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Conference Speakers


Tactical Farming 2016 Speakers


Adil Akbar pic  Dr. Adil Akbar

Adil has wide-ranging, applied research experience in precision agriculture and variable rate farming. His doctorate is in Agricultural Engineering and his experience with precision equipment, software and practical applications spans more than two decades. He can collect the data, manipulate it in the appropriate software, analyze the results and communicate the findings. He gained his doctorate from Texas A&M University. In Alberta, he worked with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD) and Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC). His titles include Agrometeorologist, Hydrologist, Resource Data Analyst, Research Agrologist, Technical Writer and Drought Researcher. Dr. Akbar brings a high level of expertise to our on-farm research and precision agriculture projects.

LBaarda picture  Lewis Baarda

Lewis Baarda is a GIS technician and resident precision agriculture expert at Farming Smarter. He manages Farming Smarter’s precision agriculture research projects, which incorporate technologies such as soil mapping, variable rate technology, remote sensing, and spatial analysis techniques. He holds a Master of Science in Geography, and has hands-on experience in agricultural production. His interests lie in new agricultural technologies, particularly precision agriculture, and bridging the gap between these new technologies and practical application in agriculture.

BBerres Pic  Brian Beres

 Dr. Beres is a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre in Alberta. Dr. Beres leads several multi-disciplinary agronomy projects developing innovative and integrated crop management systems. This team approach to integrated crop management research was recognized with an AAFC Gold Harvest Award in 2015. Dr. Beres publishes in the areas of agronomy and crop science and has been the author or co-author of 56 peer-reviewed research articles and 1 book chapter. He and his co-authors were the recipients of the 2013 Canadian Journal of Plant Science Best Paper Award. He serves as an Associate Editor, Incoming Editor-In-Chief for the Canadian Journal of Plant Science, Associate Editor for Agriculture and Environmental Letters, and received the 2014 Outstanding Associate Editor award. He also maintains close ties with both producer organizations and several national and international private companies that have a stake in crop production systems and life sciences research. Dr. Beres has several international collaborations and represents Canada on the Research Committee of the International Wheat Initiative where he recently established an expert working group on agronomy.

DDey Pic  Dennis Dey

Dennis Dey is an agricultural economist graduating with an MSc.from the University of Alberta. He has extensive experience in the economic analyses of agriculture ventures and feasibility studies for numerous agribusinesses.  He has completed research on a wide range of economic and strategic issues in agriculture including the adoption of new crop production practices, risk management processes and decision making processes.

Steve Dotto Pic  Steve Dotto

Steve possesses a unique, refreshing, and thought-provoking view of the world of technology and how it impacts our lives. Steve explains, with great insight and humour, the effect technology has on our work and personal lives! Teaching Canadians how to use and embrace technology has given Steve a unique perspective on the changing world; a perspective that he shares with energy and passion. A background in comedy contributes to make Steve an engaging, relevant, often irreverent, and highly entertaining speaker.  For over 15 years, as host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated program on TV, radio, and online, Steve has entertained and educated millions of Canadians on all aspects of technology, and continues to explore and explain the impact technology has on our lives.

joelle2 edited-3  Joelle Faulkner

 Joelle Faulkner is a fourth generation Canadian farmer from London Dairy Farms. Joelle and her brother Benji started Area One Farms in 2012 to help Canadian farmers scale their family farms. Unlike landlord/ tenant farming companies, Area One Farms partners with farmers to build the farm they want down the road, today. There are no fees, rent, or interest. Area One Farms' guiding principle in everything they do is that their partners should always do better working with Area One Farms than they could on their own.  In three years, Area One Farms has expanded to ten partners who operate 60,000 acres across Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. A full 10,000 acres of that has been bringing good farmland back into production through land improvement.  A farm girl at heart, Joelle is also a Rhodes Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar, with degrees in engineering, business and law. Prior to establishing Area One Farms, Joelle worked professionally in private equity, consulting, and investment banking. 

