SPEAKERS

AWCA WEST 2019

Our great lineup of speakers: Listen, Learn, Network & Grow!

Our speakers are industry leaders, market innovators and those passionate about creating success. We choose the best people from within and outside the ag industry to share their wisdom and knowledge with you.

Imagine the goals you could achieve with a little inspiration, and new and insightful skills from women who’ve “been there, done that” and are willing to share what they’ve learned along the way.

Meet the AWCA WEST 2019 presenters that we have lined up to date!

Allison Ammeter

Plenary Speaker

Presentation Title • A Woman in Agriculture

Overview: Being a woman in leadership in agriculture.  How to get there, be effective, while keeping the rest of life in balance.

Profile:
Allison Ammeter, and her husband of 30 years, Michael, operate a third-generation grain farm near Sylvan Lake, Alberta. The Ammeters crop approximately 1600 acres in a rotation of canola, wheat, barley, fababeans and peas, practicing minimum tillage and using variable rate seeding technology. Due to the location close to the Rocky Mountains, the farm experiences an extremely short growing season every year by North American standards.

Allison is a director and past-chair of Alberta Pulse Growers, current chair of Pulse Canada. She served as Canadian Chair of the International Year of Pulses 2016, and is currently chair of the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta. Her goal is to serve the pulse growers and food industry in as many ways as possible, encouraging farmers to GROW MORE PULSES, consumers to EAT MORE PULSES, and the food industry to USE MORE PULSES.

Dawn Betancourt

President, Thompsons Limited, Blenheim, Ontario

Panel Speaker

Title • The Essence of Leadership for Women in Agriculture

Overview: A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. A person does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the quality of their actions and their integrity. Hear the stories of these leaders in our industry and their thoughts as to how women can achieve their goals.

Profile:
Dawn is a wife of 28 years, with two children ages 24, and 20. She is currently the President of Thompsons Limited, in Blenheim Ontario. In 2013 Thompsons was purchased on a 50/50 joint venture by The Andersons Inc, and Lansing Trade Group. She worked for The Andersons for 28 years prior to my arrival in Canada. Dawn started in 1987 for $6.38 an hour after graduating from Michigan State University. Within the Andersons, she started originating grain then managing other originators as well. By 1996, she was responsible for multiple grain elevator over many years. These elevators were throughout every state. The Andersons owned elevators in from Michigan to Nebraska. In 2007, Dawn became the Sales Director for the Grain Division, and in 2011, was named VP of the Western Region of the Grain Division. In 2013, she moved to Chatham Ontario to run Thompsons Limited. In her spare time she works out and tries to take care of herself both physically and mentally. She enjoys going to see her son in Wisconsin and loves going to country music concerts and being social. Her favorite thing to do is travel, in particular anywhere there is a water. Dawn can’t say she aspired to be a President of a company at any point in her career. But she wouldn’t change a thing. “The challenge of something new brought me here and that drive for challenge will take me to the next place, wherever that may be.”

Tamara Carter

Co-founder, Carter Cattle Company Ltd., Lacadena, Saskatachewan

Plenary Speaker

Presentation Title • From Cowtown to cow patties, a city girl’s survival guide to country life

Overview: Twenty six years ago, Tamara met a charming cowboy during the Calgary Stampede. She fell in love with the man, with the farming and ranching lifestyle, and embraced it wholeheartedly. She will share some of the unique challenges that she faced as an “import” coming into a small agricultural community, as well as some of the challenges that are common to many women who choose a career in agriculture.

Profile:
Tamara Carter, her husband Russ and their three children run a mixed farming operation along the South Saskatchewan River near Lacadena, SK. They crop just under 6,000 acres and run 150 head of commercial Black Angus cattle on 6, 000 acres of native prairie. A former Calgary resident and University of Calgary Alumni, Tamara was transplanted by marriage to Saskatchewan in 1993. She embraced rural life and the challenges of both farming and ranching with enthusiasm as she became part of an operation that has spanned three generations. After 25 years of constant learning within the agriculture industry, her perspective continues to be one of curiosity and excitement. Her interest in forages and research led her to the Saskatchewan Forage Council, which she is currently chairing for a second term. She also sits on the Strategic Advisory Board of the newly constructed Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence, in Clavet, Saskatchewan. An avid horticulturalist and Master Gardener, Tamara can often be found outside working cattle, patching fence or pulling weeds in her many gardens.

