Canadian Pork Council
In 1987 Rick Bergmann began hog farming in the Steinbach, Manitoba area. In 2004 he was elected as a director to the Manitoba Pork Council where he currently serves as vice-chair. Today he also holds the position of chair of the Canadian Pork Council (CPC). Throughout his time at CPC, he has represented producers in many areas, including the World Trade Organization, Country of Origin Labeling, NAFTA, CPTPP and most recently Animal Health Canada. Rick also serves as a director on the board of Canada Pork International, the export arm of the CPC.
In 2016 Greg Bilbrey joined PIC as a key account manager serving specific larger accounts in the eastern Midwest region of the US. Prior to joining PIC, Greg served as the senior account manager for Agri Stats, a professional benchmarking organization providing cost and performance analyses and comparisons for the commercial swine, broiler, turkey and egg industries. Here he helped participants find opportunities to improve performance, efficiencies, cost and profit. Greg’s experience also includes 15 years in the Land O’ Lakes system working as a swine records specialist, swine program manager and district sales manager.
|Dr. Egan Brockhoff
Prairie Swine Health Services
Dr. Egan Brockhoff is a strong advocate of agriculture and agribusiness. He is a graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He and his family operate a third-generation mixed farm in central Alberta. Egan is the President and a practicing veterinarian with Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer Alberta and Steinbach Manitoba. In 2010, he began providing consulting services in Asia focusing on veterinary training, infection prevention and control and enhancing biosecurity capacity. Since 2008 Egan has taught Swine Medicine at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. His passion for agriculture and supporting farmers and agribusiness brought him to the national stage in 2014 where he acts as the Veterinary Counselor for the Canadian Pork Council.
Agra-Gold Consulting Ltd.
In 2007 Scott Dick and a business partner opened Agra-Gold Consulting Ltd. The company specializes in livestock nutrient management plans, optimizing the value of nutrients in manure while ensuring environmental sustainability. Since that time, Agra-Gold Consulting has overseen over 3.5 billion gallons of manure spread and helped sell over $3 million of nitrogen on behalf of their clients. Formerly with Elite Swine (a division of Maple Leaf Foods), Scott was one of the first professional agronomists to be solely dedicated to livestock nutrient planning in North America.
Andrew Dickson brings more than 35 years of experience to the livestock industry, including agricultural extension, legislative and regulatory policy development, and rural economic development. He has been General Manager of Manitoba Pork since 2005. Prior to joining the Council, he worked for the Manitoba government in Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives where he held a variety of positions, including agricultural representative, chief of 4-H programs and over 20 years as the Director of the Interlake and Eastern Regions.
|Dr. Leah Dorman
Phibro Animal Health
During her 20 years as a veterinarian, Dr. Leah Dorman has seen many changes in agriculture, including consumers becoming more interested than ever before in their food and how it is produced. She was hired by Phibro Animal Health Corporation as part of the company’s commitment to encourage and support open dialogue about producing safe food, promoting animal health and balancing the needs of people, animals and the planet. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Animal Health Association, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and a board of director for the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence.
University of Manitoba’s Farm and Food Discovery Centre
With more than 30 years marketing ideas, concepts and products in the food industry, Myrna Grahn is currently manager of the University of Manitoba’s Farm and Food Discovery Centre. She is also an instructor with the School of Agriculture’s diploma program in advanced communications. In her nearly 20 years with Manitoba Agriculture, Myrna held a variety of roles from business development and value chain specialist to functional food and nutraceutical specialist. As a recent consultant with the Public Trust Steering Committee, she worked with stakeholders in the Canadian food system to build, maintain and enhance the public’s trust in the food they eat.
Manager of a 600-sow farrow to finisher operation since 1996, James Hofer has served on the Manitoba Pork Council (MPC) board of directors since 2000. He is a long-time member of the Sustainable Development and Research Committee and has been a member of MPC’s executive committee. James has served as a director on the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative, Manitoba Hog Grading, and the Manitoba Safety Program. For several years, James also was a member of the Provincial Trades Advisory Committee (Pork Production).
|Dr. Mark Knauer
North Carolina State University
Dr. Knauer is currently a swine extension specialist at North Carolina State University (NCSU) where he focuses on genetics and production management. Born and raised on a pure-line pig and cattle operation in southern Wisconsin, Mark received his B.S. in agriculture education and M.S. in animal breeding at Iowa State University before continuing on for his PhD in animal breeding and genetics at NCSU. From there Mark completed a short Postdoc at the Institute for Pig Genetics in the Netherlands before accepting a position with the National Pork Board as the Director of Animal Science.
|Dr. Clayton Johnson
Carthage Veterinary Service
Dr. Clayton Johnson is a veterinarian at Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. located in Carthage, Illinois. Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd. provides health, management, and production consulting to swine farms of all sizes in all regions of the United States and many locations abroad. Prior to working at Carthage Veterinary Service, Dr. Johnson served as the Director of Health and Animal Care at The Maschhoffs, LLC and oversaw the health services program as the company expanded from 100,000 to 200,000 sows. Dr. Johnson attended the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, receiving a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, continuing on to complete the Executive Veterinary Program.
