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Pulse Days 2013

January 8 2013 8am - 5pm

Pulse Days is an annual conference, put on by Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) each January in Saskatoon, featuring sessions on pulse production methods and best practices, environmental issues, marketing and international trading, market outlook, and more.

Pulse Days 2013 January 7 & 8, Saskatoon, SK

Early registration is now closed

Registration is available at the door the following times/locations:

Monday, January 7                            Tuesday, January 8

Prairieland Park: Noon to 8PM              Both locations: 8AM

Saskatoon Inn: Noon to 3PM

Registration rates: $50


View the agenda for SPG's AGM/Pulse Days 2013
Annual General Meeting and Opening Reception Information

SPG Annual General Meeting Call for Resolutions:

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers has issued a Call for Resolutions for its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will take place on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:30 PM at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK.

Resolutions must clearly note the person who is proposing them. A seconder will be called for at the AGM. Robert's Rules of Order will apply. The deadline to submit resolutions is 4:00 PM, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Resolutions can be:

Any questions? Call (306) 668-5556 or email pulse@saskpulse.com.


Thank you to our Platinum sponsors:



Brenda Robinson
Robcan Group

Brenda is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She has been addressing groups for more than twenty years on topics related to communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general.

Brenda received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University in Brandon, MB, (majoring in English) and her Master’s degree in Education from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., in 1998.


Craig Zawada
WMCA Lawyers & Mediators

Craig Zawada is CEO of WMCZ Lawyers in Saskatoon, SK. A native of Shell Lake, SK, he attended the College of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan and in 1985 graduated with Distinction from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1986, and the Saskatchewan Law Society in 1987.

Craig's legal career has included work in intellectual property law, agricultural contracting, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Men of Influence by Saskatchewan Business Magazine. He currently serves as Chair of the Saskatchewan Research Council, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011.

Shaun Haney
Real Agriculture

Shaun is the founder of RealAgriculture.com and lives in Picture Butte, AB. In four years RealAgriculture.com has grown to serve farmers across Canada with the best in agronomics, current events, and farm show coverage, through the use of videos and written content.  RealAgriculture.com's content is managed by the site editor, Lyndsey Smith, while Shaun manages the business end. Shaun is also a partner in AgNition Inc. a mobile programming company focused on agriculture technology. One of their products is Scoutdoc, a field scouting ipad app designed specifically for farmers.

Shaun was raised on a seed farm just outside of Picture Butte and continues to manage the family seed business today.

Scott Phillips
Farmer's Edge

Born and raised in the Outlook area on a family farm, Scott currently resides in Outlook with his wife Lisa and their two kids, Alex and Emma.

Scott has always had close ties to the farm and the agriculture industry, with more than ten years of experience at Bourgault Industries and three years with Farmers Edge Precision Consulting.

He also actively farms with his family, cropping 5,000 acres east of Outlook (near Hawarden), and likes to push the envelope of traditional cropping practices. Scott very much enjoys implementing new technology on his farm and helping others do the same.

Marlene Boersch
Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc.

Marlene was raised on a grain farm in Europe, which instigated her life-long interest in agriculture. She came to Canada in 1976 to study agriculture.

Marlene holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. She also completed the Advanced Program for Agribusiness Managers at the American School of International Management.

Marlene has been actively involved the agriculture industry in Canada since 1983. She traded and exported Canadian crops internationally for more than 20 years while working for Cargill Grain, XCAN Grain Ltd, and for Berdex Canada Ltd. She led Berdex Canada Ltd. as Executive Vice-President for more than seven years.

In 2003, Marlene co-founded Mercantile Consulting Venture. Mercantile specializes in private label market intelligence, risk management solutions, and project consulting in the field of agriculture. Mercantile is active in Canada and internationally.

Chuck Penner
LeftField Commodities

In 2010, Chuck started LeftField Commodity Research to provide market analysis and research services for Canadian agriculture markets. Most of his work is focused on crops like pulses that tend to be overlooked by mainstream analysts.

Chuck’s nearly 25 years in the Canadian grain business have included 15 years in various roles at United Grain Growers and Agricore United, followed by five years at Informa Economics as Senior Consultant. Early in his career, Chuck participated in a family farm in Manitoba’s Red River Valley. He has a diploma in Agribusiness and a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba.


