NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Sue Clayton

"I am always energized by spending time with young people"

Executive director

Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba

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

I work with an amazing group of women who are all passionate about education teachers and students about where their food comes from and the importance of the agriculture industry in Manitoba, Canada and the world.

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?

We are a group of seven staff in Manitoba and interestingly enough are all women. That is not by design, it has just happened that way. The workplace has become more inclusive over the years and I see that continuing to evolve as more women enter this amazing industry and show their value.

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

Set goals, work hard and be open to moving early in your career is you are able to. Explore opportunities with various employers in summer jobs so you make the decision in full time employment that best suits what you are going to love. It's importation to enjoy your work and feel that you are making a contribution. There are so many opportunities for women in the agriculture sector!

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, golfing and travelling.

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

I am always energized by spending time with young people. They are so passionate about what they want to do in their career. If my experiences can be of benefit to someone, I would love to help a mentee as they embark on their career!