Opening Keynote

Vance Crowe is a communications strategist that has worked for corporations and international organizations around the world. He has spoken before more than 175,000 people, answering questions about some of the most sophisticated


Josh grew up in Lloydminster and graduated from NAIT's Radio and Television Arts program. After spending nearly eight years at television stations in Lloydminster, Saskatoon and Toronto, Josh jumped at the opportunity to return to Edmonton

Closing Keynote

Chris Koch doesn't let limitations or obstacles stand in his way. Despite being born without arms and legs, Koch grew up like any other small-town kid --- playing road hockey, causing mischief at school, and helping out on his family

Tim Auger is the Director of Research at Advanced Biofuels Canada, a national industry association established to promote the production and use of advanced biofuels in Canada. ABFC members are global leaders in commercial production of advanced biofuels

Émilie Bergeron is the Vice-President, Chemistry at CropLife Canada where she is responsible for managing policy and regulatory issues relating to the registration, use and sale of pesticides in Canada.

Terry Betker, P.Ag., CAC, CMC is President and Founder of Backswath Management. Terry has an interest and passion in providing consulting expertise to farmers and agribusinesses, focusing primarily on strategic and transition (succession) planning,

Cassandra Cotton is the Vice President of Policy & Programs at Fertilizer Canada where she is responsible for building a robust program and policy platform that forms the foundation for the organization's advocacy work.

Kristine has been working out of central Alberta for the last several years for clients including Alberta Beef Producers, Alberta Environment and Parks, private landowners, Alberta Conservation Association and many others. Her primary focus is on range

Jonathon Driedger joined LeftField in September 2019, adding his experience to the team's analysis in Canadian and global crop markets. Jon has many years of expertise in the Canadian ag industry, including as a Senior Market Analyst with FarmLink

Al Driver is the Country Division Head for Bayer's Crop Science Division in Canada and has been heading the Canadian business since January 2015. Al is responsible for leading the +500 Crop Science employees from coast to coast.

Andrea Faubert is the Director of Government and Industry Relations for Corteva Agriscience in Canada. In her role, Andrea leads policy development supporting Corteva's seed and crop protection business units as well as Corteva's network of domestic

Andre Harpe is the Chair for the board of directors of Grain Growers of Canada, which represents over 65,000 canola, pulse and grain farmers from coast to coast.

Gord Kurbis is Vice President of Trade Policy and Crop Protection at the Canada Grains Council, where he leads the development of policies and positions on domestic regulation and international trade issues related to pesticide use and approvals.

Jason Lenz is the Alberta Wheat Commission's director for Region 3 and vice-chair. Jason has continued to take on leadership roles in the agriculture sector both past and present.

Branden Leslie is the Manager of Policy and Government Relations for the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), which represents 65,000 grain, pulse and oilseed farmers through 14 national, provincial and regional member organizations across Canada.

Susie Miller is the Executive Director of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC). 

Kim grew up on a small mixed farm in Western Manitoba. Trained as a Psychiatric Nurse, she has been a counsellor for over 30 years. For the last 22 years, Kim has specialized in the area of Agricultural Mental Health. Having worked for the Manitoba Farm,

Serving as the Manager of Special Projects for the Compost Council of Canada, Glenn focuses on the Soil Health initiatives of the Council, including co-authoring the recent publication done in conjunction with the Soil Conservation Council of Canada.

Greg Northey is the Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Pulse Canada.  Before joining Pulse Canada in 2014, Greg was the Director of Environmental Policy with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, a position he began in 2008.

Nevin Rosaasen passionately describes himself as a fourth-generation food, feed, fiber, and fuel production engineer.

Reg has been serving the farming community for nearly 30 years. With his multi-disciplinary background in finance and managing family dynamics, he has a unique combination of business acumen and human understanding. Blending bank experience with straight-

Paul is an accomplished agri-business executive with over 35 years of experience in the Life Sciences industry. He held numerous roles in development and regulatory sciences with increasing responsibilities working within Canada, the North America region

Rick White is the President & CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association, which represents Canada's 43,000 canola farmers on national and international policy, programs and issues affecting their farms.  Rick is responsible for the development and

Janelle Whitley is a Senior Policy Manager with Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), where she focuses on policy, legislative and regulatory affairs related to grain marketing, trade and market access and innovation.