Frank Hart (Chair)
Frank Hart (B.A, Certified Management Consultant) is Vice-Chair, Managing Director & Chief Risk Officer of Greystone Managed Investments Inc. Frank is a recognized leader with extensive executive experience in business strategy, operations management and finance in various industries including utilities, private equity, information technology, management consulting and government.
Before joining Greystone, Frank was a management consultant with Optimum Talent (formerly Conroy Ross Partners). He was previously President of EDS Canada, CEO and President of Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan, Vice President of KPMG Consulting, and Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Economic Development and Trade.
Frank is the Board Chair for Protein Industries Canada (PIC). He has been instrumental in uniting diverse stakeholders to advance PIC’s vision and prepare the organization for program launch. Frank also serves as a board member for Economic Development Regina.
Annette Revet (B.Sc Hons, MBA, C.Dir.) is the Chief Transformation Officer at Conexus Credit Union. Annette is a leader whose background equips her for strategic leadership roles, particularly in the areas of governance, strategy, corporate risk management and continuous organizational improvement.
Annette has over 25 years of experience, attaining leadership roles that span industries in the private, public and co-operative sectors. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Chemistry, both from University of Regina. She has been certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and Chartered Director through the Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business.
Annette currently serves as the Governance and Nominations Committee Chair for Protein Industries Canada. She is also an active volunteer, currently serving the boards for SaskEnergy, the Ranch Ehrlo Society and SaskCentral.
David Dzisiak (B.Sc Agriculture) is the Chief Operating Officer for Botaneco Inc in Calgary Alberta. Dave’s keen interest in the ongoing evolution of the oilseed industry is inspiring innovative thinking and approaches to help transform the industry.
Growing up on a family farm in Manitoba he has always been engaged in Canadian agriculture. In his 38 year career, Dave, was involved in development of the plant genetics and biotechnology strategy of Dow AgroSciences and Corteva where he led the creation of the healthy oils and grain traits portfolio for the company. With Botaneco today he is leading the commercial development strategy in bringing a novel portfolio of oilseed oleosomes and protein products to new markets. David was also involved from the start in designing the plant protein application for the Supercluster program, leading to the creation of Protein Industries Canada.
Dave is a Board Director for Protein Industries Canada. He was a long standing director and past Board Chair of the Canola Council of Canada.
Murad Al-Katib (MBA) is the President and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. An insightful entrepreneur who has demonstrated the outstanding value of pulses around the world, Murad is a known advocate for the development of plant protein.
Since founding Saskcan Pulse Trading in 2001, Murad has grown AGT into a world leader in value-added pulses, staple foods and pulse ingredients for markets around the globe. Murad has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the recent “Oslo Business for Peace” Foundation Honouree (2017), Ernst and Young “World Entrepreneur of the Year” Award (2017), Ernst and Young “Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Prairie Entrepreneur of the Year” (2016), United Nations Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate” Award (2016).
Murad is a Board Director for Protein Industries Canada. Currently, Murad resides on the Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and is the Chair for both Economic Development Regina and the Government of Canada’s Economic Strategy Table for Agriculture and Food. Over his career he has served on the Boards for the Canadian Special Crops Association, Pulse Canada, and various trade, commerce and transportation committees.
Wilf Keller (PhD Crop Science) is the president and CEO of Ag-West Bio Inc. Wilf leads with a relentless commitment to form relationships that recognize, create and act upon opportunities in the agriculture industry.
Throughout his 40-year science career, Wilf contributed to many major research initiatives. These include the application of genomics in canola improvement; the development of industrial bioproducts from vegetable oils; production of bioactive natural products in plants for enhanced human health; and contribution to the development of the Protein Industries Canada (PIC) supercluster initiative. His leadership roles span a variety of government and institutions including Agriculture Canada, Plant Biotechnology Institute (National Research Council Canada), Genome Prairie and Ag-West Bio.
Wilf currently serves as a Board Director for Protein Industries Canada and the Chair of the Agricultural Institute of Canada. A valued contributor in his field, Wilf is the honoured recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society for In Vitro Biology (2010), the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2015) and inductee in the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame (2017).
Martha Hall Findlay
Martha Hall Findlay is President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, an independent, nonpartisan public policy think tank that focuses on the policies that shape the West, and by extension, Canada. As a corporate lawyer, senior business executive and successful entrepreneur, Martha has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major multinationals as well as start-ups, primarily in telecommunications and technology.
She was a Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, serving in several capacities in the Shadow Cabinet, and as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Government Operations; and International Trade. She is currently a member of the Minister of International Trade’s Trade Expert Advisory Council.
