Brad Wall was first elected Premier of Saskatchewan in the November 2007 provincial election. He has earned a national reputation as a forceful and articulate defender of Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s trade interests, particularly in the areas of energy and agriculture.
Katie Dilse, the moment she enters a room; you know she’s there. The energy elevates, laughter builds, smiles grow and hearts open. This feisty North Dakota farmer, with an undeniable spirit on fire, is on a mission to empower agriculture.
Michael Landsberg has been a prominent face and voice on the Canadian sports scene since 1984. With his unique style, he quickly became one of this country's most polarizing personalities- perceived by some as forthright and others as arrogant. In 2009 people began to agree more on Michael after he publicly shared his, then decade long, struggle with severe depression and anxiety.
Steve is an independent crop advisor based out of Three Hills, Alberta. As the owner of Beyond Agronomy, he provides strategic advice on crop production, timing, technology and equipment. Steve works with farmers around the world from Ukraine to Kenya, Australia to Canada.
Robynne Anderson is an international expert in agricultural and food policies. Her engagement reaches throughout the value chain providing support in issues management and strategic development to a broad range of clients ranging from farmers to food processors, scientists to governments.
Gordon Bacon is CEO for Pulse Canada and the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA), an organization that represents processors, exporters and brokers of all pulses, and special crops such as mustard, and sunflower.
Dustin grew up farming wheat, canola and more recently soybeans, with his family in the Gladstone, Manitoba area. His dad and two brothers manage the farm and Dustin gets back to help as much as he can during the busy times. Dustin earned a degree in Agribusiness at U of M in 2008 then began working at a grain marketing advisory service right out of school.
Dr. Kendra Furber is a Research Associate in the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. She grew-up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan. She completed her BSc at the University of Saskatchewan and her PhD in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Curtis Pozniak is a Professor and Wheat Breeder at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre and has been a faculty member since 2003. He is the lead scientist responsible for the durum and high yielding spring wheat breeding programs.
Barb Ziesman is the Provincial Specialist, Plant Disease, with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. She grew up near Edmonton, Alberta where she attended the University of Alberta and received a PhD in Plant Pathology with a focus on sclerotinia stem rot of canola.
Derek started in Elevator Operations in 1990 and worked in export Grain Merchandising from 1998- 2007. In 2007 Derek founded Agri-Trend Marketing and was President until the sale of the business to Trimble Navigation in December of 2016.
This Iowa farmer will talk about the advancements on his farm as a result of being an early adopter of new practices and technology. Adopting new innovations and ideas have led to continuous improvements that have occurred over his farming careerto make his farm more sustainable.
Dr. Eric Shaw is a Research Scientist working as a Soybean Breeder for Western Canada with Corteva Agriscience, agriculture division of DowDupont. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSc), Master of Science (MSc) in Plant Breeding and Genetics and a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics all obtained from the University of Guelph.
Chuck Penner is the owner and grain market analyst for LeftField Commodity Research in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has almost 30 years of experience in the Canadian grain industry working for various organizations and grew up on a farm in the Red River Valley of Manitoba. Chuck routinely analyzes developments in the Canadian, North American and Global markets for grains, oilseeds, pulses and special crops.
Terry is a U of S Ag Eng grad with a Chartered Director designation and a passion for good board governance. Terry farms with his son Zak and wife Sandee at Nipawin, Saskatchewan. He has represented farmers in various capacities for over 25 years.
James Tansey is the Provincial Entomologist (Insect/Pest Management Specialist) with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in Regina. He earned both an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and completed two Post-doctoral fellowships: one with the University of Alberta and the other with the University of Florida.
Gregory Sekulic has been an agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada since spring 2011. Prior to that, Gregory spent 10 years in the Edmonton area as a field agronomist, working with top producers in the black soil zone. Gregory obtained his BSc in Agriculture, Crop Science, from the U of A in 2001.
Dr. Patrick Mooleki is a Research Scientist – Oilseed Agronomy, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at the Saskatoon Research and Development Centre. Patrick obtained his BSc in Agriculture at the University of Zambia in 1986; and a year later, came to Canada to pursue his MSc degree in Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.
Doug is the North American Malt Barley Origination Lead for Cargill Ltd.- Prairie Malt located in Biggar, SK. He joined Cargill in 2017. Doug has over 25 years of experience in the malting industry. He started his career at Dominion Malting in Winnipeg where he eventually become the Maltster and Plant Manager.
