2023 Supply Chain Canada National Conference Speakers

Prior Chief Cadmus Delorme
Cowessess First Nation
A stronger relationship with Indigenous People and Canadians Begins With Understanding. What we Inherited and The Role Truth and Reconciliation Plays in Business, Social, and More.

Prior Chief Cadmus Delorme, a Cree and Saulteaux, was the Prior Chief of the Cowessess First Nation. Prior Chief Delorme graduated from Cowessess Community Education Centre in 2000. He later moved to Regina to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming Entertainment Management from the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv), and a Masters of Public Administration from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Recently, he has completed an Institute of Corporate Directors designation.

In 2012, Prior Chief Delorme received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his hospitality in walking with King Charles III and Queen Consort Camela when they visited First Nations University of Canada in 2012 and in 2022, Prior Chief Delorme received the Queen Elizabeth II Platium Jubilee Medal. In 2015 he was named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, which celebrates the province’s new generation of leaders, builders and change-makers under the age of 40.

In 2016, Prior Chief Delorme was elected Prior Chief at the age of 34. In 2019, Prior Chief Delorme was re-elected to a second term in office. Under his leadership, Cowessess First Nation has focused on economic self-sustainability for its nation and people and has moved forward on renewable energy, agriculture, efficiency in land use initiatives that have created both current and future business opportunities. Also under his leadership, Cowessess First Nation focused on political sovereignty and has moved forward on Child Welfare Reform, empowering full jurisdiction when it comes to child protection, prevention, and the wellbeing of the entire family.

In 2021, Prior Chief Delorme faced one of the hardest moments as Prior Chief when the Saulteaux and Cree First Nation made international headlines with the validation of potentially 751 unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indian Residential School. Shortly after, Cowessess made headlines again as the first First Nations to sign an agreement with Ottawa and the province that returns jurisdiction over children in care to the First Nation. Federal legislation overhauling Indigenous child welfare was passed in 2019 and came into force last year.

President and CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc
A Long-term Multi-modal Infrastructure and Gateways Strategy: getting Canada’s Natural Resources to the World

Murad Al-Katib is an international agri-food, strategic business and financial thinker. Murad founded AGT Foods in 2001, building a Canadian start-up into a global billion-dollar value-added, plant-based protein company supplying pulses, staple foods and ingredients to customers around the globe.

Murad has a varied experience in board roles including appointments to the Industry Strategy Council of the Government of Canada in 2020; Chair, Government of Canada National Agri-Food Strategy Roundtable; Chair of the SME Advisory Board for Canada’s Trade Minister; Chair, Executive Committee, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; the Board of Pulse Canada and as Board Chair of Economic Development Regina. Murad’s current Board appointments include the Canadian Pulse and Special Crops Trade Association, the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster, the Century Initiative and the Board of Directors of Saudi Arabia Milling Company, the recently privatized flour mills of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Murad is also a graduate of the Rotman Institute of Corporate Directors ICD course.

Murad is a passionate advocate of Canadian agriculture speaking extensively on the opportunities and challenges facing the Canada’s agriculture sector. Murad is also passionate about entrepreneurs, championing compassionate entrepreneurism and working to expand female, youth and First Nations participation in business start-ups, advocating the role of entrepreneurs in driving social change and innovation in the new global economy.

Murad’s awards include the 2021 Abex Business Leader of the Year, 2020 Globe and Mail “Innovator CEO of the Year”, the 2021 Canadian Western Agribition “CWA Top 50 in Canadian Agriculture”, the 2017 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, a University of Regina Honorary Degree, the 2017 “Oslo Business for Peace” Honouree, 2017 EY “World Entrepreneur of the Year”, 2016 UN Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate”, PROFITGuide Magazine’s “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” list, Globe & Mail “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” and the Western Producer “44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture”.

Principal, Presentations Plus Training and Consulting Inc
Rethinking Supply Chain Practices Through ESG Principles

Larry Berglund’s supply chain experience includes leadership positions in the forest industry, public health care, municipal government, university operations, academia, and consulting services. As a consultant he drafts procurement policies, templates, develops strategies, conducts audits and implements best practices.

He facilitates online and classroom workshops on buying, business ethics, circular economy, contract management, environmental and social governance practices, inventory management, leadership, risk management, social procurement, operations management, supplier performance evaluations, competitive bidding, contract law, supply chain policies and strategies. He also provides on-site supply chain operational reviews.

