Introducing Our Speakers

Daniel Basse

164px_DanBasse01Daniel Basse is President of AgResource Company. AgResource Co. is a domestic and international agricultural research firm located in Chicago, which forecasts domestic and world agricultural price trends. AgResource Co. provides information/research to; farmers, elevators, soy and corn processors, wheat millers, food companies, trading companies, importers, exporters and meat packers. AgResource’s research is sold around the globe in 81 nations.

Mr. Basse is an economist that has been in the commodity business since 1979. Raised on a dairy/grain farm in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Mr. Basse has a keen sense of production agriculture. Mr. Basse graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979 and has worked with Professional Farmers of America, Brock Associates and the ag research division of GNP Commodities in Chicago. In 1987, Mr. Basse founded AgResource Company to serve the needs of the US and world agricultural community. Mr. Basse is a member of Farm Foundation and the Commodity Market Council.

Josh Schonwald

DONE_0008_SchonwaldJosh Schonwald is an award-winning journalist and author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food, a critically acclaimed look at the people, trends and technologies that could change the foods we eat. A veteran journalist with a terrific storytelling-style and wry sense of humor, Schonwald has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Slate, Salon and other publications.

Josh’s provacative presentations weave together insights, personal stories, scientific research, culinary history and predicitons gleaned from his more than three-year exploration of the world of food innovation.

Bell B. Chen 

Bell Head Shot (1)Bell is the Senior Vice President of Asian Markets. In year of 2002, Bell joined R. J. O’Brien, the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States. With 20+ years of commodities trading experience, he is an expert in developing hedge, speculation and risk management solutions by combining futures/options strategies with cash grain business. He graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with an MBA degree, majoring in International Business. Before that, he worked as senior trader, then Chief Representative for some famous European commodities trading companies. Bell started his career as a lawyer back in 1993. His expertise was judicial proceedings and arbitration in international trade and investment area

Bruce Burnett

CWB market outlook expertsBruce Burnett has tracked global grain production and trade CWB since 1988. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree and a Masters degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba, where he specialized in Agricultural Meteorology. During the past 25 years, Bruce has been recognized as a media source for current crop and weather information for Western Canada and Global crop conditions.

Bruce grew up on a mixed farm near Binscarth, a town in western Manitoba and still manages to spend time helping out during harvest and seeding operations.

Dr. Bill Tierney

164px_BillTierney01Bill is the Chief Economist for AgResource Company joining the firm in October 2011. He has over 32 years of experience working as an agricultural economist primarily in the area of global crop market analysis. For 20 years Bill was a Professor in the Department of Ag Economics at Kansas State University. From 2003-2006, Bill served as the USDA’s Principal Grains Economist. In that capacity, Bill was in charge of the USDA’s monthly supply/demand projections and price forecasts for wheat and feed grains.

Other positions that Bill has held include: Exec VP for Research at a boutique commodity brokerage firm that serving mostly US ethanol plants; Head of North American Research for LMC International (an Oxford-based consulting firm); and Senior Agricultural Analyst for Black River Asset Management – – a commodity hedge fund operated by Cargill. Bill was also the General Manager of Doane Advisory Services. Just prior to joining AgResource, Bill served as a senior agricultural advisor in Iraq while working for the US government. Bill is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Missouri. Bill is married and has 3 adult children. 

Laura Rance

laura ranceLaura is Editor of the Manitoba Co-operator and Editorial Director for Farm Business Communications. She is an award-winning journalist who has more than 30 years experience writing about agriculture, rural issues and international development. Laura grew up on a farm southwest of Winnipeg and continues to live in rural Manitoba.

Nicolas Kennedy 


Nicholas Kennedy started his career as an equity sales trader at Instinet in 1999 promoting electronic trading to large European Buy side customers. He held this position in Paris then London before joining a Swiss Private bank and running the trading desk of their Paris office. Nicholas then moved into commodities in 2005 when he joined the sales team at Diapason Commodities Management, co founded by Jim Rogers, in Lausanne then in the UK where he helped open the London office.

