Bill Carroll, Senior Account Manager – Euromonitor International
Bill Carroll is a Senior Account Manager at Euromonitor International, where he helps government and trade organizations apply market research to identify, prioritize and develop export opportunities around the globe, including building reliable and compelling business cases to support and guide market entry and expansion. Bill holds a BA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois and an MA in International Studies from the University of Sheffield.
Euromonitor is the leading provider of global strategy research on agri-food products. Established in 1972, Euromonitor remains an independent, privately owned company with 14 major offices around the globe and more than 1,200 research analysts stationed on the ground in 100 countries. Our data systems and consulting services are used by over 90% of the Fortune 500 as well as by AAFC, USDA, and major agricultural trade associations around the world.
Julie Dickson Olmstead, Director, Public Affairs and Corporate Services
With more than 25 years of business management, strategy development and integrated marketing communications experience to her credit, Julie Dickson Olmstead is a business seasoned executive with a strong track record of success across a number of sectors and disciplines. Today, as the Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Services for Save-On-Foods and the Overwaitea Food Group, Julie holds responsibility for public affairs, corporate responsibility, government and industry relations and strategic planning for sustainability and environmental leadership projects at Canada's largest privately-held Western-based retail grocery chain. In addition to her past work in the agency, not-for-profit and public sectors, Julie has extensive experience participating in board committees, governance and multi-faceted projects involving varying combinations of stakeholder groups. Currently, in addition to participating in a wide range of strategic food industry initiatives and cross-sectoral projects, Julie is the co-chair of the Multi-Material Stewardship Western Advisory Committee; a member of the board of directors of Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba and a member of the board of directors of Canada’s National Zero Waste Council.
An accomplished presenter and accredited adult educator, Julie is a long-standing member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). She has developed content for and hosted lectures, workshops, seminars and university courses on effective media relations, community engagement, internal communications strategy, issues and crisis management, reputation management, business management and social media. She has acted as OFG’s official company spokesperson and has been a member of OFG’s Emergency Response and Business Continuity Team for over a decade.
As Canada’s largest western-based food store chain, Save-On-Foods is part of the Overwaitea Food Group, a Jim Pattison Company. The company feeds families in more than 100 communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon. With 163 stores operating under the Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods and Bulkley Valley Wholesale banners, the company is known for customizing its stores to meet the needs of each neighbourhood served by carrying more than 2,500 locally-made products. With the support of its nearly 18,000 team members, Save-On-Foods is on a path of growth with plans to open dozens of stores in the next five years, and opened its first store in Whitehorse, Yukon in the fall of 2017. Recognized as a Top Employer, a Top Diversity Employer, an environmental leader and widely recognized for its’ community investment initiatives, Save-On-Foods (Heritage, Calgary location) was recently recognized at 2017 Grocery Innovations Canada as the Grocer of the Year in the large surface category.
Rick Jensen, Business Development Manager – Reile’s Transfer
Rick Jensen joined Reile’s Transfer as the Business Development Manager in August of 2016. Rick has over 30 years of experience as a logistics professional; helping businesses optimize their distribution and warehousing needs.
Rick has previously held both Terminal Manager and Sales positions within various transportation companies from 1987 through 2016. He worked for Penner International out of Steinbach, Manitoba, as their Terminal Manager/International Sales Representative for 17 years, from 1987 to 2004. He then accepted a Sales position with ABF Freight Systems where he later promoted to Branch Manager, from 2004 to 2014. In 2014, Rick joined Estes Express Lines as the Senior Account Manager until joining Reile’s Transfer in 2016.
Rick began his professional career at Steiger Tractor, Inc./Case New Holland in 1975. He held various positions at Steiger Tractor before leaving to join Penner International in 1987. These positions included Shipping and Receiving, Service Parts Transportation Coordinator, and Sales Distribution Manager for the Eastern half of the United States.
Rick’s hobbies include fishing, hunting and spending time with his six grandchildren.
Rory McAlpine, Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations – Maple Leaf Foods
Rory McAlpine is Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods. In this role, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public policy, programs, regulatory affairs and trade.
Mr. McAlpine brings to Maple Leaf Foods a wealth of experience gained during more than 30 years of working in government, trade and agribusiness.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. McAlpine served as Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries from 2002 to 2005. He also obtained significant experience with the Federal Government as Executive Director and Director General, International Trade Policy Directorate; Director Grains and Oilseeds Division; and Deputy Director Multilateral Trade with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Mr. McAlpine also held the position of Executive Director of the National Farm Products Council and was a Trade Commissioner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with postings in Kuwait, Bangkok, Brussels, Edmonton and Ottawa.
Mr. McAlpine serves on several boards and committees, including Food and Beverage Ontario, VIDO-InterVac (University of Saskatchewan), Ontario Association of Food Banks, and the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security. He is on the advisory committees for the Program on Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation, Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute.
Mr. McAlpine holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading consumer protein company, making high quality, innovative products under national brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders® Country Naturals®, and Mina®. The Company also operates in the refrigerated plant protein category with the Lightlife® brand. Maple Leaf employs approximately 11,500 people and does business in Canada, the U.S. and Asia. The Company is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario and its shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MFI).
James Moore, Senior Business Advisor – Dentons Canada
James Moore is a Senior Business Advisor at the multinational law firm Dentons, Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia, and a member of the NAFTA Council for the Government of Canada.
Previously, he served as Canada’s Minister of Industry, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages, and Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Minister for the 2010 Olympics. He is a past member of the Trilateral Commission and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Fluently bilingual in French and English, James holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern B.C. and a Master’s Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Emma Weston, CEO & Co Founder – AgriDigital
Emma is the CEO and a Co-Founder of AgriDigital, one of Australia’s leading emerging agtech and fintech companies. Emma has had a diverse career as a lawyer, agribusiness executive and executive coach. She is mentor to several startups and founders in Australia and overseas and was recently named one Australia’s Top 25 Fintech Influencers and was awarded Female Fintech Leader of the Year and Emerging Fintech Leader of the Year for 2017 by FinTech Australia as well as Female Fintech Leader of the Year at the 2017 Australian Fintech Awards.
In December 2016, AgriDigital achieved the world’s first settlement of a physical agri-commodity on a blockchain between a farmer and a buyer in New South Wales, Australia and this was recognised by Fintech Australia presenting AgriDigital the Excellence in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology award for 2017. AgriDigital recently launched its digital supply chain platform for the agricultural sector and continues to work with blockchain and other novel enabling technologies to bring efficiency and transparency to global supply chains.
A sought-after speaker on agtech, fintech, women in tech and blockchain, Emma holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, and a BA from the University of Melbourne. Emma is an active tech community member and advisor to start ups. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a non-executive director of the Australian Digital Commerce Association and Fintech Australia.
Todd Hale, Principal and Retail Insights Thought Leader – Todd Hale LLC
Todd Hale, former Senior Vice President, Consumer & Shopper Insights with Nielsen, is a frequently sought-after industry and client speaker. Todd shares his insights on consumer shopping, buying and media consumption behaviors and attitudes to provide manufacturers and retailers with strategic visions to facilitate brand, category and retail sales growth.
Todd has more than 39 years of experience in the consumer research industry, including 30 years with Nielsen, where he held various marketing and sales management positions within advertising/product testing, advanced analytics and consumer panel practice areas.
Todd earned an MBA and a BA in Business from Wright State University.