Emma Ohirko rejoins the Progressive Publishing team as a full-time editor, following the completion of her master’s degree in publishing studies. She previously served as an editorial intern for Progressive Dairy and subsequently moved into the role of editor, specializing in feed and nutrition, dry and transition cows, farm equipment, herd health and animal welfare for both the French and English editions of the Canadian dairy publications.

Motivated by these experiences, Ohirko sought to deepen her understanding of the publishing process and the tools that underpin the creation of quality content across multimedia platforms. Her graduate studies honed her storytelling skills and broadened her skill set in communication and brand management.

While pursuing her master’s at the University of Stirling, Ohirko was a project assistant for the university’s independent press, Stryvling Press, overseeing the production and publication of the press’s latest creative anthology book. She also contributed to the Society of Young Publishers' annual conference, working as social media and website coordinator.

Before this, Ohirko completed her Bachelor of Arts in food, agricultural and resource economics at the University of Guelph, where she nurtured her lifelong passion for connecting with the agricultural systems that feed Canadians and the wider world. This interest inspires her to seek stories that showcase the achievements of Canadian dairies, cattle ranchers and processors as they provide products that strengthen their communities and the environment.

She is looking forward to applying her new insights in communication and publishing to share and amplify the innovative, resourceful and resilient stories of Canadian farmers, with a particular focus on western Canada. Currently, Ohirko resides in Calgary, Alberta, where she was born and raised.


“I love researching ideas and topics that will resonate with readers and collaborating with industry leaders to share their knowledge,” Ohirko says. “Seeing an article come to life, knowing it will bring value to readers, is a perpetual source of motivation for me.”

“We are excited to welcome Emma back to our dairy editorial team,” says Karen Lee, associate publisher – dairy at Progressive Publishing. “She excelled in her role as an editor with us and her master’s degree in publishing studies has enhanced her skills in this field. Emma’s location in western Canada will help us expand our coverage there, as well as her focus on Canadian dairy topics in general.”