Larry is an academic coach for supply chain courses in the Athabasca University Leadership & Management Development program, including environmental responsibility. He was the procurement advisor to the Auditor General for Local Government (BC). In 2017, 2018 and 2019 Larry presented on advanced supply chain strategies to the United Nations staff in Brindisi, Italy. He was a founding member and the procurement advisor to the BC Social Procurement Initiative. Larry also facilitates supply chain training workshops for The Procurement School. In 2020, he presented to the World Bank in Washington, DC on social procurement strategies and contributed to a World Bank research paper in 2021. He has developed supply chain and ESG courses for the University of Alberta.

Larry has written several books on supply chain management, holds an MBA, an SCMP and is a Fellow of Supply Chain Canada. He is an inductee to the Athabasca University, Faculty of Business, MBA Hall of Fame. In 2021 he received an Honorary Life Membership from the Supply Chain Canada, BC Institute.

Sr. Director of Logistics Solutions Engineering, TrinityRail
Technology in Supply Chain and How it Creates Value

Corrie Banks is a supply chain expert with 27 years of experience managing and optimizing supply chains. In 2019, SCMA recognized Corrie’s contributions to the Canadian Supply Chain Sector by including Corrie in the “Top 100 Influential Women In Supply Chain.” In 2018, on behalf of Supply Chain Canada and the Province of Alberta, Corrie authored a white paper called the “Digital Supply Chain, Connecting Skills to the Future”. Over her 27-year career, Corrie has managed 3rd party logistics, warehousing/distribution, rail and truck shipments, railcar and truck maintenance and repair scheduling, port operations, load planning, shipment management, issue resolution, freight audit and payment, and data metrics and analytics.

Corrie’s operational and technical background enabled Corrie to found, lead, and successfully merge Quasar Platform with Trinsight, now known as Trinsight Logistics Platform. As the Sr Director of Logistics Solutions Engineering for TrinityRail, Corrie’s current role is to build digital solutions for shippers in the rail industry.

President, Trivetta Consulting Inc
Elevate your Professional Brand on LinkedIn

Sabita Singh is the President of Trivetta Consulting Inc. Prior to forming her company in 2018, she led digital functions for companies including KPMG Canada and Sun Life Financial. After recognizing the power of LinkedIn at KPMG, Sabita has specialized in becoming a strategic LinkedIn coach, trainer and speaker.

She writes all-star LinkedIn profiles for her clients to improve their visibility on LinkedIn. According to LinkedIn, all-star profiles receive 40 times more views than profiles that are missing key information. In addition, Sabita coaches her clients on how to build an active presence on LinkedIn to elevate their brand and attract new opportunities.

Sabita has been a LinkedIn speaker for organizations including the Canadian Professional Sales Association, the Toronto chapter of the American Marketing Association and TD Bank.

Hugo Fuentes
CEO, The Owl Solutions
From Buzzword to Action: using data-driven strategies to embed sustainability in supply chain decision-making

Hugo Fuentes is a passionate supply chain professional with a wealth of experience in driving performance and efficiency. Having held various roles in the supply chain for manufacturing companies across North and South America over the past 20 years, Hugo has developed a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in the industry. It was during this time that he observed supply chains operating in a state of data chaos, resulting in inefficiencies throughout the process that negatively impacted both the bottom line and the environment.

Determined to create a better way forward, Hugo founded The Owl Solutions - A supply chain performance platform that is committed to helping manufacturers and distributors achieve their desired business outcomes while promoting sustainable practices for people, profits, and the planet. By leveraging the latest cloud-based software and insights from his team of experts, Hugo is empowering companies to streamline their supply chains and drive greater efficiency at every step.

Tanis Ostermann
Principal & Founder, CanSustain
The Natural Fit Between Supply Chains and a Circular Economy: The What, Why and How.

Tanis Ostermann is Principal & Founder of CanSustain, a Manitoba firm specializing in environmental and sustainability management issues and solutions. She has worked in the fields of environmental and sustainability management system development and improvement for twentyfive years, having led the design, facilitation and development of sustainability and ESG projects.

Ms. Ostermann has experience in utility, aerospace, clean-tech, water management, academic, airport management, retail, agri-food, telecom and municipal sectors. She has provided advice on the most pressing environmental and sustainability issues in the world today, including climate change, municipal planning, ESG, clean tech advancement, corporate sustainability governance and circular economies. She is an Environmental Professional, certified through the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board.

