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2018 Speakers & Presentations



Erin Armstrong

As the Director of Industry and Regulatory Affairs for Canterra Seeds, Dr. Erin Armstrong is responsible for trait and license agreements, intellectual property protection and regulatory issues. She joined Canterra Seeds in 2008 following her tenure as President and CEO of the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI). Prior to BMBRI, Erin worked with Canada Malting Co., Ltd. and General Mills, Inc. Dr. Armstrong also served for two years as the inaugural CEO of Limagrain Cereals Research Canada (LCRC), a joint venture cereal breeding company established by Limagrain and Canterra Seeds launched in July 2015. In this role, Erin was responsible for the oversight and general management of the business, the development and implementation of business plans and budgets, and working with industry partners to ensure LCRC became an established research company in Western Canada. Dr. Armstrong has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. Currently she is the Chair of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Plant Breeders Rights Advisory Committee and the Co-Chair of the Value Creation Working Group under Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s Grains Round Table.


George Barraras

George Barreras is the owner of OATDEAL, a Saskatoon based company producing oat meal drinks and smoothie enhancers. Previously George worked in water treatment and sanitation in emergencies in several countries. He moved to Canada from Colombia 11 years ago and is proud to call Saskatchewan Home. He and his wife started OATDEAL four years ago with the support of government grants.  He will share with you the challenges and expereciences marketing a new product and how market research saved his company and helped him identify his market.


Aaron Beattie

Saskatchewan. His breeding program focusses primarily on milling oat, but also devotes effort towards forage oat. The CDC oat breeding program has released five varieties over the past seven years, including CDC Ruffian, CDC Arborg and CDC Haymaker. Dr. Beattie’s research is directed primarily towards understanding the genetic basis of disease resistance and developing genetic-based selection methods to improve oat breeding. He is currently a member of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley and the Quaker International Nursery Executive Committee and is the Oat Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Advisory Council on Grain Crops.


John Bennett

John Bennett farms near Biggar, Saskatchewan. 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. John was the Industry Co-Chair of the Pulse Round Table and Industry Co-Chair of the Provincial Offsets Working Group. Currently, John is a member of the sustainability working group and a member of the SSCA Carbon Advisory Group.  John has a B.Ed. from the University of Alberta (1976). He was one of Country Guide’s 12 most Influential Farmers in 2012.


Marlene Boersch

Marlene 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. In 2003, Marlene co-founded Mercantile Consulting Venture with Anthony P. Temple, who she had worked with at Cargill. (Anthony served as Vice President of the Cargill Trading Group in Brazil and as Vice President and General Manager of Louis Dreyfus Commodities Canada Ltd). Mercantile is a professional services company specializing in private label market intelligence, risk management solutions, and project consulting. The company has grown to be active in Canada, Australia and the European Union. Learn more at www.mercantileventure.com.


Darrell Bricker

As the head of Ipsos Public Affairs, Darrell has his finger firmly on the pulse of public opinion, allowing him to provide unparalleled perspective on trends affecting business and the economy. An executive with the Angus Reid Group and now the leader of Ipsos Public Affairs, Darrell is a strong voice and respected authority in global polling research.
While his comments and observations are driven by research, he also shares his personal observations gathered from more than 25 years of working with some of the world’s most important public and private sector organizations.
In his past roles, Darrell worked within the Prime Minister’s Office as the director of public opinion research and has been further involved as a consultant for clients within public and private sectors. He has been a regular commentator on public affairs for Reuters News, Global TV, CTV Canada AM, CTV National News, CTV NewsNet and CBC NewsWorld, and has also written for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Fraser Institute and The Globe and Mail.


Harvey Brooks B.Sc.,M.Sc.,Ph.D

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. A former deputy minister with the Government of Saskatchewan, he served four different departments during his tenure: Agriculture and Food, Government Relations, Highways and Transportation, and Rural Revitalization. Recently he served as deputy minister for Yukon in the departments of Economic Development and Community Services. He received his doctorate in economics from Iowa State University and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.


