Stephen Johnston: Stephen has over 20years experience as a fund manager. He was the head of the Societe Generale Asset Management Emerging Markets – UK private equity team with almost C$ 500 million of assets under management and a banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”) providing debt and equity financing to companies based in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Stephen also worked as strategy consultant at AT Kearney implementing risk management systems for Swedish investment banking clients – focusing on loan default metrics and as a banker at Baring Brothers in the structured finance department. Stephen has a BSc. (1987) and a LLB from the University of Alberta (1990) and a MBA (1994) from the London Business School.
Barclay Laugland: Barclay has over 20 years of experience in the areas of corporate finance, investment fund management, mergers and acquisitions, debt/equity financings and business management. More than half that time has been spent in direct involvement with private equity, and he was most recently vice-president, corporate affairs for Mosaic Capital Corporation, a publicly-traded investment company. Barclay received both a BComm. (1991) and JD (1994), University of Saskatchewan.
Karim Kadry (Investment Manager): Karim has 20 years of international experience in the investment and financial fields. He was the head of Investment Banking of Global Investment House’s Egypt branch, and the Senior Vice President of Naeem Capital with around USD1.5 billion of assets under management. Karim has a BSc. in Engineering and a MBA jointly from IESE School of Business and Nile University. Karim is a CFA charter holder.
Kenneth Beatch (Field Manager): Ken is an experienced agriculture professional with over 30 years in the industry. He is current with modern farming practices from working with farmers and ranchers in both equipment and chemical sales. He has operated a large cattle operation and a 3,000 acre farm.
Jim Pallister (Advisory Board Member): Jim owns a 15,000 acre commercial farming operation in the Portage Plains, Manitoba. He has been involved with numerous farm organizations, including serving on the Board of the Western Wheat Growers Association and the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association. Jim has a Diploma in Agriculture and a Degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Manitoba.
Doug Anguish (Advisory Board Member): Doug has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He spent twenty years in Saskatchewan politics where he was a Member of Parliament, and later a Member of the Legislative Assembly with responsibilities including; Minister of Energy and Mines, Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Research Council. He has been a Director and Chairman of SaskEnergy and Saskatchewan Power Corporation. He has served on the board of directors of two Tortonto Venture Exchange companies; and is the founder of External Solutions Ltd, a project management company serving the oil and gas industry.
Dr. Paul Arnison (Advisory Board Member): Dr. Arnison is a plant biotechnology expert. He has been involved in commercialization of plant research for more than 20 years and personally holds 37 biotech patents and 15 pending patents. Most recently he has been involved in molecular farming research and commercialization in plants. Dr. Arnison is currently the CEO and CSO of AgriGenomics Inc. Dr. Arnison has a B.Sc, (Biochemistry) and a Ph.D. (Plant Cell Biology) from McGill University.
Dr Glenn Fox (Advisory Board Member): Dr. Fox is an agricultural and natural resource economist. He received an undergraduate degree in agriculture in 1977 and a Master of Science in agricultural economics in 1979, both from the University of Guelph. He completed a Ph.D. in agricultural economics and economics in 1985 at the University of Minnesota. He has taught at the University of Western Ontario and since 1985 has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. His teaching and research interests include the economics of property rights and environmental stewardship, economic methodology and the ideas of the Austrian school in economics.