Plant and Soil health Educator, Integrated Soils
Assistant Professor in Agroecology, Université Laval
Dr. Caroline Halde is an assistant professor in agroecology at Université Laval. She grew up on an organic dairy and grain farm near Montreal, QC. She received a B.Sc. in Agronomy from Université Laval, a M.Sc. in Agriculture from Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Manitoba. She has completed her postdoctoral studies in weed ecology at Cornell University. She now leads the Agroecology Lab, with multidisciplinary research interests in soil health, nutrient cycling, agronomy, and ecology. She co-designed the Summer School in Agroecology at Université Laval.
Geologist and Professor in Geomorphology, University of Washington
David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. An author of award-winning popular-science books, such as Growing a Revolution: Bringing our Soil Back to Life (2017), The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health (2015) and Dirt: The Erosion of Civilization (2007) he has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered. His books have been translated into nine languages. He lives in Seattle, with his wife Anne Biklé and their black lab guide-dog dropout Loki. Connect with him at www.dig2grow.com or follow him on Twitter (@dig2grow).
Associate Founder, En Pleine Gueule
Mkomosé (Andrew Judge)
Coordinator of Indigenous Studies, Conestoga College
Mkomosé (Dr. Andrew Judge) is coordinator of Indigenous Studies at Conestoga College, sessional Lecturer at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, and former visiting professor at the Center for Engaged Learning Abroad in Cayo District, Belize. He specializes in traditional Indigenous knowledge, ethno-medicine, and land based learning. Mkomosé regularly works with Elders to support conscious awakening to respond to the current state of society. Andrew is an initiated Mayan day keeper and participates in the ancient ceremonial practices of his Anishinaabeg ancestors. In 2018 Andrew founded Minjimendan (In a state of remembering - minjimendan.com) an Indigenous foods garden dedicated to restoring the vitality of Earth.
Agronomist for Quebec's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ)
Louis Robert is an agronomist with more than thirty years of experience in agriculture in Quebec within the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec (MAPAQ). His expertise is in soil management, cropping practices, fertilization, crop rotations, farm manure management and alternative crops. After bringing to light the influence of the pesticide lobby in research, he was dismissed from his position at MAPAQ in 2018. He returned to his job 10 months later, receiving an apology from the Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault.
Farmer and Researcher for the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems in British Columbia
Corine Singfiled has been a farmer for almost two decades. She has a deep commitment to creating integrated and closed loop agricultural systems that merge production and ecosystem functions. In the past, she has managed farms and led the creation of farm education programs. She now works for the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems as a researcher in organic and regenerative agriculture. Her research focuses on the integration of crop and livestock systems. She is looking at low-till and no till methods for restoring depleting soils using intensive rotational animal grazing.
Cropping Systems Scientist and Research Director at UC Davis's Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility
Nicole is a Cropping Systems Scientist and Research Director at UC Davis's Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility. Nicole has conducted on-the-ground agricultural research in wheat, corn, beans, forage, and grazing systems, as well as working with Kernza, a new perennial grain crop. Her research focuses on increasing the diversity of crop rotations and landscape cover in agricultural production systems using a variety of techniques, including the incorporation of legumes, organic soil amendments (e.g. compost), and grazing into row crop rotations. She is especially interested in research linking soil microbial communities and activity to nutrient cycling and agroecosystem functioning, particularly in terms of productivity and economic outcomes for growers.
CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development
Founder, Grounded Growth LLC
Farmer and Owner, South Glanton Farms (MB)
Soil Microbiologist and founder of KRIS (Knowledge for Regeneration and Innovation in Soil)
Dr. Kris Nichols is the founder and principal scientist of KRIS (Knowledge for Regeneration and
Innovation in Soil) Systems Education & Consultation. She currently works as a Soil
Microbiologist and Research Consultant with Food Water Wellness Foundation, MyLand
Technologies LLC and Understanding Ag., LLC. Previously, she was Rodale Institute’s Chief
Scientist from 2014-2017 and a Research (Soil) Microbiologist with the USDA, Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) for 14 years. Kris has B.S. degrees in Plant Biology and in Genetics
and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Environmental Microbiology from
West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Maryland. Her focus
is addressing current and future agricultural needs by building upon a soil health foundation to
identify biological tools to enhance soil health, water and nutrient use efficiencies, pest and
disease management, and mitigate climate change to provide long-term solutions to agricultural
economic viability, food insecurity, and ecosystem services loss. Kris grew up on a 640-acre
grain farm in SW Minnesota. Dr. Nichols has received several awards including the 2012
Conservation Research Award from the International Soil and Water Conservation Society and
has over 25 peer-reviewed publications as well as been quoted in numerous outreach
Grazier, consultant, cofounder of LandStream, Inc. and a founding board member of the Soil Carbon Coalition
Abe Collins is a grazier, consultant, cofounder of LandStream, Inc. and a founding board member of the Soil Carbon Coalition. Abe has worked over his life to grow topsoil, shepherd deserts back into prairies, measure landscape function, and build practical tools to equip farmers and ranchers to contract their services growing natural capital and ecosystem services. He has grazed sheep, beef and dairy cattle and lives in Winooski, VT.