Michelle Cederberg

Health and productivity Expert, Change Agent, Work-Life Energy Group, Calgary, Alberta

Plenary Speaker

Presentation title • The Success-Energy Equation

Overview: Success is something we all want more of; career success, a successful relationship, success saving money or sticking to an exercise plan, success raising kids or retiring well, success with a business venture or physical pursuit … success in life. And, when you focus on your goals, habits, mindset and health as integrated variables for success, it improves your capacity in measurable ways, and can truly transform how you work and live. That’s Success-Energy, and it’s a formula worth calculating.

Profile:
Health and Productivity Expert Michelle Cederberg galvanizes people to blaze their own path and live a bigger life. An in-demand speaker, author, health expert, coach and consultant, she helps individuals and organizations break through the physical and emotional barriers that get in the way of high-performance – in business and in life.

She holds a Masters in Kinesiology, a BA in Psychology, a specialization in Health and Exercise Psychology, is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP), a Certified Professional Co-Active Life Coach (CPCC) and an ORSC Trained Team Coach. She combines mind, body, and practicality to inspire change!

A natural storyteller, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) Michelle transports delighted audiences on a journey of truth and laughter that will empower them to optimize health and energy habits, find better work-life balance and gain momentum toward the personal legacy they long to create. Michelle is the author of three books. Her newest book ‘It’s How We Work’ will be released in January 2019.

Anna De Paoli

President, De Paoli & Associates Inc., Foothills, Alberta

Workshop Facilitator

Workshop Presentation Title • Negotiation Techniques

Workshop Overview: This workshop has 4 phases: A mock negotiation between Melinda Park, a Partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group at Borden Ladner Gervais and Anna De Paoli, a Professional Negiotiator at De Paoli & Associates.  Following the mock negotiation, participants are invited to ask questions to the facilitators on their negotiation approach.  Participants will then be guided through the process of preparing for a negotiation, which they will then have the opportunity to practice with their fellow delegates.  The final phase is an interactive Q&A session for delegates to ask questions that will help them prepare for and succeed in their own negotiations.

Profile:
Anna De Paoli is a Certified Management Consultant specializing in commercial negotiation. She founded De Paoli & Associates to help start, grow and support businesses in rural communities, so that these communities become and remain viable. In doing so she helps preserve a rural lifestyle.

Anna works primarily in industrial Agriculture helping her clients in a variety of regulatory and commercial negotiations. She has 15 years international experience in the agricultural, biofuels, petroleum and energy industries and has held board positions in both privately held corporations and the nonprofit sector.

Anna has been a long time volunteer with the Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society and currently chairs the race committee, an event in its 114th year that attracts up to 5,000 people each year on July 1st. In 2017 she was awarded the Foothills 150 medal for service by John Barlow MP in recognition of her commitment to the community.

Anna has two young children and lives on an acreage in Priddis, Alberta.

Annemieke Farenhorst

Prairie NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, and Acting Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Workshop Facilitator

Workshop Presentation Title • An Open Discussion on Maternity Leave

Workshop Overview: Join the panel of women discussing both sides of maternity leave – how to plan for success for those planning a maternity leave and employers who have women leaving on maternity leave.

Profile:
Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst is the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in the Prairie Region and a professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba. In July 2018, she was appointed Acting Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Dr. Farenhorst conducts research on pesticides, natural steroid estrogens, and antibiotics in soil and water, and on drinking water quality in First Nations communities. She is the director of the NSERC CREATE H2O program for First Nations water and sanitation security, one of the first science-engineering research programs in Canada that combines technical water and wastewater management training with Indigenous theory, law, and methodological skills training. For the past 14 years, Dr. Farenhorst has also been contributing to the National Agri-Environmental Health Analysis and Reporting Program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to develop and refine a pesticide indicator that consists of a stochastic model coupled to the Pesticide Root Zone Model. Through her work, she has contributed to over 300 articles, abstracts, and reports on chemical fate processes and water quality. As well, Dr. Farenhorst is on the Board of Directors of Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology, and was named a WXN 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winner. She has served as a member of the Advisory Group Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, and in 2017 launched a Manitoba mentorship program for women in agriculture.

