Speakers

Councillor Aaron Paquette

Councillor Aaron Paquette

Councillor Paquette is a lifelong Edmontonian raising his family of four children with his wife, Clarice, in Ward 4. He is committed to building strong, healthy communities and promoting good, stable jobs in a diverse Edmonton economy.

Prior to his election to Council, Aaron worked as an award-winning Indigenous artist, author and business owner. His artwork can be viewed in museums, schools, hospitals and LRT stations across our city. His novel, Lightfinder, is taught in schools and post-secondary institutions across Canada. He has also worked with local schools in Edmonton’s north side to help create mural projects.

His passion for education also led him to work with Alberta Education, various school boards and teachers associations to help develop art curriculum and improve academic achievement. He sits on Executive Committee, Utility Committee and the City Manager and City Auditor Performance Evaluation Committee.

He has sponsored the Council Initiative on Food and Agribusiness Diversification, and has also taken a leadership role working on the Child-Friendly Edmonton, End Poverty Edmonton, Multiculturalism, Literacy, and Urban Isolation/Mental Health Initiatives.

Concurrent Session – Wednesday, Nov 7
Food Security

Aimée Ferré Stang

Aimée Ferré Stang

Aimée grew up in a farming family in northeastern Saskatchewan. Following her studies in marketing, she worked in education and insurance before joining Farm Credit Canada in 2007. In 2012, she helped launch Agriculture More Than Ever, an industry-driven cause that improves perceptions, dispels myths and encourages positive dialogue about agriculture.

Today, Aimée focuses on Ag More Than Ever’s social media presence, developing online content to inspire, connect and activate the Canadian ag community to join conversations about agriculture and food. Aimée and her husband have two young sons. The family operates a grain, oilseed and commercial beef farm near Major, Sask.

Aled Rhys Jones

Aled Rhys Jones

Aled Rhys Jones was born and raised on his family farm near the village of Cwrt-y-Cadno in West Wales. He studied Land Management at the University of Reading before joining a surveying practice where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.

Aled was then appointed the Assistant Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) where he worked for four and a half years and remains a Life Governor and consultant on property matters.

In 2015, Aled applied for a Nuffield Farming Scholarship where he was awarded the Young Nuffield (Bob Matson) Award presented to young entrepreneurs.

He has recently established a consultancy business alongside his role as Chief Operating Officer to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

Aled is also a guest television presenter on a Welsh language farming programme and presents a weekly radio show called West Wales Farming. He is also an accomplished professional speaker and compère.

In 2017, Aled was elected a Trustee of the RASC and became one of the Honorary Next Generation Facilitators. He has travelled widely with the RASC having attended missions to both Papua New Guinea and South Africa, together with speaking at the previous Commonwealth Agricultural Conference held in Singapore.

He is also a keen runner and always enjoys a challenge.

Andrew Rosychuk

Andrew Rosychuk

Andrew, a city slicker turned haskap fruit farmer, has built his dream and is developing a new industry, founder of the Haskap Alberta Association and a founding shareholder of North 49 Fruit Corp- sales/marketing of Canadian fruit.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Andrew achieved a diploma in Production Horticulture at Olds College, AB, before entering the trades, now working as a Suncor Execution Coordinator. All his profits seed into the expense of starting a haskap farm from scratch, buying 76 acres in Alcomdale, AB, planting a 26 acre orchard, and currently planning a small processing center.

Large commodity farms have opened up opportunities for specialty growers, aided by the ease of social media and the support of the Alberta Government, creating market diversify with the hopes of long-term sustainability.

Customers want connections: connection to their food, the land, and the people growing. Andrew is building this connection because he strongly believes in haskap fruit, in the power of local, and is driven to prove that the small family farm is alive and growing.

Concurrent Session 1 – Tuesday, Nov 6
Agriculture Topic: Bees, Berries & Beer – How young entrepreneurs are taking over agriculture

Brendan Christou

Brendan Christou

Chief Executive, BBus QUT MBA Curtin CPA

Brendan Christou was appointed Chief Executive of the RNA in 2012, after serving as Deputy Chief Executive / Chief Operating Officer since 2009. A Certified Practicing Accountant, Mr Christou started at the RNA in 2004 as the association’s Financial Controller.

His previous experience spans across the retail, engineering and financial services industries. He completed his Master of Business Administration from Curtin University in 2008.

Mr Christou is also a board member of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), a Director of Brisbane Open House and President of the BDA – The Committee for Brisbane.

CEO Session – Saturday, Nov 3

Breyton Milford

Breyton Milford

Operations Manager, Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society

Breyton Milford is the Operations Manager at the Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society in South Africa, trading as Agri-Expo. He is Chairman of the National Agricultural Youth Society of South Africa, responsible for Agricultural Youth Shows throughout the country. Breyton attended RASC Conferences in New Zealand, Zambia, Brisbane and Singapore. Breyton is passionate about agriculture. He farms part-time with a herd of beef cattle and as a qualified judge for various livestock breeds and youth show, he is well known in the show ring.

Sunday, Nov 4
NG Understanding & Assistance Mission Report: Report on the 2017 Mission to South Africa

Dr. Briana Lutz BSc, ND

Dr. Briana Lutz BSc, ND

A rural Alberta native, Dr. Briana Lutz obtained her Bachelor of Science from University of Alberta and through extensive medical training at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, achieved her designation as a naturopathic doctor. She currently practices at Green Apple Health Care in Edmonton.

Her practice focuses in the natural treatment of women to promote optimal fertility, healthy skin, and increase energy and productivity. She believes that no woman should blame her body for feeling poorly, accept this as “normal”, or suffer alone. She listens to her patients, finding the best solution to not only alleviate the root of their condition, but to fit into their lives.

