Presenters

Terry Betker

President & CEO, Backswath Management Inc.

Terry Betker, President & CEO Backswath Management Inc. Backswath originated in 1992 as a company that provides business management expertise to farmers on strategic business planning, succession planning, financial analysis, benchmarking and human resource management.

A professional agrologist, certified agricultural consultant and certified management consultant, Terry teaches at the University of Manitoba and has delivered presentations on farm business management to agriculture organizations throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, Poland and the Netherlands. He has completed the executive program for agricultural producers at Texas A&M University and is the 2015 recipient of Farm Management Canada’s Wilson Loree award, recognizing his contribution to developing and promoting new and positive change in agricultural business management practices and expertise in Canada. His credentials include certification in mediation theory and strategic planning and an agriculture degree. Terry was actively involved in the family grain farm, now entering its third generation, for nearly 20 years.

Mike Bossy

President, Bossy Nagy Group

President of Bossy Nagy Group Chartered Professional Accountants, Mike has served the agriculture industry for more than 30 years. The Bossy Nagy team of 46 employees provides accounting, taxation and business advisory services to primary producers and agri-businesses. His specialty is farm and business transition planning as well as trust and estate planning.

Mike is a graduate of Western University, Ivey School of Business and a Chartered Professional Accountant. He is also a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP), Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and Certified Agricultural Farm Advisor (CAFA). A Kolbe™ Certified Consultant as well, Mike teaches teams about conative strengths and how they fit jobs, relationships and teams. He’s a national director for the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, a speaker for the Advanced Farm Management Program, past president of the Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.

John DePutter

Founder, DePutter Publishing Ltd.

John DePutter has years of experience strategizing successful market moves. Publisher of Ag-Alert, E-Morning Ontario, Good Morning Prairies and more, he’s helped farmers beat the average price for years. Learn how you can use this year’s big trends in agriculture markets to benefit your operation.

David Derwin, CIM

From the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange to multinational and boutique investment firms dealing with individual, corporate and institutional clients, David’s career spans over 20 years in commodity investment management. David works with farm businesses to help them market their grain and livestock, manage their market volatility and balance their investment risks.

Maurice Doyon, PhD

Laval University’s first Egg Industry Economic Research Chair, Maurice is a professor of agricultural economics and consumer science. He holds a PhD in applied economics from Cornell and specializes in agricultural policy, market design and experimental economics. He’s adjunct professor at the University of Maine, a fellow of the CIRANO research institute in Montreal, an associate of the Institute of Nutraceutical and Functional Foods and associate of the Centre de Recherche en économie de l'Environnement, de l'Agroalimentaire, des Transports et de l'Énergie. He also serves on several private sector boards.

Jonathon Driedger

Jonathon Driedger has extensive experience in commodity merchandising, price forecasting and market analysis. He worked in the livestock feed industry, as an economist for the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, and was a consultant with a major U.S.-based futures brokerage firm before joining Farmlink. Based in Manitoba, he often gives presentations on market outlooks and workshops on hedging and futures to audiences across Western Canada.

Jon has a masters in agricultural economics from the University of Manitoba. He currently lives with his wife and three daughters right back where he grew up – on a family farm near Grunthal, Man.

Dr. John Fast

President, Family Enterprise Solutions

John is one of Canada’s leading experts on family business, leadership development and communicating for results and a sought-after inspirational speaker. He’s founding partner and President of Family Enterprise Solutions, a management consulting and training organization. His book The Family Business Doctor: Ensuring the Long Term Health of Your Business Family has received wide acclaim for its ability to communicate the deepest issues facing business families in a hopeful and practical manner. He has also co-authored numerous books and curriculum used by professionals and family firms.

Kim Gerencser

President, CFP, K.Ag Growing Farm Profits Inc.

Kim worked more than nine years in the financial industry, gaining a breadth of experience in areas as diverse as mutual funds and life insurance to retail banking and commercial agricultural specialist. His consulting firm, K.Ag Growing Farm Profits, is committed to helping clients increase profitability and realize success through the adoption of strong management practices. Kim is a popular speaker at Prairie agriculture events and has been quoted and profiled in a variety of agriculture publications. He holds a Certified Financial Planner designation, a degree in financial services and a lifetime of on-the-farm experience.

J. P. Gervais

J.P. is a sought-after speaker, commentator and blogger who puts it all into perspective with his take on the economic trends impacting agriculture, agribusiness and agri-food industries. Learn how interest rates, farmland values, and domestic and international policies could impact your farm business this year.

