Dan Mulder was with Federated Co-Operatives LTD. as a Fertilizer Director from 2015 to 2020, leading the formation and building their fertilizer business.
He was the Vice-President of retail sales at Bretty Young, and the Marketing Director at Agricore United from 2003-2007. Before that he was the Manager of Marketing and Sales at Westco Fertilizer for 16 years, from 1980 to 2003. He also spearheaded the introduction of AgroManager Crop Enhancement Specialists (ACES) in a partnership program with distributors at 20 retail locations across the prairies.
Dr. Freese is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Prairie Holdings Group, LLC. Wayne practiced veterinary medicine for more than forty years in Worthington, MN. He is co-founder of Oxford Laboratories (now owned by Merck), Newport Laboratories, Inc., (now owned by Merial), and founder of Cambridge Technologies. Dr. Freese attended Iowa State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He also received a Master’s degree in Swine Preventative Medicine from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Freese has served as a consulting veterinarian in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and Canada. He is a past President of the American Association of Swine Practitioners and the Interstate Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. William W. Wilson received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1980. Since then he has been a Professor at North Dakota State University in Agribusiness and Applied Economics with periodic sabbaticals at Stanford University. Recently, he was named as a University Distinguished Professor at NDSU which an honorary position is, and a great achievement. And, in 2016 he was named the CHS Chair in Risk Management and Trading at NDSU which is an endowed position. In 2017 he was awarded the AAEA 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award (Chicago July 2017)
His focus is risk and strategy as applied to agriculture and agribusiness with a particular focus on agtechnology development and commercialization, procurement, transportation and logistics, international marketing and competition. He teaches classes in Commodity Trading, Risk and AgriBusiness Strategy and has taught his Risk Class at Purdue University; and is a visiting scholar at Melbourne University where he visits 2 times/year and advises PhD students in risk and agbiotechnology.
He was recognized as one of the top 10 Agricultural Economists in 1995 and more recently as one of the top 1% of agricultural economists by RePEc (Research Papers in Economics). Finally, he has students who are in senior positions in a number of the large agribusinesses including commodity companies, railroads and food and beverage companies.
(Honorary Doctor of Science)
One of Canada’s most renowned crop development scientists, Dr. Wilf Keller (PhD) has enjoyed a career spanning almost 50 years as a pioneering agriculture researcher and visionary leader.
Born in Melville, Sask., Keller earned his Bachelor of Science (1969) and his PhD (1972) majoring in crop science at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), before heading overseas to Germany for post-doctoral studies. A year later, he started with Agriculture Canada and quickly began contributing to the agriculture industry through trailblazing research endeavours.
Keller helped lead numerous major research initiatives, including the application of genomics in canola breeding that had a tremendous impact and contributed to making the crop a made-in-Canada success story. Keller’s work also contributed to the development of the first herbicide-tolerant canola variety in North America, one of his many research success stories.
A recognized global leader in agricultural biotechnology research, management and promotion, Keller has worked with the major research players in the industry, from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to the National Research Council, to Genome Prairie, and most recently serving until 2020 as president and CEO of Ag-West Bio Inc., a non-profit organization in Saskatoon that advocates for agriculture science. Keller currently serves as vice-president of outreach with the Agri-Food Innovation Council, after previously serving as the board chair.
Among his many accomplishments, Keller played a supporting role as a member of the group that successfully launched the Saskatchewan-based Protein Industries Canada Supercluster, projected to contribute billions to the Canadian economy. The supercluster was one of five proposals selected out of 55 applications to share in $950 million in federal funding, attracting both capital investment and industry-leading scientists to the city.
During his remarkable career, Keller has been honoured with multiple major awards, including induction into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2018, the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2017, and earning the Saskatchewan Order of Merit – the province’s highest honour – in 2015. Keller has also received three National Research Council Outstanding Achievement Awards, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from AgWest Biotech and from The Society for In Vitro Biology.
Robert (Bob) Sinner has spent his entire life in North Dakota, founding SB&B Foods, LLC. In 1989, the Company expanded by creating an international business to supply food quality soybeans and later other food grade commodities directly to food manufacturers globally. Bob serves as President of both SB&B Foods, LLC, the Company marketing entity and Identity Ag Processing, the state-of-the-art processing company with two locations. In 2007, SB&B Foods, Inc. was recognized and awarded the North Dakota Exporter of the Yea award. In 2009, SB&B Companies were also presented with the North Dakota Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Bob currently serves as President of SSGA (Specialty Soya & Grains Alliance), a national association of identity-preserved agriculture food ingredient suppliers and was recently appointed by U.S. Ag Secretary, Sonny Perdue to serve on the Federal Grain Inspection Advisory Committee. He has been, and remains, active in a variety of civic, state, regional and national organizations, including the North Dakota Trade Office Board of Directors and the National Agriculture Transportation Coalition Advisory Board. His three sons are involved in the company business.
Chad is an entrepreneurial-minded executive that has a genuine passion for bringing value to his businesses and clients through strategic alignment and building world- class teams. He has personally helped build multiple successful businesses and works diligently to connect the right people to the right opportunities to ensure success. Chad is CEO of Critical Dynamics in Austin, Texas, and a partner in Bisang Global, bringing technologies from Korea to the US market.
Dr. Doug MacDougald, Veterinarian and Founding Partner at South West Ontario Veterinary Services, is a true industry leader having paved new directions in managing swine diseases benefitting the welfare of pigs, the economic viability of swine producers and ultimately, the health of Canadians through safe food and a clean environment. Dr. MacDougald is an active member of several swine professional organizations including Swine Health Ontario, the Ontario Association of Swine Veterinarians, Western Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, and American Association of Swine Veterinarians. He is a leader in the swine industry when it comes to the control of economically important diseases by innovating and implementing good biosecurity practices and leading in the development of area regional control measures to reduce disease spread and enhance elimination.
Bob joined Red River Commodities in 1985 as the Production and Engineering Manager. He became Vice President in 1987 and the President and CEO in 1989. Bob retired from Red River Commodities after 35 years with the organization serving as the President and CEO for 30 years. He grew the company from one operation to several divisions including Processing, Wildlife, SunGold Foods, SunButter and Global Ingredients with multiple processing locations in the USA and customers throughout the world. His focus was creating a food supply chain that emphasized healthy and safe food products. He was always looking for new alternative uses for sunflower. Bob devoted much of his career to sunflower serving on the NSA Board of Directors and Chairman of the NSA Confection Promotion Committee. He was a leader on several key issues facing the sunflower industry such as: adoption of the Food Safety and Modernization act, Blair House Agreement, International Trade, Research and several Farm Bills.
Dan Ellsworth served as CEO of Animart after a career in senior sales and product management with Schering-Plough and Dextron Fearing.
Dan has deep expertise in dairy, feedlot, pasture, swine and poultry production health and management, and is currently serving as CEO of Fairona Animal Health and advisor to Anilogics.
Dan is an accomplished Senior Executive and Thought Leader with more than 25 years of success in the agriculture marketing, sales, distribution, and radio-frequency identification industries. He has extensive experience running complex projects driving organizational improvements to achieve growth objectives. His key areas of expertise include acquisitions/integration, strategic marketing, vision casting, people development, livestock vaccine markets, and organizational alignment.
Dan has held multiple executive leadership positions in market leading companies, public policy advocacy organizations and non-profits firms. Most recently serving as President/CEO of ANIMART LLC. He led a team through transition from a small state player to a broad regional firm with a presence from 2 states to a presence in over 20 from 2012 to 2019.
He is the founder of TCQ Solutions LLC a strategic consulting firm, helping small to medium size companies expand and capture market opportunities.
He has served on multiple Industry Boards including Durvet Animal Health, AgriLabs Animal Health, American Dairy Coalition, Dairy Cares of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association Legislative Committee.
He currently serves as President of Wisconsin Water Alliance and Chairman of the Board for Asian Partners International.
Dan grew up on cow/calf operation in the Northwest Colorado town of Meeker. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1995, with a BA in Political Science and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Bellevue University in Nebraska.
Robert Saik has forty years of experience as a Professional Agrologist, entrepreneur and an international consultant who's worked with a wide variety of agriculturalists from Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture to Bill Gates on implementation of ag tech to help developing economies.
Robert, an outspoken champion of agriculture, is a Distinguished Agrologist, Professional Agriculture Consultant, a serial entrepreneur and has been hailed as an agriculture futurist with unparalleled insight into where the industry is headed.
He has leveraged these strengths to found over 15 companies in the areas of Farming, Agri-Retail, Distribution, Media and Ag Tech including The Agri-Trend/Agri-Data Group of Companies which was acquired by Trimble.
Robert is CEO of AGvisorPRO Inc and Saik Management Group Inc. With his business experience and training in soil chemistry, plant physiology and crop nutrition, together with his knowledge in data management, farm automation and precision agriculture he has new ways for the agriculture sector to solve problems through a brand-new connectivity platform for farming, AGvisorPRO. As CEO of his holding company, Saik Management Group Inc., he provides consulting services to many organizations and serves on several boards and advisory committees.
His first book, “The Agriculture Manifesto – Ten Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the Next Decade” was a 2014 Best of Amazon Books and this TEDx Talk “Will Agriculture be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion People?” has been viewed over 150,000 times.
In 2019, he released his book "FOOD 5.0: How We Feed the Future" which is a pragmatic look at the five iterations of agriculture, culminating in an examination of how technology convergence is reshaping the farm and the consumer.
Murray McLaughlin (B.Sc. McGill University, M.Sc. and Ph.D. Cornell University)
Dr Murray McLaughlin is President of McLaughlin Consultants and consults on the Bioeconomy, Agriculture and Forestry sectors with respect to the bioeconomy and circular economy in Canada. He is an advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada on international and government relations. Also an Advisor to Forest Products Innovation (FPI) on bioproducts in forestry and is an advisor to British Columbia Research Inc. (BCRI) on oil spill technology, lignin and other new technology. He is an Innovation advisor to Bioenterprise on bioeconomy and cleantech related to food and Agri-tech. He is chair of the Biomass Quality Network Canada (BQNC) focused on certification and quality standards for biomass.
He (McLaughlin Consultants) was the founding Executive Director of BIC ( 2010-2016) and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance ( 2009-2016) in Sarnia, Ontario, with a focus on a Sustainable Bioeconomy. He held various positions in the private, government and non-profit areas such as Director Business Development for the Canadian Light Source, President of OAFT, Deputy Minister of SAF, and President of AWB Inc. He was the founder of ABIC started in 1996. He managed a VC Fund, Foragen, for agriculture and spent 15 years with ELANCO, in R and D and marketing. His career has focused on agricultural bioindustrial sectors -development, product management , marketing and commercialization as well as economic development and cluster building. He has been a member of numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees, including, BEN (BioEconomy Network); BioNB and FPI. He co-chaired the Industrial Bioproducts Value Chain Roundtable - a partnership with Industry and AAFC for the bioeconomy. He is a graduate of Nova Scotia Agricultural College, McGill (B. Sc. Agr.) and Cornell (MSC and PhD). He has an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Dalhousie Univ and received several awards - Alumni of the Year for NSAC: LSO Community Service Award; the GoldLeaf award from BioteCanada and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. He received the LSO Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and recognized in the top 100 global leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy at Biofuels Digest in 2015 and 2016.
He was on committees at GenomeBC in Vancouver on forestry and research projects. He also is on advisory committee for the Biomass Quality network in Winnipeg ,Manitoba and the DFCC advisor for the Ag-Sci Cluster for special crops in Saskatchewan. He was on the International Advisory Committee of Global Bioeconomy Summit(GBS).
Howard Dahl is the founder and entrepreneur leader behind Amity Technology, a leading manufacturer and exporter of sugar beet equipment in the world based out of Fargo, N.D.
