Canadian Western Agribition Indigenous Agriculture Summit

Canadian Western Agribition Indigenous Agriculture Summit

Thank you to all who attended the 5th Indigenous Agriculture Summit (IAS). The 2018 edition will take place Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 21 during Canadian Western Agribition. The summit will be located in Regina, SK at the Queensbury Convention Centre, Evraz Place. 

Registration for the 2018 IAS is not yet open. Please click the icon below to sign-up for email updates and to be notified when registration has opened.

Registration includes:

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Free admission to Canadian Western Agribition on November 20 and 21
  • Free admission to the Agribition Pro Rodeo - Indigenous Theme Night on November 21 at 7 PM
  • Optional ticket to the International Reception on November 21 at 7 PM

If you have any questions regarding the Indigenous Agriculture Summit please email indigenous@agribition.com.

2017 IAS Speakers

Clinton Monchuk

Clinton Monchuk grew up on a mixed dairy, beef and grain family farm outside of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and Master of Business Administration in Agriculture from the University of Guelph in 2002. Clinton has enjoyed numerous roles as a researcher, educator, manager, economist, and director of trade policy, while residing in Mexico, Washington DC, Ottawa and throughout Saskatchewan.

In late 2016, Clinton accepted the role of Executive Director of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan to promote farming and ranching to consumers. Clinton understands the value of increasing public trust in agriculture and actively promotes engagement between the agriculture industry and consumers.

Clinton, Laura and their children Jackson and Katelyn, continue to be active partners on their family grain and layer farm in Saskatchewan and cattle ranch in Oklahoma.

Dale Risula

Dale Risula graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree. He worked with the Government of Saskatchewan in various branches; initially in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, then with the Saskatchewan Lands Branch in Wakaw, Saskatchewan. Following that, Dale was the Extension Agrologist in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. At that time, special crops were starting to become prevalent in Saskatchewan and in Moose Jaw there was a lot of interest in special crops. Extension services changed in the early 2000’s and Dale was fortunate in obtaining work with the Agriculture Research Branch in Regina as the Crops Manager. This was a temporary position and soon after found himself working as the Integrated Cropping Specialist at the newly formed Ag Knowledge Centre in Moose Jaw.

Lastly, and currently, Dale is employed as the Provincial Specialist for Specialty Crops, which includes the pulses and other specialty crops grown or collected in Saskatchewan. He has been involved in many different committees and boards overseeing the development of various sectors of specialty crops. Dale has also been fortunate to be part of numerous market missions to South Asia and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) promoting Canadian crops to consumers in those regions.

Dr. James Irvine

Dr. James Irvine, is a public health and preventive medicine physician, a Professor Emeritus with the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine, and has been the Medical Health Officer for the health regions in the northern half of the province.

He has lived in LaRonge, Saskatchewan for over 35 years where he has been involved with family medicine, public health, healthcare, administration, teaching, and research. His main public health and research interests involve environmental health, communicable disease control, health promotion, children’s health and Indigenous health. He is active on a variety of national and international committees including the Canadian Pediatric Society’s First Nations, and Inuit and Métis Child Health Committee. In his work with population health, James sees first-hand the impacts of food security and socio-economic development has on the health of First Nations and Métis people in northern Saskatchewan.

Ty Taypotat

Ty started in rodeo by riding sheep at age three and his father had him on a spurring board a few years later. His grandfather, Louis, was the chief of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation near Broadview, Saskatchewan for twenty-seven years and a founder of the Prairie Indian Rodeo Association.

In 2011, Ty was awarded the Canadian Permit Award and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) Rookie of the Year. That same year, he also qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) and was the youngest bareback rider. Ty has qualified for the CFR from 2011 through 2015. In 2012 he finished forty-first in the world standings and in 2015 he finished twenty-seventh in the world standings.

Lawrence Klusa

Lawrence started farming at an early age, running the family farm at Floral, Saskatchewan, while completing high school and earning both Agriculture (economics) and Commerce (finance) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (1986/87). He continues to hold an ownership stake in the farm property. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, Lawrence spent several years working as an Agricultural Consultant in Calgary which often involved the development and implementation of business plans for new and expanding agricultural entities. In 1993, Lawrence completed an MBA from the University of Calgary that included extensive research work focused on hedging effectiveness and optimal future positions.

For the last eighteen years, Lawrence has worked in the grain industry in Winnipeg; ten of these years, as a Commodity Trader, trading thousands of future contracts across Canadian and US exchanges. While working as a trader, he piloted the conceptual development and operation of the Producer Pricing Options (PPOs). He spent six years as a Quality Control Manager which included responsibility for maximizing returns from the sale of Canadian grain to domestic and international customers. Lawrence has been involved with numerous agricultural groups and policy setting organizations including the Western Grains Standard Committee, Grains and Field Crop Consultative Working Group, the Canadian National Millers Association, Keystone Agricultural Producers and many others. He has held a Professional Agrologist designation since 1988. Lawrence looks forward to sharing his passion for agriculture, love of learning, a vast range of experience in grain trading, agricultural consulting and grain market knowledge, as well as the extensive experience of the Agri-Trend network, to assist farmers in maximizing their farm wealth.

