Jacob Shapiro

Jacob Logan Shapiro is the Director of Analysis for Geopolitical Futures (GPF). At GPF he oversees a team of analysts, the company’s forecasting process and the day-to-day analysis of important geopolitical developments. Prior to working at GPF, Shapiro worked at Stratfor, the geopolitical intelligence firm founded by George Friedman in 1996. He joined GPF after Friedman left Stratfor in May 2015 to help found a new company dedicated to publishing excellent analysis and accurate forecasts based on the geopolitical method Friedman pioneered.

Lisa Prassack

President, Prassack Advisors, LLC

With over 20 years in emerging tech markets and in-the-trenches agriculture experience, Lisa merges grower workflow with data science to enable informed farm and supply chain decisions. With a “boots on the ground” perspective, her team manages 175+ research fields using Precision Ag software and sensors in row and fixed crop. Recent efforts driving digital strategy in traceability; sustainability and business models that work across the global food supply chain.

Murad Al-Katib

President and Chief Executive Officer of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.

Chairman, Arctic Gateway Group

Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., is the guiding vision in all aspects of the business, also serving on the Board of Directors. A strong financial and strategic business thinker, able to anticipate and mitigate the risks in international trading and commodities, he completed his MBA and then worked in trade promotion for the Saskatchewan government.

John Ibbitson

The world’s population is shrinking. This disruption has far-reaching consequences—and benefits.  Awward-winning journalist and #1 bestselling author of Empty Planet.

From the ways that our environments affect birth rates, to the negative and positive implications of a smaller global population, John Ibbitson, a Governor General’s Award-winning writer and speaker, addresses the most pressing global issues of the day.

Li Ivy
Ivy Li is an independent analyst of Chinese Ag market. Her reports are being subscribed by several international trading houses and global grain and oilseed companies. 
She is also a broker selling Canadian crops, specifically wheat, pea and barley, to China. Ivy has been working as an Ag analyst for 14 years since she joined the CWB Beijing Office in 2005. She worked in the office for 10 years.  She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a second one in journalism.
Kevin Garinger

B.Ed., M.A.Ed., E.D.D. (in progress)

Kevin C. Garinger lives in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. He is the CEO/Director of Education, for a geographically large school division where the central office is located in Humboldt. Kevin was born in Flin Flon, MB and grew up in northern Saskatchewan and Alberta and has been a teacher, a principal, and an associate superintendent in the three provinces prior to his current role. He has three adult boys and is the proud grandfather of baby, Kyla Lee.

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”.

Chief Market Analyst
FarmLink Marketing Solutions

Neil Townsend acquired his Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba in 2002. He has spent his career writing market commentary for farmers over the last twenty years through his work with CWB, Cargill, G3 and his current role as Chief Market Analyst at FarmLink Solutions. Neil’s explorations of insights from around the world took him to live and work with farmers in Thailand for three years to see global impacts first hand. He now resides in Winnipeg with his wife and three sons.

Tom Otsby

Tom Ostby resides in Dagmar, Montana where he manages his own personal farming interests.  He previously worked with Australian based Lachstock Consulting before moving to Geneve, Switzerland to head the wheat and barley research for a global trading company there. In 2018 he took the opportunity to return home to farm, and joined back up with Lachstock Consulting to head their research platform for their hedging and advisory services.  

Kristjan Hebert

Global Ag Risk Solutions

Managing Partner Hebert Grain Ventures

Dedicated to practicing and promoting excellence in farming.

Kristjan Hebert was born and raised a farmer. He left the family farm briefly to get his commerce degree at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a stint at Meyers Norris Penny while obtaining his CPA, but returned to his pursue his passion for farming.

Rory O’Sullivan

Rory O’Sullivan has held a range of roles in the agricultural supply chain over the past 19 years in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. His skillset encompasses all aspects of the industry - quantitative trading, export logistics, trade finance, analyst, grain merchant and farmer. Before founding Grain Discovery, in 2018, his last position was running the commodity book at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Studied Ag Science at Melbourne University.

Jason Newton

Chief Economist & Head of Market Research, Nutrien.

Jason leads the team responsible for generating and disseminating agricultural market research and intelligence to Nutrien’s Senior Leadership and for forecasting crop input fundamentals and prices. He has regularly presented these views to Nutrien’s stakeholders, including analysts, investors and customers since joining the Company in 2007. 

Lyle Ehrmantraut

President & CEO

Ag Exchange Group Inc.

Lyle Ehrmantraut has a unique perspective on global commodity markets.  Lyle grew up in the farming community of Torquay in South Eastern Saskatchewan and holds a degree in Finance/Marketing from the University of Saskatchewan.  While working in the Agriculture business for more than 20 years, Lyle noticed a gap between growers and grain buyers.  Ag Exchange Group developed CXN360 (Commodity Exchange Network) to bring commodity buyers and sellers together in a marketplace for the evolving agricultural industry.

Neil Van Setters
Neil Van Seters is a Director of Strategy with TELUS. 
He is a visionary leader that has helped chart the future of the organization by creating value in ways that challenge the status quo, helping TELUS remain at the forefront of innovation through technology. He currently leads Strategy Development for TELUS. Along with his wife, he co-founded and runs an organization called Access Knowledge Africa that provides adult literacy and computer training, library programs in rural Uganda.
Ryan Riese

In his role as National Director, Agriculture, Ryan is responsible for driving the Agriculture strategy for RBC.  Ryan’s role stretches across Canada, providing him with the unique opportunity to work with farmers from coast to coast in a wide variety of agriculture industries.

Ryan's passion for agriculture started early in life.  Growing up on a family farm in Manitoba, Ryan was heavily involved from a young age in the family business, a swine genetics company.  After the sale of the family business, Ryan worked for a number of organizations in the agriculture industry before moving into a Management Consulting role where he held progressive senior positions prior to joining RBC. 

Arthur Soames

Arthur was brought up on a small mixed farm in Oxfordshire, UK. He was educated at Oxford University and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. 

He served as an Officer in an elite forward reconnaissance Regiment, with multiple overseas deployments as well as duties Guarding the Queen at home. In his last role in the Army, he was tasked to experiment, coordinate and accelerate the deployment of disruptive technologies, including the use of Artificial Intelligence and Drones to the battlefield.