Dianne Finstad

Communications Specialist, Red Deer, Alberta

Master of Ceremonies

Profile:
Dianne Finstad is a communications specialist with a passion for all things agriculture. She spent over thirty years as a broadcaster and reporter, specializing in agriculture and rodeo coverage. Raised on a ranch in southern Alberta, she was able to combine her 4-H inspired interests in communication and ag into an interesting career, which now takes her to exciting places like Advancing Women in Agriculture conferences. Based in Red Deer, she began her career at CKRD-TV and radio. Her program ‘This Business of Farming’ was a staple in many rural households around the province. She also worked at KG Country Radio, providing daily farm reports and regular rodeo coverage. As well, Dianne has MC’d at events ranging from Farm Credit Canada Forums to national dairy shows. She works as both a show announcer and rodeo reporter at the Calgary Stampede. Her work has received numerous awards, and she is an honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and the Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association. Dianne is currently doing agriculture, rodeo, writing and speaking work across the country.

Angie Fox

Owner, Steadfast Ranch, Ste Rose du Lac, Manitoba

Workshop Speaker

Presentation Title • Because I Love You

Overview: Could your farm keep operating if a key operator was dead or disabled? Angie Fox and Maggie Van Camp share with you what they experienced when their husbands died, leaving them to run their farms and raise their children alone. They’ll give you some practical tools, motivation and advice on how to prepare your farm and your family for the unexpected.

Profile:
Angie Fox is the sole owner/operator of Steadfast Ranch. The Manitoba Ranch is a cow-calf operation that currently runs 1100 pairs for summer grazing and winters 200 mother cows. Angie works at the local Ste Rose Auction mart as a sales clerk weekly and continues to be an active part of her local community. She has four children that are an integral part of the operation, Devon (21), Charlee (12), Porter (11) and Major (9).

Kellie Garrett, PCC, ICD.D, CDWF

CEO, Kellie Garrett Enterprises, Regina, Saskatchewan

Workshop Speaker

Workshop Presentation Title • Coaching: To Coach or Be Coached?

Workshop Overview: Coaching has been around in the business world for a long time. It’s now catching on in the world of agriculture and agri-business. From coaching your farm management team to dealing with succession planning issues, coaching can be invaluable. Coaching is all about  helping people to realize and achieve their business or personal goals so they can realize their potential. How do you know a coach is a good fit for your needs? How can you tell if someone is a good coach?  If you’ve ever wondered what coaching is all about or thought about becoming a coach yourself, this session is for you.  Join us for an insightful and fun session!

Profile:
Kellie Garrett is an executive coach and board director who speaks and consults on leadership, internal culture change, governance and business strategy. She coaches individuals, teams and boards on high performance, leadership, culture and many other topics. A professional certified coach, Kellie also is a Certified Board Director and Certified Daring Way Facillitator, qualified to teach the work of Brené Brown. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in 2013, Kellie was a Senior VP at Farm Credit Canada, responsible for business strategy, enterprise risk management, the customer experience, and reputation management. She is a communication expert, named Master Communicator and Fellow by the International Association of Business Communicators. Kellie is also a graduate of Royal Roads University’s Master of Arts in Leadership program.

Kellie is passionate about helping others reach their potential. She was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2007 and Top 25 Women of Influence in 2012. An ardent volunteer, she also received the Red Cross Humanitarian Award (SK) in 2014, primarily for her work on autism advocacy and Dress for Success.

