Featured Speakers on the LaunchPad

Featured Speakers

All these speakers and more are appearing on our LaunchPad presented by AgExpert.

Panels

Bryan Prystupa, Senior Product Owner, FCC AgExpert

PANEL: Farm Digitization in Canada

The high potential of digital applications for agriculture generates enthusiasm about the future of food production. Some view the intelligence offered by digital tools as a way to solve problems. These experts talk about their perspectives on digitization in a practical ways to explore tech opportunties associated with digitalization.

Wednesday, June 22

Bryan Prystupa is a Senior Product Owner with the FCC AgExpert team. He works closely with partners and companies across Canada to develop integrations that will help producers utilize their digitized farm data. He has a passion for helping advance Canadian agriculture and food through technology.

Bryan joined FCC in 2013 with roles in lending, strategic marketing and software development. Growing up on the other end of the agri-food value chain, Bryan spent a lot of time working at his parents’ food wholesale and distribution company based out of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Jesse Hirsh, Futurist & Digital Strategist

PANEL: Farm Digitization in Canada

The high potential of digital applications for agriculture generates enthusiasm about the future of food production. Some view the intelligence offered by digital tools as a way to solve problems. These experts talk about their perspectives on digitization in a practical ways to explore tech opportunties associated with digitalization.

Wednesday, June 22

Jesse Hirsh is a futurist speaker and internet strategist. An experienced innovator and collaborator, his passion is educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology. Jesse helps audiences understand what the future holds for them by sharing strategic, provocative and often humorous forward-thinking insights. He makes the discussion about new technology accessible and empowers groups to embrace the opportunities available to them in this technological age, especially at the forefront of sustainable living.

Ken Jackson, CEO of VeriGrain Sampling Inc.

PANEL: Farm Digitization in Canada

The high potential of digital applications for agriculture generates enthusiasm about the future of food production. Some view the intelligence offered by digital tools as a way to solve problems. These experts talk about their perspectives on digitization in a practical ways to explore tech opportunties associated with digitalization.

Wednesday, June 22

Ken’s roots are in agriculture and engineering and he has been an entrepreneur for over 40 years.

His focus has been on developing and commercializing leading edge technologies. He has taken over fifty products from concept through commercialization, many of which have become market leaders. Ken’s latest venture, VeriGrain, solves a major problem in the food chain, which will result in grain utilization and value being maximized, easier traceability, and ultimately more and better food getting from the field to the table.

Bo Hallborg, Merchandising, Viterra Oilseed Processing

PANEL: Enhancing the exploration of the canola chain

The soaring demand for Canadian canola oil used in food and fuel applications has resulted in an increase to process more canola in Saskatchewan. In this panel, speakers dig into the growing canola crushing industry. Discussing processing perspectives from producer to plate. Accomplishments in canola production, crushing industry, food, feed and industrial utilization of canola oil and meal products.

Wednesday, June 22

Bo Hallborg is a merchandiser with Viterra’s oilseed processing group in Regina. He has been with the Viterra for 11 years with the last 3 of those in its oilseed processing group. Bo’s primary responsibility is in the sale of conventional canola/soy oils.

Dr. Mehmet Tulbek, President, Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre

PANEL: Enhancing the exploration of the canola chain

The soaring demand for Canadian canola oil used in food and fuel applications has resulted in an increase to process more canola in Saskatchewan. In this panel, speakers dig into the growing canola crushing industry. Discussing processing perspectives from producer to plate. Accomplishments in canola production, crushing industry, food, feed and industrial utilization of canola oil and meal products.

Wednesday, June 22

Dr. Mehmet Tulbek is the President of Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre. Mehmet has been a research, technology, and innovation leader with over 20 years of pulses, cereals, oilseeds and plant-based foods’ global research and development, technical services, business development, international technical education, and management experience.

Mehmet served as the Director of Research and Development at AGT Food and Ingredients in Saskatoon, Canada, and worked at Northern Crops Institute (NCI) as Crop Quality Specialist and then as Technical Director. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the University Of Saskatchewan Department Of Food and Bioproduct Sciences and the University of Manitoba Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences.

Dr. Bischnu Acharya (PhD), University of Saskatchewan

PANEL: Enhancing the exploration of the canola chain

The soaring demand for Canadian canola oil used in food and fuel applications has resulted in an increase to process more canola in Saskatchewan. In this panel, speakers dig into the growing canola crushing industry. Discussing processing perspectives from producer to plate. Accomplishments in canola production, crushing industry, food, feed and industrial utilization of canola oil and meal products.

