Farm Management Canada Speakers

Below is a list of Farm Management Canada’s speakers along with their bios, topics and presentations.

Heather Watson

Farm Management Canada

Speaker Bio

Heather Watson is the Executive Director of Farm Management Canada (FMC). Heather obtained her Bachelor’s from the University of Guelph, and went on to obtain her Master’s degree from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

Heather’s passionate about education and committed to enhancing efforts to encourage better business management practices for a sustainable and truly remarkable agriculture industry in Canada. Before joining Farm Management Canada, Heather was a project coordinator within the Business Development Centre of the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus.

Heather grew up in South-western Ontario and now lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Topics:

Presentations:

  • Farm Management Canada’s Study of the Business Management Needs of Indigenous Producers
  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Farms: Exploring the Connection Between Mental Health and Farm Business Management
  • Managing Farm Risk

Languages:

  • English
  • French
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Mathieu Lipari

Farm Management Canada

Speaker Bio

Mathieu is the Program Manager at Farm Management Canada. He joined the team in 2010 as a Project Manager, bringing with him expertise in Agriculture, Business Management, Accounting and International Development. Mathieu worked in similar roles for the International Development Research Centre and for Guelph University and has managed agriculture projects in North and Central America, Europe and Africa. This has provided him with an excellent grasp of the challenges of agriculture in Canada and overseas.

Since his arrival he has managed a variety of successful projects at Farm Management Canada, providing farmers with a variety of tools and resources in several areas of farm business management, including finance, marketing, business planning and risk management. He has given multiple presentations at national and international events, including the Agricultural Excellence Conference and the International Farm Management Conference, has published multiple articles and papers on farm business management, and has given many workshops for producers and farm advisors on risk management as well as guest lectures in universities and colleges in Canada.

Mathieu holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the UQAM, a Bachelor of Accounting from the UQO, and a Technical Degrees in Agriculture and International Development from the University of Guelph.

Topics:

Presentations:

  • Managing Farm Risk

Languages:

  • English
CONTACT

Denise Rollin

Farm Management Canada

Speaker Bio

Denise Rollin joined Farm Management Canada in February 2018 as a Project Manager. Denise comes to us with broad expertise on Federal and Provincial policy. She graduated from the Event Management Post-Graduate program at Algonquin College in August 2014 and brings a vast knowledge of project and event management skills.

Denise spent two years with the Federal Government working in communications for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), supporting the Federal Ministry of Science and research at post-secondary institutions across the country. Denise then spent two years at the Public Policy Forum, a non-profit think tank in Ottawa. At PPF, she was a Project Administrator, supporting and managing projects and initiatives ranging in topics from Indigenous Issues to Agriculture sector specific engagement. In this role, Denise managed and oversaw many federally-funded projects involving a variety of stakeholders from private and public sectors.

Topics:

Presentations:

  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Farms: Exploring the Connection Between Mental Health and Farm Business Management

Languages:

  • English
CONTACT

Terry Aberhart

Aberhart Farms inc.; Aberhart Ag Solutions

Speaker Bio

Growing up on his family farm cultivated Terry Aberhart’s passion for agriculture and entrepreneurial growth. He worked in the agricultural industry before returning to manage farm and custom spraying operations in 2000.

In 2005, Terry founded Sure Growth Technologies, a professional independent agronomy consulting company, affiliated with Agri-Trend. In 2009 Terry received the Business Builder of the Year award and was voted Canadian Agri-Coach of the Year from Agri-Trend from 2011-2012.

Terry continues to be passionate about giving back to those in need through Learn Ag, Canadian Food Grains Bank and charity projects in the developing world. He loves agriculture, working with the farm team, and sharing his success and passion with his family.

Topics:

Presentations:

  • Farmer Perspective: Creating a Management Mentality
  • Farmer Perspective: Making Farm Business Management a Reality
  • Farmer Perspective: Strategic Planning
  • Farmer Perspective: Working with An Advisory Board

Languages:

  • English
CONTACT

Derek Brewin

University of Manitoba

Speaker Bio

Since 2003, Derek has been working as a teacher and researcher in the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba. Starting in January 2017, he has served as Head of that department.