She understands the power of food as medicine, and that how our food is grown matters. By supporting local farmers and her community, she demands more for our nutrition and a deeper connection to our food and the land it grows on.

RASC NG does TED Talks – Sunday, Nov 4
Let them Eat Dirt – Connecting Soil Biology to your Gut

Bud Mercer

Bud Mercer

Bud Mercer is the retired Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Plenary Properties LTAP which is an affiliate company of Plenary Group Canada. Plenary Group, formed in 2005, is Canada’s leading Public Private Partnership (PPP) Developer employing people across Canada with offices in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and most recently Ottawa.

Prior to Bud taking on his responsibilities as the CEO of Plenary Properties LTAP on the 1st of December 2010, Bud was a member of Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Bud joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1976. His career spanned 34 plus years and throughout those years he served Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the far north and points between. He has extensive policing experience at the City (municipal), Provincial, Federal and International levels. In Bud’s last 10 years with the RCMP he served at Command and Executive levels within these business lines. In these various capacities, Bud represented the RCMP while working in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

In October 2007, then Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer assumed responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games Integrated Security Unit. In this role, Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer was responsible for all aspects of security planning for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Assistant Commissioner Mercer commanded approximately 15,000 personnel and had responsibility for a budget in excess of 550 million dollars.

Bud is married, has four children, 5 grandchildren and now lives in the Lower Mainland area in the Province of British Columbia.

Plenary Speaker 2 – Tuesday, Nov 6
Plenary Title: The Future of Special Event Security in a New World

Cherilyn Nagel

Cherilyn Nagel

Cherilyn Nagel along with her husband David and family, are farming 18,000 acres in south central Saskatchewan.

In 2004, Cherilyn was elected as President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and she remains a director on the current board. She considers signing the first durum contract on the open market in December of 2011, to be one of her career highlights as a farmer.

Cherilyn has gained experience in media relations and enjoys promoting positive stories of agricultural successes. In 2011, Cherilyn was featured in SaskBusiness Magazine as one of Saskatchewan’s Most Influential Women. Cherilyn was interviewed in the Sask Canola documentary License to Farm, which is meant to encourage other farmers to share their own stories with the public. Cherilyn and her family have been featured with Canadian Chef Michael Smith in a video to promote Saskatchewan Lentils, and she has been featured in an episode of Canadian Better Living on the topic of Pesticide use and promotion of Plant Biotechnology.

Cherilyn has traveled extensively around the world and had the opportunity to represent the Wheat Growers views on International Trade. In 2017 Cherilyn accepted a position as an International Director on the board for the Global Farmer Network, where she advocates for global trade and acceptance of science-based technology in agriculture. She is currently working with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan to facilitate training sessions for farmers on the topic of sharing a positive message about the sustainable food grown across the country. The goal is to help connect enthusiastic farmers with inquisitive consumers who are looking for answers about how their food is grown.

Plenary Speaker 4 – Wednesday, Nov 7
Plenary Title: Turning Up the Volume – Rebuilding Consumer Trust in Food and Farming

Christine Knipe

Christine Knipe

Chief Executive

Christine Knipe has been Chief Executive of Westmorland County Agricultural Society since 2005. She is also a Council Member and former Chairman of ASAO (Association of Shows and Agricultural Organisations), recently appointed Trustee of RASC, administration secretary of the North West Federation of Show Societies and has been the Honorary Secretary of the Village Industries section of Cartmel Show since 1992.

A farmer’s wife herself, Christine has a genuine passion for agriculture and agricultural shows and is very much a part of the farming community in NW England. Westmorland is one of the largest one-day shows in the UK with its heart firmly in agriculture, annually attracting 30k visitors and 3k livestock entries including cattle, sheep, light horses, pigs, poultry, dogs etc along with an enormous local-product only Food Hall.

Christine is passionate about education, organising many events and activities encouraging people to understand more about where their food comes from and the vital role agriculture plays in the countryside. Westmorland hosts 1,600 primary children on farm annually, in addition to taking their unique Farm to Fork Roadshow, including a cow, sheep and chicks, to many events and schools.

Christopher Riddle

Christopher Riddle

Chris Riddle has been Secretary to the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association since 1989 having taken over from his father who was Secretary from 1957. Chris is only the Association’s ninth Secretary since its formation back in 1793 and, at the time of his appointment, was one of the youngest Secretary of a major UK agricultural society / show. Today, the Association’s Royal Cornwall Events Centre hosts not only the annual Royal Cornwall Show but wide ranging events throughout the year. Chris and his team organise various other events such as the popular Cornish Winter Fair and also engage in range of educational activities both on site and across the region.

Chris is involved with a number of other organisations and is a former Trustee and National Chairman of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, a Board Member and Former National Chairman of the Association of Shows & Agricultural Organisations, Honorary Secretary & Past Chairman of the Huers Farming Club, Honorary Secretary & Past Chairman of the Ken Thomas Charitable Trust, Honorary Secretary of Wadebridge Prime Stock Show Association, a Trustee and National Chairman of the Caughley Society and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Smithfield Club. He is also a Trustee of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth.

CEO Session – Sunday, Nov 4

Colin Bergstrom

Colin Bergstrom

Colin grew up on grain farm near the booming metropolis of Meeting Creek, AB. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree in crop science in 1997, he spent the next six years in the seed and crop protection business. During that time he returned to the farm to work alongside with his parents. On a warm day in August of 2001, Colin became frustrated with the performance of his foam marker while desiccating wheat and declared that day that he would never mix another tank of foam for navigation again. Soon after, he purchased his first GPS navigation system and the rest is history.

For the past 18 years, Colin has dedicated his career to working with precision ag technology from navigation systems, to variable rate technology & agronomy, to telematics and environmental sensors. Currently, Colin is the Precision Agriculture Manager with John Deere dealership Martin Deerline based in Edmonton, AB and their eight agriculture stores. He manages a team of product support specialists including an in-house agronomist and GIS technician and loves getting his hands on the latest precision ag technology. Colin resides in St. Albert, AB with his wife and three sports active boys.

