Agriculture in the Classroom

Board Members


Executive Committee

Kelly Funke, President, Cargill Canada

I have kids and I eat food.  Why wouldn't I want to be involved?


Laurel Lyons, Vice-president, Manitoba Pork Council

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

Brian Kenyon, Past President, Yara

We have a positive message to tell about Agriculture and our role in feeding the growing world population. I have had the opportunity to attend many of the wonderful events put on by AITC-M and I continue to be impressed with the passion and excellence shown by everyone involved and how effective this organization is at delivering the agriculture message to students of all ages.

Sheena Pitura, Secretary, CANTERRA SEEDS

As a farm girl now living in the heart of Winnipeg, I see misconceptions about agriculture all around me. It's up to our industry to bring light to these issues, and I'm proud to be part of AITC-M as we share positive messages and help shape the perception of agriculture among young people.

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!



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.  

Theresa Bolton, Parrish and Heimbecker

Working as a Talent and Acquisition Specialist in the agriculture industry, I see how many amazing career opportunities there are in this sector. Informing and inspiring kids about agriculture is critical for the industry's future.

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.


Laura Holtmann, Producer

Once a city girl, but 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, Monsanto Canada

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.

Curtis McRae, Producer

My involvement with AITC-M is important to me because farming is not just another job, it is a lifestyle.  AITC-M allows me the opportunity to share the passion, pain, heartbreak, and joy that makes my job the dream that it is.

Patsy Michiels, 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.

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.


Tracey Shelton, Richardson International

As a ‘city slicker’ born and raised in Winnipeg, I understand the true value of Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba.  I am happy to have this opportunity to help make a difference by being part of the AITC-M Board of Directors.

Tim Swynar, Royal Bank of Canada

I am passionate and optimistic about agriculture. I believe in the AITC-M program as it provides the tools and information for young people to critically think about the truth surrounding the safe and high-quality goods produced by Canadian agriculture.