Peter Gamache  Peter Gamache

Peter Gamache was born in Cass Lake, Minnesota. The family moved to Alberta, Canada in 1960. Peter is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Masters of Agriculture. He worked on farms in Southern Alberta after graduation and was a district agriculturist for five years. He was team leader for the Alberta Reduced Tillage LINKAGES (RTL) program for 15 years. He is currently working as the project leader for Controlled Traffic Farming Alberta, a farmer led initiative to assess CTF in Alberta.  Peter lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is married to Doreen and has two adult daughters and two granddaughters.

KabalGillPic  Kabal Gill

 Kabal Singh Gill has a PhD in agriculture and over 30 years of experience comprised of research, teaching, management and extension, with soil and agronomy as main fields of study and work.  He has worked in India, Zambia and Canada. Since coming to Canada in 1990, he has worked with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Olds College, Canada Revenue Agency, and SARDA.  His publications include 64 reviewed research papers, 21 proceedings of presentations, 5 course manuals, and over 200 reports. He has done numerous presentations at local, regional, national and international meetings/conference/workshops.
On the personal side, Kabal is married and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

 seabuckpaul Paul Hamer

 Paul Hamer is the owner of The Saskatoon Farm just south of Calgary.  He graduated a long time ago from horticulture at Olds College.  For thirty years, he has run an award winning greenhouse, tree nursery and plant & tree online company.  His agritourism business now includes a restaurant, pizzaria and bakery.  He claims to have graduated from the University of Adversity and his staff will back him up on that statement!

Tom Jensen Pic  Thomas Jensen

Raised on a mixed irrigated farm in southern Alberta, Dr. Jensen received his B.Sc. in 1979, his M.Sc. in 1985, and his Ph.D. in 1996, all at the University of Alberta. His MSc thesis evaluated nitrogen fertilizer placement methods for no-till cropping. His Ph.D. thesis examined the effect of three till­age systems on the growth of cultivars of canola, barley, and field pea. Dr. Jensen has worked for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Alberta Agriculture and Food, as well as for the private companies of Agrium Inc. and Agricore-United. He is currently the Northern Great Plains Regional Director for the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI).

Brian Kennedy 2  Brian Kennedy

Brian grew up on a grain farm in Manitoba. He bought his first car with money earned raising cattle, pigs and working for a local apiarist.  He graduated with a degree in agronomy from the University of Manitoba. He spent time in Australia where he worked on several farms. Brian returned to the family farm for four years, and then spent a decade and a half in Japan, where he was a visiting professor at the Kyushu Institute of Technology before returning to Canada in in 2011. He joined the Alberta Wheat Commission in 2013 and loves his work as Grower Relations and Extension coordinator.

Raj pic  Raj Khosla

Dr. Raj Khosla is Colorado State University (CSU) Distinguished Monfort Professor of Precision Agriculture. He also shares administrative responsibilities with the College of Agricultural Sciences as the Assistant Dean of International Programs. In 2012, Dr. Khosla was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and was appointed as the Senior Science Advisor to the U.S. Department of State. In 2011, he earned NASA board membership to the US “Presidential Advisory Board on Positioning, Navigation and Timing” to work on the US space based GPS policy.  At the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Khosla served as the Senior Science Advisor for Food Security in the Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs, Office of Economic Policy (EAP/EP) in Washington D.C.  Dr. Khosla’s main focus of research has been “Management of in-field soil and crop spatial variability using innovative technologies (such as GPS, GIS, and Remote-sensing) for precision management of crop inputs across large and small scale farming systems. He currently has projects in multiple countries and is championing efforts to enhance crop input use efficiency, productivity, profitability, and sustainability of large and small scale agricultural production systems. He has been invited globally to over 2 dozen countries and has trained scientists from numerous places in his Precision Agriculture laboratory.


Dr. Khosla is the Fellow of American Society of Agronomy; Fellow of Soil Science Society of America; Fellow of Soil and Water Conservation Society; Honorary Life Fellow of International Society of Precision Agriculture, and the Founder and Founding-President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture.

