AITC Manitoba
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Staff & Board

Staff

Meet our team of passionate people who share the common goal of building agriculture literacy in Manitoba. 

Sue Clayton

Executive Director

sue@aitc.mb.ca

I am passionate about educating students about the importance of agriculture, helping them understand why they should care where their food comes from, and explore the incredible agriculture career opportunities in Manitoba.

Renee Reimer

Finance/Admin Manager

renee@aitc.mb.ca

I grew up on a farm and experienced firsthand where food comes from. I want more students to have that opportunity so they can make informed decisions and think critically about what they hear about food and farming.

Katharine Cherewyk

Operations and Development Manager

katharine@aitc.mb.ca

I love knowing that AITC-M’s school programs and resources help contribute to a more informed society where consumers and voters can make smart decisions about the food they eat, and the role that agriculture plays in feeding the world.

Karen Hill

Curriculum Specialist

karen@aitc.mb.ca

I love being part of an organization dedicated to ensuring Manitoban students learn the importance of agriculture in their daily lives, our economy and our environment.

Kira Rowat

Program Manager

kira@aitc.mb.ca

I enjoy being able to combine my enthusiasm for inquiry-based learning and agriculture to create and deliver accurate, balanced and current hands-on programs and resources for MB educators and students.

Larissa Peitsch

Volunteer & Program Manager

larissa@aitc.mb.ca

I feel privileged to be a part of AITC-M and the amazing experience of watching the eyes of students light up when they learn something new about agriculture, the importance of food, and where their food comes from.

Jolene Olive

Communications Manager

jolene@aitc.mb.ca

I'm passionate about growing, cooking and eating fresh food. I'm excited to help educate kids about where their food comes from to help them make informed decisions about what they eat.

Our Board

AITC-M’s Board of Directors is an elected board of up to 15 members representing a cross-section of the agriculture industry in Manitoba. Each of our board members is dedicated to delivering accurate, balanced and current information about agriculture to Manitoba teachers and students. Our Board holds our organization accountable to this principle, and to our upholding our mission, vision and values in all we do.

Everyone on our Board is an AITC-M Member.

Executive Committee

Laurel Lyons

President

Manitoba Pork Council

AITC-M does amazing work by creating synergy between the agricultural community and educators. Having a better understanding of agriculture is important for everyone.

Laura Holtmann

Vice President

Producer

Once a city girl, now a farmer – I am passionate about agriculture. Through AITC-M programs, I look forward to sharing positive information about food production with children, parents and educators!

Trish Jordan

Past President

Bayer Crop Science

I am passionate about Canadian agriculture and the people who work in this industry!  AITC-M shares that passion and the positive story of farmers and how they are committed to growing safe food for society. If you believe in Canadian agriculture and the people who make it happen, you simply must promote and encourage the efforts of AITC-M.

Edward Cook

Treasurer

Producer

As a farmer, I want to be able to inform and educate the public on what and how we produce the food that we all eat. I feel that being a part of AITC-M is a great way of doing this!

Patsy Michiels

Secretary

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Since today’s students are our future leaders, decision-makers and voters, I feel it is important that they have an understanding and appreciation of where their food comes from and how vital agriculture is to our communities. AITC-M works hard to provide opportunities for teachers and students to learn about agriculture, and I am very proud to be a part of it.

Directors

Bob Bartley

Producer

Canadians enjoy the safest, healthiest food in the world, but they don't realize that fact. AITC-M can facilitate this transfer of knowledge.

Gail Eckert

Summit Search Group

I believe that through education, our youth will come to better understand where our food comes from, both locally and globally, and how they may play a role in keeping our food supply sustainable for future generations. I am proud to be a part of AITC-M as they work to share this message.

Bonnie Bain

Farm Credit Canada

Farm raised. Farm fed. Farm fueled. AITC-M allows me to share my passion for ag!

Dianne Riding

Producer

I love being a livestock producer, and I love sharing my farm journey with kids – it’s a great way to learn where their food comes from! Kids see how much passion and care goes into farming when I bring cattle and other animals to events.

Landon Friesen

Producer

Being born and raised on the family farm and having two kids in the school system, I realized the importance of having a proper ag education to teach the next generation the value of agriculture.

Kevin Hamblin

Royal Bank of Canada

I'm proud to serve on the Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Board of Directors because I believe in our vision. Together, we are developing a deeper appreciation of the importance of agriculture to our province's social and economic wellbeing.

Brenda Mutcher

Retired Teacher

I know what a vital role agriculture plays in Manitoba's economy. Serving on this board is an opportunity for me to share that knowledge with our future generations and help AITC-M build relationships with educators.

Al Raine

Retired Industry Representative

I grew up in the city, but the family vegetable farm was a short bike ride away. Since then, I've watched the distance grow between Manitobans and food production. Getting involved with AITC-M is the best way I know to build awareness about the importance of agriculture for the next generation.

Gina Sunderland

Manitoba Chicken Producers

I love food, science and am excited to help students learn how to eat healthy food.

Join our Team

Interested in becoming a part of our organization? Check for job postings here. 

Join our Board!

Interested in shaping the future of agriculture education in Manitoba classrooms? Contact Sue Clayton, our Executive Director, at sue@aitc.mb.ca.