Wednesday, June 22

Dr. Bishnu Acharya (PhD) has a knack for finding unique solutions to tough problems. Acharya started at USask in September 2020. Acharya’s research strategy is to look for ways to create value-added products and processes with sustainable resources. He works with bioresources to find sustainable solutions with commercial potential, and develops the technology, opening up new business opportunities.

Kyle Scott, Managing Director at Conexus Venture Capital

PANEL: The Landscape Investment of Agtech

Hear from a panel of North America’s top investors as they discuss what makes agtech a fundamentally different asset class, and why they are so bullish in the industry. Kyle Scott, of Conexus Venture Capital and Emmertech, is moderating the session and will be joined by some of the most active investors in the industry, such as: Fall Line Capital, AgCapital Canada, and more.

Wednesday, June 22

Kyle is a Managing Director at Conexus Venture Capital where he’s responsible for the firm’s investment strategy, managing two funds - a 2019 vintage general tech fund and Emmertech a $60-million dollar Agtech focused fund. Prior to joining Conexus Venture Capital, Kyle was a Vice President with Clairvest Group Inc., where he led the firm’s agriculture investment strategy. Kyle was also an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company where he led projects in private equity due diligence, and strategy and operations serving clients around the world.

David Przednowek, Assistant Vice President, Grain, CN

PANEL: The importance of Transportation in Agriculture

Agriculture is a major user of the transportation system, relying on multiple modes of freight through trucking, rail and marine. Transportation in Canada is increasing; Agriculture needs workable solutions

Transport allows farmers to invest more, increase production and reach the international ranges to deliver quality products. Correct logistics is the key to managing the assets or goods from the point of origin to the consumers.

Thursday, June 23

David leads the marketing activities for all carload movement of grain and processed grain products across the CN network, including carload pricing, car allocation, and commercial car supply products. His sales responsibilities at CN cover most US-based agricultural accounts, focused on grain merchandising along with corn, soybean, corn, and barley processing. David is based out of Winnipeg and grew up on a livestock and grain farm near Beausejour, MB. He has been involved in and around the grain business his entire career and has been with CN since the fall 2014.

Kenric Exnir, Viterra Canada

PANEL: The importance of Transportation in Agriculture

Agriculture is a major user of the transportation system, relying on multiple modes of freight through trucking, rail and marine. Transportation in Canada is increasing; Agriculture needs workable solutions

Transport allows farmers to invest more, increase production and reach the international ranges to deliver quality products. Correct logistics is the key to managing the assets or goods from the point of origin to the consumers.

Thursday, June 23

Born and raised in Regina, SK, Kenric is an alumni of the University of Regina’s Faculty of Business Administration. Employed with Viterra Canada (and heritage companies) since 2005, he focuses on Commodity Merchandising, Trade Execution and Multimodal Logistics.

Susan Ewart, Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Trucking Association

PANEL: The importance of Transportation in Agriculture

Agriculture is a major user of the transportation system, relying on multiple modes of freight through trucking, rail and marine. Transportation in Canada is increasing; Agriculture needs workable solutions

Transport allows farmers to invest more, increase production and reach the international ranges to deliver quality products. Correct logistics is the key to managing the assets or goods from the point of origin to the consumers.

Thursday, June 23

Susan Ewart is the Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Trucking Association. As proactive trusted advisors, the STA is a knowledgeable membership association that represents the collective interests of the truck transport industry through authentic advocacy and education. Susan has had a 30 year+ career in business/entrepreneurship with a background in insurance. In 2015, she was awarded the National Woman of Distinction Award for her contributions to the Insurance Industry.

Ag Talks

Kevin Stewart, Olympic Producer, Farmer, Entrepreneur

AG TALK: Fake News, Real Problems 1.0 - How the 24/7 News Cycle Impacts Your Mental Health

The recent pandemic is the first global event to be accompanied by an infodemic - a toxic mixture of facts, fear, anger and speculation all amplified by emerging communication technology. This trend not only creates political and economic upheaval but, most of all, threatens your mental health.

