Board of Directors

Arnold Balicki

Arnold Balicki

Bio

Arnold Balicki

Arnold Balicki ranches with his wife Peggy, son Leonard and daughter Sarah. They own and operate the LB Ranch located north of Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, where they raise commercial and pure bred Black Angus cattle. Arnold has been involved with the SK VBP Program over a number of years as a presenter, an auditor and as a producer - his ranch is VBP audited. For the past year he has served on the board as a producer representing the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association. He has served on the Board of Directors for Agriculture in the Classroom (Sask) since 2005 as a representative of Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association. AITC-SK has a special meaning for him, his daughter worked at AITC-SK during university. Her employment with AITC gave him insight as to what AITC-SK meant and how it brings a greater awareness about agriculture to Saskatchewan students. He has enjoyed serving on the AITC Board of Directors representing the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association.

    Bob Tosh

    Bob Tosh

    Bio

    Bob Tosh

    Bob Tosh, PAg., FEA, is a Farm and Family Enterprise Advisor with MNP’s Consulting group. Drawing on his experience in strategic planning, cash flow projections, cost of production analysis and overall farm business planning, Bob has enhanced farm businesses throughout Saskatchewan. Through his work with farm families, Bob has become a specialist in family business succession planning, helping more than 200 families transition to the next generation. In addition, he has taken the Family Enterprise Advisors Program with the Sauder School of Business in B.C. and holds the Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) designation. As a result of this and other non-farm related work, Bob now helps with the intergenerational transition of all types of family-owned businesses. Originally from the U.K., Bob spent his early post-school years working on farms and attending agricultural college. He then served in the British military before going on to attend university, where he gained a First Class Honors Degree in Agriculture from the University of Wales in Bangor. After nine years as a Farm Business Advisor in Scotland, Bob came to Canada with his family in 2008 and joined MNP as part of the Farm Management Consulting team in northern Saskatchewan. Bob also holds the Professional Agrologist (PAg.) designation and is a member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) and the Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors (IFEA).

      Clinton Monchuk

      Clinton Monchuk

      Bio

      Clinton Monchuk

      Clinton Monchuk grew up on a mixed dairy, beef and grain family farm outside of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture majoring in agricultural economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. After working with the Toronto Dominion bank he returned to school to pursue a Masters of Business Administration in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. Upon completion in 2002, Clinton conducted research and taught at the Universidad de Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Following his interest in the livestock industry he then worked with the Western Beef Development Centre as a Beef Economist. Clinton then accepted an Economic Fellowship position with the National Farmers Union in Washington, DC working on trade related aspects of policy development for American farmers and ranchers. This experience allowed him to become the Director of Trade Policy for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture in Ottawa. In 2007, Clinton and his wife, Laura, moved to Saskatoon where he accepted his current role as Chief Executive Officer for the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Hatching Egg Producers. Clinton, Laura, their young son Jackson and daughter Katelyn, continue to be active partners on their family farms in Saskatchewan and Oklahoma.

        Deb Haupstein

        Deb Haupstein

        Bio

        Deb Haupstein

        I grew up on a dairy/grain farm outside of Weyburn, Sk. I have a BSc in Agriculture from the U of S with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Dairy and Food Science. I work as the Provincial Dairy Specialist for SaskMilk. Prior to this I worked for Saskatchewan Agriculture as the Provincial Dairy Specialist managing the Provincial Dairy Laboratory and dairy regulations until that position and duties were turned over to SaskMilk. I have been involved with agriculture education in this province for more than 25 years starting with Canadian Western Agribition’s Agri-Ed program and working in conjunction with AITC to expand the dairy demonstrations to a number of different agri-ed venues across the province. I believe that as the next generations become more and more removed from agriculture and the farm that AITC will play a critical role in agriculture education across the province and the country.

          Diane Pastoor

          Diane Pastoor

          Bio

          Diane Pastoor

          Diane grew up on a dairy farm in British Columbia. Since then, she has been a dairy farmer, poultry producer and grain farmer along with her husband and kids. For 11 years, Diane served on the Board of Directors of the Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan, traveling across Canada to learn and share knowledge about Canadian poultry production, animal care, food safety and consumer relations. Diane recently took a positon at Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan, coordinating their Animal Care and Crop Production Advisory Councils. She has 4 children and 2 grandchildren and is keenly interested in Ag in the Classroom programming for schools and educators. “Agriculture has been my life and it has provided a good life for my family and kids,” Diane says. “I’m looking forward to continue being a part of the agriculture scene and being an ‘agvocate’ for farmers and what we do.”