Kendal Netmaker

Kendal is one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs and motivational speakers who grew up in Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan. He was raised single-parented, living on welfare and no opportunity to be involved in after-school sports. In grade five, his best friend from South Africa gave Kendal a helping hand by giving him the opportunity to take part in soccer. He never forgot about what his friend had done for him when he later founded the popular clothing brand, Neechie Gear. A lifestyle apparel brand that empowers youth through sports. A portion of profits helps fund underprivileged youth to take part in sports.

After finishing two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Kendal grew the brand from a small one-bedroom apartment to a small kiosk then to several pop-up stores and recently opened a new headquarters in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The brand is now sold to consumers across North America through other exclusive retail partners and online (www.NeechieGear.com). Kendal recently launched a new company, Netmaker Enterprises with a focus on helping others turn their passion into a business. His services include motivational talks, seminars, coaching and a growing online academy.

Kendal and his company have won numerous provincial, national and International awards. He was recently the runner-up for the YBI Global Entrepreneur of the Year which had taken place in the United Emirates. His entrepreneurial journey has taken him around the globe and has allowed him to speak as far as Russia and Dubai. Aside from running his business, Kendal is on a mission to empower young leaders across Canada by showing people that regardless of where you come from and what you have gone through, you can change it. You can become anything you are willing to work hard for.

Wally Hoehn

Wally Hoehn Is the Executive Director of the Lands Branch in the Ministry of Agriculture. Lands Branch is responsible for the leasing and sales of agricultural crown land and the administration of provincial community pastures.

Wally graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Plant/Range Ecology. Upon graduation, he began his career with the Ministry of Agriculture as a Land Agrologist. He spent most of his career based out of the Northeast area of Saskatchewan. In 2008, he moved to Regina to serve as the Acting Manager of Leasing and Sales. In 2012, he became the Executive Director of Lands Branch.

Wally has been responsible for several key initiatives including, the Agricultural Crown Land Sale Programs, The Wildlife Habitat Protection Act, the Canada Pastures Transition Program, the Saskatchewan Pastures Program transition and most recently the introduction of a new Provincial Lands Act.

Jacky Conrad

Jacky started her career in the Environmental Protection unit with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in Whitehorse in 2000. She moved to Saskatchewan as a Senior Environment Officer in 2001. Jacky has enjoyed working with Saskatchewan First Nation communities on numerous environmental protection projects. Currently, Jacky is acting Manager of Lands Operations in INAC in the Saskatchewan Region. In this role, she works with a dedicated team of Lands Operations staff to support all aspects of land and resource management on reserve.

Jacky holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Regina. Jacky is a Métis from the Red River area of Manitoba.

Roni Novotny

Roni has been a Federal Public Servant for ten years. She began her career with Agriculture Canada and moved on to work for various other departments over the course of her career in both Regina and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan which include: the Indian and Residential School Adjudication Secretariat, Health Canada and Service Canada. Roni joined Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada in May of 2017 as the Supervisor for the North Lands Unit within Lands and Economic Development Services in the Saskatchewan Region.

Sara Dryka

Sara started her career with the Public Service at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada ten years ago. Presently, she supervises the Central Lands Unit within Lands and Economic Development Services in the Saskatchewan Region. Prior to this, she worked for eight years as a Lands Officer with numerous First Nation communities in the Northern and Central regions of the province supporting their Chief & Councils and Lands department with all aspects of land and resource management and economic development on reserve.

Leanne Dustan

Leanne Dustan is currently working with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada in the area of supporting Indigenous economic development through agriculture. Leanne began her career working in the non-profit sector with Indigenous women in second stage housing in the area of skills development, and later moved to the Government of Manitoba to work in Family Services and Housing. Her federal career began at the Department of Canadian Heritage, followed by Employment and Social Development and Finance Canada, working on the development of the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), the Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF) and the Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS), in addition to modern land claims and self-government agreements, economic development, fisheries, and on-reserve infrastructure, among others.

As part of her doctoral studies at York University, Leanne studied the comparative social, economic and political history of Canada, the US and the UK.

Currently residing in Ottawa with her husband and two children, Leanne was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and Dauphin, Manitoba. She still calls the prairies home.

Sandy Russell

Sandy Russell has spent her entire life involved in agriculture. She was raised on her family’s ranch in central Saskatchewan and remains active in the cattle business residing with her family on the ranch near Outlook, Saskatchewan. Sandy received both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan focusing on animal science, economic analysis and information management within the beef industry. Following her formal education, Sandy worked for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture for six years as the Provincial Beef Economist.

In 2008, Sandy left public service to become a partner in Spring Creek Land & Cattle Consulting. During this time, she has worked with numerous clients and partners on an extensive list of projects within agriculture. Her interests and expertise include policy and market analysis, cost/benefit assessments, strategic planning and project management. Sandy has worked with industry associations, private business, provincial and federal governments and universities across Canada. She has become recognized for her market analysis of the beef industry and is respected for her in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing dynamics of the beef cattle business. Sandy has been an invited speaker at numerous events over the past decade, sharing her knowledge and passion for the Canadian beef industry.