NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Stephanie Cruickshanks

"I would love to learn what barriers she sees"

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

I enjoy the diversity of sections of agriculture I have had the chance to work in. I communicate within gov, within industry as well as with farmers and food manufactures. I love helping people/businesses solve challenges that ultimately make their enterprise grow.

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?

Our workplace is diverse. It is going to take a big effort to close the familiarity gap between our domestic industry and newcomers. More opportunities for industry and newcomers to engage with each other. More experience opportunities for those missing Manitoba work experience.

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

Do what you want to do, find male and female mentors to help you along, there are lots of opportunities, not all will be the right ones but there are a lot of very supportive people in this industry.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I have three sons so much of my free time is enjoyed cheering on their sports etc. I have a life long interest in youth development, particularly through 4-H and through my community involvement.

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

I would love to learn what barriers she sees for herself entering this industry. Our backgrounds may be exceptionally different but I bet we will find commonality somewhere.