Guest Speakers Providing Thought Leadership


Brad Wall | @BradWall306

Brad Wall served as the 14th Premier of Saskatchewan from 2007 to 2018 before retiring from public life. His ascent to the highest office in the province began in 1999 when he was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly as the MLA for Swift Current.

Under a decade of Wall’s Premiership, the employment sector grew by 60,000 new jobs, and provincial population growth reached its all-time high with more than 160,000 new citizens being welcomed into Saskatchewan. Wall’s growth plan reformed labour legislation and regulatory environments to ensure fairness, sustainability, and economic competitiveness.

During Wall’s tenure as Saskatchewan’s leader, his government’s stellar accomplishments include record-breaking public investment in provincial infrastructure through direct provincial and municipal funding of roads, sewers, highways, schools, hospitals, long term care facilities, and the new Mosaic Stadium. Additionally, with Wall at the helm, Saskatchewan saw unprecedented reductions in income and small business taxes, and reduced its operating debt by almost $1 billion earning its first ever AAA credit rating which it retains to this day. Wall’s last budget made the difficult choice to reduce Saskatchewan’s financial dependence on resource revenue and chart a course back to a balanced budget, recently tabled in the Legislature. None of those accomplishments are surprising considering Wall’s long history in economic development and tourism, and in light of his education at the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated with an Honours degree in Public Administration.

Since his departure from public life, Wall keeps himself busy operating his own business and acting as a special advisor to the national law firm Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP. He is an itinerant columnist for the BOE Report and the National Post, and was recently named to the Advisory Board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Wall and his wife, Tami, still reside in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. They have three grown children. He has started a small cow/calf joint venture with his son.


Hon. Ted Menzies, P.C. | @TedMenzies

During a lengthy career in primary production of oilseeds, grains, pulse and spice crops, Ted played an active role in policy development in agricultural as well as international trade, through various commodity organizations. He was President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, founding Vice President of Grain Growers of Canada, President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and director on many other Boards and committees.

Ted was first elected as the Member of Parliament in 2004 for the southern Alberta federal riding of Macleod beginning as official opposition critic for International Trade and Development. In 2006, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and to the Minister for the Canadian International Development Agency and then in 2007, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.

In 2011, Ted was sworn into the Queens Privy Council as Minister of State for Finance. Besides domestic finance responsibilities, his role included international development banks, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and Canada’s Governor at Finance Ministers meetings of the OECD.

Ted retired from federal politics in November 2013 and was then President and CEO of CropLife Canada until retiring in January 2017.

Present involvement includes Canadian Ag Hall of Fame Assn, Alberta’s Ag for Life, Cdn Roundtable for Sustainable Crops, Code of Practice Cmte, mentorships and local Boards.


Doug Mills – Port of Vancouver | @PortVancouver

Doug Mills brings more than 35 years of experience to his work at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, in marine, air, road and rail modes of transportation.

Doug joined the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2000, serving in the Statistics, Shore Operations, Supply Chain and Trade Development departments of the Port, where he now holds the position of Senior Account Representative for Bulk and Breakbulk cargo sectors. Cargo commodities in Doug’s portfolio include coal, potash, grain, sulphur, forest products, project cargos, automobiles, and liquid bulk products.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Doug holds a Bachelors Degree in Business and Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University, as well as a Diploma in Marketing Management Technology and Transportation Distribution Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


Markus Haerle – Grain Farmers of Ontario | @GrainFarmers

Markus, director District 14 (Prescott, Russell, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry), and in 2018 he became Chair of the Board of Directors for the Grain Farmers of Ontario. He has sat on the Board of Directors since 2010, and he served as Vice Chair from 2015-2018. Haerle has been involved in several committees including Wheat Marketing, Wheat Trading and Government Relations. Haerle sees our organization as the voice of farmers; he feels Grain Farmers of Ontario is there every day to do the work that farmers don’t necessarily have the time to do themselves. Lobbying is one focus that Haerle feels very strongly about. He believes that if the government supports farmers it helps the industry as a whole. Another focus is public outreach – District 14 delegates built and run a fair and event trailer to help educate the public about grain farming and agriculture in general. Haerle believes his success as a director can be attributed to the support he receives from his district delegates and the farmer-members they represent. Haerle and his wife, Roxane farm more than 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat near St. Isidore. They also have 20,000 laying hens and Haerle is a councillor for the Egg Farmers of Ontario. When not in the field, Haerle can be found in the farm shop as he enjoys welding and creating or altering his own farm implements and machinery. The Haerles have four children – Sabrina, Kassandra, Mathew, and Christopher Robin. They are pleased to see the farming tradition being carried on by Mathew and Christopher who now work the farm with them.

