Troy LaForge is the Agronomy Head for the Ultimate Yield Management Institute, an agronomy consulting business. In his formative years, Troy always had an interest in agriculture and the different practices that were used within it.
As Director of Market Access and Trade Policy at Pulse Canada, Gord works on behalf of growers and exporters of pulses and special crops to bring resolution to a wide range of market access issues that can arise across the 160+ countries that import from Canada, the world’s largest exporter of pulse crops.
John Guelly is a third-generation canola, wheat and malt barley farmer from Westlock, Alberta, where he was born and raised. John has been a Director of Region 5 for Alberta Canola since 2015 and is currently the Research Chair.
Brian Innes is the Vice President, Government Relations of the Canola Council of Canada. Brian leads the Canola Council’s government relations activities including trade policy, market access and regulatory affairs.
Richard completed his education at the University of Manitoba, graduating with a B.Sc. in Agriculture in 2003, an M.Sc. specializing in plant breeding and genetics in 2006, and a Ph.D. in 2011, specializing in plant breeding, molecular genetics and plant pathology.
Harvey Brooks has been the General Manager of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission since July, 2014. Raised on a mixed farming operation in Rosthern, he has extensive experience in western Canadian agriculture and has served with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, the University of Alberta and the Canadian Wheat Board.
Marlene holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics, and traded and exported Canadian commodities (including pulses) internationally for 20 years while working for Cargill Grain, XCAN Grain Ltd, and leading Berdex Canada Ltd.
John is the past-president of the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association (SSCA) and is a past director of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada, the Saskatchewan Research Council, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, and Soy Canada.
Jim Dyck’s field experience and interest in plant breeding and agronomy evolved first out of a B.Sc. at the University of Manitoba (1981 – 1985), and with a summer field research position at Elanco (Manitoba, 1985-1988).
Dr. Tom Wolf is one of North America’s most recognized sprayer specialists. Based in Saskatoon, he has a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD in agronomy from the Ohio State University, where he specialized in spray application technology.
Dr. Winegard is an award-winning professor and expert in business-brain sciences. She specializes in explaining everyday work and life phenomena using the secrets of brain science, all with the aim of making her audiences happier, healthier, wealthier, and more successful.
Dr. Tom Warkentin is a Professor at the Crop Development Centre/Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan. He received his Ph.D. in Crop Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1992.
Maria Trainer is the managing director, science and regulatory affairs, chemistry at CropLife Canada. In this role, Trainer provides technical expertise on a broad range of science and regulatory priorities related to pesticides.
Randy Strychar is President of Oatinformation.com located in Vancouver, Canada. Randy’s 40 years in the oat industry as a trader, marketing manager, broker and market analyst provides a unique understanding of oat market dynamics, and the impact they have on price, demand and trade.
Lance Stockbrugger has spent the past 20 years sharing his agriculture knowledge with producers. As a chartered account, specializing in Income Taxes, Lance has played an integral role in assisting his clients with their tax reorganizations, estate planning and intergenerational succession transfers.
Steve Shirtliffe was raised on a grain and oilseed farm in Manitoba where, after completing a B.Sc. in Agronomy, he farmed with his family for five years. He returned to school and received a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the 90s.
Max grew up on his family’s farm which he took over in 1986. Stor-Tötar Gård, is an old farm that combines arable land and forestry in South Western Finland that has been in the family for around 400 years.
Chuck Penner started LeftField Commodity Research in 2010 to provide market analysis and economic research for Canadian agricultural markets, including special crops and small grains which tend to be overlooked by mainstream analysts.
Corey Loessin operates a 3000 acre grain farm in NW Sask with his wife, Joan Heath, and their adult children. They grow peas, lentils and fababean on 25% of their acreage rotating with canola, wheat and barley.