Merrill Green

Territory Representative, Global Ag Risk Solutions, Lethbridge, Alberta

Sponsor Panel Speaker

Profile:
Merrill Green of Lethbridge, Alberta, is currently a Territory Representative with Global Ag Risk Solutions and is excited to add value to producers to see them succeed. Merrill is extremely passionate about agriculture as a graduate of Olds College Ag Business, and a lengthy career in the banking industry as an AG Lender. Merrill grew up on a mixed farming operation south of Dunmore, Alberta where the family homesteaded and is now in the fourth generation. On the personal side, Merrill and her Husband are avid hockey fans and have been a billet family over the years. They have one son who currently is attending University in Phoenix, Arizona. Merrill enjoys travelling and regularly plays a round or two of golf in the summer months.

Tiffany Koberstein

Program Director, iDE Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Presentation Title • Her Time to Grow: women farmers in developing countries

Overview: Farmers in developing countries face significant barriers to prosperity – access to affordable inputs, technology, credit, markets, and agronomic advice. Women farmers face yet further challenges related to cultural and social norms. Hear how one non-profit organization is working to empower women in this challenging context.

Profile:
A city kid who didn’t know the difference between straw and hay, Tiffany found herself in the unlikeliest of places – working in the agriculture industry. After seven years in the industry in marketing and communications, she took the leap to the non-profit sector after discovering iDE, an organization whose business approach to alleviating poverty was a perfect match to her head, heart and experience. With a drive to make a difference, and restless feet that take her around the globe, Tiffany now oversees the programs run out of iDE’s Canadian office.

Roxane Lieverse

Director & Lead – Alberta Agricultural Banking, Scotiabank, Calgary, Alberta

Sponsor Panel Speaker

Profile:
Roxane Lieverse, a farm kid from Beaverlodge, Alberta. She completed her undergraduate degree from McMaster University in Hamilton and her masters from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Today she is the Director and Lead of Alberta Agricultural Banking at the Scotiabank. Her career has been spent in the financial industry, including roles within capital markets, wealth management, private banking and retail management. In addition to a successful career working with a team of passionate agricultural bankers, Roxane is a wife and mother of a set of 2.5 year old twins. Outside of work Roxane enjoys cycling and being active. However, her greatest pleasure is to be back on the farm with her large extended family.

Richelle Matthews

Program Manager, Calgary Technologies Inc., Calgary, Alberta

Panel Speaker

Title • Lessons and Learnings from Eight Years in Africa

Overview: Technology is changing the face of the agriculture industry in Africa. leading to improved efficencies, productivity and sustainabilty…sometimes with unexpected results.

Profile:
Richelle has 15 years of international marketing and busines development experience across Sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh and North America. Throughout her career, she has worked for organizations such as AdFarm, on projects funded by USAID and UKAID. Currently, Richelle is the Program Lead for the Telus Technology Accelerator on behalf of CTI. This role invovles working with tech startups to fast-track their growth and build channels to market with large industry. Working with startups goes beyond her day job as an accelerator lead. Richelle is also a social entrepreneur, and her African based startup was selected as one of the top six out of 12,000 to pitch for $1 million to former President Bill Clinton at the United Nations via The Hult Prize. She holds a Masters Degree in International and Intercultural Communication.

Meghan Pedros

Relationship Manager, Talent Acquisition Business Banking Programs, TD Bank Group, Toronto, Ontario

Workshop Presenter

Presentation Title • Build Your Brand, Achieve Success!

Workshop Overview: This interactive workshop will take you through a step-by-step process on how to effectively build and leverage your personal brand to achieve success! Whether you are a strong negotiator or looking to build confidence, this workshop will add tips and tricks to your personal development checklist.

Profile:
Meghan Pedros is a career oriented wife, mother, marathoner, mentor and brand ambassador with a passion for developing others through inspiration, mentorship and integrity.   Over her 14 year career with TD, she has held a series of progressive roles in Wealth Management, Retail, Direct Channels and Human Resources, to name a few.  In her most recent role, Meghan lead the Canadian Banking Management Associate & Graduate Leadership Programs; which focus on developing general management and leadership capabilities across the organization. In her current role as Relationship Manager; Talent Acquisition, Meghan leads the diversity sourcing and recruitment strategy for our Business Banking Associate Programs across Canada.  With a passion for personal development and growth, Meghan plays an active role in supporting Women in Leadership and Diversity initiatives both internally and externally; advocating TD as a career choice for new grads and a “Place to Be You”.

