Not far from our high tech urban centres and entrepreneurial driven corporate culture, you may find yourself stumbling into a very un-2015 looking world. It contains few high-speed internet services and in some cases no internet at all. Smartphones suddenly drop data connections. More career paths lead out of small towns to high tech pastures, and fewer young people see a future in agriculture.
Leigh Rosengren is an example of a new spirit and drive to stay in rural Canada and find a way to have it all. Equally impressive is that she is breaking through the rural challenges as a woman involved in science and biotech - something else we don't see often enough as we look around National Biotechnology Week in Canada.
Dr. Rosengren was one of the speakers at the recent Agri-Food Genomics Forum
hosted in Edmonton by Canada's Genome Centres. She is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, an entrepreneur, epidemiologist, and a cattle rancher. She knows it hasn't been easy to break through a myriad of challenges but she is a good role model for women in science and people who want to see rural Canada prosper.
Freelance broadcaster Don Hill caught up with her at the Agri-Food Forum to talk about the challenges and the successes
(and if you have any doubts about the challenge of being a woman in a science career you might want to check this week's statement from a U.S. Congresswoman
or listen to our BIO Radio podcast
with a panel of women attending BIO in Philadelphia in June)