John Burns

John Burns received a PhD in chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and spent several years in research and teaching. Since 2002 he has been farming full-time. He diversifies his farming operation as much as possible, growing many different crops and has found that good crop rotations are an important part of land stewardship and in almost all cases, for the long term, are necessary and are usually the most profitable. Good rotations are also a method of reducing financial risk on our farm. John has the advantage of farming in an area that has three soil zones in one rural municipality. This along with using a variety of crops allows him and other farmers to utilize machinery and manpower effectively.


    No presentation, John was part of the farmer panel.

Richard Cuthbert

Richard Cuthbert was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB.  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. In 2011, Richard assumed the lead for the bread wheat breeding program for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.  Richard's wheat breeding and research focuses on the efficient adoption of technology to enhance wheat variety development as well as improving resistance to FHB and mycotoxins, resistance to stripe rust, improving water use efficiency, and developing new predictive quality testing assays. 


Phil de Kemp

Phil de Kemp is currently the Executive Director of the Barley Council of Canada (BCC) and President of the Malting Industry Association of Canada (MIAC). He has over 30 years’ experience in strengthening Canada’s domestic and international trade relationships and commercial opportunities for malt and barley. Phil was raised on a corn and soybean farm in eastern Canada and began his career working for Cargill Ltd. in various grain merchandizing roles across Canada. He is a former employee of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and he also served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Federal Minister of State for grains and oilseeds and the Canadian Wheat Board. In the early 1990s, he became the Executive Director of the Canadian National Flour Millers Association.


Jim Dyck

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). The interest and opportunity increased in a research career with United Grain Growers/Agricore United (Saskatchewan, 1992 – 2007) and with an M.Sc. degree from the University of Saskatchewan, (2002). Jim’s appreciation and experience with oat breeding and agronomy grew significantly with UGG from 1998 onward. For Jim, an oat breeding career focus was renewed and invigorated in 2008 when he decided to form a family run, private oat breeding venture, starting back at the beginning. Since 2008, this new venture in oat breeding has grown into the family company named “Oat Advantage”. Based in Saskatoon, Jim is working to breed innovative oat varieties for Western Canada, incorporating the best in available oat genetics.


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Matt Enns

Matt Enns farms a 10,000 acre joint venture with his father and two other farmers near Rosthern, Saskathchewan. Matt was always involved in the family farm during the busy season, however six years ago he obtained a formal financial stake in the farm after working for 10 years as a physiotherapist in Saskatoon. Matt's roles on the farm continue to evolve with a focus on the grain marketing for the group. In 2016 Matt (along with four other individuals) established Maker's Crafted Malts, Saskatchewan's first and only craft malting operation. Maker's goal is to serve the burgeoning needs of the local craft brewing and distilling markets.


    No presentation, Matt was part of the farmer panel.

Rich Farrell

Dr. Rich Farrell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Research Chair in Soils & Environment. Rich holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Resource Development from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s of Science degree and a PhD in Soil Chemistry from Iowa State University. His research focus is on nutrient cycling and environmental agronomy, including the effects of agricultural practices on soil quality and greenhouse gas production/mitigation in agroecosystems.


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John Guelly

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. He has served on the Governance & Finance Committee as well as Grower Relations. John is the Alberta grower representative for the Western Canada Canola Rapeseed Recommending Committee (WCCRRC), the Canola Performance Trials (CPTs) where he is also the Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (AEFP) Stakeholder Advisory Committee. John is a Professional Engineer (B.Sc in Ag Engineering from the University of Alberta (1990)) and has previously worked in manufacturing while farming but now works winters consulting while operating the family farm. His passion is agriculture and specifically canola. He enjoys on farm research and trials, most sports as well as interacting on Twitter as @WheatGeerJJ. 


Dave Hooker

Dr. Dave Hooker is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, and is based at the Ridgetown Campus in Ontario, Canada. Ridgetown is approximately one-hour East of Detroit. Dave's lab focuses on cropping systems research primarily in corn, soybean and wheat production systems. During the first few years of 2000, Dave along with Dr. Art Schaafsma, developed and marketed the world's first mycotoxin prediction tool in wheat, called DONcast. Dave's work continues with Fusarium head blight management in wheat, with fungicide screening, variety trials, and fungicide application technologies. In addition to his academic career, Dave also farms 550 acres in southwestern Ontario.


