Crystal Mackay

Storyteller. Connector. Trust builder.

Crystal is a dynamic presenter and engaging facilitator who has a unique ability to share a vision, encourage others to get on board, and get to work to make it happen – all with a smile!

She has a unique background with 25 years of experience in the agri-food industry in several leadership positions ranging from provincial farm groups to national coalitions – both representing and working with the entire Canadian food system. Her experience through paid and volunteer positions has built a very extensive and relevant network of contacts through most major sectors in the food and agricultural industries across North America.

Crystal is a recognized leader in the agri-food sector and well sought after for her views, knowledge and skills as a professional speaker and facilitator in many forums and media.  Her heart for food and farming comes through in everything she does.

Crystal’s ability to share stories and meaningful messages about food and farming. Her track record includes hundreds of presentations, engagements and interviews about food farming, and public trust to audiences around the world.

What topics can Crystal engage your audiences on?

  1. From Forks to Farms… Everyone eats, but few know the real stories behind their food.  Public perceptions on food and farming.
  1. Earning public trust… Every business, sector and farm relies on public trust in their processes, products and people to be successful.  Learn what it takes to earn trust.

How do we describe Crystal? Fun. Engaging. Expert communicator with heart for food and farming.

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 “If you are looking for an engaging, passionate and fun speaker about agriculture you need go no further than Crystal Mackay.  Always evaluated to be top-notch for her knowledge of agriculture, but more importantly, for her vision of raising awareness and trust about agriculture with all Canadians.”

– Jean Szkotnicki, Canadian Animal Health Institute


“Crystal is a dynamic and engaging speaker that captures her audience in a witty manner. She is skilled at synthesizing complex discussions and summarizing next steps, while at the same time being inclusive of all stakeholders.” 

– Monica Hadarits, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef


“Crystal is always a crowd favourite evaluated highly at our Annual Meetings. Her content is well-suited to our audience, and shared with a smile and good positive energy to add to our program.”

– Harry Pellisero, Egg Farmers of Ontario

Examples of recent speaking engagements:

  • Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef – World Summit, Banff; Communicators Summit, Chicago
  • Canadian Poultry Processors Annual Convention
  • JEFO Global Conferences – France and Quebec
  • Alltech ONE Global Conference – USA
  • Canadian Science Policy Conference
  • University of Toronto and University of Guelph
  • Egg Farmers of Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba