Farm Progress Forum

Farm Progress Forum

Come Hear Top Speakers

Farm Progress Forum brings some of the top minds in agriculture, technology, business and operations to Canada’s Farm Progress show for a series of keynote presentations. Running throughout the show, these presentations provide an opportunity to stay up-to-date on the latest in innovation and emerging technology. 

Date: Daily each day of the show (June 19 - 21, 2019)
Price: Admission is included with your show ticket.
Location: Ag-Ex West, Hall 9A

Speaker lineup & schedule

Andrea Eriksson
Business Development Officer, Strategic Initiatives at NorQuest College

Since August 2017, Andrea Eriksson has served as the Business Development Officer, Strategic Initiatives at NorQuest College. Andrea is responsible for overseeing the development of the Hemp Farmer and Hemp Processing and Products course. This is the first course of its kind in North America. She travelled to farms across Canada filming and interviewing farmers that are currently producing hemp. Also she coordinated 20 subject matter experts to develop the course curriculum. Andrea is passionate about hemp and all of its entrepreneurial applications.

Andrea has a Bachelor’s of Commerce from the University of Alberta, Master of Global Management degree from Royal Roads University, and is a Certified International Trade Professional. Andrea sees hemp as an entrepreneurial medium and has come to learn that quality hemp products start in the field.  

 

Eldeen Pozniak
CEO – Pozniak Safety Associates Inc. in Canada
CEO - Diggins Safety Consulting in the USA.

Eldeen, is a Saskatchewan Farm Girl! She grew up on a mixed farm in East Central Saskatchewan, and uses many of her experiences from that time in her life to understand and apply her approach to safety. 

Eldeen is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), a Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), a Certified Health and Safety Management System Auditor (CHSMSA), a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (FIIRSM) and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the UK (CMIOSH),…  She has a diverse safety designation and educational background.

Eldeen is committed to a Safer World of Work.  Her commitment is demonstrated by her 25 plus years of experience and involvement as an advisor and consultant to various industry sectors, government organizations, and businesses, and as lecturer at educational institutions.  It is also shown through her involvement and volunteer positions in safety and health related associations. Eldeen is the Past President of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the past president of the International Network of Safety and Health Professional Organizations (INSHPO), and is the current standards practice chair of the International Practice Specialty of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

Due to her commitment and professionalism, she has received a regional and national Safety Professional of the Year awards in Canada. She has been honored by the American Society of Safety Professionals in their  publication – 100 Women making a difference in the safety, health and environment profession, she been inducted into the Saskatchewan Safety Hall of Fame, had been presented with both the Saskatchewan and Canadian Safety Professional of the year award (in different years) and she was recognized and invited to have tea with the queen at Buckingham palace for her contributions to health and safety globally.

For these reasons and more, Eldeen is sought after to share her passion and knowledge as an International Key Note and Sessional Speaker.

 

Zach Johnson
MN Millennial Farmer

Known to his 250,000+ followers on YouTube as the “Millennial Farmer”, Zach is a 5th-generation farmer who’s spent his life growing, working, and learning on his family’s farm.  With growing consumer awareness about where their food comes from, Zach has identified the need for an independent voice from the front lines of agriculture.  Zach actively promotes agriculture by sharing his day-to-day experiences in the agriculture world while providing farmer-to-farmer education to help facilitate a collaborative conversation between farmers and the public. 

His wit and dry sense of humor appeal to children and adults alike.  A product of the millennial generation, his appreciation of new technology blends with his old-fashioned work ethic, and he offers a unique ability to deliver his message in a way that resonates with lifelong farmers as well as those with no knowledge of agriculture.

 

Curtis Weber
Presented by SaskPower


Curtis Weber comes from Battleford Saskatchewan, where he has been inspiring and influencing change in safety behaviours across Canada/US for over 12 years. Working in safety as a Trainer, Consultant, Officer and Speaker, following a near fatal workplace incident, Curtis has been able to develop a unique way of challenging audiences to change the way they perceive safety. Curtis believes that before we can develop or change a safety culture, first we must understand and influence human behaviours towards safety. Using his own personal experience of a near fatal workplace incident, let Curtis take you on his journey and challenge you on the way you think about safety.