Garry Hnatowich

Garry Hnatowich is the Research Director for the Irrigation Crop Diversification Corp and based at the Canada Saskatchewan Irrigation Development Centre in Outlook, Saskatchewan. His research is focused on variety development/evaluation and agronomy. Garry began his career as a Research Associate at the University of Manitoba. He moved to Saskatchewan in 1984. Garry has over 35 years of research experience across Western Canada, the USA and beyond North America. During this time, he held senior research agronomist/scientist/manager positions with several national and international companies. He has authored or co-authored numerous refereed journal articles and extension publications and participated in over 600 extension events. Garry authored the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers “Pulse Production Manual 2000.”


Brian Innes

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. During his time at the Council he has led the development of the industry’s market access strategy and efforts to resolve market access issues affecting canola exports. He has also led the industry’s efforts to improve market access through free trade negotiations such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and now NAFTA 2.0. He also serves as the president of the Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), an organization promoting a more open international trading environment for agriculture and agri-food. Prior to joining the Canola Council, Brian was a senior consultant with the Ottawa office of an international public affairs firm. Brian also worked on Parliament Hill for the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of National Defence and an Industry Critic. He holds a B.Sc., Agriculture from the University of Guelph and M.Sc., Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, one of North America’s top professional storm-chasers and severe weather experts, is also an accomplished photographer, speaker, author and workshop leader. Having graduated from Canada’s renowned Acadia University, and after founding and building a leading successful communications, marketing and advertising firm from the ground up, Greg decided it was time to devote himself full-time to pursuing his passion for capturing nature’s most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather..


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Gord Kurbis

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. He also helps position the pulse industry to get out in front of future trade problems before they occur. As part of that, Gord is former co-chair of the Government of Canada’s Industry/Government MRL Task Force, and leads a Canadian multi-commodity project on harmonized MRLs that has wide representation across field crops and horticulture crops in Canada. Gord has an MSc in agricultural economics and has spent 19 years in the Canadian grain industry in the areas of market access, market analysis, trade policy, marketing and quality assurance. He has been with Pulse Canada since 2007.


Troy LaForge

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. This led him to pursue a degree in Agriculture, which he obtained from the University of Saskatchewan in 1998, after which he worked in a retail setting for just over a year before beginning his consulting career in 2000. He has been consulting on agronomic issues with growers in Saskatchewan and Alberta ever since. Troy’s consulting focuses around six principles of agronomy that, when applied to production management, help growers predict and manage their outcomes. Long-term profitability and production are his key goals in helping growers produce quality food efficiently. Troy also farms and ranches with his wife and boys in the Cadillac area, south of Swift Current.


Dr. Nicholas Larkan

Dr. Nicholas Larkan was raised in Perth, Western Australia where he completed his Ph.D in Plant Molecular Genetics before moving to Saskatoon to work on blackleg resistance in canola. He worked for as a post-doc and biologist for Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for a number of years before forming Armatus Genetics Inc. He continues to work closely with AAFC and canola industry partners to identify new blackleg resistance sources as well as in identifying the genes involved in disease resistance from both plant and pathogen. He also works closely with Discovery Seed Labs in Saskatoon in developing and applying modern DNA-based tests for the detection of pathogens.


Corey Loessin

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. Their farm is totally committed to soil conservation and soil health.  They have been zero-til producers for many years and continue to employ all the technology they can to improve soil health. After completing his B.S.A. in 1986, Corey worked in Alberta as a District Agriculturist and spent 12 years as a crop science lecturer at the U of S and has farmed full time since 1991. He is currently Chair of the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers board and is a director on the Pulse Canada board. Corey has been very active on market access issues and has roles on two committees dealing with Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs). Hs is also the western pulse appointee to the WGRF board.  