Tuesday, June 21

AG TALK: Fake News, Real Problems 2.0 - Identifying Biased Information to Make Better Decisions

The growth of technology with the ability to manipulate information, has grown far faster than our ability to detect and manage it. This rapid shift from the information age to the age of disinformation, creates havoc with your ability to make smart business decisions. In this session you will learn to identify and avoid fake news information.

Wednesday, June 22

Kevin Stewart is a sought-after and award-winning speaker on issues related to leadership and media influence. His unique perspective has grown from his years as an Olympic television producer, media entrepreneur and a farmer. As host and producer of the AGVISION television series, which aired across Canada and the US for thirteen years, Kevin’s kids remind him that he is not famous! Kevin insists however that he is frequently mistaken for people who are famous! Kevin focuses on important issues such as Fake News and Real Problems: How the 24/7 News Cycle Impacts Our Mental Health.

Adrienne Ivey, Rancher, Blogger, Passionate Agriculture Advocate

AG TALK: Modern Ag

Adrienne is raising the beef on your plate, and she loves talking about it!! She shares farm stories, and bridges the gap between farms and people that are preparing and eating the food farmers grow. Recognizing the moment in time and answering the questions people have about their food.

Thursday, June 23

Adrienne Ivey is passionate about agriculture. She farms and ranches near Ituna, Saskatchewan with her husband, Aaron and her two teenagers Noelle and Cole. They have a mixed farm with cow/calf, feedlot and a grain farm.

Through speaking events, social media, and her blog, View From The Ranch Porch, Adrienne shares stories from the farm with people from around the world, and is committed to showing that farmers are everyday people who love the land, their animals, and the food they are growing. Follow Adrienne on Instagram, FaceBook and Twitter to see her take on family, food and farming.

Tim McMillan, former Saskatchewan Party MLA

AG TALK: Is Canadian Agriculture the next target for the international protest movement?

Tim McMillan will talk about international protestors and how they might try to impact the future of agriculture. First they targeted the forestry industry, next they targeted the oil and gas industry, and now they are adjusting their sights on the agriculture industry. The international protestors will push for anti-investment in the industry. As President and CEO of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) for more than seven years, Tim McMillan was directly experiencing the international protest movement and how it affected the oil and gas sector. Tim will provide some insight on how to be aware of and handle this international protestor movement should it shift to the Agriculture industry.

Thursday, June 23

Tim grew up on a family farm near Lloydminster, where the McMillan family first homesteaded more than a century ago. He founded and operated an oilfield services company. His solid understanding of the oil and gas industry from both a business and landowner perspective, coupled with his background in economics, propelled his desire to seek a seat within the Saskatchewan Legislature. In 2007, Tim was elected as a Saskatchewan Party MLA in the riding of Lloydminster. Tim held several strategic cabinet portfolios in the Government of Saskatchewan, including Minister of Energy and Resources and Minister Responsible for Trade. He was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) in 2014 and served in that role for nearly 8 years.

Patricia Youzwa, Director of the Canada Infrastructure Bank

AG TALK: Investing in Infrastructure to Grow Canada’s Agriculture Sector

Thursday, June 23

Patricia Youzwa has been a director of the Canada Infrastructure Bank since its inception in 2017. She is also a director of the Fiduciary Trust Company of Canada, Chair of the Alternative Funds Advisory Committee for TD Asset Management and a national director of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Youzwa is the former President and CEO of Saskatchewan Power Corporation. She has also held the position of Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines for the Government of Saskatchewan.

Kristjan Hebert, Managing Partner, Herbert Grain

AG TALK: How to run a successful farming operation: Myth vs Facts

Thursday, June 23

Kristjan Hebert has been described as one of the brightest young minds in farming today. He is a grain and oilseed farmer from Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Born and raised on a family farm, he left the farm to get his business degree with a major in accounting & finance, and obtained his CPA with Meyers Norris Penny.

In 2008 he returned to the family farm - Hebert Grain Ventures - in partnership with his wife, and his parents. At the farm, Kristjan’s passion is solving agriculture’s puzzles in order to fulfill HGV’s purpose of “Respect the past, Grow the future!” He is also the co-founder of Maverick Ag Consulting which provides custom-designed lending, accounting and insurance solutions to producers.

Hebert Grain Ventures has received the Top Producer Award in January of 2020 as well as being selected as a winner in the Corteva Agriscience 2021 Global Climate Positive Leaders Program. Kristjan is widely respected for his expertise in farm management and is widely thought of as the face of modern farming in Canada.