Concurrent Session 1 – Tuesday, Nov 6
Agriculture Topic: Innovative Agriculture

Colleen Dyck

Colleen Dyck

Creator of the GORP Bar, an energy bar designed to deliver “clean” high quality nutrition in the cut throat sport nutrition industry. Colleen creatively plays the role of “David” in a “Goliath” market! Her bars are now available from coast to coast in over 2000 stores. Between running their 14,000 acre grain farm, raising four children and launching The GORP bar, the Dyck’s have their hands full.

Colleen has become an expert in juggling, running, slipping and yes, failing with a flair and perseverance that won’t be squelched. Sharing her struggles, and mistakes as mother, wife, and entrepreneur, Colleen delivers an unapologetic peek at her story.

Panel Presentation 1 – Tuesday, Nov 6
Agriculture Topic: Bees, Berries, Bars & Beer – How Next Generation entrepreneurs are shaping agriculture.

Danielle Lee

Danielle Lee

Danielle Lee is a fifth generation farmer from west of Calgary in the Springbank area. She farms alongside her Mom Debbie on the 106 year old family farm. The farm has a commercial beef cattle herd that calves in May and June. They also have a small flock of sheep that lamb in May. Danielle studied agriculture at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Danielle was involved with the Alberta Young Farmer group, at the time called FABB. From her involvement with that organization, she attended the Canadian Young Farmers Forum and eventually became involved as a board member of the CYFF. She has been on the board for 7 years and is currently serving her second term as Chair of the organization. Through her involvement with CYFF, Danielle has had the opportunity to travel and attend events like the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference. Currently she is part of the World Farmers Organization ‘Gymnasium’ program for developing young farm leaders.

Danielle has followed in her Grandpa and Mother’s path in becoming a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede. She is currently the Chair of the Dairy Cattle Committee helping to put on the annual dairy cattle show. She also helps at agriculture education events like Aggie Days, where Calgary and area school children and the public come to learn about Alberta agriculture. Danielle and her family regularly take their farm animals to events such as their local Fall Fair and events for special needs children to allow people to get up close and learn about farming.

Sunday, Nov 4
Case Studies on Canadian Agri Youth Initiatives

Prof. David Hughes

Prof. David Hughes

Dr. David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, U.K. He is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends.

David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents. With his American business partner, David established, grew and sold a branded fresh food business, which served supermarkets in the USA.

Next Generation Keynote – Saturday, Nov 3
Is Food Making the World Smaller?

Dianne Finstad

Dianne Finstad

Dianne Finstad is a familiar face and voice in Alberta’s farm community as a broadcaster and reporter who specializes in agriculture and rodeo coverage. She’s spent over 30 years sharing stories through television, radio, and print. Her television program ‘This Business of Farming’ was a staple in many rural households around the province for two decades. Based in Red Deer, Alberta she began her career in radio, where she hosted and helped develop a program which covered pro rodeo across Western Canada rodeos including such championships as the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Now working as a communications specialist and is excited to do a variety of projects. Dianne continues to write stories for several farm and western publications and is also a Board Director for Lakeland College and Red Deer’s Westerner Park. Dianne grew up in southern Alberta, where her family has ranched for more than a century.

Dianne was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in June 2017.

Conference Emcee – Monday – Thursday, Nov 5 to 8

Dina Sutherland

Dina Sutherland

Manager Agriculture Event Presentations at the Calgary Stampede

Dina was raised on a small cattle farm and has worked with horses her entire life. She was a school teacher for 18 years before transitioning to her role at the Calgary Stampede. Dina is a strong advocate for Alberta’s Agri-food industry in her role as Manager of Agriculture Event Presentations. Combining her teaching background and her passion for agriculture, she works with her team every day to produce signature programming that builds understanding between regional food producers and consumers.

Dina is excited to share what the Calgary Stampede 10-day festival entails and the journey of taking a 105 year old organization and turning around the beliefs, processes and practices in order to respond to challenging economic and weather conditions.

Evan Jamieson

Evan Jamieson

Premier Award Recipient, 4H Alberta

Evan is from a farm southeast of Calgary, Alberta. A lifelong member of 4-H, Evan has grown up showing cattle across Alberta and Saskatchewan alongside his three siblings. Evan has also completed welding projects throughout 4-H, which has provided him with valuable life skills. Through 4-H, Evan has developed his leadership and public speaking skills, which have both helped him to get to where he is. Evan won 4-H Alberta’s highest honor this past May, which is the Premiers Award. This prestigious award allows Evan to meet Rachel Notley, along with giving speeches and making appearances across the province to represent 4-H Alberta. Evan is currently a first-year student at The University of Calgary, studying for a Bachelor of Commerce while majoring in Marketing.

Sunday, Nov 4
Case Studies on Canadian Agri Youth Initiatives

Greg Smith CB QVRM TD

Greg Smith CB QVRM TD

Chief Executive of RNAA

Greg Smith is Chief Executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. Born in Norfolk and educated at Norwich School, he studied Agricultural and Food Marketing at Newcastle University. In a business career of over 30 years, he has been a market researcher, initially working in the agriculture and food sectors, before broadening into the management of research and information businesses in the UK and Ireland. Most recently, he was Managing Director of Ipsos MORI, one of the best known market research and public opinion companies.

Alongside his business career he has been a member of the Territorial Army since 1981 and, as a Major General, is currently the UK’s senior serving Reservist. Since 2010, he has been Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), the senior policy advisor on the Reserve Forces and Youth in the Ministry of Defence. During this time, he has been responsible for the mobilisation of Reserves for operations, supporting the work of a commission established by the Prime Minister to review the UK’s Reserves and also run major studies into youth engagement and work to expand the Cadet forces.