Martha has served as an Advisory Council member, Board Director and/or Executive for several policy, environmental, community and cultural organizations, including her current role as Chair of the Board of Directors of Alpine Canada (She is a former national ski racer.) She is also on the Advisory Councils of Energy Futures Lab; Positive Energy (University of Ottawa); the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University; Calgary Sport and Major Events. She is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, has written dozens of articles, reports and essays on key policy issues, and is a frequent public speaker and media commentator.
Ray Bouchard is the President and CEO of Enns Brothers Ltd, an agricultural equipment dealer located in the Province of Manitoba. Ray is driven by his passion and vision for the future of agriculture in Canada to create long-term benefits for Canadians, the economy and the environment.
Ray has been involved in the agriculture industry for over 35 years. Ray served as director and then president of the Canadian Association of Agricultural Retailers and was a long-standing member of John Deere’s Dealer Advisory Group, providing input and guidance on numerous strategic and operational issues for John Deere across North America. In 2016, Ray joined the Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI), a CEO-led not-for-profit, combining Canada’s strengths in agriculture and artificial intelligence.
Ray is a Board Director for Protein Industries Canada. He currently serves as the Board Chair for EMILI. In 2017 he received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Experienced business and social development Advisor known for successfully leading executive teams on strategic initiatives leading to First Nations engagement and achievement. Leadership approach is collaborative, focused and strives to align opinion leaders and influential people in corporate, public and community sectors for successful community and business development with tangible results.
Experience has been national, provincial regional and with local governments and universities, Particular strong experience base in leading First Nations bands, corporations, business associations and public offices.
George is a Member of Saskatchewan Muskeg Lake Cree Nation #102, Treaty #6 Status Indian.
Allison Ammeter, and her husband of 30 years, Michael, operate a third-generation grain farm near Sylvan Lake, Alberta. The Ammeters crop approximately 1600 acres in rotation of canola, wheat, barley, fababeans and peas, practicing minimum tillage and using variable-rate seeding technology. Due to the location close to the Rocky Mountains, the farm experiences an extremely short growing season every year by North American standards
Allison is a director and a past-chair of Alberta Pulse Growers, current chair of Pulse Canada. She served as Canadian Chair of International Year of Pulses 2016 and is currently chair of Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta. Her goal is to serve the pulse growers and food industry in as many ways as possible, encouraging farmers to GROW MORE PULSES, consumers EAT MORE PULSES, and the food industry to USE MORE PULSES.
A farmer, long-time agriculture champion and former senior government executive, Alanna Koch is the Chair of the Board of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan. She also works with farmers and the agriculture industry through her consulting company, KoHert Agri Inc. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Minister to Premier Brad Wall and Cabinet Secretary and was the Saskatchewan Deputy Minister of Agriculture for nine years.
As one of the longest-serving Agriculture Deputy Ministers in Saskatchewan and Canadian history, Alanna worked closely with farmers and industry and her priority was to build and maintain public trust in agriculture by focusing on science-based decision making and communicating the benefits of modern tools and technology. Her approach to values-based leadership provided her with the opportunity to meet and mentor young leaders.
Alanna has been involved in the agriculture industry, both professionally and personally, for most of her life. Before joining the government, she was President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and was a Director with Agricore United (a predecessor of Viterra) and Executive Director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. She was on the board of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) and the Buffalo Plains School Division. The inaugural Extra Mile Award for Women in Agriculture was presented to her in 2018 for her contributions as a trailblazer and mentor. In 2015, she was recognized by the Regina YWCA with the Women of Distinction Award for Excellence in Leadership and Management. In 2012, Alanna received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2011, she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievement in the sector. In 2005, her contributions to the agricultural industry and to her community were recognized when she received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.
Alanna is a graduate of the Canadian Agriculture Lifetime Leadership program, holds a Chartered Designation from the Directors College and is an Honorary Life Member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. Alanna and her husband, Gerry Hertz, farm at Edenwold. They have two grown daughters, Shayla and Keisha.
As the commercial Grains and Oils Leader for North America, Tyler serves on the Canadian Leadership Team and is responsible for the development and commercialization of output traits in cereals and oilseeds that will create new value for farmers and food chain stakeholders.
Tyler has spent his entire 25-year-career with Legacy Corteva Organizations and has extensive expertise in crop protection, seeds, traits, oils, and export trade. He is a strong business development professional skilled in complex account management, marketing, sales, business planning, people leadership and international business. He holds an Executive MBA from the Alberta Haskayne School of Business and an undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary.
Tyler grew up on his family farm in Blackie, Alberta where they operate a mixed farm operation consisting of canola, cereals, and livestock.
He is actively involved in his children’s’ activities, is an Okotoks minor hockey coach, and enjoys playing hockey and golf in his spare time.