Key Notes

Karen Proud, President & CEO, Fertilizer Canada

KEY NOTE: Fertilizer: Policies, Politics and Programs

Attendees will have a chance to hear directly from Karen Proud, Fertilizer Canada’s President & CEO, the latest issues, programs and trends affecting fertilizer: Canada’s most important farm input.

Thursday, June 23

Karen Proud joined Fertilizer Canada in April 2021, after more than two decades of senior management roles in both the public and private sectors. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science from Ryerson University in 1997, Karen began a nine-year career with Health Canada taking on increasingly senior-level roles in the areas of policy and legislative affairs. In 2006, Karen left the public service to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Her most recent roles, prior to joining Fertilizer Canada, were that of: Chief Operating Officer for Food, Health and Consumer Products Canada, President of Consumer Health Products Canada and Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for the Retail Council of Canada. Karen is a past board member of the World Self-Medication Industry Association, Labour Watch, as well as the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education.

Scheduled Speakers

Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, Host of Canada's Farm Show Launch Pad

Raised on the Saskatchewan prairies, Cherilyn was elected as the first female President for the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, where she challenged government policies that affected the business of agriculture. Cherilyn is a leader on important issues that impact farmers on grain transportation, governance, trade and public trust. As an International Director for the Global Farmer Network, Cherilyn advocates for strong global trade relations and for farmers use of technological advancements. In 2021 she was recognized as one of Canada’s TOP 50 People of Influence in Agriculture. In partnership with Utensil.ca, Cherilyn has recently launched a new online training program titled “So… your client is a farmer.” This unique and timely training is specifically designed to support individuals who want better business relationships with farmers. Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel and her husband David continue their love for the land while growing grains, pulses, oilseed crops and… two daughters.

Chief Cadmus Delorme, Cowessess First Nation

Roles Indigenous people play moving forward in Agriculture

Chief Delorme will share about the importance of Truth and Reconciliation, the role Agriculture can play with stronger inclusion of Indigenous People and options moving forward to assure the province and Canada get it right this time.

Tuesday, June 21

Chief Cadmus Delorme, a Cree and Saulteaux, is the Chief of the Cowessess First Nation. In 2019, Chief Delorme was re-elected to a second term in office. Under his leadership, Cowessess First Nation has focused on economic self-sustainability for its nation and people and has moved forward on renewable energy, agriculture, efficiency in land use initiatives that have created both current and future business opportunities. This past year, Chief Delorme faced one of the hardest moments as Chief when the Saulteaux and Cree First Nation made international headlines with the discovery of potentially 751 unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School. Shortly after, Cowessess made headlines again as the first First Nations community to sign an agreement with Ottawa that returns jurisdiction over children in care to the community.

Parag Garg, CNH Industrial

Investments in Precision Tech

Parag Garg of CNH, and Bob Mazer of Mazergroup, sit down to discuss the importance of precision technology and the significant investments CNH is making in tools and outcomes that meet their customers’ needs. Learn how the addition of Raven into the CNH fold allows them to provide even more efficiency to farm organizations. Hear firsthand how CNH is investing and taking quantum leaps forward in advancing their autonomy team right here in Saskatchewan.

Tuesday, June 21

Parag Garg is the Chief Digital Officer at CNH Industrial. Garg has over 20 years of experience in digital products, technology and strategy, gained in roles of increasing importance across a range of sectors including consumer products, telecommunications, online retail and technology companies, together with experience in establishing successful digital technology start-ups.

Parag Garg first joined CNH Industrial in his current role in 2021, becoming a member of the Company’s Senior Leadership Team. In 2014 Garg joined Sears Holdings, as Vice President and General Manager, Connected Solutions. During his tenure he led the Connected Home and Internet of Things Product and Strategy and established the Sears Seattle Tech Office. In 2013, he was appointed as Executive Technology Advisor to Paul Allen, the American business magnate, investor and philanthropist, responsible for supporting Mr. Allen’s personal and professional interests including investments, museums, sports teams and more. Parag Garg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Minnesota, in the United States. He has registered more than 20 US patents across a range of companies and industries.

