Robynne Anderson, founder and president of Emerging Ag and pillar of the agriculture community in Canada, has been nominated for the Demeter Women in Agriculture 2018 Award of Excellence as a visionary leader and facilitator of change. Robynne’s contributions to the agribusiness industry span from her successful consulting and publication businesses to her advocacy work in policy and responsible investment in agriculture. Robynne is being recognized as “a leading international expert on agriculture and food policies, and a trusted, collaborative partner for our Canadian industry”. She is an advocate for both farming and women in agriculture and has headed a number of initiatives to highlight both the importance of farming globally, and the outstanding work of women in agribusiness.
This award of excellence comes one year after Robynne was inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame for her promotion and advancement of the Canadian seed industry both domestically and internationally. Bioenterprise considers it a proud achievement and a well-deserved nomination for one of its key members. CEO of Bioenterprise Dave Smardon remarks, “Robynne has always shown great dedication to Canadian agriculture and agribusiness. Her presence on our Board of Directors has had substantial impact on the industry on many levels from agribusiness success to mindful agricultural policy. We are very happy to see her being honoured with this nomination and to share in her celebration.”
Growing up on a seed farm in Manitoba led Robynne to agriculture advocacy through government policy. She has since contributed to building the Agri-Food Network, continued to work with policy alongside many government organizations internationally, and founded successful ventures herself including Issues Ink and Emerging Ag.
The award will be presented on September 25, 2018 and is hosted by the Women In Agriculture Summit. The WIA Summit is boasting its seventh year of highlighting trends and innovations in agribusiness and agri-tech and offering unparalleled networking opportunities for women in this sector. Other nominees include Amy Cornell, a member of counsel at Bose McKinney and Evans LLP for her agricultural law contributions to Indiana’s farm community, and also Christine Tacon, a groceries code adjudicator and UK regulator recognized for her work to turn the fortunes of the largest UK farm cooperative from an operating loss to tremendous financial success.