Meet the Speakers
All times and speakers are tentative and subject to change.
All daytime events are hosted at Westin Edmonton and evening events at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Michael Kirwin | Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

9:15 - 10:15 AM | Opening Keynote Speaker

Michael Kirwin is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). CFIB is the largest independent business association in Canada with over 95,000 member businesses. Mike has been with CFIB for more than 30 years and has held a number of positions including General Manager for Southwestern Ontario and then Senior VP Sales, supervising about 200 CFIB salespeople across Canada. Over the last 10 years, Mike has been working to promote the benefits of CFIB membership to franchise groups and associations.

Chuck Penner | LeftField Commodity Research

2021: Short-Term Impacts & Lasting Effects
10:30 - 11:15 AM | Featured Presentation

The disastrous 2021 crop had a cascading effect on the market in 2020/21 but has also triggered spillover effects in Canada and elsewhere that will last well into the future. We will look at how the current environment will influence farmers’ decision-making for 2022 but also how Canadian and global markets are shifting. Added to the “unprecedented” crop situation is a whole host of other factors that will come into play for this year and beyond.

Chuck Penner started LeftField Commodity Research in 2010, providing independent research and analysis for 16 Canadian crop markets in special crops, small grains and oilseeds.

LeftField’s services include weekly market analysis and client-specific research projects. Chuck grew up on a family farm in Manitoba’s Red River Valley and has 30 years of experience in the Canadian grain business, including 15 years in various roles at United Grain Growers and Agricore United, followed by 5 years at Informa Economics as Senior Consultant. He has a B.Sc Ag and Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba.

Josh Linville | Stone X

Fertilizer Outlook
11:15 - 12:00 NN | Featured Presentation

A review of the Fertilizer Industry: How did we get to where we are today and where are we going?

Josh Linville is the Director of Fertilizer for StoneX Financial Inc. – FCM Division.

Having grown up in Northwest Missouri on a family farm that raised row crops, tobacco and livestock, Josh brings a unique point of view to the fertilizer markets.
With 20 years of experience in the fertilizer industry, Josh has operated in roles that have given him perspective on the market as a North American logistics specialist, a U.S.-based nitrogen producer, and General Manager of Trade in Melbourne Australia.

Josh and his team, which spans around the world, have been hard at work educating the market on how to use fertilizer futures markets to not only offset price risk but also be able to sell products to farmers well before fertilizer producers release their physical sales programs.

Derek Rolstone | Stone Strategies

1:15 - 2:00 PM | Featured Presentation

Derek Rolstone is a dedicated professional with over 25 years of HR/IR experience. He partners with organizations and has a lengthy and proven track record of increasing revenue, enhancing brand and building high performance teams in government, private and publicly traded companies.

Derek has helped many organizations make (and save) money through effective people strategies. He was a former HR Director for Suncor Energy, Bell Canada, Nygard, TransX and Pepsi, plus a former instructor at the Faculty of Business, Red River College. Derek has an MBA from UVIC and a BA from Western. He and his wife and 2 daughters live in River Heights. He loves squash, motorcycles, Duke basketball and (perhaps paradoxically), Broadway musicals

Karen Haugen - Kozyra | Viresco Solutions

2:30 - 3:15 PM | Featured Presentation

Karen has over 25 years of experience in agricultural greenhouse gas measurement, modeling, and climate change/environmental policy development – spanning her tenure at the provincial Department of Agriculture in Alberta, then at the not-for-profit Climate Change Central, and now in the private sector. During her tenure with the province, Karen was part of the cross-governmental team that developed Alberta’s Bioenergy Policy Framework, which was approved by cabinet in 2008. This framework set the stage for Alberta’s Bioenergy Program administered by the Department of Energy. Karen also led ecosystem goods and service policy and program development, in concert with other federal, provincial, and territorial governments under Canada’s Agriculture Policy Frameworks. In her earlier years with the provincial department of agriculture, she conducted research and studies of environmental mitigation opportunities for agriculture in air, water, soil and biodiversity.

Rod Black

9:00 - 11:00 PM | Banquet Entertainment (Hosted at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald)

Rod Black, CTV and TSN sportscaster Rod Black’s knowledge, versatility and enthusiasm have earned him a reputation as one of Canada’s most recognized and distinguished sportscasters. He is a consummate professional who displays passion and excitement in all that he does. In his 30 years as a sports journalist, Rod has been involved with a variety of different events and competitions, fitting into each role with ease.

Rod’s extensive sports resume includes play-by-play announcing for the CFL on TSN, as well as hosting duties for golf, the NBA on TSN and international hockey. As the voice of figure skating in Canada, Rod also covers all the drama and excitement as commentator for CTV and TSN’s figure skating coverage. Rod was part of the London Summer Olympics broadcast team calling gymnastics. He pulled double duty at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, calling figure skating and short-track speed skating. Black has also covered the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer and the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona.

Rod’s broadcasting abilities aren’t limited to the sports world. The adaptable broadcaster is the former co-host of CTV’s Canada AM – Canada’s most-watched national morning show. The five-time Gemini Award nominee as Canada’s Best Sportscaster is also the host/narrator of a variety of prime time specials and the honorary spokesperson for Plan Canada.

Thursday, Feb. 10



8:30 - 9:30 AM
Supplier Panel: Today's Challenges - Supply & Pricing and Virtue Signaling



9:30 - 10:15 AM
UN Update



10:30 - 11:30 AM
MRL Panel

Dan McTeague | Canadians For Affordable Energy

1:45 - 2:45 PM | Closing & Keynote Presentation

An 18 year veteran of the House of Commons, Dan is widely known in both official languages for his tireless work on energy pricing and saving Canadians money through accurate price forecasts. His Parliamentary initiatives, aimed at helping Canadians cope with affordable energy costs, led to providing Canadians heating fuel rebates on at least two occasions.

Widely sought for his extensive work and knowledge in energy pricing, Dan continues to provide valuable insights to North American media and policy makers. He brings three decades of experience and proven efforts on behalf of consumers in both the private and public spheres. Dan is committed to improving energy affordability for Canadians and promoting the benefits we all share in having a strong and robust energy sector.

CAAR Pro-Ag Investments Auction

Stock up on agri-retail essentials at the Pro-Ag Investments Auction! Help support your industry by participating in the exciting Pro-Ag Investments Auction by either donating items to the auction or bidding at the event! All proceeds support the association and a wide range of initiatives that focus on strengthening the Canadian ag industry.

Click here to learn more about this exciting event.