KAP AGM Presenters
Keynote Speaker: John Ibbitson
Award-winning journalist and #1 bestselling author of "Empty Planet"

A #1 bestselling author and Writer-at-Large for The Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson is a grounded and compelling voice who speaks to the most important factors influencing human life: declining populations, immigration, the environment, and how our work and lifestyles will change in relation to these factors. In his optimistic, scrupulously researched talks, Ibbitson shows us how to position ourselves to successfully navigate these coming demographic shifts—with an openness that is more critical to our survival than ever. 


In a career spanning three decades, Ibbitson has worked as a reporter and columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, Southam News, the National Post, and, since 1999, The Globe and Mail. He also served as the Globe’s Queen’s Park bureau chief, Washington bureau chief and Ottawa bureau chief, becoming Chief Political Writer in 2012 and Writer at Large in 2015. His career of covering, analyzing, and commenting on Canadian and American politics is unmatched by any other journalist.


Ibbitson’s previous book, Stephen Harper: A Biography, is an unsparing insider’s look at how Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister changed the nation, for better and for worse. It was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.



Panelist: Ryan Riese

National Director, Agriculture, Royal Bank of Canada

Panel: Farm Labour and Automation

In his role as National Director, Agriculture, Ryan is responsible for driving the Agriculture strategy for RBC. Ryan's role stretches across Canada, providing him the unique opportunity to work with producers from coast to coast in a wide variety of agriculture industries. 

Ryan's passion for agriculture started early in life. Growing up on a family farm in Manitoba, Ryan was heavily involved from a young age in the family business, a swine genetics company. After the sale of the family business, Ryan worked for a number of organizations in the agriculture industry before moving into a Management Consulting role where he held progressive senior positions prior to joining RBC. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing golf and squash, and travelling. Ryan holds an MBA from Ivey Business School, and holds a CPA, CMA designation.


To view Ryan's presentation, click here.  



Panelist: Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst

Executive Director, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council

Panel: Farm Labour and Automation

Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst is the Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC), Canada's AgriWorkforce Centre of Excellence. Through collaboration, the Council researches emerging labour issues, modern job requirements, position vacancies and labour impacts to competitiveness. CAHRC also develops practical staff management tools and training programs to grow the AgriWorkforce and ensure it is skilled and resilient for future success. Portia holds a Master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has a wealth of experience in strategic human resource management. 

To view Portia's presentation, click here. 



Panelist: Andre Magnan

Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Studies, University of Regina

Panel: Farmland Ownership and Values

André Magnan is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina. He has published on the history of grain marketing in Western Canada and on the financialization of farmland. He and his colleagues, Annette Desmarais (University of Manitoba), and Mengistu Wendimu, are conducting a multi-year study of changing patterns of farmland ownership in the Prairie Provinces.

To view Andre's presentation, click here. 

Panelist: Stacey Hiebert

Real Estate Agent, Royal LePage Farm Division

Panel: Farmland Ownership and Values

Stacey Hiebert is a Real Estate agent specializing in Agricultural land, Farms and Businesses and has been with Royal LePage since 2007. His focus is mainly on working together with farm families, corporate farms and farmland investors on the acquisition or sale of agricultural properties. He has a broad range of agricultural knowledge from years of on farm experience and key roles in sales and marketing positions. Stacey is an avid golfer, curler and outdoor enthusiast. He resides in southern Manitoba with his wife and two daughters..

To view Stacey's presentation, click here. 


Panelist: Eric Olson

Farm Management Consultant, MNP LLP

Panel: Farm Income and Risk

Eric Olson is a Farm Management Consultant working out of MNP's Winnipeg office. Working closely with his clients, Eric helps owners of small and large farm operations make effective business decisions so they can increase their profitability of their farms and enhance their competitive edge. With more than 30 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. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and holds a Professional Agrologist designation. 

To view Eric's presentation, click here. 

Panelist: David Sullivan

Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Ag Risk Solutions

Panel: Farm Income and Risk

Dave Sullivan has been with Global Ag Risk Solutions since 2015, and was promoted to Chief Underwriting officer in 2019. He currently works on special projects, pricing & underwriting policies, and working with re-insurers all over the world. Prior to joining Global Ag Risk Solutions, David worked as an Agrologist, Ag Retail Manager, Sales Manager for Bayer Crop Science, and Farm Management Consultant with MNP. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a licensed Professional Agrologist (P.Ag) with Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and holds a Level 1 CAIB licence in Saskatchewan

To view David's presentation, click here. 

Panelist: JP Gervais

Vice President and Chief Agricultural Economist, Farm Credit Canada

Panel: Farm Income and Risk

JP Gervais has over 20 years of experience analyzing domestic and international agricultural policies and markets, and his insights help guide strategy and monitor risk for FCC. Prior to joining FCC, JP was a professor of agricultural economics at North Carolina State University and Laval University, and held the Canada Research Chair in Agri-Industries and International Trade at Laval. JP obtained his Ph.D. in economics at Iowa States University in 1999. 

To view JP's presentation, click here. 

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