John McFadyen

John McFadyen is the Executive Director of Mobile Crisis Services Inc.  John graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1974 with a Fine Arts Degree majoring in psychology and sociology. John started his career in 1974 with the Ministry of Social Services working in the Saskatchewan Assistance Plan and Child and Family Services. He started employment as a Crisis Worker in 1979, as a Team Leader in 1988, as the Assistant Director in 2012 and as the Director in 2014 to present with Mobile Crisis Services Inc. John was directly involved with the transfer and development of program services for the Farm Stress Line in 2012 from the Ministry of Agriculture. He was exposed to farming at an early age as grandparents were homesteader’s in Asquith, Saskatchewan. And during later years with in-laws that farmed in Holdfast, Southey and Cupar.   


Dr. Maurice Moloney

Dr. Maurice Moloney was appointed as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) effective October 1, 2014. Prior to joining GIFS, Dr. Moloney was the Group Executive for Food, Health and Life Sciences at the Commonwealth Science Industries Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Moloney was the Director and Chief Executive of Rothamsted Research near London, UK. Dr. Moloney’s career in plant biotechnology spans more than 30 years. Prior to founding SemBioSys, he was a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, pursuing research on seed-specific gene expression, herbicide resistance and the plant cell cycle. From 1995-2003, he held the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair in plant biotechnology. Dr. Moloney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Imperial College, London, and was awarded his doctorate in plant biochemistry from De Montfort University/Leicester Polytechnic in the UK.


Dan Orchard

Dan Orchard is the Agronomy Specialist for North Central Alberta with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). Dan graduated from University of Alberta in 1999. He then joined Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers, where he worked for 12 years as an agronomist. From there, Dan joined the agronomy team of the CCC, where his current focus is clubroot. When Dan isn’t working, he is hanging out with his kids or playing music.


Chuck Penner

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. Chuck’s over 25 years in the Canadian grain business have included 15 years in various roles at United Grain Growers and Agricore United, followed by 5 years at Informa Economics as Senior Consultant. Chuck grew up in the Red River Valley of Manitoba where the family farm continues to operate.


Max Schulman

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. Before taking over the full responsibility of running the farm and having taken a degree in agricultural economics, he became a grain trader for the Finnish Grain Board. After that, Max worked in the agricultural machinery sector from 2003 until 2008. This job took him all over the world from America to China. For the last 9 years, he has been working in the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) as the Advisor for cereals, protein crops and oil seeds. Max is also Chairman of the Cereals Working Group in Copa Cogeca based in Brussels since 2013 and member of the EU Arable Crops Market Observatory. He is also a part-owner in PolarOats Ltd. (a farmer owned and operated grain trading company), Co- founder and member of the board of GrainSense Ltd (a portable protein and quality analyzer for grain) and Chairman of VYR the Finnish Grain Chain.


Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro

Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro has been involved with sustainable agricultural and agroforestry systems, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics for over 40 years. He has worked with indigenous communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governmental agencies and the private sector around the world. Currently, Dr. Shapiro is the Chief Agricultural Officer of Mars, Incorporated, and is also a Senior Fellow at the University of California, Davis’ (UC Davis) College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Shapiro has an impressive academic career that spans more than 15 years and involves many designations and appointments. He has also led the global effort in sequencing, assembling and annotating the Theobroma cacao and the Arachis hypogaea genomes, served the World Bank as one of the lead authors of the Mid-Term Review of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture research, and collaborated on cropping systems with the Tata Trust. He currently serves as an Advisor to the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility, sits on the Board of the World Wildlife Fund’s Markets Institute, and serves as a consultant to many NGOs.


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Steve Shirtliffe

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. For almost 20 years, Steve has been a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. His position involves teaching, research, and extension in the areas of weed control and agronomy. Past and current research current projects have focused on the control of volunteer canola, oat agronomy, pulse agronomy, non-herbicidal weed control, as well as phenotypic and agronomic applications of crop imaging. 


Jan Slaski

Jan Slaski is a Senior Researcher and a leader in the Crop Development and Management team with the Ecosystems and Plant Sciences Unit of InnoTech, based in Vegreville, Alberta. Jan obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Agronomy from the Warsaw Agricultural University and a PhD from the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, based in Poland. During the last 18 years, he has been conducting research to develop best management practices permitting the sustainable production of staple and new prairie crops under changing environmental conditions. For the past eight vegetation seasons, Jan has been conducting research on flax agronomy, in cooperation with major industry stakeholders including the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission, Viterra, BASF, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and others.


