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Staff & Board

Staff

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

Katharine Cherewyk

Executive Director

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.

Adelle Gervin

Program Manager

adelle@aitc.mb.ca

I want to educate students on the importance of agriculture and how it affects our everyday lives. This industry provides so many opportunities, I hope all students can see themselves pursuing a career in agriculture.

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.

John Gaudes

Communications Manager

john@aitc.mb.ca

As someone who grew up cooking and loving food, I'm thrilled to help educate kids about where their food comes from and share the amazing stories that Manitoba agriculture has to offer.

Larissa Peitsch

Program & Volunteer 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.

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.

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.

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

Laura Holtmann

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!

Bonnie Bain

Vice President

Farm Credit Canada

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

Laurel Lyons

Past President

Government of Canada

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

Kevin Hamblin

Treasurer

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.

Patsy Michiels

Secretary

Government of 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.

Brent Derkatch

Canterra Seeds

I believe it’s critically important for students to have the seeds of knowledge of agriculture planted in classrooms across the province. I’m proud of my farm and agriculture background and support the amazing work done by AITC-M.

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.

Trish Jordan

Bayer CropScience

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Theroux

Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers

I have a deep respect for agriculture, our Industry and lifestyle from working within the Ag Industry but also by participating on our family farm. Food, eating and nourishment is something we all unanimously have a connection to, but how that food is grown is a big unknown for many. 

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.