Amy was raised and involved on a mixed family farm consisting of cattle and grain near Pike Lake, Sask. In 2003 she received her Diploma for the Crop Advisor program from Olds College. Her experiences include being a Crop Scout for Cargill Ag Horizons, Location Assistant at Pioneer Grain, and G-Mac’s Ag Team as a Sales Agronomist.
Currently Amy works with Blair’s Family of Companies as the Director of AgIntelligence. Amy works with her team of Agronomist to deliver agronomy services to help maximize customers farming goals. Amy enjoys brining new ideas to her team and working in an industry that is ever changing.
She also lives on a mixed farm near Hanley, Sask with her husband and two boys were they are actively involved in the family farm. Farming has always been a huge part of Amy’s life and she enjoys watching her boys grow up on the century family farm.
Shelley is a proud AGvocate!
Her efforts toward improving the public perception of agriculture have seen the development and delivery of agriculture awareness, youth leadership, career promotion, and training programs under Growing Forward 2. A couple of celebrated successes include the establishment of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan, targeting awareness efforts to public audiences, and the extended reach of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan programs and resources to the province’s teachers and students. She is now the Ministry’s Manager of Livestock Development and works with internal and external stakeholders to support the sustainable growth of the province’s livestock sector. Critical to that growth is public trust.
Shelley is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Agriculture, and grew up on a ranch near Crane Valley. She is also an active community volunteer and was recognized as Moose Jaw’s Citizen of the Year and awarded a Canada 150 Medal for her efforts.
Trish started working in this wonderful agricultural community in 1996 after obtaining an MSc in soil science from the University of Saskatchewan. She started her career as an agronomist with Westco Fertilizers and Agricore United, and then with Monsanto both as a DEKALB field agronomist and an area sales manager. She joined Federated Co-operatives in 2015 as the Knowledge and Innovation Manager, leading training and innovation projects in agronomy. Trish and her husband have three awesome kids, boys ages 13 and 10 (and 10 again!), and they’re involved in the farm at Melfort, Saskatchewan. Aside from family and work, Trish also loves to run, cycle, and play soccer.
Founded 1993, AgriBiz Communications serves the management, marketing and communication needs of agricultural and food organizations with a local, provincial and national reach.
The success of AgriBiz is grounded in Adele’s leadership skills and natural diplomacy, her focus on collaboration, and an innate ability to problem solve. She has exceptional insight into board governance through her experience as a manager and senior executive, as well as serving on several boards including an executive member of Canadian Western Agribition and serving as President of Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation, SaskTel Centre and Agriculture in the Classroom (Sk) Inc.
Adele is a passionate foodie and farm girl based in Saskatoon. She was raised on a mixed grain/beef operation east of Saskatoon and resided in that area until 2009. Today, Adele lives and works in Saskatoon while maintaining involvement in the family farm. Her daily life combines elements of urban and rural Saskatchewan.
Jean Harrington and her husband John crop 7,400 acres as part of a family farm operation in the Glenside area. Marketing crops on the family farm turned into a business for her in 2001 when she founded Prairie Farm Brokerage, an ag marketing and consulting company. Jean joined the Sask Pulse Growers Board of Directors in 2014, and currently chairs their Research and Development Committee. She also serves on the Canadian Grain Commission Western Standards Committee.
Janice Tranberg, President and CEO of the Alberta and National Cattle Feeders’ Associations, advocates for cattle feeders on a broad range of policies and economic issues impacting the competitiveness of beef production in Alberta and Canada.
Previously Janice was the Executive Director of SaskCanola, Assistant Deputy Minister of Regulatory and Innovation for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, vice president Western Canada for CropLife Canada, and Communications and Regulatory Affairs Director with Ag-West Bio. Janice started her career as a research scientist with Performance Plants Inc.
Janice holds a diploma in horticulture from Olds College, and a Bachelor’s of Science and Masters of Science from the University of Saskatchewan.
Joan Heath and her husband, Corey Loessin have operated Aidra Farms near Radisson, SK since 1991, where they farm 3000 acres. Joan attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Home Economics degree, majoring in Foods and Nutrition.
Joan is the past Chair and past Vice Chair of SaskCanola, serving 7 years as a Director. She also was a Director on the Board of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan for nearly a decade. In 2013, she served on the Interim Board of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission. From 2015 until presently, she is a Director of Cereals Canada. She is a 2018 nominee for induction into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. From 1990-2007 she worked in the canola industry. In addition, she served two terms as a school board trustee on the Prairie Spirit School Board of Education.
Kristine Brown is a Partner with MNP’s Agriculture Services team in Saskatoon. Kristine works with the owners of cattle and grain operations as well as with small businesses in other industries in the Saskatoon and Kindersley regions. She delivers innovative business solutions to help clients overcome challenges, mitigate issues and increase success.
In 2009, Kristine received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and became a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2012.
Penny is truly passionate about agriculture in this province, and her roots are deep – being a farm girl herself. She is no longer active in the family farm but is proud to be a public servant and dedicated to her hard-working team that is helping build a vibrant crop sector in the province.
Penny is currently the Executive Director of the Crops and Irrigation Branch, and this is her fourth position within her 19 year tenure with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.
Penny would be happy to work with you on finding your voice and using your passions to serve your purpose in whatever work you do.
Karen Dow graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987 with a BSA majoring in
Agronomy. Karen grew up in Humboldt and very active in their family farm in Birch Hills. She
began her career for Simplot Canada in 1987 in Regina, Saskatchewan in managing fertilizer
sales for Southern Saskatchewan. Karen was the first female salesperson for fertilizer in North
America. During this time, Karen and her husband helped farm her husband's family farm. In
1991, Karen moved to Farm Debt Review Board as a field person in Southern Saskatchewan. In
1992, with a move to Grande Prairie, Karen remained a field person for Farm Debt Review
Board and also began sitting as a board member in review files. In 1993, she began a contract
with Cyanamid in the Northern Peace territory and with a move in 1994 to Regina began a 22
year career of working as a Territory Manager/ Business Representative with Cyanamid/BASF.
During this time Karen was very involved with her children and volunteered as the President of
Lakeridge School, sat on the Council of the SIA, as well as several other volunteer organization.
In 2005, Karen was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal honoring her for the efforts in
non-profit organizations. In 2015, after retiring from BASF, Karen became a co-owner in a
Western Ag business in North East Saskatchewan. From 2015 to date, Karen has worked with
Blair's Family of Companies and is the Sales Director- North Saskatchewan where she is
managing sales people with the five northern locations. Karen's passion has always been in
helping farmers understand the ever changing technologies to grow the best crops possible.