Speaker Bios - 2019

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Jeff Ansell - Jeff Ansell & Associates

Jeff Ansell is an internationally renowned communications trainer, bestselling media communications author, and executive leadership presence coach at Duke University.

With 40 years of experience as an investigative journalist, media and presentation trainer, and issues management advisor to CEO’s and political leaders, Jeff advises on how best to communicate with media and manage relationships with stakeholders and the general public.

Throughout a distinguished career, Jeff has counseled leaders during the Deepwater Horizon disaster, advised PG&E in the Erin Brockovich case, and trained White House spokespeople. 

Jeff’s LinkedIn Learning video series, Communicating with Confidence, is among the top 5 online courses for 2018. The program has been viewed over 1.3 million times and is now available in Japanese, with other languages to follow.

Jeff has been an instructor in the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program “Dealing with an Angry Public,” and annually lectures Harvard Business School MBA students on principles of crisis communications.

Jeff’s previous book, When the Headline Is YOU: An Insider’s Guide to Handling the Media, has been an Amazon PR bestseller, has been translated into multiple languages, and is on the curriculum of many universities and colleges. 

Formerly an award-winning journalist, Jeff was nominated for Canada’s Governor-General’s Award for Public Service in Journalism for his year-long undercover investigation into drug-pushing doctors.

As creator of a unique and proven process to be a compelling communicator, Jeff was ranked top speaker at the International Association of Business Communicators convention in Chicago.

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Marlon Bauman - Vernla Livestock Inc.

Marlon Bauman is the owner of Vernla Livestock Inc.

Vernla Livestock operates 30 trucks, dedicated to moving livestock across Canada and U.S.A.

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Geneviève Berthiaume - Centre de developpement du Porc du Quebec (CIDPQ)

Senior Manager of the Economics and Management Department at the Centre de developemment du porc du Québec (CDPQ), Genevieve Berthiaume obtained her bachelor’s degree from Laval University and joined the CDPQ in 2013. Since then, she has led or participated in many research projects on different aspects of production, from the evaluation of feed costs savings in precision feeding to calculating economies related to limiting water wastage in swine barns. Genevieve also produces and supervises a weekly hog market analysis report, a monthly budgeting tool and publishes price forecasts every trimester.

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Sue Burlatschenko - Goshen Ridge Veterinary Services

Sue graduated with a B.Sc from the University of Guelph and a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College.  She worked in a mixed practice for 3 years, spent the next three with the Ontario Government working on a pork industry initiative program and then returned to private practice where she began her solo swine consultancy in 1990.  She obtained her Diplomate status in Swine Health and Production in 2005 and a Master of Public Health in December 2013.

She was the first veterinarian in Canada to diagnose PED, which provided more than enough experience with a novel disease outbreak. 

Sue  teaches part time at Ridgetown College of Agriculture.    Although practice keeps her busy in Ontario, she has travelled extensively “doing pig things” – to countries including China, South Africa, Malaysia, Phillipines, Jamaica, Estonia.  She is  involved in a smallholder pig project in Lesotho in Africa with Bracelet of Hope.  She also provides expert witness services when requested.

Sue resides on a farm outside of Tillsonburg, Ontario with an assortment of pets and enjoys cooking in her kitchen for the kids when they come home (when she isn’t photographing and travelling!).

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John DeBruyn - Producer

John and his wife Deb operate a a 750 sow farrow-to-finish hog operation in Oxford County. The farm includes a farrow to wean barn thatprovides weaners to several finishing barns at different locations. The farm manufactures all its feed as well as operating the trucks to deliver hogs to market. The farm employs 5 full time people with the children helping out on weekends to get the work done.

John has been part of the Ontario Pork Board of Directors since 2011, representing pork producers in zone 2. Currently, John serves as the Board Vice-Chair. Previously, John served as a President of the Oxford Pork Producers Association, member of the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board, Chair of the Land Division Committee of the County of Oxford.

John has a strong interest in the betterment of the industry; and uses his experience to help shape the pork industry for the future.

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Ken Engele - Prairie Swine Centre

Ken currently serves as the Manager of Information Services at the Prairie Swine Centre.  His position is one focused on extension, specifically focused on bringing research results to the Canadian pork industry.  Responsibilities include delivering communication programming through multiple forms including: print, personal, electronic and on-farm demonstration, in addition to developing and optimizing an economic model which estimates the economic benefit of adopting research to the producer.  Overall Ken has spent 20 years in the Canadian pork industry in the areas of research and commercial production, he is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, and continues to operate a grain and beef operation, with his family near Carmel, Saskatchewan.

