This group was started in 2018 when a group of women identified the need for a place of gathering and support amongst the agricultural women in the province.
Meet our Board Members:
Twitter Handle- @pamheatherton
Originally, from Nova Scotia, Pam farms with her husband and in-laws in Dacotah. She always had a strong connection to agriculture, growing up on a small mixed farm. She was a long time 4-H member; earned a horticulture degree from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture, worked in agricultural machinery, and was a Director for Nova Scotia Young Farmers. Since moving to the Prairies, she has become more involved in agriculture, through hands-on work on the family grain farm and though her work at the University of Manitoba’s School of Agriculture and Farm & Food Discovery Centre, where she works as Farm Safety Coordinator and Program Facilitator. Along with her technical knowledge of plants and the environment, Pam brings a wealth of experience in organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, and policy development.
Twitter Handle- @tiffanydancho
Tiffany works for MacDon Industries as a New Product Development Program Manager. Agriculture and farming have always been in her blood, growing up on a grain farm and seed cleaning business near East Selkirk MB. She graduated from University of Manitoba with a B.Sc in Agriculture, Major in Agronomy in 2006. After university she moved out to Southern Alberta to work as an agronomist for a few years. Since then she was in GPS/Autosteer territory sales roles, and has been at MacDon for 7 years. Her hope is to start her own farm in the next few years.
Twitter Handle- @SiobhanMaas
Siobhan was raised on a mixed cow-calf, grain farm near St. Pierre Jolys, MB. After graduating with degrees in Agroecology and Soil Sciences from the University of Manitoba, she moved to Germany in 2010 for love and adventure, returning shortly thereafter to begin her family on Canadian soil. Siobhan has worked with the U of M’s Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre as Program Coordinator and three years ago began a small farm business direct marketing eggs, broilers and various small animals. She joined the Direct Farm Manitoba board in 2018, volunteers with AITC when she can and organizes the U of M’s Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences Mentorship Program for women. Siobhan lives on an acreage near Morris with her husband and four young children.
Director at Large – Membership/Volunteer
Twitter Handle – @Michelle_TCM
Michelle is the Associate Publisher for Top Crop Manager and Potatoes in Canada magazines and has been with these ag-publications since 2014. Michelle is a double graduate from Assiniboine Community College with diplomas in Business and AgriBusiness. Michelle worked for the Brandon Research Centre in the Barley Pathology department, and as an Sales Agronomist for an independent retail outlet. Over the past ten years, Michelle has been active in the purebred Hereford cattle industry, helping her in-laws with the farm, showing cattle, helping with the annual production female and bull sales, and also sat on the MB Hereford Association board as Treasurer. Michelle is excited to see how Ag Women MB can help connect women in Agriculture, build-up and encourage our young leaders and build a support system for all women in Agriculture.
Director at Large – Social Media Coordinator
Twitter Handle- @KatieTaris
Katie works as the Research Manager at Haplotech, a company offering plant breeding services. She began with the company in 2016 and enjoys the dynamic environment where every day is different. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Waterloo, she decided to follow a career related to plants and completed a Master’s Degree in Plant Biotechnology. Katie spent most summers between terms back in Manitoba working in small plot research. She is excited to see the impact that Ag Women Manitoba will have in the province by encouraging and supporting women already in (and entering) the agriculture sector as well as the positive demonstrations of mentorship and networking the group will provide.