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Alastair Handley – Carbon Credit Solutions | @CCS_C02e

Alastair is the Founder and President of Alberta-based companies CCSI and Climate Smart Group (CSG). His recent appointment to the World Bank Advisory Group for Operationalizing Article 6 of the Paris Agreement recognizes Alastair as a leader and authority on Environment Markets worldwide, and especially carbon markets.

In response to the Paris Agreement, the Advisory Group’s purpose is to establish market-based facilities and associated instruments to support the development of carbon markets internationally. This reflects Alastair’s personal mission, to help national and sub-national governments implement essential environmental market frameworks that stimulate green innovation, create employment opportunities and result in lasting reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

A pioneer in the environmental market space, Alastair designed and developed one of the first software platforms in the world to aggregate and quantify large-scale emission reductions. Leveraging his prior experience with geographic information systems and software design, Alastair created a world-class Measure-Report-Verify (MRV) system that in the past decade has generated $40 million dollars in documented carbon credits for farmers in Alberta, saved emitters $30 million and created excess of $30 million in company equity for CCSI.

Alastair’s MRV System was created in 2007, in response to Alberta developing the first carbon market in North America. A global leader, the province’s environmental foresight is the foundation on which Alastair built his companies. The success of CCSI and CSG domestically and internationally exemplifies how emission reduction markets can build wealth, generate jobs, create export opportunities and protect the environment for future generations at once.


Murray Hamilton – Canadian Pacific Railway | @CanadianPacific

Murray Hamilton serves as Assistant Vice-President Grain & Fertilizer Sales, in Canadian Pacific’s Sales & Marketing team. Murray has responsibility for CP’s North American sales efforts for the grain and fertilizer portfolio.

He has 33 year’s experience with CP. His career with CP started in 1986 when he joined the Intermodal Marketing and Sales team in Edmonton, AB. Murray has had assignments in Toronto (2), Calgary (2), Detroit, Winnipeg and most recently again in Winnipeg in his current capacity. Through his career, Murray has held progressive leadership roles in Canadian Pacific’s Intermodal, Merchandise and Bulk lines of business.

A graduate from the University of Alberta, Murray is married and has two daughters.


David Przednowek – Canadian National Railway | @CNRailway

David is responsible for carload pricing for bulk grain and processed grain products across the CN network, as well as car allocation and commercial car supply products. His sales responsibilities include most of the US-based grain accounts as well as special crops accounts in western Canada. David is based in Winnipeg and grew up on a grain and livestock farm northeast of Beausejour, Manitoba.


Mark Hemmes – Quorum Corporation

Mark Hemmes is President of Quorum Corporation, an independent subsidiary of the Quorum Group of Companies, of which he is a founding partner. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Quorum Corporation has been responsible for monitoring Canada’s Prairie Grain Handling and Transportation System on behalf Transport Canada and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada since June 2001. Quorum reports to the Government and industry on changes in the efficiency, reliability, structure and operation of the grain handling and transportation system as well as the impacts these changes have on producers. Quorum and its sister companies have also completed studies in the area of container movements and the role of inland container terminals in Western Canada, the provision of analytical and research services for the review of rail freight service in 2008 and 2009 and an examination and assessment of the Canadian Grain Supply Chain.

Mark has extensive experience in the transportation industry. During his 23 years with the rail industry he held a variety of senior positions in the fields of marketing, intermodal, and operations. Mark attended post-secondary schools in Edmonton at the University of Alberta and the University of Western Ontario.

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