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Chantal Farmer - Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

Dr. Farmer is a research scientist in sow lactation biology working at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She obtained her B.Sc. from McGill University (1980), her M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan (1982) and her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University (1986).

Dr. Farmer’s research goal is to increase sow milk yield, hence piglet growth. She was a pioneer in studying mammary development in gilts and sows and identifying factors affecting it. She published 143 scientific manuscripts and is the sole editor of a recently published book entitled “The gestating and lactating sow” that was also published in Chinese. Her expertise is recognized internationally as evidenced by her being guest-speaker on numerous occasions in 13 European countries as well as Canada and the USA.

In 2003 she received the Award for Technical Innovation in Enhancing Production of Safe Affordable Food from the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS) and in 2017 she received the most prestigious award from this society, namely the CSAS Fellowship Award. Dr. Farmer was on the executive of CSAS for 12 years (president in 1998-99), and on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of animal Science for 11 years, being its Editor-in-Chief from 2006 to 2010. She is currently a board member of the American Society of Animal Science.

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Billy Flowers - North Carolina State University

Dr. William L. (Billy) Flowers received his B.S. in Animal Science from Virginia Tech (1982) and his M.S. (1984) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Missouri. In 1987, he joined the faculty in the Animal Science Department at North Carolina State University where he currently is a William Neal Reynolds and Alumni Distinguished Professor with a teaching and research appointment. He teaches undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary classes in reproduction and swine management. His research program focuses on improving male and female fertility. Dr. Flowers has published over 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and more than 450 popular press / extension articles dealing with swine reproductive physiology and artificial insemination.         

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Geert Geene - Producer

Geert Geene farms with his brother Peter and his father in Amberley, Ontario. Geert’s focus is on the sow operation and his brother Peter does the nursery, finishing, and feed mill.

In 2012, they constructed a new sow barn with loose housing for the gestating sows. They produce their own breeding stock raised in the sow barn.

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Lee-Anne Huber - University of Guelph 

Lee-Anne was raised on a mixed farm of beef cattle and pigs just north of Guelph, ON. She decided to attend the University of Guelph with the intention of becoming a large animal veterinarian but soon discovered the world of swine nutrition research instead. After her BSc, she continued with a MSc and PhD, also at the University of Guelph, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Lee-Anne is now the swine nutrition researcher at the University of Guelph and her research program focuses on improving the sustainability of pork production using nutrition as a tool. Currently, she is examining low-environmental impact feed ingredients, identifying means to improve the value of feed ingredients, and using precision agriculture to  better predict and meet the nutrient requirements of lactating and gestating sows. Lee-Anne still enjoys helping on her family's farm (anything from shoveling manure to combining) and spending time with family and friends.


Travis Jansen - AdvancedAg Consulting 

Travis grew up on a hog and cash crop farm in Huron County. After high school, he completed a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo with a Minor in Economics and Management Studies. During this program, Travis tailored his courses to focus on agriculture and after graduating, he continued his studies through a graduate degree in Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. For his master’s thesis, Travis worked with Dr. Alfons Weersink to model a hog farm business and assess the economic impact of using different antibiotics for managing ileitis. Throughout this degree, Travis continuously built on the farm management knowledge that he gained from his research. He worked as a research assistant for a project on young farmers, was selected for Farm Management Canada’s Young Successor Program, participated in Ontario Pork’s Young Leader Program and worked as a contract consultant for Dr. Larry Martin & Associates. Since graduating in September, Travis has continued to work as a contract consultant through his company AdvancedAG Consulting. He also helps his parents with improving their farm management while looking after a flock of sheep that he owns with his brother.

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Tyler Jutzi - Brussels Transport Ltd.

Tyler is Vice President of Brussels Transport Ltd, a 3rd generation family business. The company is located in Brussels, ON and specializes in livestock transportation in Canada and the U.S.

Tyler is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and is one of the founding members of the Ontario Livestock Transporters Alliance.




