MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

A B C D E F G H J K L M N O P R S T U W
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Ag-West Bio
Dr. Karen Churchill, president and CEO

Ag-West Bio is Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association and bioeconomy catalyst, helping move research to market and grow biobusiness in the province in areas including biotechnology, bioproducts and biofuels, environment, health and nutrition.

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC)
Jason Turner, manager of lending products

We provide Alberta’s agricultural producers, agribusinesses and rural commercial small businesses with loans, crop insurance and farm income disaster assistance, supporting and advancing industry development.

AgriView, Inc.
Art Froehlich, president
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Alan Hall
Alan Hall, chief operating officer, Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta

Alan is a key player in Alberta’s agricultural community, most recently with the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund (ACIDF), which focused on supporting crop-sector research, development and product development growth with farmers and companies.

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Alberta Food Processors Association
Melody Pashko, general manager of food safety and quality

AFPA is a non-profit organization representing Alberta’s food and beverage sector and service providers since 1974, working to grow the sector through advocacy, delivery of quality training and education and member and industry engagement opportunities.

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Alberta Hemp Works Ltd.
Colleen Stein, president

Alberta Hemp Works serves as a hub for hemp growers, processors and manufacturers.  Along with processing hemp fibre, Hemp Works provides affordable lease space and business development services to hemp startups.

Alberta Indian Investment Corporation (AIIC)
Donald (Rocky) Sinclair, chief executive officer

Owned by all First Nation communities in Alberta, A.I.I.C. provides First Nation-owned businesses with loans and equity financing. AIIC is instrumental in supporting First Nations’ economic development throughout the province.

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Alberta Innovates

Alberta Innovates solves some of the biggest industry challenges in our province and supports the growth of business while stimulating the start-up community to build new technology and drive new ideas. We want to build a bright future for all Albertans

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Alberta Midland Railway Terminal
Darcy Heggie, sales and inquiries

This rail storage and mobile repair service operation offers 16 storage yard tracks and five operating tracks, providing rail services to industry needing access to the world market.

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Alberta Pulse Growers
Leanne Fischbuch, executive director

Alberta Pulse Growers represents 6,500 growers of field pea, dry bean, lentil, chickpea, faba bean and soybean in Alberta. We work to have Alberta pulses recognized by consumers as environmentally friendly, healthy, nutritious, and recognized by all producers as being an essential element in a sustainable cropping system.

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Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance
Bev Thornton, executive director

Regional collaboration among 16 vibrant rural communities in southern Alberta that strives to support local business and attract new enterprise to the region.

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Alberta Southwest Regional Economic Development
Bev Thornton, executive director

This regional economic development alliance, a collaboration of 16 communities formed in 2003, focuses on initiatives to build healthy, sustainable economies. Key industry sectors: tourism, renewable energy, agriculture, innovative technology.

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anCeres Processing Solutions Ltd.
Trevor Pizzey, president

This engineering and project management firm offers expertise in grain processing. Focus areas include facilitating investment decision making, optimizing existing operations, managing design and construction of new processing assets and providing guidance about regulatory compliance.

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Aratinga Extracts
Diana Powers

Aratinga Extracts produces natural plant extracts through a liquid or supercritical C02 process that are pure, solvent-free and sustainable. They also offer pilot testing for extraction of different plants/botanicals and offer consulting services.

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AVAC Ltd.
Martin Vetter, senior investment manager

AVAC invests across the continuum of IT and AgTech entrepreneurship through direct investing and fund of funds participation.

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BARR-AG
Barry Schmitt, president
Barr-Ag is one of the largest hay exporters in Canada. Contact us if you are looking for a dependable source of high-quality, export-ready, non-GMO timothy hay, timothy pellets, alfalfa and wheat straw. We also produce bales of dehydrated corn silage for export, and export barley, oats and peas as well.
Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED)

BRAED is a group of 25 communities and five affiliate members in east-central Alberta that work together to address community economic development issues from a regional perspective.