In addition, Greg chairs the Advisory Board at Newcastle University Business School and is a member of the University’s Court and is a Trustee of several charities.

Greg and his wife Rebecca have three grown up children and returned to live in Norfolk in 2011. In his spare time he enjoys country walks, boating on the Broads and gardening – all of which are now on his doorstep!

CEO Welcome – Sunday, Nov 4

Ian Sanderson, M.O.M.

Ian Sanderson, M.O.M.

Ian Sanderson joined Northlands as the Manager-Security Administration in January 2011, following a 31 year career with the RCMP. Currently, Ian serves as the Director-Operations at Northlands, overseeing Event Operations, Guest Operations, Security, Safety and Parking.

During his law enforcement career, Ian was posted in various locations in Northern Alberta, responding and helping to manage civil emergencies. He also worked on numerous VIP visits and high profile events including the 2010 Winter Olympics and G20 Summit in Toronto. Ian has been a front line responder and operations commander for major civil emergencies including evacuations for flooding and wildfires. Ian completed his career overseeing drug and organized crime prevention programs in the Prairie Provinces, Northwest and Nunavut Territories.

In 2005, Ian was appointed to the Premiers Methamphetamine Task Force and was technical advisor in the development of Alberta’s Drug Endangered Children Legislation. Ian was appointed as a Member of the Order of Merit for Police Forces by Governor General Michaëlle Jean in 2009. During his time at Northlands, he has overseen the risk assessment and security operations for hundreds of events including the evacuation centres that were established at Northlands for the Slave Lake Wildfire in 2011 and Fort McMurray Wildfire in 2016.

Concurrent Session 1 – Tuesday, Nov 6
Management Show Topic: Event Operations from Gate to Garbage and Crowds to Cows; managing the complexity of agriculture events.

Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell

Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell

Jeffrey is the Senior Manager, North America Sustainability for McDonald’s. He is responsible for developing strategies to deliver on McDonald’s global sustainability commitments and goals; for leading engagement with suppliers, NGOs and other key stakeholders; and for identifying emerging issues and areas of future focus relative to sustainability.

At the North American level he is responsible for: potatoes, bakery & baked goods, produce, dairy, liquid products and oils. Specifically for Canada, he is responsible for beef, poultry, eggs, crops and fish/seafood. He also manages stakeholder relations across the entire Canadian agriculture value chain.

He is responsible for alignment with his global colleagues to develop and lead the implementation of sustainability strategies, communications and engagement across the worldwide McDonald’s system.

He sits on many industry boards, committees, councils and working groups.

Prior to joining McDonald’s in 2005 Jeffrey served as political staff to several federal and provincial cabinet ministers.

Plenary Speaker 3 – Wednesday, Nov 7
Plenary Title: McDonald’s Journey to Beef Sustainability in Canada

Jerry Bouma

Jerry Bouma

Toma & Bouma Management Consultants

Jerry Bouma has over 35 years experience as a management consultant in the agriculture and food industry. His work experience includes 10 years with Deloitte; 3 years with Maple Leaf Foods; and the last 23 years with Toma & Bouma Management Consultants. Jerry’s specialities include strategic planning, governance reviews, business and marketing management, and market research. Overall, Jerry has established a solid reputation as a leader in a wide range of strategic planning assignments as well as hands on operational experience in the implementation of business-to-business strategies.

Jerry has conducted numerous workshops, seminars, facilitated think tanks and given lectures on the subject of innovation and business strategy, environmental issues, value chain formation & management, supply management, marketing, and business to business management. Some of his more recent projects include: a) detailed assessment of the North American Red Meat Sector; b) a review of leading innovation systems: Israel, Netherlands, Scotland and DARPA; c) detailed strategic reviews of numerous industry sectors including beef, pork, poultry, dairy, grains and oilseeds; d) the development of Agriculture Master Plans for several agricultural municipalities/counties including the Regional Agriculture Master Plan currently underway for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board.

His project experience includes work in the following countries: Canada, Germany, Jamaica, India, Ireland, Mexico Netherlands South Africa, UK, USA and Venezuela.

Concurrent Session – Wednesday, Nov 7
Food Security

Johan C Ehlers

Johan C Ehlers

Johan has been Chief Executive Officer of Agri-Expo (Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society – est 1831) since 2002.
He serves on the Board of the South African Wine Show Association, is a member of the South African Ag Writers Association, acts as Patron of the Western Cape Poultry Association and serves on the provincial Ag Stakeholder Forum of Provincial Government. He was a founding member of the National Youth Show Association in South Africa and acted as Chairman of the Western Cape Youth Show Association for 4 Years.

Johan initiated the Qualité mark of excellence for South African dairy products and under his leadership the South African Cheese Festival (a national platform for South African Dairy products) grew into the biggest culinary event in Africa.

Johan has two daughters, Landi (23) and Mienke (21) and lives in Paarl near Cape Town.

John Bennett

John Bennett

John Bennett comes from Nowra on the South Coast of NSW, Australia. In addition to their Commercial Beef and Thoroughbred Racehorse operations, John and his family own and operate a Function and Conference centre.

John was RASC Next Generation Facilitator from 2008 – 2011 and convened the first three RASC Next Generation Missions. John was elected as an RASC Trustee in 2014 and again in 2018. John is a Councillor and Vice President of the RAS of NSW, where he is a member of the Horse, Agricultural Development, Youth and Pig and Alpaca Committees. John is Assistant Ringmaster for the Royal Easter Show.