Following this commodity hedge fund experience, Nicholas moved back into trading and held senior brokerage roles in cocoa and soft commodities at ED&F Man (MCA) and UBS in London. In 2009, Nicholas joined NYSE Liffe’s Commodities Team. Following the acquisition of NYSE by ICE and the subsequent IPO of Euronext he is now based in Paris and is Director and Head of Business Development Commodities for Euronext.

Scott Yuknis

164px_ScottYuknisScott A. Yuknis is the owner and founder of Climate Impact Company, Inc. located in the heart of cranberry country in southeast Massachusetts. CIC, inc. provides weather and climate forecasts to traders, analysts and risk managers in the energy and agriculture industries.

CIC, Inc. began operations in 2004. Since that time Scott has published over 20,000 forecast documents to password protected web site generating between 1 and 2 million hits.

CIC, Inc. specializes in the prediction of interaction between the tropics and polar region which lead to the most dramatic storms and thermal extremes. Special focus is on interaction between seasonal and short-term convection patterns in the tropics which determine tropical cyclone activity, strength and tracks.

While most meteorologists base their seasonal forecasts mainly on traditional El Nino-Southern Oscillation signals, the process of seasonal climate forecasting is ever evolving at CIC, Inc. Most recently, CIC, Inc. has been incorporating the influence of the increasingly warm Atlantic as a factor to aid in drought assessment. This couple with soil moisture regimes and winter snow cover has been shown to dramatically improve seasonal forecasts.

Clientele include major financial institutions, large energy companies and a presence in agribusiness.

Scott is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association and the Naval Weather Service Association. He received his undergraduate education at in meteorology at University of Massachusetts at Lowell and also in meteorology and oceanography with the U.S. Navy Oceanography Command.

As most folks living in New England Scott and his wife Shelly are avid hikers of the White Mountains of New Hampshire and beach goers on Cape Cod.

Susan Sutherland 

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Susan Sutherland is Senior Director, Agricultural Products for CME Group.  In this role she is responsible for managing the Grain and Oilseed contract portfolio for the exchange.  In doing so Susan works with the various functional areas within CME Group as well as exchange customers including commodity importers, commercial firms, agricultural associations and commodity traders.

Susan has over 20 years of experience in commodity risk management, hedging, market analysis and ingredient procurement. Prior to joining CME Group, Susan worked for the CBOT where she was responsible for commodity business development.

Before joining CBOT, Susan worked at a global FCM in commodity risk management consulting and brokerage. She also worked in procurement and commodity analysis with the Quaker Oats Company and Keebler Company.

Susan received her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, her master’s in Agricultural Economics and MBA from the University of Illinois.

Karl Gerrand

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Karl Gerrand CEO of G3 Global Grain Group grew up on a family farm near Virden, Manitoba, and as a teen accompanied his father on trips to deliver wheat to the local elevator. From those early years connected to the land, Karl has spent a lifetime immersed in Canada’s agricultural industries. Karl’s leadership of G3 marks a culmination of more than 25 years of working experience across a variety of agricultural sectors. He comes to the G3 CEO position from Bunge Canada, where, in January of 2013 he was appointed Managing Director, Canada. In this role, Karl led Bunge’s Canadian operations of over 800 employees, including Bunge’s commercial grain handling and terminal facilities, oilseed crushing plants and refineries, two packaging operations, as well as administrative offices in Montreal, Quebec; Oakville, Ontario; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Previously to Bunge, Karl worked for nine years with Viterra, latterly assuming responsibility as Chief Operating Officer, Processing. In that capacity, Karl was responsible for 34 manufacturing facilities with 1,200 employees around the world – milling wheat, durum and oats, manufacturing malt and pasta, crushing oilseeds, and producing feed ingredients. Key accomplishments while at Viterra included strengthening the company’s presence in a number of emerging food ingredient markets including China and Southeast Asia, and restructuring feed operations in New Zealand, resulting in significant improvements in operational efficiencies.

