Marina Commodities Inc.
Part of the Marina Group based in Toronto, Canada; Marina Commodities Inc. was established in 2002 and is engaged in trading and exporting pulses from all over the World including oilseeds, sugar and various other commodities. Marina Group is involved in Textiles Distribution, Real Estate Development and Agri-Exports.
As the CEO, Farhan oversees the commercial and administrative activities of Marina Commodities including research and development of new markets and products both for origination and sales. Having a Global presence, it gives a unique advantage as a one stop shop for all customer’s needs providing them with different origins and products at the same time. Prior to joining the Agri-export business, he graduated from the University of Toronto with an honors specialist degree in finance and economics.
President and CEO,
AGT Food & Ingredients
Murad Al-Katib, President, CEO and Board member of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. A strategic business and financial thinker in an international agri-food commodity trading business, Murad founded AGT Foods in 2001, building a Canadian start-up into a global billion dollar value-added pulses, staple foods and ingredients company.
Murad serves as Chair of the Government of Canada National Agri-Food Strategy Roundtable, on the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Board and as the Economic Development Regina Board Chair. Past Boards include the CSCA, Pulse Canada and a number of Canadian Government advisory boards and panels.
Murad has received a number of prestigious awards including the 2017 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal in 2018, an Honorary Degree from the University of Regina, the 2017 “Oslo Business for Peace” Honouree, 2017 EY “World Entrepreneur of the Year” after being named National and Prairie Region “Entrepreneur of the Year”, 2016 UN Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate”, PROFITGuide Magazine’s “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” list, the Globe & Mail “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” and the Western Producer “44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture”.
Global Agriculture Columnist
As a columnist for Reuters, Karen focuses on all aspects of the agriculture market, including weather, at the global scale. Prior to becoming a columnist, Karen was a crop production analyst and was also responsible for short and long-term agriculture weather forecasting. Karen has a great deal of boots-on-the-ground experiences, as she has led crop tours through the United States, Ukraine, Russia, France, and Serbia. She holds degrees in Atmospheric Science and Meteorology from Cornell University and the University of Oklahoma.
Vice President – Farm Divisions
Originally from Saskatoon, Mr. Brisebois graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996, while playing 4 years of University hockey with the Huskies. In his 20+ years in the agri-business industry, Paul has led several successful brand and product launches, rebranding initiatives and significant business development growth initiatives across North America. Prior to joining AGI in 2012, Paul held senior positions with Monsanto and Richardson International. Since joining AGI in 2012, Paul has been involved in marketing, sales, business development and operations. As the Vice President – Farm Divisions, Paul has been an integral part of tripling AGI’s business over the past 6 years. Since August 2014, Paul has served on the Brett Young Seeds Ltd. Board of Directors.
Director of Weather and Markets
Bruce Burnett has been living and breathing Western Canadian agriculture for over 30 years. The combination of practical experience gained by growing up on a farm in western Manitoba and years of monitoring global weather and markets for the Canadian Wheat Board gives Bruce a unique perspective on the agricultural markets. His specialty is the analysis of weather conditions and their impact on global agricultural markets. Bruce is an enthusiastic speaker who will deliver an authoritative perspective on markets for crops grown in Western Canada.
Director of Agronomy
Fall Line Capital
For almost 25 years Scott was an Ag Rep and Crop Diversification Specialist for Manitoba Agriculture. In 2011 he helped start an Agricultural Investment and Management firm. Fall Line Capital invests in Farmland across the USA and new Ag Technologies. Scott has direct farming experience across North America, in Australia, Europe & the Former Soviet Union. Scott has won numerous awards for his ag extension work and promotion of conservation agriculture including Canada’s “Zero-till Farmer of the Year” and “Conservation Farm of the Year”. Scott is a regular speaker at international ag conferences such as “AgriTechnica” in Germany, “Crop World” in England, and the “World’s Fair” in Italy. Recently, he spoke at Ag Days and other events in North America.
