NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Courtney Welch

Courtney Welch

"Take charge of your own development"

"Seek out opportunities and challenges and create networks in the industry"

Program Lead

Agronomic Research Specialist

Bayer Canada

What is your job and what most excites you about what you do?

I work as an Agronomic Research Specialist for Monsanto Canada in Headingly, MB. My role currently involves running the soybean yield trial program for south central Manitoba. We focus on testing pre-commercial soybeans across local geographies to bring the best possible genetics to farmers. I love that my job allows me to constantly learn new things and get involved in outreach projects that I'm passionate about.

How diverse is your workplace, or your field of work as a whole? What do you think should be done to support greater diversity and create more inclusive practices in your workplace and in the Agriculture field?

My workplace specifically is very equal in terms of gender representation. While this may be the case at our site, it is not always the case elsewhere and is less so as you move up the ladder. Women should be one another's biggest and loudest supporters in the workplace and beyond and should lift one another up into development roles and management positions.

What advice would you give to young women interested in a career in your field?

Take charge of your own development - seek out opportunities and challenges and create networks in the industry. Those networks and experiences will help move you forward.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I love being outdoors as much as possible - hiking, running, cycling, camping - you name it! When I'm not outside (I'm a bit of a fair weather enthusiast), I enjoy having friends over to play "nerdy" board games or to take in a cheesy chick flick. I live in Winnipeg with my husband, toddler and two dogs!

What are you most hoping you will learn from your mentee? What learning goals do you have for this experience?

Meeting new people allows me to learn new perspectives and opinions - something that is always of value. Being a mentor also forces one to analyze why they do things the way they do and why they've made the choices they have. It really provides a great opportunity for self-reflection. Everyone you meet has something to teach you and I look forward to getting to know what that means for this experience!