Banquet Speaker

Rick Mercer

Award Winning CBC Show Host

RICK MERCER chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic, a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh.

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Keynote Speaker

Kevin Cheveldayoff

Winnipeg Jets - Executive Vice President & GM

Kevin Cheveldayoff enters his sixth season as General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets after being named to the position in June, 2011. In Cheveldayoff's first five seasons with the team, the Jets have earned an overall record of 176-156-44.

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Keynote Speaker

Darby Allen

Former Regional Fire Chief of the Municipality of Wood Buffalo

During the catastrophic Alberta wildfires, fire chief DARBY ALLEN shot to global acclaim for guiding the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life—the largest evacuation in Canadian history. Now, he offers guidance on how to be a stoic, quick-thinking leader in tough situations.

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Keynote Speaker

Michael Clemons

Michael “Pinball” Clemons, CFL Legend

Michael “Pinball” Clemons, is a Canadian Football League legend and an icon of sporting excellence, community leadership, and personal integrity. With boundless energy and moments of quiet introspection, he talks about teamwork and the potential each of us has to achieve anything we set our minds to. Good-natured and unabashedly emotional, he shows you how to put your heart into everything you do.

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Rob Paola

Operator, Rob’s Obs

Michelle Beaith

Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission

Mark Hemmes

President, Quorum Corporation

Maria Trainer

Managing Director – Chemistry, CropLife Canada

Maria Antonia Henriquez

Wheat Pathologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lisa Labossiere

Defense Attorney, Myers LLP

David Lobb

Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba

Dan Orchard

Canola Council of Canada

Dean Klippenstine

Partner and Business Advisor, MNP

Jonathon Driedger

Senior Market Analyst, FarmLink Marketing Solutions

Paul Bullock

Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba

Brian Tischler

Genetic Potential Ltd

Matt Roberts

Kernmantle Group

Mike Krueger

Senior Analyst, World Perspectives, Inc.

Doug Cattani

Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba

Nathan Faleide


John Guelly

Vice Chair, Alberta Canola

Michael Weir

Agronomist, Pioneer Hi-Bred

Kristen MacMillan

Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba

Ryan Hutchison

Integrated Solutions Manager, South Country Equipment

Bruce Burnett

Director of Weather and Markets, Glacier FarmMedia

Shawn Brook

President, Issues Ink

Devyn Brook

Community Manager, The Do More Agriculture Foundation

Yvonne Lawley

Assistant Professor, Plant Science Department, University of Manitoba

Derek Brewin

Head of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, University of Manitoba

Anthony Parker

Commissioner - Plant Breeders' Rights Office

Carla St. Croix

Director - Innovation and Growth Policy, Strategic Policy Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Steve Shirtliffe

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan