As head of Pathway Group’s agriculture and agri-food practice group, Amanda works with a multitude of clients throughout the industry, including farm groups, manufacturers, and retailers. She advises clients on regulatory and policy issues, health and food safety, animal health, product recalls, risk management, stakeholder relations and advocacy.
Growing up on a beef farm in southwestern Ontario, Amanda has in-depth knowledge of the agriculture sector and is excited to give back to the industry that raised her. Amanda worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and previously as a policy intern on the Canadian Wheat Board file for then Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
As a member of Ontario’s farming community, Amanda has first-hand experience working in and for the agricultural industry. In addition to her family’s farm, she has worked with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, GROWMARK Inc., Yantzi’s Feed & Seed Ltd., and VG Meats. She is also an agricultural communicator and was the Assistant Editor of Farms.com, Digital Marketing Manager for The Grower, President of the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, and continues to be a regular contributor to The Rural Voice magazine.
Through the leadership skills she developed early on growing up on her family’s Century Farm, Amanda has been a dedicated member of Ontario’s agriculture community. She has volunteered with the Perth County Plowmen’s Association, the Junior Farmers‘ Association of Ontario, the Canadian Beef Industry Conference, and the Listowel Agricultural Society as a Fair Ambassador. In 2018, Amanda was appointed for a one-year term to be an Ag More Than Ever Ambassador for Ontario – an industry cause that aims to improve the perceptions of Canadian agriculture. She is also a proud alumni member of 4-H and Junior Farmers.
Amanda has been passionate about the advancement of women in agriculture from an early age. In 2008 and again in 2012 she was named the Perth County Queen of the Furrow, a title which gave her a platform to elevate and celebrate the contributing role of women in keeping agriculture strong and viable. She was also instrumental in the development of the Ag Women’s Network Mentorship Program.
In addition to working with Pathway Group, Amanda is currently a councillor for the Township of Perth East. She is a graduate from the University of Guelph with a B.A. in Political Science and of the Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program.