CANOLA INDUSTRY PANEL – THE NEXT 25 YEARS
What will the canola industry look like in 25 years? What are our major challenges? Where are the biggest opportunities? Industry panelists will share insights into where they see canola headed, what they’re planning for, and what’s needed for continued success in the road ahead.
President, Canada Grains Council
Principal, T. Bjornson & Associates Consulting Inc.
Bjornson has spent the last three years providing management consulting and government relations advice to some of Canada’s largest agribusinesses and associations. His previous roles have included positions with the Government of Canada as an international trade policy specialist, negotiator and senior political advisor. Tyler put this public sector experience to work for the industry in positions at the Canola Council of Canada and, prior to his consulting career, in government relations and major project management at Viterra Inc.
Bjornson grew up on the family farm near Camrose, Alberta.
Executive Vice President, Bunge North America
Timothy Gallagher is responsible for overall strategic alignment of the oilseed value chain for Bunge North America as well as directly overseeing the U.S. chain. Since joining Bunge in 1983 as a management trainee, Gallagher has had broad exposure to the agribusiness segment serving as an export trader, manager of the North American marine operations and as general manager of Bunge Grain. In 2007, Gallagher joined Bunge North America’s sister company, Bunge Global Agribusiness, where he served as director, global operations. In this role he helped ensure that Bunge optimized its assets around the world. He returned to Bunge North America in July 2009 and most recently led the oilseed processing unit.
Gallagher earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
President and CEO, Viterra
Jeworski is responsible for Viterra’s North American operations, including an industry leading asset network comprised of grain elevators, processing facilities, and port terminals. Leading a team of highly motivated and dedicated employees, he has played pivotal roles in growing Viterra’s domestic and international presence through expansion efforts, business acquisitions in the US and Australia, and successful integration efforts in overseas markets.
Jeworski sits on numerous boards including the National Grain and Feed Association, Prince Rupert Grain Ltd., 3sHealth, and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.
President, Cargill Limited
Jeff Vassart is the President of Cargill Limited in Canada and also serves as the Managing Director of Business Operations and Supply in North America for the companies Grain Handling, Crop Input, Export and Oilseed processing businesses which provide solutions to farmers, food, feed and industrial customers. A proud alumnus of Assiniboine Community College’s Agribusiness program, Vassart began his career at Cargill in 1996 as a facility assistant at the Yorkton, SK grain elevator. During his tenure at Cargill, Vassart has held various sales, marketing and merchandising roles in eastern and western Canada. In the last 10 years, he has held key leadership roles, including managing Cargill’s grain origination and oilseed business in Australia.
Vassart grew up on a farm in Pilot Mound, Manitoba. He currently resides in La Salle, Manitoba with his wife Lori and their three sons.