Building on the experience of his father and grandfather in building the Bobcat company and the Steiger Tractor company, he and his brother Brian founded Concord, Inc delivering fertilizer precisely below the seed.
The company grew, during a severe world-wide farm crisis, and Concord eventually became the market leader in pneumatic seeding equipment used to plant wheat and soybeans. Concord was advancing no-till farming methods and technology in the mid-1980s when other farm equipment companies were standing still. Eugene, Howard and Brian Dahl sold the company to Case Corporation in 1996 but retained ownership of some specialized equipment lines including sugar beet harvesters.
Their second entrepreneur venture, Amity Technology, was formed to manufacture sugar beet harvesters and market Concord’s Air Drill seeding equipment in Russia and China. Amity soon became the leading manufacturer in sugar beet harvesting equipment in the United States, and began shipping equipment into the countries of the former Soviet Union. In 1997, Howard Dahl received the North Dakota Business Innovator of the Year Award for Concord’s accomplishments of being the first to manufacture an air drill with row-by-row packing and precision depth control, the first to put down fertilizer below the seed at the same time as planting, and the first to build a machine that changed seeding and fertilizing rates on the go. The Concord Air Seeder’s features became the model for many other company’s designs. Dahl is a proven innovator of farm equipment and farming methods, making a significant difference in agriculture worldwide.
Currently, he also serves as CEO of FarmQA, providing software for agronomic data for farm production.
Howard Dahl found an innovative way to help people in emerging market economies by participating in and improving the agricultural sector in those nations. His first sale to Russia had occurred in 1991 after Perestroika opened up the nation for trade. Through the next decade, amidst economic turmoil in Russia and the surrounding nations, Dahl continued to grow his business there. Amity is now the worldwide leader in sugar beet harvesting equipment. In 2005, Amity was named the Fargo Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and in 2006 to become the first North Dakota company to be named the U.S. SBA’s Region VII Exporter of the Year. (6-state region including Colorado and Utah). That same year, Dahl received the Greater North Dakota Association’s (now the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce) GNDA Agricultural Award for significant contributions to and impact upon the agricultural industry.
Richard Endris is an expert in aqua culture and works as a research program manager at Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. He was responsible for developing SLICE, which brought sea lice control to unprecedented levels for efficacy and dependability. Since then, integrated and sustainable sea lice management involving SLICE has proved to be highly effective in Canada, Chile, Ireland, Norway, Scotland and other major salmon-producing countries. Dick serves as a consultant today to the aquaculture industry.
John Oliver has more than 35 years experience in agricultural science and agribusiness. As a consultant, his professional focus includes aligning policy with evolving agricultural needs, increasing public awareness of agriculture's contribution to Canadian society, promoting collaboration between Canada and the United States on agricultural issues, and helping Canada increase its participation in the advanced bio fuels industry. This bio fuel focus takes advantage of Mr. Oliver's knowledge of plant physiology, the economics of agricultural supply chains, competing demand for agricultural products, Canadian agricultural policy, and his cross border contacts with agricultural universities and agricultural companies.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Oliver was President, Dow Elanco Canada Inc., a joint venture between Dow Chemical and Eli Lilly to research, manufacture, and market crop protection and biotechnology products. He was appointed to this position following a long career with both Elanco Products and Eli Lilly.
He was a founding member and past chairman of the Canadian Animal Health Institute; a founding member of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA); and chairman of the Crop Protection Institute of Canada (now CropLife Canada). He is currently Chairman of Flax Canada 2015 Inc., a national initiative to develop flax as Canada's bio-economy crop of the 21st century, and is a member of the Agricultural Institute of Canada. His achievements include being the recipient of the first CAMA lifetime achievement award.
Raised on a mixed farm near Napanee, Ontario, to which he still retreats on the weekends, Mr. Oliver began his career as an agricultural market specialist after receiving his B.S. in agriculture from Ontario Agricultural College (University of Toronto).