 

Complete Schedule

Date: Daily each day of the show (June 19 - 21, 2019)
Price: Admission is included with your show ticket.
Location: Ag-Ex West, Hall 9A

Wednesday, June 19:

10:30 a.m.
Andrea Eriksson

Business Development Officer, Strategic Initiatives at NorQuest College
Opportunities in the Hemp Sector

Learn about the similarities and differences between farming hemp and staple crops. There are over 10,000 + products that can be made from hemp; everything from textiles, to plastics, to creams, to building products. The seeding rate, crop management and harvest management practices are different based on the end use. Farmers that begin to farm hemp need to understand the end use of hemp so they can tailor their production strategy.

11 a.m.
AgExpert
Presented by Farm Credit Canada

Analyze your data.  Plan your strategy.  Then track your performance.  AgExpert gives you the details you need to know to make the best business decisions.  It’s all new. And seriously easy to use.

12 p.m.
Zach Johnson
MN Millennial Farmer

Known to his 250,000+ followers on YouTube as the “Millennial Farmer”, Zach is a 5th-generation farmer who’s spent his life growing, working, and learning on his family’s farm.  With growing consumer awareness about where their food comes from, Zach has identified the need for an independent voice from the front lines of agriculture. 

1 p.m.
Market Access Issues in Canada
Viterra Panel Discussion moderated by Shaun Haney of REAL Agriculture Radio

Market Access - one of the biggest issues facing the grains industry.  Be sure not to miss this discussion led by industry-leading experts including Cereals Canada, Pulse Canada, Canola Council of Canada and Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.

3 p.m.
Rural Crime – Panel Discussion moderated by Jim Smalley - CKRM
What Makes a Community Safe?

Rural Crime and Your Role, Be Safe, Not Sorry.  Be sure not to miss this informative discussion on how we can all do our part to address the rural crime issue that is prevalent across the Prairies.

5 p.m. – Hall A, International Trade Centre, Hall 11
24 Hour Startup AGTECH powered by CULTIVATOR - Kickoff Party

We are proud to be launching our very first AgTech Challenge. Build an AgTech startup in 24 hours! Pitch ideas, form teams, build a product, and pitch to judges for a chance to win $4,000 in prizes.  Prizes awarded Thursday, June 20th.

Thursday, June 20:

10:30 a.m.
Andrea Eriksson

Business Development Officer, Strategic Initiatives at NorQuest College
Opportunities in the Hemp Sector

Learn about the similarities and differences between farming hemp and staple crops. There are over 10,000 + products that can be made from hemp; everything from textiles, to plastics, to creams, to building products. The seeding rate, crop management and harvest management practices are different based on the end use. Farmers that begin to farm hemp need to understand the end use of hemp so they can tailor their production strategy.

11 a.m.
AgExpert
Presented by Farm Credit Canada

Analyze your data.  Plan your strategy.  Then track your performance.  AgExpert gives you the details you need to know to make the best business decisions.  It’s all new. And seriously easy to use.

1 p.m.
Curtis Weber
Triumph over Tragedy – A Personal Journey
Presented by Sask Power

Join Curtis as he shares his near-fatal workplace incident - surviving an electrical surge of 14,400 volts.  He'll not only inspire you, he'll challenge your perceptions of safety.

2 p.m.
Eldeen Pozniak

CEO – Pozniak Safety Associates Inc. in Canada, CEO - Diggins Safety Consulting in the USA.
Farm Safety
Presented by Sask Safety Council

What is this B.S. – Being Safe – on the Farm!

3 p.m.
24 Hour Startup AGTECH powered by CULTIVATOR - Pitch and Awards

This year's Canada’s Farm Progress Show is putting business and technology innovators together with the best and brightest in Agriculture to solve real problems facing the industry. Participants may be designers, coders, engineers, or general business visionaries. Teams will present to a panel of judges for fame and prizes! The best presentations at the end of the event win cash prizes.

Friday, June 21:

10:30 a.m.
Andrea Eriksson

Business Development Officer, Strategic Initiatives at NorQuest College
Opportunities in the Hemp Sector

Learn about the similarities and differences between farming hemp and staple crops. There are over 10,000 + products that can be made from hemp; everything from textiles, to plastics, to creams, to building products. The seeding rate, crop management and harvest management practices are different based on the end use. Farmers that begin to farm hemp need to understand the end use of hemp so they can tailor their production strategy.

11 a.m.
AgExpert
Presented by Farm Credit Canada

Analyze your data.  Plan your strategy.  Then track your performance.  AgExpert gives you the details you need to know to make the best business decisions.  It’s all new. And seriously easy to use.

2 p.m.
Eldeen Pozniak
Farm Safety
Presented by Sask Safety Council

What is this B.S. – Being Safe – on the Farm!