Chuck Penner, Founder, LeftField Commodity Research


Chuck Penner started LeftField Commodity Research in 2010 to provide market analysis and economic research for Canadian agricultural markets, with weekly newsletters covering oilseeds, special crops and small grains. Chuck grew up on a farm in Manitoba’s Red River Valley and has over 25 years in the Canadian grain business, including 15 years in various roles at United Grain Growers and Agricore United, followed by 5 years at Informa Economics as Senior Consultant.





Emily French, Founder and Managing Director, ConsiliAgra


Five passports, over 50 countries, nearly 2 million airline miles and now 22 years and counting in the ever-dynamic, ever-volatile and ever-globalizing world agricultural sector. Emily French is an experienced trader, analyst, broker. Her passion for agriculture started early-childhood on a farm in north Idaho, through earning a degree in Agricultural Business at Washington State University to starting her professional career with Cargill. Following Cargill, Ms. French worked for the U.S. Grains Council and World Perspectives in Washington, DC.

New challenges presented themselves in the investment banking and OTC derivatives markets with National Australia Bank and Macquarie Bank. In early 2009, French left Macquarie to form ConsiliAgra – a brokerage and strategy group covering the world agricultural commodity markets, specializing in grain and oilseeds.  Clients include flour mills, ethanol plants, hedge funds, crush plants and investment banks. When not on an airplane, French resides in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.