NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Erin Armstrong

"Go for it! "

Director, Industry & Regulatory Affairs

Canterra Seeds

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

As Director, Industry & Regulatory Affairs, I deal with licensing and intellectual property protection for the company, as well as coordinating development of company positions on issues impacting the company and the broader industry, including regulatory changes which will ensure greater efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and predictability. What most excites me is contributing to changes which will make not just the company more successful, but also Canadian agriculture as a whole.

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?

There is a limited amount of diversity in the company, more in the broader industry. To increase diversity, greater awareness of what constitutes diversity is needed, as well as an understanding of unconscious bias and how it can impact decisions and actions.

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

Go for it!

What are some of your interests outside of work?

Architecture; travel; reading; family & friends

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

The questions I get from mentees frequently make me stop and think, with questions coming from different perspectives and career stages - always useful!