Jean-Michel Laurin - NATIONAL

Jean-Michel Laurin is Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs in NATIONAL Public Affairs’ Ottawa office. Recognized for his expertise on international trade and industrial policy issues, his analytical skills and his advocacy experience, he advises clients looking to solve complex public affairs issues.  Jean-Michel  has testified before Standing Committees of the House of Commons and Senate of Canada, been invited to comment on economic and business issues in the media, and was asked to advise the government in its trade negotiations with the European Union, India, the United States and members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


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Doug MacDougald- South West Ontario Veterinary Services

Doug MacDougald, DVM is a veterinarian in South West Ontario Veterinary Services, a Swine Herd Health Management practice based in Ontario. Doug has focused throughout his career on production and health management with a broad knowledge of the economics of the pig industry. In addition to his role on Swine Health Ontario’s Leadership Team, he is also a director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, and sector chair of United Way of Perth-Huron.

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Graeme McDermid - South West Ontario Veterinary Services

Graeme McDermid is a member of Production Services at South West Ontario Veterinary Services(SWOV) where he leads the team serving Ontario swine farmers. Growing up on his family’s swine farm, combined with 20 years in the swine industry, with roles in production & swine nutrition, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and practical production experience. At SWOV, he uses this knowledge to serve clients. Graeme resides just outside of Seaforth with his family and spends his spare time coaching & watching his children at sporting events.

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Sylvain Messier - Demeter Veterinary Services

Dr. Sylvain Messier was raised on a family pig farm of which he is now a shareholder. In 1996, he obtained a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Montreal’s faculty of veterinary medicine.

The following year, he completed advanced training in swine medicine. In 2004, after seven years as a veterinarian for the Genetiporc Division, he joined Dr. Martin Bonneau in founding Demeter Services Vétérinaires Inc. Today, the company has grown to include 10 veterinarians and a team of support staff.

In addition to practicing swine veterinary medicine in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba, Sylvain Messier is actively involved with different provincial organisations (AVIA, CMEP, RASPE, VSP) and several other industry committees. 

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John Molenhuis - OMAFRA

John has been with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as the Business Analysis and Cost of Production Specialist for the past 18 years. He has led several benchmarking projects with Ontario dairy, beef and sheep producers and the Towards Increased Profits (TIP) report, a benchmarking report for AgriStability participants using the Ontario Farm Income Database.

Before joining OMAFRA, John worked in agricultural lending with the Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board.   John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Guelph. John grew up on a farrow-to-finish hog operation outside of Strathroy, Ontario.

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Michelle Painchaud - Painchaud Performance Group

Michelle is CEO and president of Painchaud Performance Group. She grew up and worked on a Manitoba farm, and is recognized as one of Canada's leaders in behavioural science and human-performance development. She has helped organizations shift employee behaviour and performance to high levels of productivity, engagement and overall satisfaction. 

Michelle is an acclaimed international speaker and regularly praised for her good-humoured style, and engaging, compelling delivery. She challenges farm business owners and managers to not only improve their business’ performance, but also their own.

She has spoken at agricultural conferences, including FCC Forum Speaker Series, Large Farm Management: HR Organization and Strategy International Conference in Ukraine, and Canadian Certified Crop Advisors Conference. 

In her presentation, Michelle will push you to take ownership and leadership of the behaviours and changes that drive and impact your employees. Be prepared to open your mind to new, thought-provoking leadership ideas. 

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Bernardo Predicala - University of Saskatchewan

As Research Scientist in charge of the Engineering research program at Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon, SK, Dr. Predicala is engaged in research activities with the main goal of addressing the sustainability and environmental concerns associated with pork production. Bernardo obtained his Ph.D. from Kansas State University and joined the Prairie Swine Centre in 2004. Since then, he has conducted research projects mainly aimed to improve air quality inside hog barns to reduce odor and gaseous emissions to the environment, to ensure health and safety of barn workers and pigs, and to develop housing and management systems that optimize pig welfare and productivity. Concurrently, Bernardo is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan.

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Yolande Seddon - University of Saskatchewan

Yolande Seddon is Assistant Professor of Swine Behaviour and Welfare at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in swine welfare.  She joined the WCVM in January 2012.

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 in swine.

Her research goal is to contribute to the development of lasting solutions to welfare challenges encountered in modern swine production.

Prior to joining the WCVM, Yolande spent four years as a research associate with the Prairie Swine Centre. She trained in the UK, studying animal behaviour and welfare during her BSc and MSc, with a postgraduate exchange in the Netherlands. Specialising in pigs, she received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Newcastle, UK, researching management strategies to promote health in finisher pigs.