Derek is an award-winning teacher of agricultural finance, marketing and risk management. Derek has served on numerous boards and committees. He is a Past President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. He has served as a Senator at the University of Manitoba, as a member of Manitoba’s Agricultural Risk Task Force and as a director of the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council.

Topics:

Presentations:

  • Managing Farm Risk

Languages:

  • English
CONTACT

Stephen Duff

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-Food and Rural Affairs

Speaker Bio

Coming from a dairy and beef background in Ontario’s Northumberland county, Steve is an Ontario Agricultural College ‘94 grad who completed a Masters in Ag Economics from the Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics (FARE) department at the University of Guelph in 1996. Steve joined the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in late 1997 after a year as a policy researcher within FARE for the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

During this time Steve chaired several federal-provincial-territorial committees including the Business Risk Management (BRM) advisory committee, the BRM administrators committee and is currently the co-chair of the Farm Income Forecasting Committee. Steve is currently OMAFRA’s Chief Economist. Since 2011, Steve has been an Adjunct Professor in the FARE department teaching 4th year Agricultural Policy analysis. In 2016, Steve was the recipient of the first FARE distinguished alumnus award. Steve and his wife Robyn operate a beef and cash crop farm near Colborne, Ontario.

Topics:

Presentations:

  • Canada’s Agricultural Policy
  • Canada’s BRM Programs
  • Managing Farm Risk

Languages:

  • English
CONTACT

Roberta Galbraith

RNR Galbraith Farms

Speaker Bio

Roberta Galbraith is a lifelong learner, connector of people, problem solver and self-proclaimed work-a-holic!

She retired from her full time role as Manager of Member Relations for the Manitoba Canola Growers Association in July 2019.

As a full-time managing partner in RNR Galbraith Farms, she enthusiastically brings her passion for people and farm management to this role.

Other past experiences in the industry have been 16 years in the Agriculture finance sector as well as 16 years as Executive Director of a not-for-profit organization.

She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Ag Diploma course. She believes strongly that we can always do better and that if we embrace opportunity there is little we can’t accomplish.

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Annessa Good

Farm Credit Canada

Speaker Bio

Annessa Good was born and raised on a mixed farm in Cremona, AB, where her family raised purebred Simmental cattle, sheep, and exported Timothy-Alfalfa Hay to Japan. Annessa attended Mount Royal University, where she studied Business, specializing in Supply Chain Management, giving her a unique insight into Operational functionality. After graduation and working in Calgary for various industries, Annessa knew in her heart that she needed to return to the Agriculture Industry. She pursued a wonderful opportunity to work at Veterinary Agri-Health Services, a large clinic which services feedlot and cow/calf operations across western Canada. However, Annessa still felt removed from the area of agriculture that she is most passionate about – family farm sustainability and succession planning.

Annessa has since moved home to her family’s farm and is slowly starting to re-build her cow herd. Annessa is also very excited to give back to her community through volunteering as an Assistant 4H Horse Leader for the local Cremona Club. Annessa also has the honour of being selected as a 2019 Finalist for the National program, Cattleman’s Young Leaders.

Annessa previously worked for GRS Consulting Ltd., her family’s succession planning consulting company. It was here that Annessa found her niche, providing a voice for the Younger Generation at the Succession Planning Table. Annessa now works for Farm Credit Canada as the Southern Alberta Agriculture Transition Specialist. Annessa specializes in transition conversations, focusing on sharing unique business structures, family dynamics, estate planning processes and innovative tools that can make this difficult process easier. Annessa and her family are currently going through the Succession Rollercoaster themselves, which provides excellent personal insight within her consulting career.

Topics:

Languages:

  • English
CONTACT

Kelly Dobson

LeaderShift Inc.

Speaker Bio

Kelly Dobson is the Founder and Chief Performance Coach of LeaderShift Inc. a leader support and development firm specializing in small and medium sized enterprises.

Kelly has turned a lifelong fascination with leadership and its connection to personal and organizational success into a practice that supports farms and businesses related to agriculture.

Kelly is also the current leader of a fourth-generation farm at Fairfax, Manitoba. Kelly has served agriculture for over a decade, chairing groups provincially and federally. Kelly is a Certified Executive Coach and holds MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Topics:

Presentations:

  • Developing Farm Leadership Effectiveness
  • Taking Charge To Achieve What Matters Most

Languages:

  • English
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