Scott is also a contributing author to the reference books: “The Search for Sustainable Agriculture” and “Rainfed Farming Systems Around the World”. Currently, Scott is contributing to a book on Conservation Agriculture being coordinated by the FAO/UN. Scott received a BSc hons in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and is a Professional Agrologist.
Senior Market Analyst
FarmLink Marketing Solutions
Jonathon Driedger grew up on the family farm near Grunthal, MB. He attended the University of Manitoba where he obtained a BSc in Agribusiness and an MSc in Agricultural Economics.
Prior to joining FarmLink Marketing Solutions, Jon spent time in the livestock feed industry, and then came to the grain industry as an Economist for the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange and later as a Commodity Risk Management Consultant with a major U.S.-based futures brokerage firm. He currently leads up the HedgeLink program and is often seen around western Canada giving market outlooks or conducting workshops on hedging and futures.
Director of Logistics
Mark is the Senior Director of Logistics for G3 Canada Limited. Mark has been involved in Grain Logistics since 1998. His major responsibilities include overseeing the movement of G3 grain from elevator to port, and working with G3 Engineering on the construction of state of the art Grain Terminals. He is responsible for managing G3’s relationships with the railways. Mark is also responsible for east coast and west coast vessel operations, lake freight chartering and trade execution. Mark is the Chairman of the Board of Great Sandhills Railway, a 195 KM short line railway in Saskatchewan and sits on the G3 - Algoma Bulker Pool Management Committee which oversees the management of a pool of eight gearless bulk carriers including G3’s own vessel, the G3 Marquis. He has previously held positions with the CWB as Senior Manager, Rail Logistics and as a Transportation Analyst. Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Agricultural Economics. Mark was raised in Headingley, Manitoba, where his family operated a farm.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Adrienne is a partner at Michael Best and chair of the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group. She counsels clients on the many complex aspects of privacy and data management matters, with an extensive background that includes experience with issues relating to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as privacy programs and cyber security issues.
Prior to joining Michael Best, Adrienne served as the in-house lead attorney in privacy and data protection at CUNA Mutual Group. She previously served as Associate General Counsel at Land’s End, Inc.
A noted thought leader, Adrienne has spoken on topics relating to methods and practices for managing and sharing data across various business lines and affiliates. She has also shared her experience and insights as a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Assistant Chief Economist
Royal Bank of Canada
As Assistant Chief Economist, Paul is responsible for the analysis and forecasting of macroeconomic and financial market developments in Canada, the United States and key overseas economies and is a regular contributor to a number of RBC publications.
A graduate of Queen's University and the University of Manitoba, Paul joined the Economics Department of RBC in 2007 after working for twenty years at another major financial institution where he was responsible for generating the macroeconomic outlook for the United States, Canada and Canadian regional economies. Paul started his professional career as an economist in the Research Department at the Bank of Canada.
Paul is a member of the Economic Policy Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and former member on the Editorial Board of Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques. Paul is also past President and Director of the Toronto Association of Business and Economics (TABE).
Acumen Corporate Development Inc.
Gil is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of experience in corporate finance and operations. He has in-depth experience in multiple industries with a focus on financing, restructuring, merger and acquisition advisory services, due diligence support and strategic execution of business strategies. Gil focuses on the strategic and finance side of transactions including valuation, financial modeling and capital structure optimization.
Gil is actively involved in the community. He is on the Boards of Pan Am Place, a non-profit organization that provides health and positive “lifestyle” for youth-at-risk and Rossbrook House, a non-profit organization that provides a safe place for children and youth to belong, play, learn and become who they are meant to be. Gil volunteers as a coach at Pan AM Boxing club working with members and youth at risk.
Navico Chartering Ltd.
Richard graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1983 and then moved to the UK to commence his career in trading and broking of physical oil and energy derivatives before returning to Vancouver in 1990. As a shipbroker it’s list is long, not just assisting clients chartering ships to carry bulk cargoes worldwide, Richard also provides guidance on freight markets, negotiates vessel charters, assists in resolving operational or legal issues, and advises clients on chartering strategy. Richard is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and member of the Baltic Exchange. He has served various industry committees including the Executive Committee of the ICS and is a past Director of the Vancouver Grain Exchange.