Tom Steve

Tom Steve is the General Manager of the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Interim General Manager of the Alberta Barley Commission in Calgary. AWC and Alberta Barley are producer-directed organizations dedicated to improving the long-term profitability of Alberta’s 14,000 wheat and barley producers. Prior to joining AWC in 2014, Tom spent many years in the grain industry, working in a variety of roles in public affairs, corporate governance and investor relations. He served as Director of Customer Relations with Viterra, where he led programming aimed at driving sales growth and enhanced relationships with farmer customers in Canada and Australia. Tom was raised on a grain farm near Regina and began his career in broadcasting.


Lance Stockbrugger

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. Lance resides on the family farm near Englefeld, Saskatchewan. The family farm has been in the Stockbrugger name since 1909 and is currently a 4,000 acre cereal and oilseed farm, operated by Lance, his brother and their respective families. Lance shares his passion for agriculture at each of his public speaking engagements. He is versed on a number of topics including tax, succession and business management.


Randy Strychar

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. Oatinformation and Randy have been providing global oat companies, Governments and growers with industry leading market research, and comprehensive studies focused entirely on improving price discovery and expanding markets for oat clients. He has also worked with oat grower associations in Canada, helping them develop and expand oat markets globally.


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Maria Trainer

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. Prior to joining CropLife Canada, Trainer was a biotechnology evaluator for Health Canada. Trainer holds a PhD in bacterial molecular genetics from the University of Waterloo, a master’s degree in biochemistry from Washington State University, and bachelor of science degree from the University of Idaho. In her free time, Trainer is an outdoors enthusiast who loves to ski, cycle, and spend time in the garden.


Tom Warkentin

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. He is breeding field pea cultivars with emphasis on agronomic traits (yield and lodging resistance), disease resistance (foliar and root diseases), and end-use quality (seed visual quality, seed coat durability, cooking quality, protein content). Tom is also involved in soybean breeding for the short season regions of Western Canada.   


Peter Watts

Peter Watts started with the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre in the summer of 2014. As Managing Director, he oversees the daily operations of the CMBTC including program management, strategic planning, financial oversight and budgeting, member relations, research initiatives as well as communications and marketing. With 18 years of experience in the international agriculture sector, Peter brings skills in agribusiness, marketing, research and strategic planning. Peter graduated with a Masters of Arts degree in International Relations at Laval University.


Curtis Weber

Curtis Weber comes from Battleford, Saskatchewan, where he has been inspiring and influencing change in safety behaviours across Canada and the United States for more than 10 years. Curtis works as a Trainer, Consultant, Officer and Speaker and has developed a unique way of challenging audiences to change the way they perceive safety. Curtis believes that before we can develop or change a safety culture, we must first understand and influence human behaviours towards safety. Using his own personal experience of a near-fatal workplace incident, Curtis will take you on his journey and challenge the way you think about safety.


Dr. Brynn Winegard

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. As the principal of Winegard & Company, an independently run management consultancy and research incubator, she helps clients build better business brains. Dr. Winegard completed her formal education in neuroscience and psychology but was practically raised in corporate Canada: before her 20th birthday she started her first full-time, decade-long career in corporate marketing working for such companies as Pfizer, Nestle, Bank of Montreal, ScotiaBank, CIBC and Johnson & Johnson. She currently teaches the next generation of business leaders at Ryerson University and Guelph University. She is also a regular on media outlets, informing business phenomena using insights from social and brain sciences. Dr. Winegard can be seen on CTV, BNN, CBC, CTV, CBC, CityTV, and Global, and has also been seen in The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, PROFIT Magazine, and more.


Dr. Tom Wolf

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. He has focused his career on improving the safety and efficiency of spray application, working with both Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and his own company, Agrimetrix. Tom enjoys sharing his findings by speaking to growers directly or through Sprayers101.com.