Conference Summary – Thursday, Nov 8

Katie Young

Katie Young

Klondike Kettle Corn is a family run business that was established in 2010 at the Fireweed Community Market in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Quickly becoming Yukon’s favourite snack, we have grown this business from a market tent to a food manufacturer supplying 3 different grocery stores in Whitehorse, as well as service stations, coffee shops and tasting rooms across the territory. We are still a strong supporter of our local community market and other craft fairs. We cater weddings and other events, participate in local fundraisers and our kettle corn has travelled across the country through a variety of trade shows.

Starting this business at our local farmer’s market has shown us how important local business and community support is to growing the economy in the north and working towards sustainability.

RASC NG does TED Talks – Sunday, Nov 4

Katrina Barclay

Katrina Barclay

Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Manager

Katrina joined RHET as a project coordinator in 2011, responsible for linking schools to working farms in the Edinburgh area. In July 2014 she returned from maternity leave to take up her current position as the RHET Manager, based at the head office at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. As Manager of the National Charity RHET, Katrina manages a central team of staff based at Ingliston and a national team of over 14 contractors. Working alongside the RHET Board of trustees, she is responsible for the delivery of the strategic priorities of the charity which is namely ‘taking the classroom to the countryside’, creating engagement opportunities for Scotland young people, aged 3-18, to visit the working countryside. RHET engage with over 70,000 young people annually, including the education programme run during the Royal Highland Show in June.

Having previously worked for several years with National Trust tenant farmers in the Lake District, England, trailing on-farm education for all ages, Katrina has kept to her roots and passion for food, farming and the countryside. Her family run a beef, sheep and arable mixed farm in Banffshire, where she regularly returns to get hands on with the lambing, shearing and harvest. She currently lives on the outskirts of Glasgow with her daughter Ruby.

Concurrent Session – Wednesday, Nov 7
Education Show Topic: A New Age of Learning through innovation and building partnerships.

Kevin Kossowan

Kevin Kossowan

Kevin Kossowan is a James Beard Award nominated documentary filmmaker specializing in the world of food, telling stories about agriculture, culinary, and wild food. Kevin has worked on international culinary projects Cook It Raw and Food On The Edge, produces for a variety of agriculture and tourism bodies around the globe, and is in production of Season 5 of a web series called ‘From The Wild’ exploring the intersection of culinary and the ecosystems that surround us. He’s filmed food projects in Norway, Sweden, Japan, China, Colombia, Hawaii, and across Canada – all beginning with a keen interest in better understanding the food in our homes.

Concurrent Session – Wednesday, Nov 7
Social License Agriculture Topic: Creating an Agriculture Movement through Raising Awareness and Achieving Acceptance

Leanne Hedberg

Leanne Hedberg

Leanne Hedberg, SPHR, MBA is a PhD candidate in Strategic Management and Organizations at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on supporting organizations, and cross-sector partnerships, in creating a sustainable future. Inspired by her prior work to develop a unique community collaboration between Mayo Health Systems, a large technical college system and a grassroots non-profit, Leanne’s research has focused on the development of sustainable food systems. Prior to entering the PhD program, Leanne’s work experience included management and executive roles in organizational development and human resources.

Concurrent Session – Tuesday, Nov 6
Session Moderator: Regional Planning

Lee Townsend

Lee Townsend

Lee Townsend is a second generation beekeeper from Parkland County, Alberta. Along with his father they run 3300 colonies for honey production, with all of their exports going to the Asian marketplace. Their farm, TPLR Honey Farms Ltd. is a leader in not only Canada but the world in their commitment to having a strong and secure food safety and biosecurity program.

His family has been in the beekeeping business since 1970, and from a very young age his weekends and summers were spent working alongside his parents in the bees. That grew into a passion and upon graduating high school, Lee went to college to learn more about bee biology and bee breeding.

Lee has been very active on both provincial and federal beekeeping association boards, and continues to remain active at the federal level on food safety and biosecurity issues.

Panel Presentation 1 – Tuesday, Nov 6
Agriculture Topic: Bees, Berries, Bars & Beer – How Next Generation entrepreneurs are shaping agriculture.

Lesley Kelly

Lesley Kelly

Lesley is a wife, mom to two boys, farmer, marketer and is the head and heart behind the blog and company, High Heels & Canola Fields with the goal of building community, creating conversation and help make agriculture stronger. She grew upon her family’s grain farm at Watrous, Saskatchewan and after gaining an education in marketing and accounting, went on to work in various marketing and branding positions in the ag sector, such as Cargill, ATB Financial, Farm Credit Canada, WorkHorse Hub and most recently, building her own marketing business. Using her entrepreneurial spirit and the skills developed through her agribusiness career, she created a snack food business using the barley grown on her farm. In December 2015, she started her blog in hopes to dispel myths and bring consumers and farmers together. In 2017, she expanded her reach by becoming a co-host along with the SharkFarmer on What the Farm podcast which explores various topics in food and farming through real life conversations.

Advocating for mental health is near to her heart and in 2018, she was part of the #BellLetsTalk campaign and co-founded the Do More Agriculture Foundation, whose mission is to break barriers and create a culture where all producers are encouraged, empowered and supported to take care of their mental well-being. She was recently recognized by the Regina YWCA with the Women of Distinction award for her contribution to the rural community for her advocacy in mental health.

Concurrent Session 2 – Wednesday, Nov 7
Social License Agriculture Topic: Creating an Agriculture Movement through raising awareness and achieving acceptance.

Lindsey Verhaegle

Lindsey Verhaegle

Lindsey grew up on a cattle ranch in Southern Alberta and has spent the last decade teaching children the importance of sustainable agriculture. Since 2009, Lindsey has worked for Nutrien Ltd (formally Agrium Inc) an international plant nutrient and agriculture retail company.

One of the best parts of her job is collaborating with partners like the Calgary Stampede on youth education programs, such as Journey 2050 and Farmers 2050. These free, curriculum-based programs challenge students to answer the questions, “How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050?” Featuring farm families and cutting-edge farm simulations, Journey 2050 and Farmers 2050 teach agriculture in a way that’s never been done before.