In her role at the WCVM, she contributes to providing animal behaviour and welfare education for veterinary, animal science and agriculture students. She sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Swine Health and Production, and the Animal Welfare committee for the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association.

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Jay grew up on his family’s farm near Centralia, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a master’s in Animal Nutrition in 2004, and has worked as a nutritionist with Ontario’s swine farmers for Great Lakes Nutrition and Wallenstein Feed & Supply ever since. He is the Swine Division Manager at Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd.  He lives with his wife and four children on their farm near Lucan and volunteers as a board member for the Ontario Pork Industry Council - an organization focused on bettering the viability and sustainability of Ontario's pork industry


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Hans Stein - University of Illinois 

Hans H. Stein is a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois. He currently directs 5 PhD students, 7 Masters students, 2 post-doctoral research fellows, 2 research managers, a communication specialist, and 3 visiting scholars. His research focusses on energy and nutrient digestibility in humans and pigs as well as mineral nutrition in pigs. Dr. Stein has published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and he has delivered invited presentations in 38 countries around the world. He has also served as the external examiner on Graduate Student Defense committees in Canada, Australia, Spain, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Norway, and Denmark. He has also been an external evaluator of the undergraduate Animal Science Program at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, Colombia, and of the Graduate Animal Science Program at the University of Sao Paolo, Pirassununga, SP, Brazil. He was also a member of the committee that was invited by the National Academies to write the 11th revised edition of Nutrient Requirements of Swine.

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Kevin Stewart - The Forward Factors

Kevin Stewart shares a passion for leadership in agriculture.

As a professional speaker, he draws his insights from growing up on the family farm near Chatham, Ontario, visiting hundreds of farm operations across the country and investing over twenty-five years in the national news media.

In 1997, Kevin created AGVISION Media. Over the past 21 years his company:

- Produced the Olympic Winter Games in Norway for the CTV Network.

- Created thirteen seasons of the AGVISION television series which aired across Canada and the U.S.

- Created and produced five seasons of the award-winning leadership podcast called The Edge.

- Developed many national advertising campaigns.

In 1999, AGVISION became the first agricultural program in the world to broadcast live on television and online. In recognition of these entrepreneurial efforts, Kevin was made an honourary life member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists.

As a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Kevin has delivered keynote addresses on leadership to more than five hundred audiences across North America.

Today, he is here to discuss: “The Forward Factors – Disruptive Ideas that Drive Innovation.”

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Sebastein Turcotte -  Centre de developpement du Porc du Quebec (CIDPQ)

Sébastien Turcotte studied agronomy at Laval University and has worked for over 14 years in the hog industry. His expertise is based on his solid practical knowledge of hog farming.  

Sébastien Turcotte has been with the CDPQ for more than 7 years, and has headed its Building and livestock management section for over 3 years. His expertise covers group sow management, building and loading dock design as well as animal welfare, ventilation and livestock management standards implementation. As part of his work, he is responsible for a variety of research projects related to those fields. His duties include preparing funding applications, supervising project implementation, and writing articles aimed at a general audience and reports. Through the CDPQ, he also regularly advises hog farmers directly.

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Michael Young - Canada Pork International 

Michael Young has worked in the Canadian red meat industry for over 37 years specializing in pork and beef sales, marketing, product development and education in both the domestic and export marketplace.  He joined Canada Pork International (CPI) in 2007 and currently manages both CPI (export) and Canada Pork (domestic) marketing programs and services for the Canadian pork industry.

Prior to joining CPI, he served as Vice President, International Programs for Canada Beef Export Federation and held senior management positions with the Beef Information Centre, Sunterra Meats and Alberta Pork Producers Development Corporation.

Young learned primary processing, fabrication and sausage making skills in the late seventies and completed a retail meat cutting apprenticeship in 1981. Post-secondary marketing and business administration studies were completed at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1993 and he achieved Master Cutter certification from the Canadian Professional Meat Cutters Association in 1994.

During his professional career Young has promoted Canadian pork and beef in more than 25 countries and conducted over 300 carcass cutting, merchandising and cooking seminars. He has also authored numerous technical cutting manuals, buyers’ guides, merchandising resources and financial analysis/yield performance tools for the Canadian red meat industry.

Michael Young and his wife Karla live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and have four grown children.