Ms. Ostermann has a Bachelor of Science in environmental toxicology and a Master of Environment focusing on the use of existing, well-functioning management systems to enhance sustainability performance.

Most recently she has served on the Expert Advisory Committee under the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan; as the Manitoba Representative to the Sustainable Development Advisory Council under the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and on the Canadian Standardization Advisory Committee on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability of Standards Council of Canada.

Mary Friedrich
ShareIT Manager, Cybera
How do you take a nice idea like collaboration and achieve real results? Success and challenges of managing a shared, collaborative procurement program.

Managing Risks and Supporting Accountability throughout the Public Procurement Cycle

Mary is the ShareIT Manager at Cybera, leading shared IT initiatives in the areas of procurement, professional development and training, and collaboration. Mary has managed this program since its inception in 2016 and is a true advocate for shared services and the power of community through driving economies of scale, information sharing, and collaboration. Mary’s career portfolio includes leadership roles in regional management, change management, learning and development, instructional design, business analysis, project implementation, and organizational effectiveness.

Meena Aier
Manager, Economic And Political Intelligence Centre, Export Development Canada
A Global Economic Outlook – The challenges and opportunities facing Canada

Meena Aier is a Manager with EDC's Economic and Political Intelligence Center. She has nearly ten years of experience in economic modelling, quantitative research and public policy analysis. Over the past decade Meena has worked across various private sector companies, including PwC and Visa Inc. In her current role, she oversees a team of researchers and quantitative analysts, and heads up EDC's long term economic research and modelling functions. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley.

Michelle Cederberg
Health and Productivity Expert
The “Success-Energy” Reset - How to Regain Focus + Recharge Work and Life in Our New World of Work

For over 20 years, Health and Productivity Expert Michelle Cederberg has captivated audiences across North America with her empowering and humorous messages that educate busy, driven professionals about how to set chase worthy goals, revive purpose, and reignite productivity.

As a certified and in-demand speaker, author, coach and consultant, she believes that personal and professional success is directly influenced by how well we harness the physical, mental and emotional capacity we each have within us. She enthusiastically calls on science to help people boost that capacity, gain clarity, build confidence and develop the discipline to create the life and career they want.

Michelle holds a Masters in Kinesiology, a BA in Psychology, specialization in Health & Exercise Psychology, is a Certified Speaking Professional, Certified Exercise Physiologist and a High-Performance Coach. Her life’s work is about combining mind, body and practicality to powerfully ignite change in everyday professionals.

Peter Gosselin
President, Red River Indigenous Brands
Indigenous Brands Soaring: Global Reach, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, and Entrepreneurial Renewal

Peter Gosselin owns and operates Indigenous Food and Beverages Canada Corp. (IFBC) and Indigenous International Trading Group of Canada Ltd. (IITGC)

IFBC is focused on new food and beverage R&D, brand development, and both domestic and international food and beverage sales. Red River Indigenous Brands, a division of IFBC, is a wholesale food and beverage brokerage headquartered in Regina.

IITGC imports and wholesales industrial products. Specializing in supplying the mining/mineral, power generation and transmission, and heavy equipment sectors.

Peter grew up in Regina, attending the University of Regina and graduating with a degree in Economics. Up until the spring of 2019 Peter worked with the Governments of Saskatchewan and prior to that Canada (SK and BC) for 18 years. Both levels of government employed Peter to focus on First Nations and Métis community engagement, corporate engagement, business development and investment attraction.

For 12 years, prior to his time with government, Peter owned, operated, and sold businesses in the construction, food service and IT sectors. Peter has wide-ranging knowledge and experience in developing, operating, and selling businesses with a specialization in First Nations and Métis business development and investment attraction.

Peter is a proud Métis with family roots in the Willow Bunch area of Saskatchewan.

Tina Beaudry-Mellor
Partner | Cyber Strategy & Risk Advisory, Deloitte Canada
It’s About More than Resilience: Securing the Supply Chain from Growing Cyber Threats

Tina Beaudry-Mellor is a thought leader, strategist and champion. She is best at translating cyber risk into a language that non-technical stakeholders can understand and building out supporting ecosystems around common narratives.