Erin Romeo

National Dekalb Marketing Lead,  Bayer Canada – Crop Science Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Workshop Presenter

Workshop Presentation Title • An Open Discussion on Maternity Leave

Workshop Overview: Join the panel of women discussing both sides of maternity leave – how to plan for success for those planning a maternity leave and employers who have women leaving on maternity leave.

Profile:
Growing up, if you had told me I would one day attend a conference for women in agriculture, I would have given you a blank stare. I’m a city kid. I had never set foot on a farm until a senior partner at my firm insisted I show up at his farm and learn to seed canola. After that unusual assignment, I’ve worked in agriculture for almost 15 years, either as a lawyer or more recently, in my newly discovered passion for marketing. During my career in agriculture I have enjoyed visiting places in Canada that are not often traveled and meeting many inspirational farm families. Family is the center of my universe; my husband Matt and I are the proud parents of Max, a four year old boy who is slowly bankrupting us with his excessive use of Spiderman Band-Aids. Since becoming a mother, my career success (and my sanity) result from the strong parenting partnership with my husband, the steadfast support of my parents and the flexible work environment at Monsanto Canada. I get the a chance to be a senior leader, to do interesting work I am passionate about and nobody bats an eye when I’m the last  one to show up in the morning after taking Max to Montessori.  My true passion is leading teams and developing the next generation of senior leaders. I’m looking forward to learning from the other conference attendees and sharing new insights with the women in my organization.

Stephanie Sackmann

Senior Client Solutions Manager, Scotiabank, Calgary, Alberta

Workshop Presenter

Workshop Presentation Title • Agriculture is BIG Business – Reading and Understanding Financial Statements for Everyone

Workshop Overview: What does your financial institution look for in a business and operating plan to increase the opportunity for success in financing a new or expanding business venture.

Profile:
Stephanie has been in the banking industry for over 10 years and worked in many departments. She started her banking career in the Okanagan with Valley First Credit Union as a teller, from there transitioned into investments and personal banking.  Stephanie moved to Calgary and joined Scotiabank in 2013 as a Personal banking Officer, after working in Retail banking for many years and decided to transition and try her hand at Commercial Banking as a service officer working in their local processing center. She learned the back end processing for commercial loans and deposits which created the foundation for her to further her career. In 2016 she moved into Agriculture banking in the capacity of an analyst and eventually to her current role as a Solutions Manager. The transition to Ag came with new learning and a diverse and everchanging industries. Stephanie enjoys everyday in her new career as it comes with new challenges and the ability to help hardworking clients.

Gail Schafer

Regional Sales Manager, Global Ag Risk Solutions, Olds, Alberta

Workshop Speaker

Workshop Presentation Title • A Seat at the Table

Workshop Overview: A workshop that will give you some simple but proven rules and concepts that will not only enhance your role and effectiveness within your family’s business but also help to transform that business in the long-term. We’ll talk about understanding your finances and our marketplace and current trends; how to figure out your farm or business’ place within the industry and how to go about objectively identifying and confidently bringing forward strategies to increase profitability and sustainability.

Profile:
Gail and her family farm East of Olds, AB.  She grew up in South Africa and worked in agriculture and government there. After immigrating to Canada in 2000 she has worked in leadership roles in the financial and employer services industries.  Gail represented AFSC in Central Alberta as a Relationship Manager; and recently joined Global Ag Risk Solutions in October 2016 as the Alberta Regional Sales Manager. Global Ag Risk Solutions is a progressive, client focused, innovative and rapidly expanding private Revenue Insurance Company.

Lisa Schouten

Continuous Improvement Process Lead, Cargill Limited, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Workshop Presenter

Workshop Presentation Title • An Open Discussion on Maternity Leave

Workshop Overview: Join the panel of women discussing both sides of maternity leave – how to plan for success for those planning a maternity leave and employers who have women leaving on maternity leave.