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BDC
Michael Poynton, business centre manager

We create and develop strong businesses in Calgary, providing small business loans and additional financing for larger projects. Our experienced business consultants offer practical advice to help accelerate your company’s growth.

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Big Lakes County Agriculture Service Board
Sheila Kaus, agriculture fieldman

This team of five councillors and six members-at-large work together around agricultural issues and initiatives and county agricultural programs. They also lobby government to effect sustainable change in the agricultural industry.

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Botaneco Inc.
James Szarko, president and CEO

Utilizing plant-based separation and purification technology, this award-winning company isolates authentic, multifunctional ingredients from oilseeds, creating novel solutions to help care for the world.

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Brain Bar Nutrition Inc.
Christopher Boyse, founder

Brain Bar is a functional energy bar designed for your brain. The plant-based protein bar is made with real, brain-boosting ingredients and is sold in stores across Canada.

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Camrose County
Teresa Gratrix, corporate services manager

Our team supports agriculture as the backbone of the county, including intensive livestock operations, beef production, large-scale grain and oilseed production and a burgeoning local food initiative.

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Cel Electric
Dallas Smith, COO

For more than 40 years CEL has been a trusted partner in providing comprehensive, fully integrated electrical construction services and solutions for agricultural, industrial and commercial facilities. CEL’s clients include some of the biggest names in agriculture, including Cargill, Nutrien, GrainsConnect, G3, Verdient and Richardson International. From bulk handling and storage, to milling and processing. From fertilizer to pea protein, water treatment to food and beverage. We are a proven, turnkey, process solutions EIC contractor.

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Central Alberta Access Prosperity
Pam Steckler, managing director, International Engagement

A comprehensive network and information resource and your link to investment opportunities, key contacts and regional information. Access Prosperity focuses on promoting economic growth in the Central Alberta region.

Corteva Agriscience
Tyler Groeneveld, commercial leader, Grains and Oils

Our integrated and expanded seed and crop-protection solutions combine genetics, chemistry and precision agriculture to help farmers maximize the value of their investment.

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County of Barrhead
Debbie Oyarzun, county manager

Rural municipality of approximately 6,300 residents in north-central Alberta.

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County of Paintearth
Michael Simpson

The County of Paintearth is working to build a strong economic future for our rural region in east central Alberta.

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David Hughes
Professor David Hughes

David Hughes talks around the world on consumer and food industry trends and their implications for business and blogs at Supermarkets in your pocket.

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Dennis McKnight
Dennis McKnight, chief executive officer, Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta

Dennis is passionate about building the Canadian Prairies into a leading global source of plant-based proteins and ingredients, focusing on building awareness of industry potential among companies, growers, investors, universities and colleges.

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Economic Development Lethbridge
Trevor Lewington, CEO

Economic Development Lethbridge connects, supports and promotes the city as a place for enterprise, with projects supporting startup development, marketing, investment attraction and business growth.

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Enagon Inc.
Garry Evernden, president

Using Enagon Powerwave Technology, sound waves are used to remove moisture and pulverize almost any compound to create powder in an environmentally friendly way.

Eve Zhou
Student, Master of Business Administration

Eve has extensive experience in the international trade in food industry. You can reach out to her if you are interested in exporting.

Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES), University of Alberta

The Faculty of ALES provides solutions to global challenges in the areas of agriculture, nutrition, the environment and human ecology.

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Farm Credit Canada (FCC), Red Deer branch
Harvey Bellanger, senior relationship manager, Agribusiness and Agri-Food Division

FCC provides specialized and personalized business and financial services and products to farming operations, including family farms, and to those businesses in rural Canada, including small and medium-sized businesses, that are related to farming.

Forty Mile Grain Exchange

Forty Mile Grain Exchange is a subsidiary of Forty Mile Rail Transload Facility, a short-line track in southern Alberta that moves grain and pulses to market, providing needed economic activity and opening up markets to producers in the area.