Kyveryga PM photo  Peter Kyveryga

Peter Kyveryga helps farmers improve their economic and environmental performance through the use of data and advanced technologies. Peter earned his Ph.D. in Soil Science and Soil Fertility from Agronomy Department, Iowa State University. At the Iowa Soybean Association, he provides leadership for developing and executing best practices for data collection and data analyses from different on-farm agronomic and environmental studies, as well as communicating study results to farmers, industry professionals, and the scientific community. He serves as Technical Editor-Precision Agriculture for the Agronomy Journal of American Society of Agronomy.

AlanMoulinPic  Alan Moulin

Alan Moulin is a soil scientist working on variable N management and variability of soil properties at the Brandon Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He started a collaborative project between AAFC and the Canola Council of Canada in 2014 on variable management of N fertilizer for canola at sites in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989, following his B.Sc. and M.Sc. He joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a soil scientist in July 1988 at the Melfort Research Farm in Saskatchewan. In 1996 he joined the research team at Brandon to study soil conservation and management. He served for 6 years as Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Plant Science, was president of the Manitoba Soil Science Society in 2003-2004 and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Moulin has conducted research on the relationship of landform, soil erosion, spatial variability of soil properties and fertilizer management to crop yield at locations near Saskatoon, Melfort, Brandon, South Tobacco Creek and Carberry since 1988.

PReeg Photo  Patrick Reeg

Patrick Reeg manages On-Farm Network projects that continuously improve efficiency and profitability of environmentally sound cropping systems. Pat grew up helping his family raise crops and livestock on a Century Farm near Bellevue, in eastern Iowa. He earned his M.S. in Agronomy and B.S. in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the Iowa Soybean Association in 2005, he was the precision farming specialist with AgVantage FS, Inc. Reeg is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), Certified 4R Nutrient Management Specialist and past chair of the Iowa CCA Board.

Nicole Rogers - Photo  Nicole Rogers

Nicole Rogers hails from one of the largest and oldest farming operations in Canada. Nicole grew up as part of her family’s various agri-trading and marketing businesses including,, North America’s first agriculture focused online portal. In 2008 Nicole moved to Dubai to serve as Canada’s Trade Commissioner for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. In 2013, Nicole transitioned into the private sector and today is CEO of Agriprocity, a company focused on direct crop origination from Canada, Australia, the U.S.A and Africa. Nicole sits on the United Nations (FAO) panel on Near East Food Security as a private sector delegate, she is an advisory member of the Dubai Food Trade Advisory Group (DFTAG), and Global AgInvesting.

Simbo Pic  David Simbo

David received his BSc in Botany from his home country Cameroon in 1998, a Masters in International Horticulture from Hannover, Germany in 2008 and a doctorate in Bioscience Engineering from Belgium in 2013. David currently works as the Cropping Program Agronomist for Lakeland Agriculture Research Association, Bonnyville, Alberta. Previously, David worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Tree Nursery Sciences, University of Hannover, Germany and later as Research Scientist at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

Profile Picture - cropped  Jordan Webber


Jordan obtained his BSC from the University of Calgary. After cutting his teeth as a commercial lender for ATB Financial, Jordan had the privilege of working as a business coach for a not-for-profit before focusing on his own economic development business efforts full time.  In his career as a business developer Jordan was known and respected for his ability to move the needle. Jordan helped beginning and mature companies and municipalities better themselves to reach their potential. Through his professional career Jordan maintained a small farming operation with a vision to return to the farm to raise his family.  Now on his families’ 100-year family farm, Jordan manages their mixed farming operation. Partnering with Area One farms has allowed Jordan and his cousins to develop a new vision for their farm. Jordan has been growing their farming operation in a way that can now support multiple families, multiple generations and provide stable profits. Jordan and Rebekah are grateful to be raising their four children Caleb, Micaiah, Ava and Elsie on the farm.  In their spare time Jordan and Rebekah enjoy developing their off-grid homestead, music and raising their young family.




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