Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba’s Board of Directors has announced that Katharine Cherewyk will serve as the organization’s next Executive Director, effective immediately. Sue Clayton left the role to become Director of the School of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba on September 30, 2022.

“Katharine is a strategic leader who understands the critical role education plays in connecting students with the food they eat and the people who produce it,” says Laura Holtman, Chair, Board of Directors, AITC-M.

“Her talent for visionary thinking and relationship-building have helped AITC-M increase its reach in more geographical locations than ever before. We’re very excited about what the future holds.”

Since 2018, Katharine played an integral role as AITC-M’s Operations and Development Manager. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in communications, fundraising, strategic planning, partnership-building, and project management. She is a small business owner, has experience working with and in Indigenous communities in Canada and has worked as a researcher in various scientific institutions. A seasoned executive coach, she was also the founding partner of a local fundraising firm focused on capital campaign development and implementation.

“I've been a passionate advocate for AITC-M’s cause since I started my journey in agriculture, working towards the North Star goal that all Manitoba students graduating from high school are agriculturally literate citizens,” says Katharine.

“I’m excited to work with our incredible team to strengthen AITC-M’s presence in the province, demonstrate our impact in new ways and position AITC-M as a key partner in the long-term growth strategy of the agriculture industry.”

Katharine plays an important part of AITC-M’s success as it reaches more teachers every year in every school division in Manitoba with the development of new resources and programs.

“I am proud of the team we’ve built and feel extremely fortunate to be a part of the success that we have accomplished over the past five years”, says Katharine. “We are continuing to expand the network who support the work we do. I’m excited to build on this momentum and look forward to exploring new opportunities with teachers, students and industry partners.”

Katharine graduated with a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Agroecology) degree from the University of Manitoba and sits on the board of the Steinbach Community Foundation and Endow Manitoba Provincial Advisory Board. She has a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University and is a member of the International Coach Federation.

For more information, contact:

John Gaudes
Communications Manager, AITC-M


About Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba

Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to developing curriculum-linked programs, resources and activities to help teachers and students learn more about the importance of agriculture in Manitoba.