FWS Group
Brent Clegg, president and CEO

This team of construction professionals delivers full project development services from conception through design, building and maintenance.

g(squared)
Gary Meldrum, partner

The g[squared] team provides world-class marketing services to many local, national and international companies representing a comprehensive range of industries.

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Genome Alberta
Gijs van Rooijen PhD, chief scientific officer

Genome Alberta is a publicly funded not-for-profit corporation that initiates, funds and manages genomics research and partnerships. We strive to be the leading source of information and administration related to genomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, and biotech research in Alberta.

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Gowling WLG LLP
Jeffrey Coles, M.Sc., lawyer and patent agent

These legal professionals offer a solid understanding of various aspects of Canadian law, including the needs of the growing Calgary market and representing both traditional industry sectors and new economy entrants.

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GrainCorp
Robert Fullerton, vice-president, trading

GrainCorp Canada is an integrated grain storage and transport network, increasing access to global markets through GrainsConnect Canada with a seamless experience for growers from grain sale to delivery.

Holmstrom Seed
Darrell Holmstrom, Owner
Holmstrom Seed is an independent seed retailer located near Killam, AB. Growing wheat seed, barley, green peas, oats, flax and hybrid canola, the family-run business believes in doing things right. Owner Darrell Holmstrom also believes deeply in the importance of research, development and innovation, and regularly hands over plots of land for research trials.
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Jarvis Advisors
Dave Pullar, president

We provide strategic and tactical advise for Consumer Packaged Goods companies on building bridges to retail and navigating pathways within retailers.  We are experienced at scaling food and beverage businesses to succeed with both consumers and retailers.

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Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) Alberta
Joan Miller, director of economic development

Located just south of the Alberta Capital Region, JEDI is a municipal partnership between the County of Wetaskiwin and Town of Millet.  We facilitate local and foreign investment, development and expansion in central Alberta.

Kaolin English
Student, Bachelor of Science Urban Studies

Kaolin is passionate about leveraging her studies to improve eco-friendly and sustainable living. She is an active member of the Calgary community, and has volunteered at Canmore Folk Music Festival and for Run for the Cure.

Keith & Associates
Corey Keith, president

Keith & Associates provides practical and proven business advice that ensures their clients achieve success, then helps them find the money they need to reach their goals.

Kim McConnell
Kim McConnell CM

Kim McConnell is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the agricultural marketing and communications industry, skilled in business planning, integrated marketing and advertising.

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Kitchen Partners
Mike Calverley, VP, sales & marketing

Kitchen Partners is a federally inspected custom-food manufacturer based in Edmonton and has collaborated with many of Canada’s biggest restaurants and food retailers. Since 1985 we have worked closely our customers to launch hundreds of products across Canada

Kleinjan Farms Ltd.
Dyan Kleinjan

This multi-generational irrigated farm has been growing industrial hemp grain since 2014.

La Vita Commodities
Hafeez Chishti

La Vita is a Canadian supplier and exporter of Canadian agricultural products, including pulses and meats.

Lakeland College
Josie Van Lent, dean, agriculture sciences

Lakeland College awards certificates, diplomas and applied degrees in seven program areas.  The school also has a strong mandate for agriculture applied research in commercial crops and livestock.

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Lethbridge College
Sandra Dufresne, executive director of advancement

The college offers relevant academic programs (Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Culinary, Engineering Technologies) and applied research projects (aquaponics, irrigation, sustainable food production, organoleptic testing, augmented and virtual reality, agricultural engineering and technology).

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Lethbridge County
Martin Ebel, economic development officer

Lethbridge County is an agricultural and agri-food production hub in southern Alberta. In addition to beef, wheat, canola, potato and various specialty crops, agricultural research stations exist for crop production, land use and animal husbandry.

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Lethbridge RBC
Terry Belisle, vice-president Agriculture and Commercial for Southern Alberta

RBC uses a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 86,000-plus employees who bring our vision and values to life, to help our clients thrive and communities prosper.

