Chairman of the Board
Lloyd was appointed to the role of Chairman of the Board on November, 2010. Prior to this, he held the position of Vice-Chairman of the Board since March, 2009. Lloyd is a retired pedigreed seed farmer from Beechy, SK, and was one of the first to become a CANTERRA SEEDS shareholder in 1998. He joined the Board of CANTERRA SEEDS in 2005. Lloyd served as Vice Chairman and as Chairman for Pulse Canada. In addition, he worked as a Director with the Saskatchewan Pulse Crop Development Board and as advisor to both the development of the Special Crop Act Initiative and the SCRIP program. Lloyd currently resides in Saskatoon, SK.
Jim and his wife Norleen operate a grain farm and seed processing and marketing plant at Darlingford, MB. Jim received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1974 and worked in public practice until 1993. In 2007, Jim received the designation of Chartered Director from the Directors College. Jim joined the CANTERRA SEEDS Board of Directors in 2010. Previously, Jim has served as Director and Chair of Agricore United, Chair of the Canada Grains Council, and on the Board of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, the Cereal Grains Value Chain Roundtable and the National Safety Nets Advisory Committee. Jim is also involved in the community, serving on the local Canadian Foodgrains Bank project committee, and having served on the Board of the Morden District General Hospital. Jim recently joined the Board of the Canadian International Grains Institute in June, 2012.
Ryan joined the CANTERRA SEEDS Board of Directors in February, 2011. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for CWS Logistics Ltd. in Winnipeg, MB., and brings many years of seed and crop inputs experience to the board. Previously, Ryan worked with Westeel as the VP of Sales and Marketing, as well as with Monsanto Canada in roles that include President – Seed & Trait, Sales Director – Western Canada, Canadian Chemistry Lead, and National Sales Manager – Chemistry. Ryan also spent five years working for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in various roles in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Joe joined the CANTERRA SEEDS Board of Directors in 2003. He has nearly 30 years of agriculture industry sales, marketing and management experience working with companies such as Pfizer, Cyanamid Crop Protection, First Line Seeds, and NK Syngenta Seeds. Joe is a co-founder of Farms.com Ltd. and leads their growing online media business as well as business strategy, marketing and development activities in London, ON. Joe is also very active in several agri-food industry associations such as the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association, the US National Agri-Marketing Association, and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Western Fair Association and both the Agri-food Council and Renewable Energy Council in London, ON, where he lives. Joe is past Treasurer and Board Member of the Ontario Pork Industry Council, and past Board Member of Techalliance and Internetworking Technology Group.
Shaun joined the CANTERRA SEEDS Board of Directors in March 2009. Shaun and his family reside in Picture Butte, AB where Shaun is very active in managing his family seed business. In 2008 Shaun founded the agricultural media website RealAgriculture.com which focuses on providing Canadian farmers with the latest in Ag information and news. Shaun is also very active in his community with minor hockey by coaching and volunteering on the board of directors.
Kris joined the CANTERRA SEEDS Board of Directors in February, 2011. He is a third generation pedigreed seed grower. Along with his family, Kris owns and operates Greenleaf Seeds Ltd., a pedigreed seed farm and processing plant, at Tisdale, SK. The family also runs a custom harvesting business that travels throughout the United States and Canada. Kris is currently on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Ag Research Foundation and previously served on the board of the Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters, and of the Saskatchewan Canola Growers.
Cécile joined the board of CANTERRA SEEDS in 2015 once Limagrain acquired its minority stake in the company. She accounts more than 25 years of experience in various sectors of the seed industry from Amateur Garden Products to Field Seeds, including vegetables. Currently, she is the Deputy CEO, for Limagrain Field Seeds Division, heading among other responsibilities, the Limagrain worldwide straw cereals activities. Cécile has been with Limagrain since 1989 taking positions in France, Germany and the U.K. Cécile studied at the Institut D’Etudes Politiques de Lyon and has her Master’s in Finance and Business Management from the Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Reims.
Sébastien has been appointed as CEO of the business unit Limagrain Cereal Seeds, including Limagrain Cereal Seeds USA and the newly formed joint venture Limagrain Cereals Research Canada. He will be based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a member of the Limagrain Field Seeds Division Executive Committee and he is on the board of Australian Grain Technologies in Australia. He has a very international career as Marketing and Sales Executive in the seed industry. He has been working for more than 15 years for different companies in Limagrain’s vegetable seed division, such as Hazera and HM.Clause. While based in Europe, Sebastien has been active in the European Seeds Association and he was a board member of the Good Seed and Plant Practices foundation. Sébastien studied agricultural engineering in France and he has a MSc in Marketing and Management from Wageningen University in The Netherlands. He is a French citizen.
Darren joined the CANTERRA SEEDS Board of Directors in 2015. He owns Blair’s, an independent ag retail with business partner, and cousin, Kevin along with their spouses. They run seven locations in Saskatchewan and have divisions in Professional Agronomy, Animal Nutrition, Livestock Genetics, Logistics, Real Estate to go along with their core business fertilizer, chemical and seed. Darren comes from a multigenerational family grain and cattle farm background and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He currently holds the position of COO and works out of the Lanigan location which is their corporate head office. He is responsible for the overall operation of all of their locations, a member of their executive and leadership team and is also the Lanigan location manager. Darren is a Board Member for the Independent Dealers Association, Councillor for the Village of Drake and presently sits as a member of the Executive Committe for the Pound Maker AgVentures Board of Directors for the past 5 years.
Thomas joined the board in 2015 at the conclusion of Limagrain’s purchase of a minority stake in CANTERRA SEEDS. He has been with Limagrain since 2010 and is currently Head of Research – Cereals and Pulses and is based in the U.K. Thomas is a senior executive in the seeds industry with 35 years’ experience that includes directing global research and plant breeding programs, intellectual property management (plant breeders rights, patenting and licensing), commercial strategy, merger and acquisition, marketing, sales and general management. He is a specialist in the international development of cereal seeds markets, and in wheat and barley genetics. He is a director (and former chairman) of the UK seeds industry trade association, with associated board memberships; a former non-executive director of a public sector institute; and, a former chairman of pension fund trustees. Thomas is trained in commercial strategy and negotiation, with a diploma in company direction and a PhD in biometrics.
Jeremy is the Director of Business Development for Ceres Global Ag in Minneapolis, MN. Jeremy re-joined the CANTERRA Board in 2016 (also served in 2013/14) as the representative for Ceres. Jeremy brings to the Board 18 years of commercial commodity trading expertise, with particular focus on spring and winter wheat, as well as canola. His primary role today is establishing new markets and new product programs for Ceres Global Ag by expanding their global network of trading partners and customers, in addition to evaluating M&A opportunity and physical asset disposition. Jeremy completed his undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota with a B.S in Agricultural Education, and holds an MBA from Colorado State University with an emphasis in Finance.