Bob Mazer, President and CEO, Mazergroup

Investments in Precision Tech

Parag Garg of CNH, and Bob Mazer of Mazergroup, sit down to discuss the importance of precision technology and the significant investments CNH is making in tools and outcomes that meet their customers’ needs. Learn how the addition of Raven into the CNH fold allows them to provide even more efficiency to farm organizations. Hear firsthand how CNH is investing and taking quantum leaps forward in advancing their autonomy team right here in Saskatchewan.

Tuesday, June 21

In 1959 Bob’s Father, Ed Mazer Sr., moved to Brandon and purchased Brandon Implements, a Massey Ferguson dealership. Bob started working at the dealership at a very young age and at one point worked both on his family farm and at the dealership. In 1975 Bob Mazer and his brother Ed purchased the business from their father. Today, Mazergroup is a privately owned group of machinery dealerships offering agricultural, construction and commercial turf equipment sales, parts and service. Mazergroup has expanded to 18 locations across Manitoba and Southern Saskatchewan. Bob is a true leader in agriculture and is dedicated to helping the industry expand. His partnership with technical colleges, business councils, fair boards and agricultural organizations have ensured that our industry remains at the forefront of technological advances and economic policies.

Vikram Vij, Chef

Modern Indian food boasts of Canadian ingredients and French techniques

Vikram Vij, one of Canada’s great chefs, shares his story of the trials and triumphs in building a world-renowned food empire! Fragrant with the smells of cumin, turmeric, fennel, and cloves, Vij reveals the story of Vikram Vij, one of Canada’s most celebrated chefs and entrepreneurs. Co-owner of the world-famous Vij’s Restaurant in Vancouver, his story is a true rags-to-riches tale of a college dropout from northern India who made it to Europe’s temples of high cuisine, then with a one-way ticket bound for Canada, found fame serving some of the world’s most transcendent Indian cuisine. Vij’s Restaurant, originally a fourteen-seat establishment known for its extraordinary flavours and spice blends, along with a firm no-reservation policy, received accolades from restaurant critics and patrons alike.

A culinary journey that began in India as a boy enjoying the praise of visitors for his chai and biscuits, Vikram’s passion for Indian cooking and his lifelong mission to bring awareness to the culture he left behind have fueled his tireless drive in building a world-renowned food empire. Driven to succeed, Vikram realized his dream to launch five major initiatives under the Vij’s brand by age fifty, but with challenges and sacrifices along the way.

Tuesday, June 21

Vikram Vij was born in India in 1964 and lived in New Delhi and Bombay until the age of 20, when he went to study, live and work in Austria. Vikram moved to Canada in 1989 to work at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta. In September 1994, Vikram opened Vij’s Restaurant in Vancouver, BC. In early 1995, a passionate and a creative Meeru Dhalwala joined him, and the two began collaborating on the menu. In 2004, Vikram and Meeru opened a second restaurant and market called Vij’s Rangoli. In June 2014, Vikram opened his third restaurant, My Shanti, based in South Surrey. The theme of My Shanti is based upon Vikram’s culinary travels, and includes flavours, ingredients and influences from all over the world. Vikram Vij is a tireless advocate of Indian cuisine in Canada, and of buying and eating locally produced and sustainable ingredients.

Chris Morson, Raven Sales Specialist

Driving the Future of Ag

You may have already considered autonomous solutions or may already be using some. Raven will help you continue to learn about and implement autonomous features that do more to reduce fatigue, improve safety, and allocate resources in a way that eases your operations.

Raven’s approach to Driverless Ag Technology delivers easy-toimplement autonomous farm solutions, OMNiDRIVE™ and OMNiPOWER™, that help the farmer maximize time, safety, and efficiency as the equipment does more of the heavy lifting. Now, the farmer can do more, get more, and give more with every minute of their day.

Tuesday, June 21

Chris joined the Raven Precision Ag sales team in 2020, with a direct focus on OMNiPOWER and has since expanded his knowledge in all other Raven agriculture solutions. Chris concentrates his sales efforts on core products to expand market share in Western Canada with a special focus on driving awareness for OMNiPOWER by sharing the Raven Path to Autonomy. Chris has an extensive 15+ year background in agriculture, with comprehensive experience around seeding, tillage and planting, precision ag solutions, and the full suite of ag data and logistics. What drives Chris’s passion in autonomous agriculture is the rewarding opportunity to share the journey to innovation by helping farmers realize, adopt, and utilize the latest farming technology to improve efficiencies and optimize their operations to become more profitable, doing more with less!

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