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Mackenzie County
Byron Peters, deputy chief administrative officer

Mackenzie County is Alberta’s largest municipality, comprising about 80,000 square kilometres in the province’s northwest corner. The county is rich in agriculture, with many active grain farms in the area.

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Malone Projects Inc. Canada
Steve Thompson, president, North America

Malone Projects is an international engineering and safety project-delivery company. We provide expertise and experience around the full project life cycle, including engineering design, procurement, project management and validation.

Metaldog Industrial Park
Andrea Garnier Spongberg

Metaldog Industrial Park is offering new industrial lots for sale, completed and deeded and ready to go. Two acres to eight acres. Paved road five km north of Rocky Mountain House near the Airport.

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Mizuho Bank Ltd. Canada Branch
Yuki Sato, vice-president

Mizuho is one of the world’s largest banks, with one of the largest customer bases in Japan and a global network of financial and business centres.

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MLT Aikins LLP
Scott Exner, partner

This full-service law firm serves Western Canada.

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MNP LLP Lacombe
Krystal Cardinal, senior manager

This team of 20 professionals and three partners provides tailored business services and advice for key local industries, including oil and gas, retail, transportation, school boards and agricultural businesses.

MPowrx Health and Wellness Products
Nancy Markley, founder

MPowrx is a leader in providing innovative and affordable health and wellness products, including Bellycrush high-fibre snacks, made with yellow pea fibre.

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NAIT Centre for Culinary Innovation
Dana Gibson, director of business development

NAIT’s Centre for Culinary Innovation supports the development of new or improved food products, equipment and processes for our industry partners. Projects focus on providing enhanced food experiences, nutrition and health, sustainability and kitchen efficiency.

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NIZO
Ben van der Deen, business development manager
Novasep
Cyril Lennhardt

Novasep is a leading international provider of services for the life sciences industry, based in particular on specialized membrane and resin-based purification technologies for industrial biotech applications. The Process Solutions BU is recognized for its expertise in the fields of food and functional ingredients as well as fermentation and biomass valorization.

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Olds College
Heather Steckly, chief of staff

Olds College is transforming agriculture for a better world, specializing in hands-on education in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental stewardship.

 

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PCL Construction
John Bunting

PCL is a construction contractor that specializes in large commercial projects, while also excelling at smaller, unique special projects.

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Pea Pro Nutrition Ltd.
Jason Getty, president

Pea protein isolate production

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Peace Region Economic Development Alliance (PREDA)
Daniel Dibbelt, executive director

PREDA is a partnership of 47 municipalities, educational institutions, business groups and Community Futures groups working together to guide regional economic development of Alberta’s northwest.

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Propel Ventures
Keith Driver, president

Propel Ventures is an amalgamation of family offices focused on developing, incubating, executing and investing in early stage businesses. Focus areas include the change in energy systems, feeding a growing population and caring for an aging population.

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Provision Analytics
Erik Westblom, co-founder & CEO

We create fully transparent food supply chains. We build valuable data and offer value with thorough analysis, from farm to fork.

PSI Industrial Mechanical
Katherine Waller, president

Design and maintenance of agricultural mechanical systems, including silos, grain elevators and crop-processing equipment. The experienced team provides mobile welding services and HDPE and MDPE fusing.

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Red Agro
Tharakesh MM, Master of Business Administration student

Tharakesh founded Red Agro which pairs technology and consulting to solve agriculture water scarcity and productivity challenges for more than 150 clients. He is skilled in implementing robotic process automation. He has a passion for solving real-world issues and can bring a unique angle to any challenge.

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Rocky View County
David Kalinchuk, economic development manager

Rocky View County is focused on attracting new manufacturing plants that will add value to Western Canadian crops, capitalizing on the world-class warehousing cluster in Balzac and attracting industry to CN Rail’s Calgary Logistics Park at Conrich.