Prior to his tenure at Viterra, Karl was co-founder and then served as President of Can-Oat Milling, Inc., which included five oat processing facilities located in Canada and United States. Under Karl’s leadership and direction, Can-Oat Milling evolved from a greenfield construction in 1988, to one of the largest industrial oat processors in the world.

Karl Gerrand received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba and has been active over the years as a contributing member of a number of various agricultural industry associations and boards.

Doug Porter 

Porter DougPorter has over 25 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. As Chief Economist at BMO Financial Group, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and co-authors the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus. Mr. Porter manages the team that won the prestigious Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy, and was named by Bloomberg as top Canadian forecaster.

As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, he is regularly quoted in the national press and often interviewed on radio and television. Before joining BMO, Mr. Porter held the positions of Economist and Country Risk Analyst with other Canadian financial institutions, and also worked at the Bank of Canada. Mr. Porter has been a member of C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008 and serves on the Investment Management Committees of the Bank of Montreal’s Pension Fund Society and Western’s Endowment Fund. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.

Mr. Porter has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1995 and earned a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Kyle Tapley


Kyle is a Senior Agricultural Meteorologist at MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He joined the MDA Weather team following his graduation from Penn State University in 2008 with a degree in Meteorology.

Mr. Tapley is responsible for generating daily weather forecasts for major crop areas around the globe with an emphasis on how weather conditions affect production of agricultural commodities. He contributes to MDA’s full suite of agricultural weather products and aids in generating production estimates for major agricultural commodities. Mr. Tapley also contributes to seasonal forecasts and is responsible for daily phone consultation with industry traders. Mr. Tapley is a frequent speaker at agricultural conferences in the United States, South America, and Europe, and leads MDA’s annual crop tour of the Midwest each summer.

Honourable Ron Kostyshyn


Ron Kostyshyn is the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, MLA for Swan River. He was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Swan River on October 4, 2011. He was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives on January 13, 2012 under Premier Greg Selinger. On October 18, 2013, the portfolio title was changed to Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.  In addition to his role as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, he was appointed to hold office as Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, as well as Minister responsible for Emergency Measures Operations, from December 23, 2014 to April 29, 2015.
Born and raised in rural Manitoba, Ron knows that a strong rural economy is key to Manitoba’s success.  He graduated from Ethelbert High School in 1974, where his children also attended.  For 26 years, Ron worked on the family farm consisting of a cow/calf operation, as well as a forage and grain production.

Pedro H Dejneka

164px_PedroDejneka01Pedro is Managing Partner at AGR BRASIL – a global macroeconomic and agricultural commodity consulting firm based in Chicago, USA – with specific focus covering Brazil and LATAM.

He was born and raised around the beautiful corn and soy field of northern Paraná state, in Brazil.  Paraná is the second largest soybean and corn producing state in the country. Pedro came to the U.S. at age 16 in pursuit of a college education.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio Valley University with a degree in Business Administration and specialized in Economics and Investments.

He started his career in the Asset Management business, but quickly moved to specialize in the commodity markets as an International Consultant focused on LATAM and more specifically, his home country of Brazil.   By taking what he learned about the global commodity and financial markets back to his home country, he fulfilled one of the objectives he had when he first arrived in the U.S.:  to go back one day to serve his community, establishing a bridge of knowledge between U.S. and Brazil.

Pedro does consulting work for private corporations and government agencies in Brazil and LATAM, focusing on agricultural price and macroeconomic trend forecasting and analysis.

Pedro’s analyses are constantly featured in the largest web, print, TV and radio media outlets in Brazil and LATAM.  He is currently a columnist for GLOBO RURAL, the single largest agricultural market publication in Latin America.

Erik Norland

bio-norland (1)Erik is Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for generating economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company’s business strategy, and upon those who trade in its various markets. He is also one of CME Group’s spokespeople on global economic, financial and geopolitical conditions.

