Empowering Women Conference

Empowering Women Conference


Led by keynote speaker Rachel Mielke, the Empowering Women Conference is for all women who want to enhance their family life, community, career and industry. This conference will provide you with the tools, inspiration and motivation to become the architect for change in achieving success, whether you are an agriculture student, a producer, a rancher, an entrepreneur or a corporate agri-business representative. Attendees will be treated to a peek of the brand new Mosaic Stadium in a welcoming environment of wine-and-cheese networking.

Join us for an amazing opportunity to develop deeper personal and professional connections with powerful, like-minded women.

Event Details 

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Location: AGT Lounge, Mosaic Stadium

Registration: 2:30 p.m.

Time: 3 – 6 p.m. 

  • Dianna Emperingham  3 p.m. 
  • Joan Heath 3:25 p.m.
  • Deb Button 3:50 p.m. 
  • Rachel Mielke 4:15 p.m.

Price: $25 (includes one-day admission to Canada’s Farm Progress Show, and wine and cheese during the conference)


    Dianna Emperingham

Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Dianna has been connected to Agriculture for her entire life. Formerly the Director, Product Supply at BayerCropScience, Canada until her retirement in February of 2017. She has been a board member of CleanFarms Canada for four years and a board member of AWSA (Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association). Dianna is among the first women in her industry to head a major manufacturing facility. She has been the Head of Procurement for Canada, Global Procurement Manager in Germany, Head of Regional Procurement for the UK and Ireland.



     Joan Heath

Joan and her husband have operated Aidra Farms near Radisson, SK since 1991. Joan attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Home Economics degree, majoring in Foods and Nutrition. Joan is the past Chair and past Vice Chair of SaskCanola, serving 7 years as a Director. She also was a Director on the Board of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan for nearly a decade. From 1990-2007 she worked in the canola industry. In addition, she served two terms as a school board trustee on the Prairie Spirit School Board of Education.






    Deb Button

Deb was first elected into politics in 1997 and was the Mayor of Weyburn for 12 years. She served as President of SUMA (Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association), the first time in the organization’s 105-year history a woman has held this role. Deb has held prominent roles with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) including Vice-Chair of FCM's Standing Committee on International Relations, the Gender Government Representative for Ukraine and served on FCM's Executive Committee. Deb is a non-partisan advocate for women in politics working in countries such as the Ukraine on this issue.






    Rachel Mielke

In 2007, jewellery designer and entrepreneur, Rachel Mielke, founded Hillberg & Berk with one goal in mind—empower women through design. Rachel’s dream has now materialized and she leads a growing team inspired by her purpose. From Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to Olympic gold medalist Tessa Virtue, the timeless, sophisticated Hillberg & Berk aesthetic helps women worldwide capture their sparkle. To date, Hillberg & Berk has contributed more than half a million dollars to both national and international organizations assisting women in their pursuit of greatness. Rachel’s ascent, marked by once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, carried her from a kitchen operation to leading a company that in 2015 ranked #115 in the 27th annual PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies and being named one of North America's 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women. Most recently, Rachel ranked at number six on the W100 list of Canada's Top Female Entrepreneurs, moving up 38 spots from 2015.