Rowland Farms
Keith Jones, sales

Rowland Farms is a family-operated agri-business growing and processing a diversified line of high purity organic grains, pulses and oilseeds for human and livestock consumption from facilities in Taber, Barnwell, Vauxhall and Grassy Lake.

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Schaap Interim Food Services

SIFS offers hands-on interim support on strategic management, product development, sourcing as well as supply chain matters for the food industry. Your plan(t)s are my concern!

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Scotiabank Agricultural Banking
Roxane Lieverse, director

This team of banking specialists provides advice and solutions to help agricultural producers and agribusinesses operating in Canada and internationally grow their businesses.

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Scott C Gillespie Agronomy

Scott C Gillespie Agronomy specializes in building healthy soils by moving beyond crop rotations and into plant-sequence planning. Cash crops and cover crops work together to provide profit in the bank and wealth in the soil.

Shannon Snaden
PPAA marketing specialist
Smoky River Economic Development
Diane Chiasson, economic development officer

A central hub for information on the municipalities in the region and their demographics, business and real estate opportunities.

SouthGrow Regional Initiative
Peter Casurella, executive director

SouthGrow is a non-profit regional economic development alliance of 24 south-central Alberta communities, working together to achieve prosperity for the region.

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Summit View Development Corporation (SVDC)

Operating as Easy SR&ED Consultants, SVDC helps prepare applications for R&D companies to receive related expenses back from the government under the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program.

Taber Economic Development (TED)
Ben Young, economic development officer

Taber Economic Development strives to build a business community for tomorrow’s Taber, providing information to businesses or families looking to relocate, initiating projects and supporting business attraction, retention and expansion.

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Taber Irrigation District
Christopher W. Gallagher, P.Eng, district manager

With a focus on sustainability and efficiency, we manage water resources responsibly through collaborative planning, regular upgrading, proactive maintenance and cost-effective operation.

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Top Health Ingredients
Brittany DeMarco, marketing and communications co-ordinator.

Top Health Ingredients is a supplier of quality, plant-based, non-GMO ingredients such as protein powders, prebiotics and sweeteners to the food, beverage and supplement markets.

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Town of Morinville
Danielle Woolnough, economic development officer

Just 30 kilometres north of Edmonton, the Town of Morinville is a fast growing, young and vibrant community offering rich history and an exciting future. Morinville is positioning itself as an agricultural hub with a focus on supporting the agri-foods sector.

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Triskele Logistics. Ltd.
Steve Banks, president

Triskele Logistics is a supply chain consulting company, using industry knowledge, connections and expertise to manage projects and complete supply chain research.

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TSGI Corporation
Elliot Cudmore, business development

TSGI helps innovative companies access the federal government’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program. We’re the Prairie’s largest team of independent SR&ED experts. Companies accessing PIC/supercluster funding are eligible.

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UFA Calgary Commercial AgriBusiness
Rob Giguere, vice-president, commercial agribusiness

Our Calgary-based agribusiness team focuses on UFA’s crop, livestock, and buildings businesses. UFA serves the needs of farmers and ranchers as they operate their commercial farm operations.

ulivit
Carla Gustafson

These superfood bars use local ingredients, including chickpeas, lentils, flax, quinoa and Saskatoon berries, along with other superfoods such as almonds, pumpkin seeds and Canadian maple syrup. Packaging is 100-per-cent compostable.

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University of Lethbridge
Erasmus Okine, vice-president, Research

The University of Lethbridge provides academic programming, fundamental and applied research across biological aspects of animal, plant and crop science with leading expertise in business, genetics, epigenetics and synthetic biology.

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W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions
Chris Chivilo, founder

This family-oriented company exports cereals, pulses and oilseeds. Sourcing directly from growers, they process and ship worldwide through their system of six facilities and 15 third-party processors.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)
Joanne Pawluk, director general

WD is a federal institution that aims to lead in the building of a strong, competitive West by focusing on business development, innovation and community development.

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