NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Roberta Galbraith

Roberta Galbraith

"I always think that we learn so much from others"

"If we are willing to open ourselves up to having these experiences"

Manager, Member Relations

Manitoba Canola Growers Association

What is your job (describe it), and what most excites you about what you do?

My role is the Manager of Member Relations. So in essence this means that my job is all about identifying what growers need to make their farms more effective- both in a agronomic way as well as profitability and sustainability. I like working with farmers. They are interesting, passionate about what they are doing and community minded.

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 somewhat unique. Of the 6 of us that work for our organization 3 of us work from our homes and one is 50% from her home. Our office team has diverse backgrounds and ethnicity which is terrific. We are an all women team of professionals working in a male dominated industry. We work towards inclusion and lead by example. But there is always more work to be done!

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

Agriculture is an amazing industry to be involved in. Not everyone is suited to it but for those that do chose it then it is a lifelong journey working alongside others that are passionate about this great industry that feeds the world.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I like outside activities whether that is bike riding, canoeing, gardening, camping, farming etc. I also like to read and participate in fitness programs. I like to travel and have had the opportunity to travel extensively. The world is truly a small place and we are all connected.

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

I always think that we learn so much from others if we are willing to open ourselves up to having these experiences. Young people have an energy and thirst for knowledge, opportunity and experiences that as you get older you tend to forget about. Mentees bring that opportunity back to the forefront and make us see differently. That is a good thing!