Profile:
Lisa Schouten grew up in the prairie town of Neepawa, Manitoba and completed undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of Winnipeg.  She has worked at Cargill for over 21 years in a variety of finance and accounting roles supporting the grain and crop input businesses in Canada.  After 16 years based in the Winnipeg office, Lisa had the opportunity to experience the ag industry in southern Saskatchewan as a Regional Finance Manager.  Since relocating back to Winnipeg in 2015 she has been supporting process improvement initiatives and leading projects for the North American supply chain businesses.  Lisa is also an active member on the leadership team for the Women’s Resource Group for the Cargill North American supply chain businesses, where one of her focus areas was to support a study of Cargill employee experience of parental leave.  With three maternity leaves while working at Cargill, Lisa has not only navigated through different stages and types of maternity leaves but has also managed a team of employees who have experienced the effects of maternity leave.

Jonathan Small

Chief Research Officer, Global Ag Risk Solutions, Delburne, Alberta

Workshop Speaker

Workshop Presentation Title • A Seat at the Table

Workshop Overview: A workshop that will give you some simple but proven rules and concepts that will not only enhance your role and effectiveness within your family’s business but also help to transform that business in the long-term. We’ll talk about understanding your finances and our marketplace and current trends; how to figure out your farm or business’ place within the industry and how to go about objectively identifying and confidently bringing forward strategies to increase profitability and sustainability.

Profile:
Jonathan’s career spans over thirty years and two continents. After graduating from London University in the UK with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Jonathan worked as a consultant to professional farmers and industry organizations. In that time, he has focused agrology and later specialized in Farm Management, Production Economics, Operational, Business and Succession Planning, Farm Finance and Analysis in the United Kingdom and, since 1999, in Canada.

Jonathan has advised a broad range of farm types ranging from grains to roots, orchard fruits and hops to name a few as well as a broad range of livestock types including beef cattle, dairy, sheep and feathers.

Jonathan’s length and breadth of experience has given him immense insight into what it takes to thrive in modern agriculture. His ability to convey that to his clients simply and effectively has allowed him to improve the lives and businesses of literally thousands of farm families. His fundamental approach to the analysis and understanding of farm business is at the very heart of Global Ag Risk Solution’s own Production Cost Insurance product. Prior to joining GLOBAL AG RISK SOLUTIONS as their Chief Research Officer Jonathan was a farm management partner with MNP for 18 years and was extensively involved in succession planning in the last ten years of that time.

Leona Staples

Owner, Operator, The Jungle Farm, Red Deer County, Alberta

Plenary Speaker

Presentation Title • The Jungle Farm

Overview: I am passionate about growing food, educating the public and helping families create memories on a farm. I will be sharing how we have taken these passions and put them into our farm.

Profile:
Leona is a fourth generation farmer who has dedicated her life to sharing and teaching the community about the history of farming, growing foods in Central Alberta, and creating family memories with an authentic farm experience.  She and her husband Blaine, own and work The Jungle Farm as a legacy to preserve the history and practices of the family’s centennial farm.

She has become known locally and nationally as a successful businesswoman and agricultural innovator. She began influencing those in the agricultural industry when she was a teen as a very active 4-H member winning awards for public speaking, leadership, and parliamentary procedures. After graduating from the UofA with a BSc in Home Economics, she worked with Alberta Agriculture as an extension agent and taught many education programs to rural women. In 1996, Leona and Blaine moving to the family farm to raise their three boys; together they made changes to create what The Jungle Farm is today.

Leona strongly promotes the value of community; mentoring other farm families who are starting in agriculture by sharing information and giving them tours, by serving as an executive board member for the Innisfail Growers Cooperative, she was one of the founding board executive for the Calgary Farmer’s Market which continues to be the largest year round farmer’s market in Calgary, and by chairing the Olds College Board of Governors. She also travels across Canada and the USA as a keynote speaker for various agriculture conferences.

