Board of Directors

Janice Tranberg

Janice Tranberg
SaskCanola

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.

    Greg Lawrence

    Greg Lawrence
    Independent

    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.

      Bob Tosh

      Bob Tosh
      MNP LLP

      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).

        Krystal Aulie

        Krystal Aulie
        Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

        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.

          Dean Elliot

          Dean Elliot
          Saskatchewan Ministry of Education

          Bio

          Dean Elliot

            Arnold Balicki

            Arnold Balicki
            Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association

            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.

              Denise Coghill

              Denise Coghill
              SaskMilk

              Bio

              Denise Coghill

              My name is Denise Coghill. I dairy farm with my husband Kevin at McLean. We milk between 170 and 180 cows and farm about 1500 acres of land. We are proud parents of four grown children and two teenagers. I have worked as a teacher, but now devote all of my time to our farm. I have been a board member for SaskMilk for the past two years. My two main passions are farming and youth. I enjoy every aspect of farming. I feel that as farmers we have a wonderful opportunity to work with our families. I also enjoy working with and training young employees on our farm. Outside of farming I enjoy participating in music and watching my children's sports activities.

                Robert Roy

                Robert Roy
                Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists

                Bio

                Robert Roy

                  Jackie Robin

                  Jackie Robin
                  Ag-West Bio

                  Bio

                  Jackie Robin

                  Jackie grew up on a farm north of Saskatoon and still has family members who are farming. She is passionate about sharing knowledge of agriculture and bioscience. Jackie earned a bachelor degree in Visual Communications from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, AB. Since then, she has been with Ag-West Bio since 2005, starting as the Communications Assistant, and taking the role of Communications Director in 2008. Jackie's duties at Ag-West Bio include communications strategy, media relations, marketing, social media, publication development and website maintenance. She also works with the bioscience community on a variety of communications and outreach endeavours, including serving as chair for the Biotech Week committee, and coordinating the Science Zone for Ag in the City.

                    Elroy Trithardt

                    Elroy Trithardt
                    Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission

                    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.

                      Heather Boensch

                      Heather Boensch
                      United Suppliers Canada

                      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.

                        Jill McDonald

                        Jill McDonald
                        Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan

                        Bio

                        Jill McDonald

                        Jill McDonald is the Executive Director of SaskBarley. Reporting to an elected board of six producers, Jill ensures that SaskBarley identifies, develops and supports research, market development and extensions initiatives that ensure long term, profitable and sustainable barley production for Saskatchewan farmers. Previously, Jill worked for Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP), for a private advertising company and more recently as a lecturer and research associate at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as running a small business with her husband. Recently, Jill retired from the board of the Saskatchewan Horse Federation after serving over ten years with that organization in a variety of roles, including four years as Vice-President of Finance. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. Originally from a cattle ranch near Indian Head, Jill and her family currently reside on a farm just outside Saskatoon where they continue to breed and train warmblood horses.