Owner & Principal Consultant, DocTerre
Owner, The New Farm
Gillian Flies worked as a human rights investigator, aid worker, election observer and management consultant on four continents before finding her true calling as a farmer. In 2003 she and her husband, Brent Preston, abandoned successful careers in Toronto, packed up their two young children, and moved to a run-down farm outside Creemore, Ontario. Since then, they have built The New Farm into a thriving business and a leading light in the good food movement, providing vegetables to some of the best restaurants in Canada and raising over a million dollars to make local, organic food accessible in low income communities. Gillian is the President of the Canadian Organic Growers and is a leader in the organic and regenerative farming movement. She speaks often on food and farming issues.
Farmer and Co-Founder, AgriBio Systems
Adam York is a fifth-generation farmer in Central Illinois. Having never been satisfied with the status quo, he is always trying to improve yield on the farm. He was taught to farm conventionally from those around him, including his grandfather, father, uncle, fertilizer salesmen and professors. While they were gaining yield, they were also spending a fortune doing so and even worse, they were damaging the soil. In 2012, he started some trials on the farm with biologicals and started to see that this might be the future of agriculture. With continued self-education and through close collaboration with educated people, Adam and his partner Brad Hobrock started AgriBio Systems in 2016. This has led to improved education, understanding and success for not only his own farm but other farms as well.
Project Manager, PUR Projet
Podcast Host, Radio-Canada Ohdio
Owner-Founder Regeneration Farm LLC, Founder+ President Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
A native Guatemalan, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin began working on economic development projects with indigenous Guatemalan communities in 1988. He served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Latin America and as an advisor to the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. He was a founding member of the Fair-Trade Federation in 1994. Before coming to the U.S. in 1992, Regi worked with artisan communities across the highlands of Guatemala, connecting their small enterprises with fair trade networks in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Regi’s has pioneered innovations in a Regenerative Poultry System that is at the center of a multitude of national and international initiatives. This system is designed to be uniquely aligned with the social, economic and ecological conditions of small farms and marginalized communities and is designed for large-scale and global impact. At the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance, Regi works on system-level strategies designed for global application, currently, his work covers communities in the US (Northfield, MN, Omaha, Mead and Winnebago NE, Pine Ridge SD), Hazelton British Columbia, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Most recently, Regi authored a book titled “In the Shadow of Green Man”, My Journey from Poverty and Hunger to Food Security and Hope.
Owner, GECA Environnement
CEO, Harrington's Organics
Owner, Cover Crop Coaching/Hemp Innovators
Steve Groff and his family, farm 305 acres of cash grain crops, cover crops for seed, pumpkins, hard squash and heirloom tomatoes in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the past 25 years, his Cedar Meadow Farm has conducted
thousands of cover crop research trials- out of which he developed the Tillage Radish- known and used around the world. Steve is the founder of Cover Crop Coaching which educates farmers and farm advisors about effective cover crop use. Recently he launched Hemp Innovators, a subscription-based educational network for those interested in growing hemp.
Research scientist, Canadian Forest Service
Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, Ohio State University.
Rattan Lal, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, The Ohio State University, an Adjunct Professor of University of Iceland, and visiting professor at PUCV, Chile. He has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees from Norway, Germany, Spain, Moldova, India, Chile and USA. He was President of the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (1987-1990), International Soil and Tillage Research Organization (1988-1991), Soil Science Society of America (2006-2008) and the International Union of Soil Sciences (2017-2018). His professional research interests include soil carbon sequestration for food and climate security, conservation agriculture, principles and practices of soil erosion control, eco-intensification of agroecosystems, soil restoration, and sustainable management of soils. He authored 950 journal articles, authored/edited 100 books, mentored 360 researchers from around the world, has a 145 h index, 97,000 total citations, and is editor of the Advances in Soil Science, and Encyclopedia of Soil Science. He has worked on six continents, travelled to 105 countries, and made on average one keynote international presentation per month since 1980. He is laureate of the 2018 GCHERA World Agriculture Prize (Nanjing, China), 2018 Glinka World Soil Prize (Rome, Italy), 2019 Japan Prize (Tokyo, Japan), and 2019 IFFCO Prize (New Delhi, India).
Fredy Perez Zelaya
Agronomist, Café Organico Marcala
Director of Sustainability, CoopCoffees
Jordan Lebel (Host)
Associate Professor, Marketing of Food, Concordia University
Agronomist and Ph. D. Candidate in soil conservation, Université Laval
Geography Professor, UQAM
Supply Chain Manager and Agronimist, Eko-Terre
Caroline Magar (Host)
Landscape architect, member of the AAPQ
Caroline Magar is trained in environmental design and landscape architecture. She has been working for 10 years in Montreal in urban ecological planning.
