As well as owning and operating a farm with her family, Cherilyn has dedicated her time and energy in various capacities to the agriculture sector. In 2004, she was elected as the first female President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers’ Association and served for 6 years. She is still a director on the current board and advocates for strong government policy in areas like transportation, trade and building public trust.
She has traveled extensively and has had the opportunity to represent the Western Canadian Wheat Growers views on international trade while participating in the World Trade Organizations Ministerial Meetings in Hong Kong. Traveling abroad has given her a unique perspective on the Western Canadian agricultural industry.
Cherilyn has also contributed as an author for the Global Farmer Network, writing on topics including the necessity of NAFTA for farmers around the world and the importance of technology in food safety. In 2017, she was invited to represent Canada as an International Director for the Global Farmer Network where she advocates for strong global trade relations and lobbies for farmers’ rights to technological advancements.
In addition, she works with Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan, facilitating workshops for farmers and others in the agriculture industry. The nonprofit organization provides training programs to help farmers speak confidently to consumers about how they grow food.
AWARDS AND ACCREDITATION
Cherilyn has been the recipient of several awards, including being recognized by SaskBusiness Magazine as one of Saskatchewan's Most Influential Women in 2011, the Agricultural IMPACT Award at Grow Canada Conference in 2014, and the Queen’s Bench Diamond Jubilee Medal. Cherilyn holds her ICD.D designation through the Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors. She was appointed to the board of the Saskatchewan Bus Company (STC) a provincial Crown Corporation in 2016 and recently to the board of SaskPower in November of 2017.