Leona has created the popular annual Strawberry Festival with up to 3000 people attending in one day. She has created educational school trips to the farm ranging from pre-school up to college students who learn about agriculture by touching, picking and tasting the vegetables and fruits on the farm.

Leona is a proud mother, wife, volunteer, community advocate and farmer.

Courtney Thevenot

Senior Credit Solutions Manager, Scotiabank, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Workshop Presenter

Workshop Presentation Title • Agriculture is BIG Business – Reading and Understanding Financial Statements for Everyone

Workshop Overview: What does your financial institution look for in a business and operating plan to increase the opportunity for success in financing a new or expanding business venture.

Profile:
Growing up on a Saskatchewan grain farm, Courtney always had an interest in numbers and business. After completing her B.Comm degree with a Finance Major from the University of Saskatchewan, she began her career in commercial banking. She has held many roles including Associate, Analyst, and Account Manager, where she developed her skills and love for credit.  Currently, as a Senior Credit Solutions Manager, Courtney is responsible for completing credit requests from $5-$15million for agricultural borrowers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta for the Bank of Nova Scotia. This entails full financial analysis, projections, and full credit underwriting for all deals, while keeping the customer focus front of mind and balancing the Bank’s risk appetite.

Patricia Thompson

VP Sales and Marketing, King Cole Ducks Ltd., Stouffville, Ontario

Plenary Speaker

Presentation Title: Ducked!

Overview: How does working with family, being women in a man’s world, adapting to the changing markets, trends and business “fly” with this family … just ducky!  We’ll share “a day in the life of a duck farmer” and how it takes us with confidence into markets here and around the world.

Profile:
Patti Thompson is  one of four sisters, now operating Canada’s largest duck producer, King Cole Ducks Ltd. This 66 year old family operated agri-business is a farm to fork operation with breeding, hatching, growing, processing, research and development, cook plant as well as a feather operation and composting operation. With over 180 staff, many second generation co-workers, the sisters value the skills, talent and dedication of an amazing team that is taking the business into the next decade. Comittment to continuous  improvement, the environment, a natural farming philosophy and marketing everything but the “quack”, makes this a unique company with a great story to share to customers in their own backyard and around the world. Patti’s education in public relations launched her career with CBC but her heart remained “at the farm”. Having done every job in the business from egg collection to plant management, she used her education and farm—life experience to build a sales and marketing program for the company. Today as VP of Sales/Marketing, she works with customers from tiny bistros to cruiseships, world-wide.  Patti  is sports enthusiast cycling “to the farm” in the summer, competing with Mid Ice Crisis, a synchronized skating team through the winter. As a volunteer, she is a “wish grantor” for Make a Wish Canada, participates in the 200 km Ride to conquer cancer and helps with a variety of community events. Most important in her life is family: sisters, parents, inlaws, outlaws and especially, her three children.

Maggie Van Camp

CEO/Owner, Redcrest Farms and Loft 32, Blackstock, Ontario

Workshop Speaker

Presentation Title • Because I Love You

Overview: Could your farm keep operating if a key operator and decision-maker passed away? Angie Fox and Maggie Van Camp share with you what they experienced when their husbands died, leaving them to run their farms and raise their children alone. They’ll give you some practical tools, motivation and advice on how to prepare your farm and your family for the unexpected.

Profile:
Maggie Van Camp is CEO and owner of Redcrest Farms Ltd., a chickien farm near Blackstock, Ontario. She is a well-respected agricultural journalist including her long tenure as senior business editor with County Guide. Recently, Maggie wrote a book about transition/succession planning and started a communication and training company called Loft32. She has three children, 23, 22 and 18.

Candace Vinke

Sustainable Development Director, Viresco Solutions, Calgary, Alberta

Panel Speaker

Title • Women, Labour and Agriculture in Africa

Overview: A discussion on the role of women in agriculture in parts of Africa, the challenges they face and the risks they take.

Profile:
Candace has a Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining Viresco Solutions, Candace was the Manager of Agricultural and Social Projects with The Prasino Group. In this role she led a team of sustainability professionals working on consulting projects related to agricultural offset protocol development, greenhouse gas emission reduction quantification, environmental market policy and opportunity research and supply chain sustainability.

