Wild Oats Grainworld 2015 ProgramThe Fairmont WinnipegWinnipeg ManitobaHeld Monday, February 23 & Tuesday, February 24, 2015Hotel ReservationsThe Fairmont Winnipeg hotel reservations can be made by visiting the Fairmont’s on-line reservation page or calling either 1-204-985-6240 or toll free 1-800-441-1414. When making your reservation, tell Fairmont’s agent that it is for the Wild Oats Grainworld Conference to get the special conference rate: Fairmont Room $154.00 per night. This rate is guaranteed until January 30, 2015 based on availability. The number of rooms at this rate is limited, so be sure to make your reservation soon. Below is the program for Wild Oats Grainworld 2015. Be sure to check back often or follow us on Twitter for updates.
7:00 amBreakfast Buffet Opens 7:55 am - 8:25 amBreakfast SpeakerLarry Maguire, Member of Parliament (Brandon-Souris)The Impact of Trade Policy on the Canadian Grain Industry 8:30 am - 8:45 amWelcomeThe Honorable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada 8:45 amOpening CommentsJohn Duvenaud, Chairman, Wild Oats Grainworld 20158:45 am - 9:00 amOutlook for 2015 Western Canadian Crop ProductionRobert Saik, CEO, Agri-Trend Group of Companies9:00 am - 10:45 amSession 1: Oilseed Market Structure and OutlooksChair:Fred Oleson, Deputy Director, Grains & Oilseeds Division, Agriculture andAgri-Food CanadaPanelists:Canola - Brian Conn, Vice-President - Canadian Oilseeds, Louis Dreyfus CommoditiesFlax - Chuck Penner, President, LeftField Commodity ResearchSoybeans - Chris Beckman, Oilseeds Analyst, Grains & Oilseeds Division, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada10:45 am - 11:15 amCoffee/Networking Break11:15 am - 12:45 pmSession 2: Wheat Market Structure and OutlooksChair:Dr. Al Loyns, President, Prairie Horizons Ltd.Panelists:Red Spring Wheat - Lawrence Yakielashek, General Manager, FarmLink Marketing SolutionsDurum - Alan Hegemeier, Merchandiser, CHS Inc.Malt Barley – Lorelle Selinger, North American Merchandising Manager, Cargill Malt12:45 pm - 2:00 pmNoon Luncheon & SpeakerRobert Saik, CEO, Agri-Trend Group of Companies Outlook 2015 and Beyond 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmSession 3: Feed Grain Market Structure and OutlooksChair:Fraser Gilbert, Senior Strategic Business Development, SGS Agricultural ServicesPanelists:Corn - Nicholas Hoyt, Vice-President, Informa Economics, Inc.Barley - Lance Mistelbacher, Vice-President, Commodity Risk Management, Maple Leaf FoodsOats - Randy Strychar, President, Ag Commodity Research 3:30 pm - 4:00 pmCoffee/Networking Break4:00 pm - 5:30 pmSession 4: How Farmers Profit with Social MediaChair:Harry Siemens, Publisher, Siemen SaysPanelists:Simon Ellis, Sales Manager, Ellis Seeds/FarmerEldon Klippenstein, President, H2K Farms Ltd.Brian Voth, VP Operations/Sr. Market Coach, Agri-Trend Marketing Inc5:30 pmAdjourn6:00 pm - 7:00 pmCocktail Reception7:00 pm - 9:30 pmBanquet & EntertainmentEntertainment: Matt Falk, Comedian
7:00 amBreakfast Buffet Opens 7:55 am - 8:25 amBreakfast SpeakerDr. Grant N. Pierce, Executive Director of Research, St. Boniface HospitalIf Flax Were a Pill Instead of a Food, Someone Would Be Rich8:30 am - 8:45 amGreatingsThe Honorable Ron Kostyshyn, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Province of Manitoba 8:45 am - 10:15 amSession 5: Special Crops Market Structure and OutlooksChair:John De Pape, FARMCoPanelists:Peas - Heidi Dutton, General Manager, ADM Agri IndustriesLentils - Elyce Simpson Fraser, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Simpson Seeds IncMustard - Walter Dyck, Seed Division Manager, Olds Products Company10:15 am - 10:45 amCoffee/Networking Break10:45 am - 12:15 pmSession 6: How We Kept Markets OperatingChair:Dulcie Price, President, Optimum Agra Services Ltd.Panelists:Ryan McKnight, Grain Merchandising Manager, Linear Grain Inc.Allan Johnston, President, Johnston’s Grain MarketingJerry Klassen, GAP S.A. Grain & Produits12:15 pm - 1:45pmNoon Luncheon & SpeakerThe Honorable James E. Downey, Former Minister of Agriculture, Government of ManitobaMoving Farmers Up the Value Chain 1:45 pmClosing CommentsJohn Duvenaud, Chairman, Wild Oats Grainworld 2015