            Elroy Trithardt

            Elroy Trithardt

            Bio

            Elroy Trithardt

            Elroy Trithardt has been a director of the Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission since 2012. He has been a member of the Audit Review Committee and was involved with the Oat Transportation Delegation that met with Government and Industry officials in Ottawa last year. He has also been employed as General Manager pf East Central Development Corp. since 1986. He attended the University of Regina where he obtained degrees of Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. His Masters Degree involved research in the field of regional economic development through the Department of Graduate Studies and Research. Elroy farms in partnership with his brother. They own a 3,000 acre cattle and grain farm in the Kipling area. As well as providing comprehensive business counselling and advisory services to numerous clients over the years, Elroy has provided instructional services and workshops. East Central Development is a municipally owned economic development organization providing investment and technical services to local businesses. Elroy has also maintained an interest in education and learning. He understands the importance of introducing agricultural concepts in the classroom environment.

              Greg Lawrence

              Greg Lawrence

              Bio

              Greg Lawrence

              Greg was born and raised in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, and experienced the importance of farming from spending time on his grandparents farm which made up much of the family's menu. Large gardens and berry-picking supplied fruits and vegetables while the meat supply included chickens, beef, and pork. Greg spent 8 summers through high school and university working for a local apiarist, Bob Knox, and learned the importance of diversified agriculture to the local, provincial and national economies. Greg recently retired after 30 years in education as a teacher, administrator, and finally a curriculum coordinator at the Ministry of Education in the area of Practical and Applied Arts. Greg wrote the Career Education curriculum for grades 6 to 9. As well Greg was the co-creator of the provincial Youth Apprenticeship program which has raised the profile of trades education in Saskatchewan schools. Greg is the proud father of two boys and lives in Regina with his wife, Shirley Humphries.

                Heather Boensch

                Heather Boensch

                Bio

                Heather Boensch

                Heather Boensch was raised on a mixed cattle and grain farm in South Western Saskatchewan. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture majoring in Agronomy from the University of Saskatchewan, is a member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists (PAg), and Certified Crop Science Consultant (CCSC). Heather has worked in the agriculture industry for over sixteen years and brings experience in the areas of Strategy, Communications, Territory Sales Management, Recruitment, Agronomy, and Market Development. She is the Director of Business Resources for United Suppliers Canada where she oversees technical training and professional development, organizational development and financial services for United Suppliers Canada Owners.

                  Janice Tranberg

                  Janice Tranberg

                  Bio

                  Janice Tranberg

                  Janice Tranberg, the Executive Director of SaskCanola, leads the association in its efforts to enhance canola producers' competitiveness and profitability through research, market development, and advocacy. Prior to joining SaskCanola, Janice spent more than 15 years working in the agricultural industry where she started her work as a research scientist with Performance Plants Inc. before joining Ag-West Bio, Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association, as Communications Director and then Regulatory Affairs Director. Janice then joined CropLife Canada, the national crop science industry association, and served as the vice president for Western Canada. Her final posting before joining SaskCanola was with the public service as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Regulatory and Innovation for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Janice holds a diploma in horticulture from Olds College in Olds, AB, and a Bachelor’s of Science and Masters of Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She is married with two children and lives in Saskatoon where her husband operates a small business.

                    Krystal Aulie

                    Krystal Aulie

                    Bio

                    Krystal Aulie

                    Krystal Aulie is a Provincial Business Management Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. As a part of the agriculture awareness team, she focuses on youth engagement and efforts to improve the public perception of agriculture. Previously, Krystal worked with Bayer CropScience as a Health, Safety, and Environment Project Coordinator - an opportunity that provided her with great insights into the importance of agricultural innovation and consumer education. Krystal grew up on a commercial grain and purebred Clydesdale farm in Rouleau, Saskatchewan and convocated from the University of Saskatchewan in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce. She now lives in the rural community of Milestone, Saskatchewan where she continues to be active with her family farm and several charitable organizations.