Ginelle Pidwerbesky - Director & Executive Director
The agriculture industry continues to grow, develop and change at a rapid rate. The many women I have learned from and been inspiried by along the way, have allowed me to grow, develop and change with it. I find it fascinating that so many of us come from different backgrounds, professions and/or life experiences, yet we all find common ground in the desire to continue to feed the world and nuture the land.
Stacey Sagon - Vice-Chair & Partnership Committee Lead
I have met so many amazing women involved in different levels of agriculture across Saskatchewan, and I am proud to be part of a group who can help connect these women, and continue to strengthen our wonderful industry. "Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion"
Shannon O'Neill - Board Chair & Finance Committee Lead
I am so proud and honoured to work in the agriculture industry. I have spent my professional life in Saskatchewan and am always amazed at how progressive, challenging and welcoming this industry is. Working with farmers and others in this industry is something I consider myself lucky to do and I couldn't imagine working anywhere else. The group of women in this organization are people I have tremendous respect for and admire each of them for the impact they have on agriculture. I look forward to working with them and learning from them!
Jimmi-Lee Jackson - Director
I live in Tisdale, Sk with my dog (Cheeko), cat (Flint) and horse (Buddy) where I work as a technical agronomist for Monsanto DEKALB. I am proud to be involved in Women in Ag because there are so many great role models involved in the group as well that share the same interests I do and can help guide me along my own agricultural path. This group brings women together and empowers them to become more passionate and vocal about women in agriculture.
Autumn Lawson - Director & Events Committee Lead
I grew up on a small livestock farm, where we operate a meat-shop as a value-added business. I'm currently pursuing a degree in Agribusiness. Women in Ag is a group of passionate, creative, and intelligent women that inspire me daily. Our mission to "support, connect, and empower" is truly carried out every single day. I'm excited for what the future of agriculture has to hold, and how I can be a part of it. People say that the future belongs to those still willing to get their hands dirty, and I can't wait to get some dirt under my fingernails.
Shelby LaRose - Director & Communications Committee Lead
I currently live near Kipling, SK where I work as a Crop Production Advisor with Nutrien Ag Solutions Canada and help out on my parent’s grain farm. After going to the U of S to complete my BSA in Agronomy, I knew I wanted to return to the farm to start taking a more active role in the operation. Being involved in the Women in Ag organization has allowed me to expand my network, meet some incredible people and be a part of a group that is helping women support women no matter what sector of the industry they work in. I look forward to seeing where the industry takes us and how this group expands in the years to come!
Stephanie Charlton - Director & Membership/Advocacy Committee Lead
I always knew I wanted my future to involve agriculture. I grew up on a mixed farm outside of Pilger, SK and kept busy training and showing horses. I have been involved with multiple organizations in the past and I am very excited to join the Women in Ag. The group has a network of great women and I look forward to hearing and learning from them all. I am proud to say I am a woman in ag and hopefully I can add to the growth and success of the group!
Melissa Hurst - Director & Calendar Committee Lead
I am proud of my agriculture background, and I have always wanted to continue my involvement with agriculture in some capacity. Women in Ag is a great group that supports and connects those across the industry. Having the opportunity to work alongside other passionate women involved in agriculture in different capacities has proved enlightening. Working in corporate agriculture, I am proud to see women hold influential positions both on and off the ranch. There has never been a better time to be a women working in Ag.
Kate Fraser - Director & Volunteer Committee Lead
I grew up with strong female role models on my family farm in Ontario and though I live/work far from my family farm operation, I am proud to continue to contribute to the Canadian agriculture industry that ties me to my roots. Women in Ag's mission of empowering and connecting women strongly aligns with my own values and it is a priviledge to volunteer alongside so many incredible women involved in Women in Ag to do just that.
Shayla Hertz - Director
Shayla grew up on a grain farm outside of Edenwold, where her parents still farm today. She attended Williston State College in North Dakota to play NJCAA volleyball and study agriculture economics before transferring to the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. There, Shayla was a member of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association Student Chapter, a Student Ambassador for the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, and president of the Agricultural Students’ Association in her final year. Her summer work experience has been with Bayer and DuPont. Shayla holds a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and is currently employed as the thinkAG Manager with Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, where she promotes agricultural career exploration and development. Prior to this role, Shayla worked for the provincial government as a Provincial Agriculture Awareness Specialist. Shayla lives near St. Walburg, Saskatchewan where she farms with her boyfriend, Nick Wourms, and his family on a mixed grain and cattle operation. She is very passionate about educating Canadian youth on the importance of agriculture and all it offers to our province, country and world. She feels that Saskatchewan Women in Ag plays a vital role in ensuring women have their voice heard on critical agricultural issues, and that their influence is utilized to build public trust in the industry.
Andria Karstens - Administrative Coordinator
Agriculture has always been apart of my life. I grew up on a grain farm newar Wilkie, SK, and currerntly live in London, ON learning about agriculture in Eastern Canada. Here I work for the Climate Corporation as a Climate Business Manager. I love being surrounded by positive people who are passoinate about what they are doing which is why I joined the Women In Ag team. It's a great way to stay connected with different people who work in different parts of the industry who I wouldn't have the chance to connect with otherwise.