NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Sheila Wolfe

"I would like to see new ideas and enthusiasm"



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

The job involves using wheat plant genes as a defense against the pest the wheat midge. It is a pest that caused millions of dollars of damage annually in Western Manitoba. All midge resistant varieties do not require pesticide applications which benifot the environment. This work also involves many collaborators across Canada who are wonderful to work with.

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?

AAFC is a very diverse and inclusive workplace there are all ages and many cultures represented within our organization.

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

At the beginning some tasks seem tedious however the longer you work with a program the more you see how important each step is in order to achieve results. Also even the things that are unexpected can turn out to be exciting in research.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with my family, our pets, walking, baking, photography and reading.

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

I would like to see new ideas and enthusiasm. I would like to learn what is current in what they are learning in their courses.