NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Jolien Witte

"Don’t feel intimidated by the people already working in the field"

Consultant, Consulting Services


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

I am a Consultant in the Management Consulting part of MNP, which is a bit of a broad title 😊 I am usually involved research and data collection for different projects, some financial modelling and then also proposal and report writing. Some of my projects are focused on the agricultural sector, and some are not. What most excites me about this job is the agricultural projects that span all sectors from greenhouses to grain farming, the direct contact with farmers about their businesses and how to improve their operations.

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 current workplace is very diverse as we as a Consulting team work together with Accountants and Tax Specialists, and across multiple provinces with other employees. Within our team there is a lot of diversity as well as we cover projects from focused on HR, business plans, financial projections, Cost of Production studies, operational reviews, etc. etc. and that in fields like agriculture, First Nations, private companies, public agencies, construction, medical services, etc. etc. To support greater diversity in the Agriculture field, I think we all should support one another in different corners of our field. Whether you are a banker, a farmer, a student, a processor, everyone is there for a reason and has something unique to contribute to our field. There is no right or wrong, but together we can grow and be ready for the future.

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

Don’t feel intimidated by the people already working in the field, your approach and opinions are valuable too. Develop the skill set you need to land your dream job, connect with like-minded people, work hard and keep improving yourself.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

Outside of work I just like to sit back, enjoy our beautiful province, meet up with friends, and whenever I have I also play the French horn.

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

My learning goals for this mentorship experience are to connect with someone outside of my regular circle, and together go on a journey of exploring and exchanging perspectives.