Farmer, Axten Farms
Associate Designer | Outreach, Regenerative Design Group
Genevieve Lawlor is an Associate Designer with Regenerative Design Group (RDG), an award-winning ecological landscape architecture and planning firm that specializes in productive, resilient landscapes. She and her colleagues work on a wide range of projects, from broadscale regenerative agriculture planning to detailed urban farm design. Genevieve brings to her work a balance of analytical, conceptual, and on-the-ground skills, honed over many years working on agriculture and landscape projects domestically and abroad. Currently, Genevieve is on the team leading the Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan, initiated to protect and enhance soil resources across all land types to support thriving ecosystems and communities in the Commonwealth. She holds a MA in Ecological Landscape Design and Planning from The Conway School.
Shareholder, Ferme Taillon et fils Inc
Founder, Black Duck Wild Rice
Executive director, Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care
Ph.D. Candidate Laval University, AgroEnviroLab and IRDA
Consultant and author
Farmer, Grazing Days
Sedalia Kawenno:ta’s Fazio
Scientific Director, Regeneration Canada
Bethany Jaqua Siebold
Assistant Manager, Global Sustainability, General Mills
Agronomist, General Mills
Principal Advisor, Alternative Private Investments, Fondaction
ESG & Impact Director
Andréanne has over 10 years of experience studying the interrelationship between supply chains, land use and climate change. Before joining ECOTIERRA, Andréanne was North-American Director for Solidaridad Network, where she negotiated partnerships between actors in the supply chains of thirteen basic products in order to drive the development of public-private partnerships and others business models to promote sustainable sourcing. Previously, Andréanne led the work of the Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit on the drivers of deforestation. As such, it brought together agro-industries, NGOs and the governments of Indonesia, Brazil and Ghana to identify ways to decouple agriculture from deforestation. Andréanne also worked at the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity. Fluent in English, French and Spanish, she holds a master's degree in environmental policy and regulation from the London School of Economics and a bachelor's degree in international development from McGill University. In 2011, she was selected as the World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Co-founder, AgriBio Systems
Brad grew up on a family farm and continues to be a key player in the 2,600-acre operation, which is located in Cass County, Illinois, near Beardstown. Besides growing corn and soybeans, this farm also had a swine operation until 2011 before shifting to grain only. In high school, Brad was active in the Future Farmers of America (FFA), often showing hogs in livestock competition. An alumnus of the University of Illinois, Brad graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in Agribusiness with an emphasis on agronomy. He then worked at Crop Production Services in the seed division, then spent nine years at Wyffels Hybrids as a district sales manager. Together with his business partner and fellow central Illinois farmer Adam York, Brad launched AgriBio Systems in 2015. Before then, both partners had worked with and conducted field trials with various bio-based products. This experience would become the catalyst for the new company. One of Brad’s biggest passions is helping farmers be more efficient, consistent and profitable. He sees regenerative farming as the true future of agriculture.
Executive Secretary, "4 per 1000" Initiative
CEO, Earth Alive Clean Technologies
Operations Manager, NRhythm
Business Development, GECA Environnement
Brittany Cole Bush
Shepherdess Land & Livestock, Owner-Operator, Grazing School of the West, Executive Co-Director
Change Management Consultant, Percolab
Principal Researcher, Compost Council of Canada
Quebec Regional Program Coordinator, SeedChange
Alexandra Groome Klement
Operations Manager, nRhythm
Young Farmer, Axten Farms
Farmer/Co-owner, Au Petit Boisé Permaculture Farm
1st Vice-Chair, Producteurs du lait du Québec:fr]Premier vice-président, Producteurs du lait du Québec
Florence Bouchard Santerre
Assistant Director, Economic Research, Producteurs du lait du Québec
Agronomist and Founder, Écoboeuf
Founder, Sustainable Grain
Market Developer for regenerative agriculture, Soil Capital
Karen Ross (Host)
Project Manager, Agriculture and Pesticides, Équiterre
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ)
Born in Saint-Félicien in 1960, André Lamontagne holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Laval University and has training in counseling, psychotherapy and transactional analysis from the Eastwind Institute in Halifax. Addtitionally, he has a master’s in Educational Psychology and Human Relations from Mount Saint-Vincent University in Halifax. He also holds a professional helicopter pilot license.
Before entering politics, he had a career in business: he owned three supermarkets; co-owned a network of travel agencies with 20 offices in several regions of Quebec; he was President and co-owner of a management consulting firm and he was the owner of a business specializing in the purchase, refurbishment, resale and rental of helicopters.
He has worked as an advisor and coach to a clientele of managers, mainly from the business community. He has also been, over the years, an investor and director of several technology companies in the manufacturing sector, in electronic commerce and in the industrial field.
In 2014, he made the leap into politics by being elected in the riding of Johnson under the banner of the Coalition Avenir Québec, a role he retained thanks to his re-election in 2018.
It was after this victory that the Prime Minister honored him by appointing him Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) and Minister responsible for the Center of Quebec region.