Tina is a graduate of the Harvard program in Cyber and Risk Management and currently serves Deloitte Canada & Chile as a Partner in Cyber Strategy and Risk Advisory. She is part of Deloitte’s Women in Cyber program and is currently working with multiple clients in both the public and private sector on everything from cyber governance and regulatory compliance, cyber risk assessments, incident response, identity and access management, information security and privacy, managed security services and cyber threat intelligence. She has written and presented on the cyber workforce, critical infrastructure and supply chain security and has expertise in public policy.

Partner, MLT Aikins
Maximizing Value through Social Procurement (co-presenter)

Scott Masson is co-chair of the construction projects and infrastructure practice and has over 10 years of experience working primarily in the areas of procurement, construction, infrastructure and project development.

Scott has experience with large engineering, procurement and construction projects in a variety of industries (including mining, oil and gas, energy, agriculture and manufacturing), with a particular emphasis on mining, oil and gas, energy, civil and public infrastructure, and power generation and transmission.

Scott has assisted clients delivering major projects through a variety of delivery models such as design-bid-build, construction management, EPCM, public private partnerships and collaborative delivery models (IPD and Alliance).

He also helps a variety of public sector and private clients with developing procurement and contracting strategies and policies, along with contract templates and training programs.

Scott also frequently helps clients in the public and private sector achieve their procurement and supply chain objectives. He helps clients by developing requests for proposals, requests for quotations, tenders, resulting contract documentation and other procurement documents. In addition, he helps public sector clients in complying with their trade agreement obligations.

Danielle Graff
Partner, MLT Aikins
Maximizing Value through Social Procurement (co-presenter)

Danielle has a corporate commercial practice with a focus on technology, privacy, commercialization, and the healthcare and agriculture and food sectors. She provides assistance to a diverse client base, from small businesses to large public and private corporations. Her experience includes assisting clients with outsourcing arrangements and procurement of information technology services and software, advising clients on privacy law interpretation and compliance issues, providing support in the implementation of IT systems and programs, and assisting both the developers and customers of e-commerce platforms. Danielle also has experience advising clients on IP strategy as well as drafting and advising clients on licensing, transfer, and other commercial arrangements regarding IP. She has also been involved in commercial transactions that include the purchase and sale of IP assets. In her general corporate commercial practice, Danielle regularly advises clients on a wide range of matters including corporate governance and regulatory and compliance matters.

Mike Croza
Managing Principal, Supply Chain Alliance
Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future (panelist)

Mike is Managing Principal and Founder of Supply Chain Alliance, a leading supply chain consulting and implementation company, he founded 30 years ago. He started his career as a Fork-lift Operator for Automotive Parts company, Magna International in 1983 and he was soon promoted to running JIT programs for a number of Magna plants to GM, Chrysler and Ford. Mike then moved into a senior operations management role with Acco Brands, office product manufacturer and then started Supply Chain Alliance in 1993.

Mike and the firm have worked with over 400 companies across over 600 supply chain individual projects, across North America. The firm’s focus is supply chain transformation and acceleration and Mike leads the practice on Business Development and Client Acquisition, and is the firm leader.

He has spoken at many industry conferences and events across North America and has lectured on supply chain strategy at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto and was voted Logistician of the Year by Supply Chain Canada in the early 2000’s.

He is a trusted and highly knowledgeable advisor to C-Suite and Private business owners, including many Private Equity firms as well as a Blue-Chip list of client relationships.

Sean Baker
Senior Consultant, MacDonald Search Group
Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future (panelist)

After graduating from Business at Saint Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, Sean went on to spend 13 years working in Supply Chain and Logistics for several national and regional LTL and Truckload carriers. Sean also participated in the launch of a large dedicated 3PL operation in Calgary. As an Operations, Supply Chain and Logistics recruiter since 2012, he has helped numerous companies in Western Canada to find and hire great talent. Outside of his many hours at work, Sean has great passion for volunteering with several Supply Chain associations and schools. Baker also has over 30 speaking engagements to his credits at industry conferences and events across the US and Canada. Sean is married with a 6 year old daughter and has lived in Calgary since 2007.

Tanya Roach
Director of Procurement, Federated Co-operatives Limited
Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future (Panelist)

Tanya Roach is a strategically driven Supply Chain leader passionate about affecting positive change within organizations and pushing her team to remain curious to find innovative solutions to drive transformation. Tanya brings over 20 years of experience in supply chain and procurement, across oil and gas, manufacturing, telecom, and retail.