Dr. Bert Vandenberg
Crop Development Centre/University of Saskatchewan

Bert is the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Lentil Genetic Improvement and a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences/Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. His research and breeding programs include lentil and faba bean. The research program covers many areas of lentil improvement including herbicide tolerance, disease resistance, quality improvement, and other genetic and agronomic factors contributing to higher yield and value of pulse crops.

Bert received his Bachelor’s degree in Crop Science and International Agriculture in 1977, and his Ph.D. in Lentil Genetics and Plant Breeding in 1987. He joined the CDC in 1991.

Bert has broad experience in extension, research and development of all of Saskatchewan’s pulse crops and also domestic and international market development. He is an advisor to many pulse growers, pulse crop businesses, and pulse organizations. He has served on the executive committees of many of the world’s major pulse research organizations.

Dr. Tom Warkentin
Crop Development Centre/University of Saskatchewan

Tom is a professor in the Crop Development Centre/Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Previously he was a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His focus is pulse crop breeding and research which enhances the pulse crop industry in Canada and internationally.

Tom has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba (U of M), a Master’s degree from U of M, and  Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan. He has 20 years of experience as a pulse crop breeder and has developed or co-developed many varieties of pea and chickpea which have gained wide market acceptance. Tom’s graduate students and post-doctoral fellows have published research in the areas of pulse crop visual seed quality, nutritional seed quality, disease resistance, and agronomic adaptation.

Kevin Hursh
Hursh Consulting & Communications Inc.

Kevin is one of the country’s leading agricultural commentators. He is an agrologist, journalist and farmer. He and his wife Marlene run Hursh Consulting & Communications based in Saskatoon. They also operate a farm in southwest Saskatchewan growing a wide variety of crops.

Kevin writes a weekly column for The Western Producer and is the editor for AgriSuccess, a bi-monthly magazine distributed across the country by Farm Credit Canada. He also serves as executive director for the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission, and the Inland Terminal Association of Canada (ITAC).

David Nobbs
Canpulse Foods

David farms with his father and his brother on a 3,200-acre farm located at Lancer, SK. Their crops include lentils, kabuli chickpeas, coriander, durum wheat and canary seed.

David is the General Manager and Director of Canpulse Foods in Kindersley, a special crop exporting and processing plant that primarily deals with lentils and canary seed. His past experience includes both small-plot research and sales with Gustafson Partnership, a Calgary-based seed treatment company that focused on seed treatment and disease control in pulse crops and also on profitable crop production based on specific grower problems.

During the past 10 years David has focused much of his time and energy to pulse crop production and marketing special crops. He has been a Director on SPG’s Board, and the Chairman of the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA) Board. He is currently a Director on the CSCA Board.

Greg Kostal
Kostal Ag Consulting

Greg is an independent analyst and consultant operating in Winnipeg, MB. Designed primarily to provide fundamental guidance on agriculture trends, Kostal Ag Consulting conducts market analysis and personalizes that with a consulting and advisory services for commercial and farm operations.

Prior to starting his own company nine years ago, Greg worked for Sparks Companies, Continental Grain, ProFarmer and United Grain Growers. Greg also grew up on a family farm south of Winnipeg.


Quinton Stewart

Born in Regina, Quinton began his career working at Viterra as a summer student. After having completed his business degree at the University of Regina, he joined Viterra full-time as a Grain Merchandiser.

Having risen to his current position of Senior Grain Merchandiser, Quinton is now responsible for Canadian pulses, specializing in green and yellow peas and red and green lentils, as well as Viterra’s Manitoba dry bean program.


Sabine Banniza
Crop Development Centre/University of Saskatchewan

Sabine grew up in northwest Germany, where she completed her undergraduate degree before moving to the United Kingdom to complete a Master’s of Science degree in Integrated Pest and Disease Management, and a Ph.D in Plant Pathology. In 1998, Sabine moved to Saskatoon and started working in pulse crop pathology in the pulse research group at the Crop Development Centre (CDC). She has developed a diverse research program that has been recognized nationally and internationally, and that includes a diverse range of projects, from disease management strategies, to host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level.