Kenric Exner is a Merchandising and Truck Logistics Manager for Viterra and located in Regina, Saskatchewan. Employed with Viterra and heritage companies for the past 14 years in the Merchandising/Trading department. Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Regina in Finance and Accounting in 2005.
Brian Tischler is a Mannville, Alberta-area grain farmer and is the developer of an opensource software program, called AgOpenGPS, that enables farm equipment to be both controlled and autonomously controlled using the existing GPS system.
Drew Sharp is a Barley Account Representative at Rahr Malting Canada. He deals directly with farmers to purchase barley for the malting process. In 2019 he will purchase enough barley from Alberta and Saskatchewan to produce ~1.5 billion bottles of beer. Drew has a keen interest in the downstream impacts a farmer’s agronomic decisions have on the maltster, brewer, and consumer.
Dr. Michelle Hubbard is a Research Scientist in Pulse Pathology at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Swift Current. She is passionate about sustainable and innovative agricultural practices for managing crop diseases. Michelle is also interested in how climate and climate change may impact plant pathogens.
Dr. Bruce D. Gossen graduated with a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. Since then, he has been employed as a research scientist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada at Saskatoon SK, specializing in management of diseases of field crops.
Angela is an agronomist for the Canola Council of Canada. Her main focus since joining Council in 2012 has been on the optimization of canola harvest and storage. She spends most of her free time and all of her money farming with her family in Justice, Manitoba.
Mark Hemmes is President of Quorum Corporation, an independent subsidiary of the Quorum Group of Companies, of which he is a founding partner. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Quorum Corporation has been responsible for monitoring Canada’s Prairie Grain Handling and Transportation System since June 2001.
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Debbie leads the team at FCC that engages with producers, associations and industry influencers. Ag More Than Ever promotes partnership opportunities that strengthen Canadian agriculture. Debbie was raised on a third-generation grain farm near Whitewood, Sask.
Brian leads the Canola Council’s public affairs activities including trade policy, market access, government relations and communications. During his time at the Council he has developed the industry’s market access strategy and used it to achieve results in China, the EU and beyond.
Sherrilyn Phelps manages the agronomy program with Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG). She has expertise in pulse production and agronomy, combined with experience in extension, and research experience from small plot to field scale projects. Previous to SPG she was a Regional Crop Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture out of North Battleford.
Sara Shymko is the Executive Director of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to have meaningful experiences with food, farmers and agriculture. She was raised on a mixed farm near Jasmin, Saskatchewan and still returns to the farm to help out as often as possible.
Mac Ross is the Manager of Market Access and Trade Policy at Pulse Canada. Mac works on behalf of growers 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.
William (Bill) May was born and raised on a family farm growing pedigree seeds and beef cattle near Belleville, Ontario. In 1997, he began working at Indian Head, Saskatchewan for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada conducting agronomic research. He is currently conducting agronomic research on intercropping chickpea and flax.
Dr. Karen Churchill is the Director of Research and Market Support for Cereals Canada. Karen’s work with Cereals Canada is focused on an advancing the cereals industry by promoting sustainable farming efforts, facilitating a wheat research strategy and regulatory issues as they impact agricultural trade.
Clinton Monchuk grew up on a mixed dairy, beef and grain family farm outside of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. Clinton has enjoyed numerous roles across North America as a researcher, educator, manager, economist and director of trade policy.
Dr. Anita Brûlé-Babel is a professor in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba working in the area of wheat breeding and genetics. She has conducted research in a number of areas, including inheritance of leaf spot and fusarium head blight (FHB) resistance in wheat.
Marlene Boersch has been actively involved the agriculture industry in Canada since 1983. She 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.
Dr. Tyler Wist is a Research Scientist – Field Crop Entomology, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at the Saskatoon Research and Development Centre (SRDC. Tyler obtained his BSc in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. Not satisfied that he had learned enough, Tyler went back to the U of S and completed an MSc (2002-2005) with Dr. Art Davis on Insect Pollination of Echinacea crops.
Kevin Hursh is one of the country’s leading agricultural commentators. He is an agrologist, journalist and farmer. Kevin and his wife Marlene run Hursh Consulting & Communications based in Saskatoon. They also own and operate a farm near Cabri in southwest Saskatchewan growing a wide variety of crops.