Concurrent Session 3 – Wednesday, Nov 7
Show Topic: A New Age of Learning

Lucinda Ross

Lucinda Ross

For the last 10 years, Lucinda Ross has been working at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW as the Cattle Competitions Coordinator. Her role includes the management of the logistics of the cattle competitions at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which is the largest ticketed event in Australia and runs for 12 days with over 800,000 people visiting the Easter Show each year.

Lucinda is responsible for the competitions for beef cattle, dairy cattle and the hoof and hook competitions. There is also a feedlot competition at a feedlot in northern NSW out of the Show period. In her role, Lucinda deals with a variety of stakeholders on a regular basis, including Exhibitors, sponsors, RAS Councillors and Officials.

Each year there are approximately 1,400 head of beef cattle and 350 head of dairy cattle in the competitions at the Sydney Royal Easter Show; with beef cattle competitions over the first 6 days and dairy cattle competitions over the last 6 days.

Concurrent Session – Tuesday, Nov 6
Management Show Topic: Event Operations from Gate to Garbage and Crowds to Cows; managing the complexity of agriculture events.

Marla Calico

Marla Calico

Marla Calico is the President and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions – the IAFE – headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. The Association represents and facilitates the evolving interests of its 1200 members which are agricultural fairs, exhibitions and shows from around the globe.

Her role as the President and CEO came after nine and a half years on the staff of the Association. When she joined the IAFE’s professional staff in 2006, her primary project was to launch the IAFE’s Institute of Fair Management, a training program which provides an introduction to the core areas of fair management to fair staff, board members and volunteers.

Prior to joining the IAFE’s staff, Marla had a long career in the fair sector, working for nearly 30 years at the Ozark Empire Fair (Springfield, Missouri), the latter decade of which she was the General Manager. During that time she also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the IAFE.

Marla is a frequent speaker for fair industry gatherings, presenting motivational keynote addresses as well as seminars on a wide range of topics of key importance to fairs today. In 2012, Marla was inducted into the IAFE’s “Hall of Fame,” the highest honor awarded by the Association.

CEO Session – Saturday, Nov 3

Matt Hamill

Matt Hamill

Matt Hamill is a founder of Red Shed Malting, a small malt house in Central Alberta co-owned with his family. Here, they process barley from his parents’ farm into an ingredient for beer, supplying the rapidly growing Canadian craft beer industry. In 2017, Matt was awarded a Canadian Nuffield Agriculture Farming Scholarship to study the barley value chain. The scholarship enabled him to travel to Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada touring breeding programs, interviewing farmers, visiting maltsters and meeting with brewers. In addition to malting, Matt continues to work in the agriculture banking industry.

Concurrent Session 1 – Tuesday, Nov 6
Agriculture Topic: Bees, Berries & Beer – How young entrepreneurs are taking over agriculture

Matt Moreau

Matt Moreau

Matt Moreau and Kori Chilibeck met in 2005 while working in Skiers Sportshop, in Edmonton, Canada. Through extensive travel their eyes were opened to the dire circumstances in which a large percentage of the world lives. This gave them both the sense of responsibility to do what they can to create positive change in the lives of people who need it most. If you had the chance, would you change the world?

The Earth Group exists entirely to provide food, water, and education to children globally. This is accomplished through a worldwide, exclusive partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that sees the company donating 100% of its profits to funding school meal programmes. School meals incentivize children to attend school, and break the cycle of poverty, hunger, and child exploitation in the world’s poorest areas. Critically, they allow children to focus on their studies, rather than their stomachs.

Founders Kori Chilibeck and Matt Moreau share their story of how the company began in a university apartment and has become a social enterprise with a global presence. The company has experienced tremendous ups & downs, including facing down bankruptcy while Kori and Matt suspended their pay for several years and took on second and third jobs. Today the company is as strong as it has ever been, with a growing community of supporters nationally and internationally. In the last few years alone, the company has provided over a million school meals to children globally and is determined to become a dominant global brand that will be at the forefront of solving world hunger.

RASC NG does TED Talks – Sunday, Nov 4

Michael Lambert

Michael Lambert

RASC Honorary Secretary

Michael Lambert is the honorary Secretary of the Royal Agriculture Society of the Commonwealth. He is also the Chairman of The South of England Agricultural Society and a member of The Grasshoppers Association – an agriculture discussion group with links to Grasshoppers Associations in New Zealand. Michael is also the Managing Partner in a family family business with two farms covering 800 acres in surrey and Somerset with an additional 300 acres of woodland (mostly commercial).

Overview of the RASC – Saturday, Nov 3

Michael Latimer

Michael Latimer

Michael Latimer currently serves as the Executive Director for the Canadian Beef Breeds Council. CBBC represents the interests of the Canadian purebred beef cattle sector, as well as livestock and genetic exporters and livestock exhibitions in the areas of international market development, genetic improvement as well as government and industry relations. CBBC is a member of the Canadian Beef Advisors which are the stewards of the National Beef Strategy and the Canadian Beef Industry Conference. He serves as the CBBC representative to Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, Beef Value Chain Round-table, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Market Access Secretariat, Canadian Cattlemen Association Foreign Trade Committee and on the board of Canadian Western Agribition. Michael has participated on several trade missions to China, Kazakhstan, Turkey, EU, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

Previously, Michael was the General Manager for the Canadian Angus Association and is a 5th generation Canadian beef cattle producer. Although most of his time is dedicated to off farm activities, his family owns and operates Remitall Farms, a purebred Angus operation in Olds Alberta.