Previously, Candace has also worked in the non-profit sector, first as a Business Development Facilitator at Momentum, a community economic development organization offering business training and microloans to individuals living in poverty; and subsequently in Pucallpa, Peru as a Research Fellow with the World Agroforestry Centre / The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). During her master’s she also had the opportunity to work in the Small Island Development States Unit within the Division for Sustainable Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Headquarters.

Common themes throughout Candace’s work have included climate change, environmental markets, poverty and inequality. In addition to her home country of Canada, Candace has worked and/or studied in Ethiopia, Egypt, Cameroon, Malawi, Kenya, Peru and Brazil. She can be contacted via e-mail at candace@virescosolutions.com.

Dr. Brynn Winegard

Dr. Brynn Winegard, DrBrynn.com, Toronto, Ontario

Plenary Speaker

Presentation Title • Brain Science Secrets for Persuasion & Influence

Presentation Overview: Human brains have natural ‘fault-lines’ that lead to easier persuasion, influence, and compliance. In order to be better at persuading or influencing others, we have to know where these fault-lines are, how the human brain really works, what the predominant domains of threat processing are, and how others are processing our interactions. Dispelling some of the common myths and exciting you with new and neat brain facts, Dr. Brynn excites and energizes audiences by delving into something we all have – a human brain. This keynote will leave you newly informed, inspired, ready to tackle your challenges and take on your aspirations with insights about the neuroscience of persuasion and influence.

You will experience:

  • 60-min Interactive, High-Energy Keynote
  • Learn the 6 Principles of Persuasion
  • Learn the 6 Brain Science Secrets for Influence
  • Gain insight for ensuring non-coercive compliance from anyone – the brain-based insights you need to know
  • Get new tools for better brain-based persuasion, influence, and compliance

Profile:
Dr. Brynn Winegard is an award-winning professor, speaker, and writer. Brynn completed her formal education at the Schulich School of Business (MBA, PhD) in business and McMaster University in Neuroscience and Psychology. After over a decade in corporate marketing working for Pfizer Inc., Nestle Inc., and Johnson & Johnson Inc, Brynn has dedicated herself to speaking about ‘Building a Better Business Brain’ to groups, organizations and companies, stemming from her research, which combines neuroscience and management phenomena (‘neuromanagement’). Dr. Winegard retains positions as Faculty at Schulich School of Business’s Executive Education Centre, an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, and Executive Faculty in Guelph University’s College of Business and Economics.

Brynn combines real-world experience with frontier research to deliver impactful programming that will be sure to please your audiences and elevate their daily business. Clients include: IEEE, CIBC, BMO, ScotiaBank, Kruger Paper Products, Deloitte, Coca-Cola, Club Coffee, InfraReady Foods, CuBe Plastics, MROO, OASBO, OMERS, USAA, Brystol Myers Squibb, Novartis, Toyota, Canadian Blood Services, among more than 50 notable others.

Jennifer Wood

Board Chair, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), Edmonton, Alberta

Panel Speaker

Title • The Essence of Leadership for Women in Agriculture

Overview: A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. A person does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the quality of their actions and their integrity. Hear the stories of these leaders in our industry and their thoughts as to how women can achieve their goals.

Profile:
Ms. Wood is a professional  agrologist, holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture Business Management from the University of Alberta and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is a partner in a private equity holding company that focuses on the Agribusiness sector and co-operates her family cattle ranch.

Ms. Wood entrepreneurial leadership has been recognized by various organizations. She is a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award; Report on Business, Top 40 under 40; Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Prairie Region; and the University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award. Jennifer passions extends beyond Agriculture having been honoured with the Citizenship Award for commitment and contribution to improving the health and well-being of Canada’s children and youth.

Ms. Wood remains committed to sharing her talents and expertise by providing valuable insight, governance and leadership to a variety of private, public and not for profit  Boards. Currently Jennifer is Board Chair of Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, Board Chair of a Private Food Manufacturing Company and  Councilor of Waskesui Community Council working with Parks Canada.