Lesley is the head and heart behind the blog, High Heels & Canola Fields with the goal of building community, creating conversation and help make agriculture stronger. She grew upon her family’s grain farm at Watrous, Saskatchewan and after gaining an education in marketing and accounting, went on to work in various marketing and branding positions in the ag sector, such as Cargill, ATB Financial, Farm Credit Canada and is currently the Brand Manager at WorkHorse Hub. Using her entrepreneurial spirit and the skills developed through her agribusiness career, she created a snack food business using the barley grown on her farm. In December 2015, she started her blog in hopes to dispel myths and bring consumers and farmers together. In 2017, she expanded her reach by joining the Farmer and the City Girl podcast which explores various topics in food and farming through real life conversations. Advocating for mental health is near to her heart and in 2018, she was part of the #BellLetsTalk campaign and co-founded the Do More Agriculture Foundation whose mission is to break barriers and create a culture where all producers are encouraged, empowered and supported to take care of their mental well-being. She was recently was the recipient of the YWCA's Regina Women of Distinction award for her advocacy in mental health. She isn’t afraid to tackle any conversations within agriculture and through storytelling, photography and her love of ag, she’s attracted a loyal fan base in the thousands across the world. Her and her husband live in Regina where they raise their two young boys.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Breakout Room 4