In her role as the Director of Procurement at Federated Co-operatives Ltd, Tanya leads the ongoing procurement transformation of center-led procurement function for FCL. Tanya provides leadership to FCL’s strategic sourcing, capital projects, manufacturing procurement teams, as well as the procurement governance and infrastructure team.

In 2019 Tanya was Recognized by Supply Chain Canada as “100 influential women to watch in supply chain”. She is dedicated to mentoring young professionals in their career and has enjoyed her time as supply chain instructor at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology along with facilitating workshops for Supply Chain Canada.

Doug Romanuk
Senior Vice President, West Region Canada & Midwest USA at Bison Transport Inc
Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future (Panelist)

Doug Romanuk is the Senior Vice President, West Region Canada & Midwest USA at Bison Transport Inc, where he has been active in both Sales & Operations for the past ten years. Doug brings a wealth of transportation knowledge, with over 40 years in the industry.

Doug started his career as a Driver in Saskatchewan. After changing his focus to Sales, he tenured at three Top Tier Canadian Carriers, in Executive Roles, before settling at Bison Transport. He made the move to Bison because he saw it as an opportunity to work for a North American carrier that is leading the market in many segments, has a great culture and genuinely cares about its people.

Grace Laminski
Manager of Supply Chain, Alberta Energy Regulator
Managing Risks and Supporting Accountability throughout the Public Procurement Cycle (Panelist)

Grace Laminski is the current Manager, Supply Chain for Alberta Energy Regulator. Since 2017, she has been leading supply chain and contract management activities in the public sector. Prior to this her work was primarily in the energy sector as well as commercial aviation and manufacturing.

Her experience in various industries and her capacity to dissect and analyze different situations has given her the ability to deliver “big picture” solutions that address supplier relationship management, overall financial impact and strategy growth/ sustainability from a variety of different perspectives.

She firmly believes that supply chain management holds a vital place in all organizations and strives to build effective strategies that challenge today’s market.

Matt Wilkinson
Director of Corporate Procurement, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
Managing Risks and Supporting Accountability throughout the Public Procurement Cycle (Panelist)

Matt has 23+ years progressive Supply Chain experience in both the public and private sectors.

He is currently in the role of Director, Corporate Procurement with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation.

His education includes a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Institute of Business, a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) certification from Supply Chain Canada, and a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) certification from the Institute for Supply Management.

Matt is a seasoned leader, that has gained a wealth of knowledge in the Alcohol, Agricultural, Automotive, Cannabis, Food, Gaming, Healthcare, Service, Technology and Transportation Industries.

In 2018, Matt coined the phrase “Consumer Sector Procurement”, which is the process of empowering and enabling consumers to make informed buying decisions when acquiring goods and services to satisfy their needs, while creating value by saving time, money and reducing waste.

Matt is also the Founder & CEO of S2P Inc., which develops tech-driven innovative tools that offer insights to enhance the entire end-to-end procurement process for consumers right from sourcing the goods or services through to making payment.

Cindy Kieu
Branch Director, Edmonton Police Service Procurement & Contract Services
Managing Risks and Supporting Accountability throughout the Public Procurement Cycle (Panelist)

Cindy Kieu led the creation of Edmonton Police Service’s new Procurement & Contract Services Branch. In her role as Branch Director, she oversees the operational and professional service delivery of procurement, contracting, interagency agreements, and specialized legal services.

Prior to her current role, Cindy practised law and served as a trusted legal advisor to governments, municipalities, regulatory agencies, and corporations on diverse complex legal matters, politically sensitive issues, and strategic initiatives. She is experienced and provides expertise in the areas of public procurement, regulatory approval for resource development, modern land claims negotiations, commercial litigation, and public administration.

Cindy is an advocate and a community leader who has served in various agencies, boards and professional associations, including the Alberta Women in Public Safety, Alberta Safety Code Council, National Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and the Nunavut Law Foundation.

