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8:30 – 9:45 AM  

Session 1: The Status of the Grain Transportation System

Chair: Jill Hobbs, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan



Overview of Grain Movements
Bruce McFadden, Quorom Corporation

is an agricultural transportation specialist with extensive experience in all aspects of the grain industry supply chain and policy and commercial issues in the agricultural sector. Bruce is currently assigned to the position of Director Research & Analysis – Grain for Quorum Corporation – a subsidiary of the Quorum Group contracted by the Federal Government of Canada to monitor and measure the Canadian Grain Handling and Transportation System. In this capacity he is accountable for all grain industry issues and acts as the principal liaison to the grain industry.

Prior to joining Quorum in 2001 Bruce enjoyed a twelve-year career with the Grain Transportation Agency. During his tenure at the GTA Bruce held a number of senior management posts including Executive Director of Operations. In this role he held overall accountability for operation of Canada’s government hopper car fleet and the coordination of all operational issues between all supply chain participants.

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



Farm Price Impacts Looking Forward
Cliff Jamieson, DTN

After 25 years in the prairie grain trade, Mr. Jamieson joined DTN as their Canadian Grains Analyst in the summer of 2012, based in Okotoks Alberta. Cliff has a passion for the study of the markets and the search for risk management solutions. Cliff was raised on a farm near Flaxcombe in West Central Saskatchewan, and is a 1987 graduate from the U of S College of Agriculture.


10:05 – 11:50 AM

Session 2: Meeting the Challenge of Greater Movement

Chair: Bill Brown, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan



CN's Perspective
David Miller, Canadian National Railway Company

David Miller joined CN as Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs in 2004. In this capacity, he is responsible for implementing CN’s government relations strategy in Canada.

Prior to joining CN Mr. Miller worked in a variety of positions in government and public affairs. He served three years as Director of Operations and Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada. He also has experience in government as an assistant to several Ministers of Transport and spent time as Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition.

In the private sector, Mr. Miller spent ten years as a government relations consultant based in the Ottawa office of the firm Hill and Knowlton Canada. During this period he served two terms as President of the Government Relations Institute of Canada, an organization representing Canada’s federally registered lobbyists. He has also practiced law in his home city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Mr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Arts and Law. He is a member of the Boards of the International Schizophrenia Association, the Canadian American Business Council and Agrivita Canada. He was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 2002.



Port Perspective
Gerry Gault, Vancouver Grain Workers Union

Gerry Gault started working for Alberta Wheat Pool in 1981, was elected to Union Executive as Vice President in 2003, Elected president of Grain Workers Union Local 333 in 2008.




Independent Inland Terminal Perspective
Perry Pellerin, GNP Grain Source Group

Perry Pellerin is the Manager of GNP Grain Source & CEO of Great Sandhills Railway. Perry has over 35 years of experience in transportation and grain logistics. Perry spent 22 years with CN Rail performing several duties including carman, trainmaster and director of grain operations. After CN, Perry became the transportation Manager for Louis Dreyfus Canada Ltd. Perry has spent the last 7 years as Transportation Manager of GNP Grain Source Ltd. In this role he looks after the transportation and logistics needs of several independent grain terminals and is part of the logistics team for Alliance Grain Terminal in Vancouver. Perry has participated on both sides of level of service complaints and has been part of the crop logistics groups.

1:00 – 2:45 PM

Session 3: Markets and Policy Solutions

Chair: James Nolan, Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics, University of Saskatchewan



The Role of Futures Markets and Contract Design
Joe Janzen, Montana State University

Joe Janzen is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. His research interests include agricultural price analysis, commodity futures markets, and agricultural policy. Prior to joining Montana State, Joseph completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. Originally from St. Francois Xavier, Manitoba, he also holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba.



US Experience with Deregulation
Terry Whiteside, Whiteside & Associates

Terry Whiteside is a principal in Whiteside and Associates, a transportation and marketing consulting firm. Terry has over 30 years of experience in transportation with both carrier and shipper representation. He has worked in private industry for several Fortune 500 companies including Conoco, Continental Pipeline and several of the Williams Companies in Tulsa and later headed up the Transportation Division of the Montana Department of Agriculture and the Litigation Bureau of the Transportation Division of the Montana Department of Commerce. W&A today represents most of the Wheat and Barley Commissions and grain producers throughout the Western half of the U.S. The firm does work for utilities, lumber companies, agricultural manufacturers and government entities and the growers of grain.

Terry chairs the national Alliance for Rail Competition in Washington, DC. He currently represents the Wheat and Barley Commissions in Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington in transportation matters. Originally from Calgary, AB, Terry and his wife Beverly now reside in Montana.



Policy Options to Reduce the Basis
Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan

Richard Gray is a Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at University of Saskatchewan. Professor Gray’s interest in agricultural policy began at early age participating in the nightly discussion around the supper table, which followed the 6:00 o’clock news. After completing his Masters Degree, Richard worked for five years as a grain market analyst for Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food. After completing his Ph.D at UC Berkeley, Richard was hired as an Assistant Professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. Over time his research has focused on various aspects of agricultural policy including agricultural trade, marketing, production economics and the economics of research. He also farms with his son Eric at Indian Head.


3:00 – 4:30 PM Session 4: Next Steps for Engagement and Finding Solutions

Chair: Bill Martin, Chief Operating Officer, Farmers of North America



Ian McCreary
Grain and Livestock Producer, Bladworth, SK

Ian McCreary graduated with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. McCreary was employed by the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) for five years, initially in policy and then serving as marketing manager for East and West Europe. Following a winter in East Africa, McCreary oversaw a research program on food aid and food markets for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. In 1998, Ian was elected to the Board of Directors of the CWB when the governance was turned over to farmers. As a Director, McCreary chaired the Transportation Committee which oversaw the negotiation of the commercial arrangements for transportation which were in place to the end of the CWB. Ian and his wife Mary currently own and operate a mixed farm in Bladworth, SK.



Derek Tallon
Grain Producer, Lafleche, SK

Derek Tallon completed his Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. Upon completion, he returned to the family farm near Lafleche in southwestern Saskatchewan. Together with his father, he grows cereals, pulses and oilseeds. In addition Derek operates a custom spraying business.




Harvey McEwen
Grain Producer, Francis, SK

Harvey McEwen is a farmer with many years of experience in the grain industry, including Director of the Weyburn Inland Terminal and former Executive Director and Past President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. He has also served as a member of Western Grain Standards Committee, Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade, Canada West Foundation and various Third Line of Defence Committees. He currently farms at Francis, Saskatchewan.


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