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David Hansen

President & Chief Executive Officer

David Hansen joined CANTERRA SEEDS as Chief Executive Officer in October of 2009, and was shortly thereafter appointed President.

David is a seed industry veteran with experience working in Canada and internationally. His background uniquely prepared him to lead CANTERRA SEEDS’ efforts to be a leader in the Canadian seed industry.

David's seed management experience has focused on the commercial side of the industry with a strong lean towards sales and marketing, general management and leadership.

David's seed experience has been focused on hybrid canola, cereals, pulses and corn here in Canada, and cotton seed in China.

Over the years, David's seed company experiences have included Conti Seed, Garst Seed, ICI Seeds, Zeneca Seeds, Advanta Seeds, Delta Pine and Monsanto.

David has served or currently serves on a number of industry associations as a Director, including: the Canadian Seed Trade Association, Limagrain Cereals Research Canada (LCRC), WCCRRC, CropLife International, CropLife Canada, Cereals Canada and 4-H Canada.

Gerry Cantin, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Gerry Cantin is CANTERRA SEEDS’ Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all of the financial and administrative affairs of the Company. He has 30 years of senior financial management experience in the agriculture industry. Prior to joining CANTERRA SEEDS in 2006, Gerry worked in the Finance and Accounting Departments of both The Landmark Feeds Group, as well as United Grain Growers Limited.

Gerry holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba. He received his Certified Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant designation from the CPA firm, Ernst & Young.

As of October 1, 2017, Gerry also took on the role of Chief Administrative Officer of Limagrain Cereals Research Canada (LCRC), a joint venture cereal breeding company owned by LIMAGRAIN AND CANTERRA SEEDS and located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Gerry also sits on the Board of Governors for Meridian Seeds, LLC and on the Board of Directors for LCRC.

Curt Baldwin

Director, Canola, Corn and Soybean Business Unit

Curt joined CANTERRA SEEDS in April of 2016 and currently holds the role of Director, Canola, Corn and Soybean Business Unit and is responsible for all activities related to these crop areas.

Primary responsibilities for the canola business include product development, seed production and manufacturing as well as managing distribution and key stakeholder relationships. Curt also leads the strategy with PRIDE Seeds' corn and soybeans.

Curt’s work history includes extensive experience in seed and crop protection roles, with jobs at Cargill, Viterra, Syngenta and Agricore United. Most recently, Curt held the position of National Crop Inputs Manager for Cargill, where he supported the growth of the seed, crop protection, and fertilizer product lines.

Curt graduated from the University of Manitoba with an Agriculture Diploma and has also obtained his MBA from the University of Manitoba in 2012.

Brent Derkatch

Director, Pedigreed Seed Business Unit

Brent joined CANTERRA SEEDS in 2001, initially as Production Manager. Today, as Director, Pedigreed Seed Business Unit, Brent is responsible for all activities related to CANTERRA SEEDS' broad seed portfolio of cereals, pulses and special crops. His primary focus is on demand creation through various variety-specific market development efforts with grain handlers and end-users across Canada and abroad. Brent has also undertaken overseeing the CANTERRA SEEDS marketing department.

Brent has been an active volunteer in the seed industry for many years and is a past president of both the Canadian Seed Trade Association and Canadian Plant Technology Agency. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Meridian Seeds.

Brent graduated from the Olds College Seed and Grain Technology Program and holds a Certificate in Management from the University of Manitoba.

Lorri Keyowski

Director of Sales

Lorri joined CANTERRA SEEDS as Director of Sales in January 2020. She is responsible for leading CANTERRA SEEDS' team of Territory Managers and facilitating communication between the corporate and sales divisions. Lorri is a driven manager with 15 years of experience in sales and management with the proven ability to lead a high-performing sales team.

Before joining CANTERRA SEEDS, Lorri held numerous roles in the seed industry. She worked as the Western Sales Manager with FMC Agricultural Solutions Canada from 2017 through 2019, Western Sales Manager with E.I. Dupont Canada from 2014-2017, and previously worked in various sales and management roles with Cargill AgHorizons Ltd. from 2004 to 2014.

She graduated with a B.Sc. Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Agriculture in Saskatoon in 2004.

Andrew Draeger

General Manager, Meridian Seeds

Andy joined Meridian Seeds in 2014 as a District Sales manager and moved to the position of General Manager that fall. As General Manager, he is responsible for setting the direction for the company, budgeting, managing staff, and ensuring the business maintains profitability while reaching designated goals. Andy also represents Meridian Seeds on the CANTERRA SEEDS Senior Management Team. 

Andy grew up in the small town of Wyndmere, ND. In that time, he was very involved in Future Farmers of America and still continues to be a lifetime supporter by coaching Ag Sales and judging for Crop and Weed Science competitions. After high school, he attended North Dakota State University. In the past, he has also worked for Seeds 2000 in the sunflower breeding nurseries and Pioneer Hybrid.

Andy was on city council from June 2016 - June 2020 and as of June 2020, he was elected Mayor of Mapleton, ND.

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