Cindy has a Bachelor of Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, and an International Bachelor of Business and Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Richard LeBlanc
Manager, Procurement & Vendor Management, FCC
Managing Risks and Supporting Accountability throughout the Public Procurement Cycle (Panelist)

Richard LeBlanc is a dedicated public procurement professional with about 20 years of experience with several Federal departments, the University of Saskatchewan, and Farm Credit Canada. After graduating the Department of National Defense’s procurement officer development program, he has been fortunate to support a wide number of major initiatives, including: the Canadian Contractor Augmentation Program supporting Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, the recovery efforts in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, the Strategic & Operating Review, the establishment of Shared Services Canada, and Canada’s first consolidated agreement with Microsoft, among many others. Much of his focus has been on helping organizations mature their procurement practices and implement technology to better support the procurement process, and he led the development and implementation of the University of Saskatchewan’s first Procurement Strategy for Indigenous Businesses. He is active with Supply Chain Canada as the Vice-President of the Saskatchewan Institute, and volunteers in support of veterans and new Canadians.

Venkat Vasan
Regional Vice President, Center of Excellence for Digital Supply Chain & Industry 4.0, SAP Americas
A Platform approach to enable Risk-Resilient Supply Chain Operations

Venkat Vasan is Regional Vice President Digital Supply Chain & Industry 4.0 at SAP. He has a successful profile of leadership of large high impact teams with a broad set of experiences in sales, sales leadership, business development and presales in the Software Industry.

With 25+ years of experience in Supply Chain and Manufacturing at both startups and large enterprises, Venkat is currently leading a team of professionals focused on customer facing engagements to drive transformational elements of their business processes. His specific industry vertical domain expertise includes Consumer Goods, Food and Beverage, Life Sciences Industrial Machinery and Components, Automotive and Specialty Chemicals.

Brett Casavant
CEO, C-Merak
Sustainably Improving Agricultural Productivity to Meet Increasing Demand (Panelist)

Brett is the CEO of C-Merak. For Brett, agriculture is a profession of execution and optimism. He believes people need to feel a connection to the land that feeds their body, mind, and soul.

Following university Brett returned to the 4th generation family farm, expanding the operation by 400% and bringing new crop varieties such as faba beans into the Tisdale region. Today as CEO of C-Merak, Brett leads the farm’s growth in value added processing – connecting consumers to quality food ingredients from locally grown faba beans and oats. C-Merak manages every step of the process - sourcing directly from family farms, preparing and storing the feedstock in C-Merak’s grain terminal and creating ingredients in the brand new state-of-art dry mill and fractionation facility. C-Merak’s portfolio includes FABAFuel Protein Concentrate, FABAFuel Flour and Prairie OATFuel oat groats, flakes, cuts and flour. Simple, pure, all natural and 100% Saskatchewan – C-Merak’s ingredients are tOATally FABAlous!

Sav Bellissimo
Store Brands Manager, FCL
Sustainably Improving Agricultural Productivity to Meet Increasing Demand (Panelist)

Sav Bellissimo is the Store Brands Manager for Federated Co-operatives Limited. FCL is the largest non-financial co-operative in Canada, which is owned by 180 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada. Sav has been in the consumer packaging goods industry for 30 years with a key focus on product and brand development, as well as private labels. A graduate of the University of Guelph, Sav has a reputation as an adaptive strategic leader with a proven ability in identifying and capitalizing on emerging market trends. Sav is passionate about local producers and the importance of establishing closer ties between the products on the shelf and the farmers who grow the ingredients.

Jeff Gross
Co-founder Pacific Ridge Corporation & Farmer
Sustainably Improving Agricultural Productivity to Meet Increasing Demand (Panelist)

Jeff is Co-founder of Pacific Ridge Corporation and has over 25 years’ experience in Ag and Ag Tech companies. He was a founding shareholder of Terra Grain Fuels - North America’s largest wheat-based ethanol plant with production of over 165M liters of fuel annually. Jeff was also the founder of C-Green Aggregators Canada's first and largest Ag Carbon credit trading firm where he was the first person in Canada to trade a verified Carbon credit. Jeff continues to run his farm outside of Regina, SK and has expanded into vertical growing with the Ag Tech company QuantoTech which is currently growing lettuce for UBC and expanding across Canada.

Bryan Kosteroski
Executive Director of the ACS and Saskatchewan, Food Industry Development Centre Board Member
Sustainably Improving Agricultural Productivity to Meet Increasing Demand (Panelist)

Bryan resides in Saskatoon Saskatchewan and has multiple rolls at the Agriculture Council over the past 20 years , 12 as the Agri-Food Value Chain Specialist & 8 years as the Executive Director .Bryan has over 30 years’ experience within the Agri-Food Industry Managing Food Processing Operations along developing value added product supply chains