Concurrent Session – Tuesday, Nov 6
Innovative Agriculture Topic: How today’s Technology is Supporting Food Security both Locally and Globally

Councillor Michael Walters

Councillor Michael Walters

Councillor Michael Walters was first elected to Edmonton City Council in 2013 and recently re-elected to his second term on October 16, 2017. Prior to entering public office, Michael spent two decades working as a community organizer and public policy leader, committed to helping people and organizations across Alberta. Councillor Walters currently serves as Chair of the Urban Planning Committee, sits on various Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Board committees, and leads initiatives on housing, energy and climate change.

Michael’s vision for Edmonton and Alberta is to build vibrant and affordable neighbourhoods that can fill us with joy, an amazing city and province where we can raise healthy and resilient families, and strong community networks that enable people to work together to make the world a better place.

Concurrent Session – Tuesday, Nov 6
Regional Planning

Nigel Cushion

Nigel Cushion

Business Leader

Nigel Cushion is a business leader from Norfolk, England. He has a lifelong interest in food, the outdoors and leadership. He is the former chairman of an award winning fast-growth food manufacturing business and of a farm shop. He is a former runner-up in the UK in the Non Exec Director of the year awards. Nigel has over 30 years’ experience leading and operating on boards, and has held 9 NED roles in the last decade, with 6 as chairman.

Today he runs a business, Nelsonspirit, mentoring leaders and emerging leaders. He also works as an international speaker and consultant. He is a Vice President and Council member of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, in the UK, as well as being a Leadership Fellow at Windsor Castle, London.

CEO Session – Sunday, Nov 4

Peter Nation

Peter Nation

Peter Nation grew up in the Turakina Valley just outside of Hunterville in the Rangitikei, North Island of New Zealand. He spent 25+ years in the banking industry before a career change in 2004 took him out of the banking sector and into the agricultural industry. Peter took the role of national sales manager with Gallagher’s, the start of an 11-year journey with the internationally renowned company. Peter spent over 12 years on the board of the New Zealand National Fieldays Society, resigning his position when he took up the role of CEO in March 2016.

Peter is a past chair, trustee and treasurer of the NZ Farm Environment Award Trust, holding these various positions over a 10-year period, having been on the inaugural management team that set up this very prestigious organisation nationally.

Having devoted his entire life to supporting rural New Zealand, he believes that without the agribusiness sector, New Zealand would not be held in the high regard it is now, on the world stage. The agribusiness sector is well known for its innovation, supply of world-class food and world-renowned leadership. He also believes strongly that without collaboration within the industry, innovation and continuous improvement would be seriously compromised.

Sunday, Nov 4
In the Business Topic(s) 2: Supporting Agriculture

Peterson Farm Bros

Peterson Farm Bros

The Peterson Farm Brothers are three brothers from central Kansas who create social media content to promote agriculture. Their YouTube videos have received over 50 million total views and they have a large online following. The brothers grew up and still work on a family farm near Assaria, KS with their parents and sister. All three brothers attended Kansas State University; Greg graduated in 2013, majoring in Agricultural Communications and Journalism; Nathan graduated in 2016, majoring in Agriculture Technology Management; Kendal graduated in 2018, majoring in Agribusiness. Greg married his wife BrookeAnna in March of 2018. Kendal married his wife Caelan in May of 2018.

Due to their online success, the brothers have had many opportunities to promote agriculture around the world. Their goal is still to operate the family farm together, but hope to make a positive impact with their social media content.

Closing Keynote – Thursday, Nov 8

Rebecca Dawes

Rebecca Dawes

Director, Scottish Rural Action

Rebecca has a first-class honours degree in Events Management and is a graduate of the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme. She is a Director for Scottish Rural Action, Judge for Lantra Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards and Scottish Co-ordinator for LEAF Open Farm Sunday. She has a real passion for technology and digital communications, and is a farmer’s daughter from a mixed livestock farm with her own herd of pygmy goats.

RASC Does TED Talks – Sunday, Nov 4

Dr. Reinhard Grandke

Dr. Reinhard Grandke

Chief Executive Officer of DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft – German Agricul-tural Society)

Dr. Reinhard Grandke, born 1963 in Offenbach am Main, completed an agricultural appreticeship after obtaining his upper secondary school leaving certificate and university entrance qualification. From 1984 to 1989, he then studied Agricultural Sciences, specialising in Animal Production, at the University of Giessen. In 1992, Dr. Grandke obtained his doctorate and in 2002, he qualified as a university lecturer in the subjects of Animal Breeding and Organisational Management. He was appointed lecturer in 2003. In autumn 2011, he was appointed Honorary Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Household Science and Environmental Management at the University of Giessen.

From 1991 to 1994, Dr. Grandke served as Managing Director of the insemination station Zentralbesamungsstation Giessen e.G. From 1994 to 1998, he was management consultant specialising in Strategy and Project Management at Hirzel, Leder & Partner. Dr. Grandke joined DLG in 1998. Up to 2003, he served as Managing Director of the Department of Agri-culture and Rural Development, and since 2004 he has been DLG’s Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Grandke is a member of various committees and institutions, such as the Management Board of the Rehwinkelstiftung (foundation), the Board of Trustees of the Lohmannstiftung (foundation), the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute (VTI).

CEO Keynote Speaker – Sunday, Nov 4

Robert Saik, PAg, CAC

Robert Saik, PAg, CAC

Robert Saik, Founder of The Agri-Trend Group of Companies (now a division of Trimble Inc.) is a Professional Agrologist and a Certified Agricultural Consultant. Robert’s technical strengths are in soil chemistry, plant physiology and crop nutrition. He has published over 50 articles on crop agronomics and is a thought leader on the integration of technology in crop production.

Recently Robert, as part of an international delegation, was invited to present his ideas to Bill Gates on how agriculture technology could play a role in lifting small landholders out of poverty and into prosperity. Subsequent to this think tank he participated in a planning session on integration of technology on Indian farms.

