I have a wide range of hobbies and a busy family of 5. I have 3 kids who are active in many activities! I love running, zumba, piano, golf, camping, hockey and the list goes on and on!
My education consists of a BSc. in Agriculture majoring in Plant science and an MSc in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Manitoba. I focused on biotechnology, genetics and physiology. I did not grow up on a farm but had a strong interest in pursuing education that would take me to a career in Agriculture.
Try to follow a career doing what you are good at and what you enjoy! You will be more successful in the long run.
My career is fast moving, we are always changing and adapting how we do things. We adopt new technology, use Ipads, IPhones and apps as tools and work with some of the best research being done in the world. Everyday brings new challenges. We work on process improvements that can have an impact on our everyday work as well as on a global scale. My career has been fulfilling and exciting. I enjoy working at my job because I work in a progressive environment that encourages work life balance as well as innovation and safety.
Key activities that I have done throughout my career include hands on planting, sampling, crossing, harvesting and threshing canola plants. It would be considered acting like a "Bumble Bee" to pollinate flowers but selecting the best plants to combine in order to get the best seeds for the next generation. I have actively used math and in particular genetics in order to figure out plant population sizes for planting and for successfully creating and contributing to commercial projects that are planted by farmers all across Canada. I use my science knowledge everyday from chemistry and biology in order to grow healthy and successful plants in an indoor greenhouse environment. I read and write scientific literature in order to report and to problem solve real everyday problems on the job.
This can include chemistry for fertilizer formulations, physiology to understand disease symptoms, symbiotic relationships between bacteria and plants, math to calculate different things such as "do we have enough space in the building?" and for budgeting purposes such as capital purchases.
I currently manage a large team of staff that work in the greenhouses and coordinate all of the activities that are required in order to meet tight deadlines and create high quality products for Canola at Monsanto. I also act as safety technician for the site. This includes overseeing many safety programs such as waste water management and housekeeping. Understanding both health and the environment have contributed to having a successful safety program at work!
- Foods and Nutrition
- Physical Education/Health
- Always wanted to be outside
- Brought people together
- Enjoyed doing things on my own
- Engaged in activities such as fishing, berry picking and hunting
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Played on a sports team
- Was motivated by success
- Wanted to be in charge
- Liked being given specific instructions
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Liked reading
- Felt at home in the outside, natural environment
- Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
- Learned best "by doing"