the future of our youth! 
For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H in Canada has close to 23,500 members and more than 8,500 volunteer leaders. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, caring and contributing youth leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. 

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2022 Jan 24: Enabling successful careers in agriculture: a dialogue with FCC’s Michael Hoffort and Sophie Perreault

Join Michael Hoffort (FCC President and CEO) and Sophie Perreault (EVP & FCC Chief Operating Officer) as they reflect on their experiences in building their careers – 60 years combined – and enabling career development among their peers at FCC.  Together, they will share how FCC has evolved its approach to diversity and inclusion, sharing personal and organizational anecdotes from their time working at the federal Crown corporation. They will also discuss what it means to enable successful careers in the ag industry in a more general sense.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and food. FCC provides flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industry.  

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2021 Oct 25. AgChat topic: Growing the Digital Agriculture Ecosystem.  
Chair:  Jacqueline Keena, Managing Director, EMILI

Join Jacqueline to learn about EMILI’s ongoing activities and the increasing opportunities for collaboration within digital agriculture.
Jacqueline Keena will discuss EMILI’s mandate to grow the digital agriculture ecosystem in Manitoba and across the prairies. She will share more about EMILI’s activities to support innovation and research, increase integration of intelligent technologies, close the skills gaps, and provide support for the growth of agtech start-ups. 

The Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI) is an industry-led non-profit organization established to accelerate the growth of the agri-food industry in Manitoba, and across the Prairies, by promoting digital agriculture and digital agriculture technologies.

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2021 Jun 28. 7-8 pm. AgChat with Trevor Heck, Syngenta's president
Topic: How does understanding perspective (e.g., generational, cultural, gender) accelerate diversity and inclusion in agriculture?
An individual’s age, gender, background, experiences, culture etc., shape their approach to any interaction. We’ll discuss how seeking to understand and value each other’s perspective can lead to a positive outcome. 
Trevor Heck, Syngenta's president, will chair this session. Leading a staff of 300, and with a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, he has demonstrated, in words and deeds, to be a strong advocate of leader development and support in agriculture.  Trevor is a strong voice for diversity in the workplace. 
Syngenta's ambition is to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture

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2021 May 24. 7-8 pm. AgChat Topic:
Building trust with clients to build relationships that go beyond business
Jonathan Chalmers, CSR/Agronomist at Parrish & Heimbecker, is an experienced representative. He will open up the chat with his perspective on the personal/professional relationship between farmers and company representatives/retail agronomists/grain buyers and others and how trust leads to satisfaction at a personal level.  This topic applies to our personal lives too.  


2021 Apr 26. AgChat  Topic: Do men have a role in the advancement of women in Ag? Why shoud they? Please, think about these questions and bring examples and annecdotes from your own life.

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To give us a welcome break from Covid, Carrie will teach a free PIYO LIVE CLASS live on MWAF'S member's Facebook group.

When: Monday, May 3, 2021 - 2:30 - 3:00pm CT

Where: MWAF's member's group, live on facebook

What is PIYO?

PiYo combines the strength training—and body lengthening—aspects of Pilates with the core training and stretching elements of Yoga choreographed to music.

Equipment needed: Yoga mat

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Taking Control of Your Career - How to Prepare a Confident Career Plan - 2021 Nov 3, 7-8 pm CT

with Louise Neil, Louise Neil, B.SC, ACC Certified Career Engagement Coach, Pivoting Point Career Solutions. 

Come join us for an interactive workshop. You'll Learn:

  • The 3 things you need to craft a successful plan 

  • The action you need to take next to get to the starting line 

  • How to lower the risk of making a “wrong” move 

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Courage, Confidence and Resilience: Facing and Embracing Change -  2021 October 5, 2021

Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm 

Presenter, Allan Dubyts

Change is an essential part of life and the source or cause of every one of our problems. When faced with change, we tend to use one of two types of strategies:

  1. avoiding, denial and distractions

  2. facing and embracing


This one-hour session is about facing and embracing change. Our situation and our environment are in a state of constant change. Facing change starts with having the Courage to simply see the truth of the situation, to not get caught up in the fear, to not over estimate the negative impact, or underestimate our ability to handle the situation.

Courage enables us to make a decision. Confidence enables us to take action and sustain that action until a level of competence is achieved. Resilience enables us to remain strong, both physically and psychologically in the face of an obstacle, a set-back, or a traumatic event.

This session is delivered through the Manitoba Tourisms Education Council (MTEC)

Registration information will be added closer to the session's date.

Negotiation.  Is that the best you can do?   

2021 Jun 23, noon-1 pm CT

Presenter, Allan Dubyts

Negotiation is one of the most rewarding life skills. Most people can double what they are getting in life, simply by asking more often. That is when they can get past the fear and unsupportive beliefs that hold most people back. And the people who achieve mastery in negotiation skate through life getting about 80% of what they want in a way that seem effortless.

In this one-hour session we will focus on the high leverage steps required to move through the 4 stages to the mastery level. Once you understand the principles all it takes is practice. How far you go is up to you.

This session is delivered through the Manitoba Tourism Education Council

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Lead with Confidence  2021 Apr 22, 7-8 pm

By Janice Gair, PCC, CPHR, SHRM-SCP eiAdvantage - President        


While technical and professional competence is essential in the workplace, emotional intelligence is a better predictor of success. Our environments demand that we manage complex and rapid change and make decisions in a climate of uncertainty.

This webinar will explore:

  • The critical elements that make up self-perception to know yourself and enhance your self- esteem.

  • How to develop essential leadership skills such as assertiveness, problem solving, independence and stress tolerance.

    Participants will leave this session with a greater understanding of emotional intelligence and strategies to enhance key emotional leadership skills.

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