As the founder of Agri-Trend, Robert built many educational processes to provide training for agricultural professionals. Thousands have attended his training sessions. His systems have been implemented on millions of acres by hundreds of agronomists in countries including Ukraine, Australia, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, the UK, the EU, Mexico and throughout North America.

Robert is also the author of an Amazon 2014 Best of Books, “The Agriculture Manifesto”. He is a passionate keynote speaker addressing audiences on the importance of modern agriculture. His TEDx Talk entitled “Will Agriculture be ALLOWED to feed 9 Billion People” is a popular online reference and has been viewed over 138,000 times.

Opening Keynote – Monday, Nov 5
Keynote Title: The Agriculture Manifesto – 10 Key Drivers that will Shape Agriculture in the Next Decade

Sonny Gray, CEO of North Star Agriculture

Sonny Gray, CEO of North Star Agriculture

Business Strategist & Developer, Entrepreneur & Farmer

Sonny has a keen eye for identifying overlooked opportunities that exist in the North and turning them into successful business ventures. Originally raised on a farm in Quebec, Sonny has set his sights on building local agriculture infrastructure North of 60. As an active member of the Yukon Agricultural Association, Sonny has been a part of the Agriculture Industry Advisory Committee, a stakeholder’s group that helps guide the territorial governments agriculture policy, among other things.

Sonny has recently been elected President for the Yukon Agricultural Association where his mandate is to represent Yukon Agriculture within various levels of Government while supporting Yukon farmers. Sonny has 14 years of entrepreneurship within the Yukon with several successful service-based businesses to his credit within Whitehorse, including Sirius Security, Yukon Clean, Gray Management Services & North Star Agriculture. Sonny also owns and operates Flat Creek Farms a 78 acre piece of paradise which feeds his family of five boys and supplies food to the North in the form of fresh eggs, chicken, pork, lamb, quail, etcetera.

Concurrent Session 1 – Tuesday, Nov 6
Keynote Title: Innovative Agriculture

Dr. Stanford F. Blade

Dr. Stanford F. Blade

PhD, PAg, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

In 2014, Dr. Blade became Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta. ALES is focused on teaching, research and community service in its departments and schools: Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Renewable Resources, Human Ecology, Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, as well as the Devonian Botanic Garden.

Dr. Blade is a 2012 graduate of the Wharton Business School’s Executive Development Program (University of Pennsylvania). He currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation, a Nairobi-based agency supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Blade was named by Alberta Venture as one of “Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People” in 2012 and was appointed by the Minister of International Cooperation (Government of Canada) to the governing body of the Canada International Food Security Research Fund in 2013.

Dr. Blade has served as an elected member of the University of Alberta Senate, and participated as a senior judge at both the Canadian and Alberta Science Fairs. Dr. Blade’s expertise has been recognized through his invitations to participate in research reviews conducted by the European Union, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, Food and Agriculture Organization, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Blade has served on the Boards of the TELUS World of Science, the Edmonton Public Library and CHF – Partners in Rural Development (an international NGO). Dr. Blade currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Edmonton Journal.

Next Generation Plenary Speaker – Sunday, Nov 4
Theme: Drivers Shaping Agriculture and Food

Terry Godwaldt

Terry Godwaldt

Terry Godwaldt is the Executive Director of The Centre for Global Education and Director of College Board Programming, Canada. From Singapore to Seattle, Australia to Alberta, Terry helps educators all over the world to integrate authentic, globally-minded learning experiences that empower students to see themselves as global citizens addressing the world’s most challenge questions. For his work in reshaping the classroom, Terry has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award and the ASCD award for Innovative Teaching.

Concurrent Session – Wednesday, Nov 7
Education Show Topic: A New Age of Learning through Innovation and Building Partnerships

Tim Carson

Tim Carson

Tim has spent most of his life living, working and playing in rural Alberta. Through the many twists and turns his career has taken, Tim has developed a deep passion for rural communities and the need for renewed success in the 21st century. For more than a decade now Tim has channelled his rural enthusiasm towards Agricultural Societies, recognizing that volunteers and their passion are the heart and soul of communities. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies and has had the opportunity to meet tremendous people from across Alberta, Canada and the United States who are directly connected to the fair industry and rural. These connections and experiences have provided a unique perspective on the challenges facing rural communities. Tim and his wife Kim live on 80 acres outside a small community just north of Edmonton and along with their 2 sons are continuing to live, work and play in rural Alberta.

Concurrent Session – Wednesday, Nov 7

Agritainment Panel Presentation: Keeping the Crowds Entertained and Coming Back for More

Will Pritchard

Will Pritchard

Will Prichard is a partner in the family farm where he has helped grow the business to nearly 2,500 head of dairy and beef cattle. Will is a founding director of Natural Wagyu Ltd., the UK’s fastest growing retail beef brand. Off farm, Will is currently Vice Chairman of CCF, Wales biggest supply co-operative, is a radio presenter, broadcaster and commentator. Will is an RASC Trustee and his NG involvement has included a mission to Singapore and India. This involved the setup of an inaugural agricultural show where Will gained a reputation as water buffalo judge of some international repute!

RASC Does TED Talks – Sunday, Nov 4

William Hyde

William Hyde

Show Secretary, Dorset County Show

Will Hyde is the Show Secretary for Dorset County Show, a two-day agricultural show based on the south coast of England. As well as organising the show, the society also runs an Education Fund, a ploughing competition, Spring Horticultural Show and Sheep Dog Trials. Will is also a livestock commentator and a Show Council Member for the Royal Bath & West Show. Farming is in Will’s blood, his family can trace their roots in agriculture back to the year 1420 and have farmed on their current site since 1846. Will runs his own flock of sheep, and as a background in agricultural consultancy.

Saturday, Nov 3