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Agriculture well-represented among Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Dec. 10, 2013, Canada – The Women's Executive Network (WXN) has revealed Canada's most powerful women of 2013, with two women in agriculture making the list.

John Deere's Jennifer Christie was honoured in the Telus Future Leaders category. Christie, a territory manager at John Deere Canada, is a director of 4-H Canada and the vice-president of the Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation (CABEF), a program that presents annual scholarships to students enrolling in post-secondary agricultural education. 

Leslie O'Donoghue, executive vice-president, corporate development and strategy and chief risk officer at Agrium Inc., was inducted into WXN Hall of Fame, having been named one of Canada's most influential female leaders for the past four years. O'Donoghue oversees sustainability and stakeholder relations as well as corporate development and strategy at Agrium and established the Agrium Women’s Leadership Group.

The Women's Executive Network says the awards celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Christie, O'Donoghue and their fellow honourees were celebrated at a leadership and awards gala dinner on Dec. 4 in Toronto.