 Prior to joining CME Group, Norland gained more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry working for investment banks and hedge funds both in the United States and in France. He most recently served in sales and research at BEAM Bayesian Efficient Asset Management LLC, and previously as Director of Research at EQA Partners, both global macro hedge funds. He also worked for IXIS Corporate & Investment Bank in Paris (now called Natixis), covering central banks and supranationals for the fixed income sales business, and also worked as a market economist and strategist. He began his career at Bankers Trust, Global Investment Management in New York working with the tactical asset allocation group.

Norland holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an statistics from Columbia University. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Neil Townsend

164px_NeilTownsend01Neil Townsend joined the Canadian Wheat Board in February 2010 as a market analyst responsible for North America.

Prior to his tenure at the CWB, Neil worked as a Grain Marketing Advisor at Cargill Ltd. in Winnipeg. Neil has previous experience working as a Market Analyst at the CWB, teaching at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and as a marketing advisor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Khon Kaen, Thailand.

Neil has a Masters of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Manitoba. He also has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

Corey Cherr

Corey Cherr ImageMr. Cherr is Head of Agriculture and Weather Research & Forecasts at Thomson Reuters. As Product Manager, Corey leads the analytical team providing Lanworth’s agricultural intelligence products and is individually recognized as a leader in the field of crop forecasting.

A quantitative agronomist by training, Corey has deep experience in research design and the study of crop development, growth and yield formation. He excels in the application of theory to explore and test fundamental relationships evidenced by data. Corey received his graduate education in Agronomy at the University of Florida and in Ecology at the University of California, Davis.

Gord Nystuen 

gord-nystuenGord is the Vice-President, Market Development of Input Capital Corp. He previously worked on special projects at Assiniboia Capital Corp., where he helped create the agriculture commodity streaming model that became Input Capital.

He has an extensive background in a variety of senior roles in the Saskatchewan Government, including Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, at SaskPower, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Chief of Staff to the Premier, Chairman of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation, and a variety of other roles in transportation, gaming, health, and finance.

Prior to his roles in government, Gord had a background in commercial and agricultural lending. He grew up on the farm near Naicam, Saskatchewan, and is a partner in Golden Acres Seed Farm.

Bruce - photoBruce McFadden

Bruce is Director, Research and Analysis with Quorum Corporation.  The federal government retained Quorum Corporation in 2001 to act as Grain Monitor for the Western Canadian Grain Handling and Transportation System.  A native of Manitoba, he brings over three decades of grain industry experience to the production of the various analytical reports put out by Quorum each year.

Bruce worked as consultant to the Ports Task Force which produced a parallel report to the Kroeger grain transportation review exercise in 1999.  Prior to that, Bruce worked for the Grain Transportation Agency.  During his tenure at the GTA he held a number of senior management posts including Executive Director of Operations.

Bruce has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba.

Andrew Wark

awarkAndrew is a Senior Commodity Analyst for Bunge. He is responsible for managing the global agribusiness company’s Canadian supply and demand estimates and in doing so, works closely with the Canadian and International commercial teams.  He has worked in the Industry for over a decade and prior to joining Bunge, was a Market Analyst for the Canadian Wheat board, worked with Monsanto’s canola breeding program and farmed.

Andrew grew up on a grain farm in Minnedosa, Manitoba before attending the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a Science degree in the Agriculture program.

Mark Dyck

Mark Dyck_finalMark has been involved in Logistics since 1998.  His major responsibilities include coordinating movement of G3 grain from elevator to port, to the USA, and to Mexico.  He is responsible for managing G3’s relationships with the railways and the grain companies who have handling agreements with G3.  Mark is also responsible for east coast and west coast vessel operations, as well as lake freight chartering.  Mark is the Chairman of the Board of Great Sandhills Railway, a 195 KM short line railway in Saskatchewan and sits on the G3 – Algoma board managing a pool of lakers. He has previously held positions with the CWB as Senior Manager, Rail Logistics, and as a Transportation Analyst.  Mark is a past board member of the Producer Car Shippers of Canada.

Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Agricultural Economics.  He was raised on a grain farm near Headingley, Manitoba.

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