Today Dr. Richard Leach contributes to Fast Genetics’ genetic advancement through his management and involvement in a multitude of molecular and quantitative genetics projects. He also provides technical support to the U.S. sales team and customers. Richard obtained a BSc in Genetics from the University of Liverpool, followed by a PhD in Genetics from the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute. Prior to Fast Genetics, Richard worked as geneticist for a large swine genetics company, focusing on customer-oriented R&D. His previous experience also includes work as a quantitative geneticist researcher with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Professional agrologist Eric Olson helps owners of small and large farm operations make effective business decisions so they can increase the profitability of their farms and enhance their competitive edge. With more than 28 years in the agricultural industry, Eric has an unparalleled understanding of local and international market conditions, which he uses to help producers strategically develop their operations. His services with MNP include assisting with strategic planning – helping clients identify and take action toward long-term goals – as well as engaging in business planning to set goals for the next one to three years.
|Dr. John Patience
Iowa State University
For 21 years Dr. John Patience directed the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon after which, in 2008, he accepted his current position at Iowa State University. John’s research focuses on dietary energy, ingredient evaluation and wean-to-finish management. He also has a long-term interest in water, the so-called “forgotten nutrient.” John consults extensively in pig nutrition and management across North and South America as well as Europe and Asia. In 2017 he was named Honorary Master Pork Producer by the Iowa Pork Producers Association
|Dr. David Redekopp
Life-Role Development Group
A winner of provincial and national awards in career development, Dr. David Redekopp has devoted almost 30 years to the development of better career development and workplace concepts and practices. He has worked with private sector, government and not-for-profit organizations in a wide range of industry sectors. Dave has been privileged to be invited to work in almost all Canadian provinces and territories, Bulgaria, England, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Wales and the United States. His passion for career and leadership development pervades his work, which includes teaching, facilitation, public speaking, product development and research.
|Dr. Yolande Seddon
Western College of Veterinary
Dr. Yolande Seddon is an assistant professor of swine behaviour and welfare at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in swine welfare. Yolande conducts applied swine behaviour and welfare research covering all aspects of swine production. Her previous research includes management of the gestating sow, economic evaluation of higher welfare sow housing systems and pain behaviour.
Dennis Stevenson has been involved in intensive swine production since 1986 with a family-owned, 30-sow farrow-to-finish farm. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Diploma in Agriculture in 1996, Dennis worked on and managed swine production facilities and related businesses prior to taking on his current role with Zoetis. Today Dennis spends part of his time working with veterinarians, farm consultants and producers in the swine industry to improve animal care, animal welfare and overall farm performance through classroom and on-farm training initiatives.
|Dr. Tom Stein
As the senior strategic adviser for Maximus Systems, Dr. Tom Stein is leading the design and development of next-generation pig and poultry production management software using machine learning to automate pattern recognition and analysis. He is the designer of the PigCHAMP software and led its commercialization around the world. Tom is co-founder of MetaFarms and was CEO for 12 years. He designed the MetaFarms software and led the company’s growth into a software platform that now tracks over 30 million finishing pigs annually in North America. He was named one of the top 50 men and women who truly have made a difference in the US pork industry. The American Association of Swine Veterinarians recognized Dr. Stein for outstanding contributions to swine production and health.
|Dr. Rob Stuart
Dr. Rob Stuart has been the president of Stuart Products since 1989. Receiving his PhD in ruminant nutrition in 1976 from the University of Kentucky, Rob worked for TransAgra Corporation for four years as their Director of Research and then at Hoffmann LaRoche for nine years as their Senior Nutritionist. His area of focus is on vitamins and their impacts on animal production.
|Dr. Blaine Tully
Swine Health Professionals
A partner at Swine Health Professionals, Dr. Blaine Tully’s veterinary work includes on-farm health monitoring, helping farmers to improve farm production parameters, health and well-being, and food safety programs. Throughout his career, Dr. Tully has been involved with many professional and industry groups and is currently the Past-President of the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians, President of the WCASV and Canadian Director of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Blaine volunteers on multiple welfare and antimicrobial use committees in Canada and the USA.
|Jeroen van Boekel
Jeroen van Boekel immigrated from the Netherlands to Manitoba in 2001 to fulfill his dream of becoming a hog farmer in Canada. With an extensive education and background in genetics over 22 years, he brings forth knowledge and expertise from his years working in the Netherlands, he carried through his passion and knowledge for animal care and farming to his current operations today. He has sat on various boards and committees within the hog industry here in Manitoba, as Manitoba Pork Council advisor, as chairman of Independent Hog Farms Coop Inc., as well as a board member for the building committee for Topigs Norsvin, with their construction of the Delta 2 research centre project. Jeroen oversees and manages his three operations in the Pembina Valley consisting of farrow to wean and farrow to finish barns, employing 18 staff.
Farm Credit Canada
Barry Watson, joined Farm Credit Canada (FCC) in 2011 as the District Director in Brandon, Manitoba and moved to the Steinbach District in 2013, where he is responsible for the overall operations management of ag production sales, marketing, and risk management activities in eastern Manitoba. In 2018, Barry also took on a six-month term assignment as Acting Senior Vice President of Prairie Operations for Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Prior to joining FCC, Barry held several roles in the agriculture and financial services industries and he also farmed full time in Treherne, Manitoba with farming operations including processed potato production, hog finishing and crop production. Barry graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agriculture Economics and Farm Business Management.