Merle Good

Merle’s focus is on identifying and adapting financial management and tax-related strategies with unique business structures to meet the evolving needs of the agriculture industry. His expertise is in the area of taxation, succession planning and business arrangements, and he was the provincial tax specialist for the Alberta Agricultural Ministry throughout his professional career. He was a key speaker at the Professional Agricultural Tax Update for 33 consecutive years, addressing over 700 accountants and lawyers annually.

Merle graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in agricultural economics. In the past three years, Merle has presented at over 75 producer seminars and has met more than 350 farm families on an individual basis. Merle is married to Peggy and together they operate GRS LTD. They continue to live on the family farm at Cremona, Alta.

Peter Gredig

How might emerging technologies benefit agriculture and how can you use them in your operation? A producer and tech expert, Peter Gredig explores the latest innovations and unlocks their potential advantages for managing your farm business.

Rob Hannam

President, Synthesis Agri-Food Network

Rob draws upon his deep agri-food knowledge to provide farm and agri-business clients with practical solutions that work in the real world. Rob’s passion for agriculture began while growing up on a large farm operation in Ontario, and has developed into a successful consulting business with local, national and international clients.

Rob has real life, practical experience and a proven track record providing strategic business advice to his clients. Facilitating groups and strategic planning sessions are his specialties. Rob leads workshops and gives presentations on agricultural business management topics across Canada, including his Advanced Farm Management Program – a five-day educational program for Ontario farmers. He also developed the RoadMAP Management Action Plan® strategic planning process for farm businesses and food and beverage companies.

Kristjan Hebert

Managing Partner, Hebert Grain Ventures

In addition to a farming background, Kristjan is a CPA with experience in agriculture in a prior career with MNP. He’s chair of Global Ag Risk Solutions and is a graduate of Texas A&M’s Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP). Dr. Danny Klinefelter of TEPAP refers to Kristjan as “one of the most progressive young farmer he knows”. His 12,000 acre grain and oilseed operation is in southeast Saskatchewan.

Dr. Don Höglund

Dr. Don Höglund is a veterinarian, educator and internationally recognized animal trainer with a master’s in agriculture economics. He owns and operates DairyStockmanship.com, a safe, efficient livestock handling education and workshop consultancy specifically for family farmers. Dr. Höglund teaches applied large animal behaviour and dairy cattle stockmanship with Virginia Tech, University of Pennsylvania, and Colorado State University professors; has done extensive research on return-on-investment analysis for veterinarians; and taught courses in managerial and business economics. He’s also an entertaining and highly sought-after speaker worldwide.

Clara Hughes

Six-time Olympic Medallist & Mental Health Advocate

Olympic medallist in cycling and speed skating, Clara is the only athlete ever to win multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Games. Believing that actions off the track define us as much as those on it, Hughes inspires people toward success in all areas of their lives. Her candid, personal talk touches on how she believes sports can change lives to her struggle with depression—fully embodying the idea that each of us can overcome challenges to become the champions we’re meant to be.

Kevin Hursh

President, Hursh Consulting & Communications

Kevin is one of the country’s leading agricultural commentators. He is an agrologist, journalist and farmer. He and his wife Marlene run Hursh Consulting & Communications, based in Saskatoon, and operate a farm in southwest Saskatchewan.

In addition to being the editor for AgriSuccess magazine, Kevin writes a weekly column for The Western Producer. He also serves as executive director for the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission and the Inland Terminal Association of Canada (ITAC).

Mike Jubinville

Independent market analyst Mike Jubinville, president of Pro Farmer Canada, examines the latest news, trends and selling strategies impacting farm commodities, both now and into the coming year. Learn how you can make the markets work to increase profit and minimize risk in your operation.

Darci Lang

Learn the one simple tool that could change the way you view your operation. Darci will challenge you to reframe how you see the issues and opportunities in your business – and in your personal life – to help make 2017 your best year yet.

Peter Legge

Professional speaker, bestselling author and CEO of Canada Wide Media, Peter will challenge you to approach 2017 with ambitious goals and an unshakable tenacity to take your operation to new heights. Discover how harnessing your enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit can help propel you toward success.

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Drew Lerner

Drew Lerner, president and senior agricultural meteorologist of World Weather, Inc., has developed a significant following among Canadian farmers over the past 34 years. Get detailed short and long-range weather predictions for major crop areas, and hear how upcoming weather trends could affect your operation.

