Leading Women in Turf
Turf & Rec is looking to honour four women from the turf industry who best fit the title of “Leading Women in Turf.”
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Nominations are now open and will close on Dec. 20.We are looking for candidates that best meet the following criteria:
- Expertise and knowledge of the industry, including agronomy and people management
- Leadership and innovation skills, including contributions that benefit their company and association(s) and their ability to mentor others
- Professional achievement, including successful projects and awards
- Community involvement, including achievements outside the workplace
Note: Self-nominations are accepted. Previous Women in Turf honourees are ineligible.
Our panel of judges include:
- Morgan Creighton, assistant superintendent at Woodside Golf Course in Airdrie, Alta. and founder of a program that mentors women entering the industry
- Jennifer Lemcke, CEO of The Weed Man and a past honouree of Turf & Rec’s Women in Turf promotion
- Dr. Sara Stricker, communications co-ordinator at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute and a past honouree of Turf & Rec’s Women in Turf promotion
Meet the judges
Morgan Creighton, assistant superintendent at Woodside Golf Course in Airdrie, Alta., launched a program in 2019 that helps women entering the turf industry to alleviate the fear that might be associated with being part of a male-dominated industry. The mentorship program she launched boasts a roster of more than 80 mentors who have helped women establish a feeling of comfort and confidence within the industry.
Jennifer Lemcke, CEO of The Weed Man, was among Turf & Rec’s 2023 “Women in Turf” honourees. She got an early start in the industry, helping her father at the age of 16 with his Weed Man franchise in Quebec. In the ensuing years, she (along with her now husband, Chris) purchased a Weed Man franchise in the Ottawa area and has since risen in the ranks to become the corporation’s CEO.
Dr. Sara Stricker, communications co-ordinator at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, was also a 2023 honouree of Turf & Rec‘s “Women in Turf” promotion. In her capacity with the GTI, she translates and communicates current reseearch to the industry. She has also launched a podcast called Canada Turf Talks which highlights various career opportunities within the turf industry. Sara is also a regular contributor of research information to Turf & Rec.