Cheers for women in ag careers

Oleen Smethurst
Debbie Zimmerman
Stephanie Levasseur
Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald

Hurray for the women in horticulture! March 8 is designated International Women’s Day, so we’re taking this opportunity to honour a few of the women who contribute to the success of our industry.  It’s a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In these photo portraits, look at the many pathways to a career in agriculture. 


  1. Oleen Smethurst, Costco general merchandise manager
  2. Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario 
  3. Stephanie Levasseur, sales/regulatory manager, Erie James Ltd.
  4. Dr. Mary Ruth McDonald, research program director, University of Guelph 


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Friday, March 3, 2017

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