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Dan Brewin, CEO of PPAA
Dan Brewin
CEO
Plant Protein Alliance
of Alberta

ppaa.ca

Dan Brewin

The phrase “All Ways Agriculture” is one Dan Brewin uses to describe his upbringing and career. Having grown up farming in southern Alberta on a mixed irrigation farm, Dan studied agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. After returning to the farm for a few years, he studied finance at the University of Calgary as he recognized the need and satisfaction of supporting agriculture by increasing value-added processing. Career experience includes crop inputs retail with large agribusiness corporations where Dan had the opportunity to learn about agriculture across the prairies. As unique challenges unfolded, Dan initiated and participated in innovative solutions, often involving digital technology. Dan is visionary and has experience in strategy development, both of which are important in growing the plant-protein sector of western Canadian agriculture.

Currently, Dan and his family enjoy living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where Dan’s leisure time includes riding his polo horses.
You can contact Dan or learn more about Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta at:
brewin.dan@gmail.com

Dennis McKnight
Dennis McKnight
Strategic Adviser
Plant Protein Alliance
of Alberta

Dennis McKnight

If variety is the spice of life then Dennis has had a very ‘spicy’ career. Dennis has worked as a political operative in both Canada and the U.S., including a key U.S. presidential election campaign. He used the knowledge from election campaign polling to start a market research company for clients such as McDonald’s, Bayer Crop Science, Canadian National Railways and General Motors.

He joined the international speaking circuit examining future trends, and developed a television series called The Innovators and a series concept called Dr. Food. He has travelled the world, taking world-class companies and organizations with him in the pursuit of the best in food innovation.

As a strategic adviser to Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta (PPAA), Dennis is passionate about building the Canadian prairies into a leading global source of plant-based proteins and ingredients.

Alan Hall
Alan Hall
Producer Liaison
Plant Protein Alliance
of Alberta

Alan Hall

Alan has been a key leader of the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund (ACIDF) over the past decade. The fund has been focussed on supporting crop-sector research, development and product development growth with farmers and companies. The current portfolio of over 600 projects and more than $100 million of ACIDF investments in these projects has led to significant commercial results.

Previously, as executive director of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute, Alan headed up Alberta government research funding in the agricultural sector. Prior to that, Alan was executive director of the Plant Industry Division and regional director for central Alberta, and was responsible for the agricultural crop research and extension efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture.

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