'Check Your Tech Tuesday' is new for 2022. This day has free admission with the purchase of any other day's ticket and serves as an opportunity for you to login, get familiar with the platform and ensure that you can view the presentations smoothly.

Crop Advisors - please note:
     1 Professional Development CEU will be available for - The Future in Agricultural in Canada,
     1 Professional Development CEU will be available for Farm Implements on the Roadway.

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2022 Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Rob Black, Senator, Ontario

The Honourable Rob Black has worked in the rural, agricultural, and leadership arenas for much of his working career. On February 27, 2018, Rob was sworn in as a senator representing the province of Ontario. Since then, he has been working on several issues of importance to Canadians through his role, and is a member of the Standing Committees on Agriculture and Forestry; Social Affairs, Science and Technology; Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament; and, the Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament. He is currently the Chair of the Canadian Senators Group (CSG). Rob and his wife Julie live north of Fergus, ON and have four grown children and three grandsons. To see the rest of Rob's speaker bio, please find him on the GBFW 2022 Speakers page on this website.

2022 Keynote Speaker: Marty Seymour, Director of Industry relations, Farm Credit Canada

Marty was raised on a cattle and grain farm in Carnduff, Sask. A cowboy at heart, he moved to Saskatoon and earned a degree in agriculture science from the University of Saskatchewan. After a decade in sales and marketing in the animal health industry, Marty spent five years as CEO of Canadian Western Agribition, Canada’s largest livestock show and exhibition. Marty has been involved in international trade missions, sat on the economic development board of Sakimay First Nations, has done reality TV and was named a CBC Future 40 recipient for contributions to the community. Currently, he’s on the marketing committee for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB).

Check Your Tech Tuesday Chair 2022 - Rob Kirkconnell

Rob Kirkconnell, who in partnership with his wife Courtney and his parents Bob and Mary Ann, runs Valleykirk Farms, a family owned dairy farm in Owen Sound.  Together they manage a 60-cow robotic milking facility along with 400 acres of crops that consist of hay, corn and barley. After graduating from Ridgetown College in 2001, Rob worked off farm, running his own custom bale wrap business. He came home to work full-time on the farm in 2003. Rob is very involved in the community having refereed minor hockey for 25 years. He has also been a referee assigner for the local centre for 15 years.  Rob is currently president of the Grey County Soil and Crop Improvement Association a delegate for Gay Lea  Foods and a director for the Grey County Milk Producers.   Rob and Courtney have an active little 4 year old daughter named Bree and cheerful farm dog named June. In his spare time, Rob likes to play sports, board games and cards as well as sit and read a good book. 

Check Your Tech Tuesday Agenda

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EventDate/Time Session
Check Your Tech Tuesday Tuesday, January 4, 2022 9:00AM
- Saturday, February 12, 2022 9:00AM

Speaker(s): Deborah Vanberkel, Jackie Ralph
Stage: On-Demand
Mental Health in Agriculture - Fireside Chat
Join Deb and Jackie as they chat about Mental Health
Check Your Tech Tuesday Tuesday, January 4, 2022 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Speaker(s): Andrew Campbell, Marty Seymour, The Honourable Rob Black
Stage: Live Stream
The Future of Agriculture in Canada
Senator Black and Marty Seymour, with Andrew Campbell at the
Check Your Tech Tuesday Tuesday, January 4, 2022 2:00PM - 3:55PM
Speaker(s): Richard Curado, Rob Kirkconnell, Sergeant James Hunter
Stage: Live Stream
Farm Implements on the Roadway
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