Bob McDonald

Bestselling Author, Host of Quirks & Quarks

Bob is loved by audiences across Canada for making complex scientific issues understandable, meaningful and fun. His big-picture view of our little planet – and the thin film of air and water covering it – will give you a new perspective of life on this small rock we call home. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his efforts in promoting science in Canada.

Debbie McMillin

Debbie McMillin is an independent market consultant and regular columnist with Canadian Cattlemen magazine. She has more than 15 years of experience in the industry, having worked as an analyst for Canfax, the market division of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Debbie was raised on a cow-calf seedstock operation and now operates a commercial and purebred ranching operation with her husband near Hanna, Alta. She is a graduate of Montana State University.

Rex Murphy

Social Commentator, Editorialist and Distinct Canadian Voice

He’s known for having his finger on the pulse of Canadians in every walk of life. His fearless commentary reveals thought-provoking views on our culture that have informed and entertained generations of viewers and listeners. No matter the topic, Rex always has something fascinating to say.

Michelle Painchaud

President and CEO of Painchaud Performance Group, Michelle is one of Canada’s premier consultants and speakers on human behaviour and employee performance. Gain insight in how to increase efficiency and profitability by better maximizing your operation’s greatest asset: people.

Jeremy Plesman

Owner of, and independent nutrition consultant for, Valley Nutrition. Has been an independent nutritionist and economic consultant for the past 6 ½ years based out of the Fraser Valley, working in British Columbia, Alberta, Montana and Washington state. Focused on dairy nutrition and economic consulting as the core business model, but over the past 3 years have had a growing clientele in the beef industry specializing in cow-calf mineral and nutrient nutritional balancing. Was formally trained in bovine nutrition 2005 thru 2010 by a progressive nutritional company based out of Brookville, Ohio.

Bruce Sellery

TV Host, Financial Journalist, Bestselling Author of Moolala

Bruce is a personal finance expert, journalist, TV host and sought-after keynote speaker who has uncovered critical factors that define the line between great and not-so-great ways to handle business finances. Discover the Moolala Method money-management principles that can take your business to the next level.

Kevin Stewart

Founder, AgVision

Kevin founded AgVision in 1997 with the objective of utilizing emerging media platforms to better share information for advancing agriculture and better serving farm managers. During AgVision’s 13 years on-air with CTV, Global and CityTV, Kevin delivered over 300 half-hour television programs and received 15 industry awards including Best of Show in Public Relations (CAMA 2008) and honorary lifetime membership with the Institute of Agrologists for contributions to education in Canadian agriculture. Kevin is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).

Kevin now focuses his energy on delivering farm management knowledge and advice through presentations, online videos and audio podcasts – including FCC Edge.

Lance Stockbrugger

Lance is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in public practice working directly with agriculture producers. Lance uses his knowledge and experience in tax and estate planning for high-net-worth agribusiness operators to assist producers with succession planning, intergenerational transfers and tax reorganizations implementing partnerships, corporations and trusts. Along with his wife Marie and his brother Lane, Lance is living his life ambition to own and operate LD Stockbrugger Farms, a 4,000 acre cereal, oilseed and pulse farm at LeRoy, Saskatchewan.

Lance has been doing public speaking for FCC and other groups for 15 years and brings an excellent balance of professional and practical experiences to his presentations.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Talks from Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill’s Office for Science and Society, are always informative and entertaining. He’ll tackle topics ranging from agricultural myths and facts to where he sees the future of the industry.

Brian Voth

A grain marketing expert, Brian was a grain buyer and marketing advisor for two different firms before going independent in 2016. He has a diploma in agriculture finance and a degree in agribusiness from the University of Manitoba, and is committed to helping farmers make informed and strategic decisions to improve the bottom line of their farms.

Anne Wasko

Anne has spent over 30 years as a market analyst focusing on the Canadian cattle industry. Currently the Market Analyst for Gateway Livestock Exchange based in Taber, Alta., and President of Cattle Trends Inc., Anne consults for companies and individuals in the cattle business and makes numerous presentations at conferences across the country every year. Her professional expertise comes from 21 years as Senior Market Analyst with Canfax, where she provided members with marketing information and analysis. She’s a past board member of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, sat on the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Agriculture, and volunteered with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede for 20 years. Anne works alongside her husband at their ranch in Eastend, Sask.