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Our Speakers

  • Bill Greuel
    Chief Executive Officer

    Bill Greuel is currently the CEO of Protein Industries Canada, an organization focused on the growth of Canada’s plant-based food industry.

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  • Milton Greyeyes
    Senior Relationship Manager, Indigenous Lending

    As the Senior Relationship Manager, Indigenous Lending at FCC, Milton aims to help indigenous communities and entrepreneurs finance projects in primary agriculture and agribusiness market.

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  • Dr. Angela K. Bedard-Haughn
    PhD, PAg, Dean and Professor

    Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn is a Professor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan.

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  • J. Blair Knippel

    Blair is a cross-sector innovator focused on helping companies establish the solid business foundations necessary to bring new technologies and ideas to the marketplace.

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  • Dr. Mehmet Tulbek

    Mehmet is a sought-after presenter at global industry and academic gatherings, and has authored several journal articles, book chapters, proceedings and two provisional patents.

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  • Shaun Soonias
    Director, Indigenous Relations

    Shaun is passionate about agriculture and what this sector means to Indigenous economic development and what Indigenous involvement means to this sector.

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  • Riel Bellegarde
    President & CEO

    Riel Bellegarde is President & CEO of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. He is a proud member of Treaty Four and the Peepeekisis First Nation.

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  • Tavia Laliberte
    Vice President, Academics

    Ms. Laliberte is the current Vice-President, Academics at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT) in Saskatchewan.

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  • David Vetters
    CPA, CA, Chief Financial Officer

    David has 28 years of broad experience in capital markets, finance, accounting and leadership with roles in private equity, investment banking and audit.

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  • Jordan Gaw
    Regional Director

    Jordan Gaw is the Regional Director for the Prairies region at Invest in Canada – Canada’s global investment attraction and promotion agency.

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  • Kassandra Quayle
    Chief Financial Officer

    In her role as Chief Financial Officer, Kassandra leads the financial management, data and measurement and project reporting functions at Protein Industries Canada.

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  • Kenneth Bear
    Agriculture Development Manager

    Kenneth Bear was born and raised on Ochapowace First Nation, and attended the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now the First Nations University of Canada).

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  • Mark Pollard
    Dean of Trades & Industrial Programs

    Starting at a young age watching his grandfather and father build homes, Mark then went on to mastering his own skills during a decades long career working in commercial and residential construction.

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  • David Dzisiak
    Chief Operating Officer

    David grew up on a family grain farm in Dauphin Manitoba and joined Botaneco in April of 2019 as Chief Operating Officer.

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  • Erin Trapp
    Manager, Investor Relations & Portfolio Management

    Erin is the Manager, Investor Relations & Portfolio Management with Conexus Venture Capital, and leads the fund’s operational function, investor relations, and portfolio services.

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  • Shannon Hood-Neifer
    Chief Technology Officer

    She served as the Vice-President of Innovation at the Saskatchewan Food Centre for 10 years and currently is the Chief Technology Officer at Sunnydale Foods, a pulse ingredient company located in Saskatchewan.

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  • Dr. Victoria Lamb Drover
    Associate Vice-President, Advancement & Operations

    With almost 20 years of experience in post-secondary administration, Dr. Lamb Drover’s research focuses on post-war social policy and non-governmental public marketing efficacy

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  • Thomas Benjoe
    President & CEO, FHQ Developments

    Thomas Benjoe is the President & CEO for FHQ Developments and is from the Muscowpetung First Nation.

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  • Chief Cadmus Delorme
    Chief of Cowessess First Nation

    Chief Delorme received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was also named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, which celebrates the province’s new generation of leaders, builders, and changemakers under the age of 40.

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  • Daryl Harrison
    Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan

    Daryl Harrison was elected as the MLA for Cannington in the 2020 provincial election. 

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  • Paul Johnson
    Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

    Paul Johnson was raised on a grain farm in LeRoy, Saskatchewan, and actively farmed until 2015.

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