Click below for Bio information on speakers that will be at the 2018 Convention

[learn_more caption=”Jim Clark, Exec Dir”]

It is my pleasure once again to invite you to the annual Beef Industry Convention, January 12-14, 2017 in London at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre. This will be our 19th annual edition of the event, which is proudly hosted by the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association and the Ontario Corn Fed Beef Program. As always, we’re looking forward to another informative session and getting together with our valued partners and friends as we showcase Ontario’s beef industry.


[learn_more caption=”John Baker, Brand Management & Business Development, OCFBP”]

John is the President of Baker Marketing Services International. John has over 30 years of experience in meat marketing and brand development.  His past experiences include:

• Executive Vice President, Global Marketing for Canada Beef Inc.

• Executive Director, Channel Marketing for Canada’s Beef information Centre

• Category Management roles with some of Canada’s major market leaders

• Demonstrated successes in the areas of Brand Development, Domestic and International Market Development, Supply Chain Alignment, Development of innovative marketing programs across the protein categories


[learn_more caption=”Matt Bowman – BFO President Northern Director”]

Matt Bowman and his wife Elaine farm in Temiskaming with their two children, Leslie and Thomas. Operating a Charolais based cow-calf operation with 110 cows, they also cash crop 700 acres of oats, wheat, barley and canola.

Much of the barley and wheat is grown for seed production and is prepared in their own seed cleaning plant. To round out their operation they also have an expanding pick your own strawberry patch for the locals.

Matt represents BFO as a Director for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Cattle Research Council.


[learn_more caption=”Alvin Law – Motivational Speaker, Author, Musician”]

Like you, attitude expert and bestselling author Alvin Law has heard a lot of cliches about cultivating a positive attitude. But are any of them true? Does a positive attitude really guarantee success in life? Should we force ourselves to think positively, no matter what our situation? Will mantras and soundbites change how we view ourselves and the world? Or are we thinking about attitude all wrong?

With over three decades of professional speaking and over five (ahem) decades of experience living life without arms, his view is radically different. Alvin’s mission is to spark a worldwide Attitude Revolution. Attitude Revolutions happen because people are inspired, from within themselves, to practice cultivating a more proactive and effective outlook on their lives. Alvin knows, and demonstrates to his audiences, that attitude is not about touchy­feely platitudes or ‘thinking positive’ ­ attitude is how we look at and interpret life overall. It is a skill that can be learned, and that must be practiced. It is a tool that can be used.

Most importantly, it can’t be imposed upon people ­ it has to come from a genuine place. Alvin uses his story to challenge audiences to rewrite the negative stories they tell themselves about themselves; to stop feeling like victims in their lives and get proactive; to stop making excuses and start making choices. His fusion of storytelling, musical performance and down­to­earth humour connect with his audiences at an intimate, intense and individual level.

Over 7,500 organizations on five continents, including Cisco Systems, Pfizer and Telus, have used Alvin to ignite, engage and transform their people. Born with no arms as a result of the drug Thalidomide, Alvin was adopted by a family who taught him to use his feet for hands ­ and who by doing so gave him the gift of freedom. In addition to being a professional speaker, he is a trained broadcaster, fundraiser, award­winning musician and bestselling author.

He has earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an honour possessed by less than ten percent of professional speakers worldwide. In 2009, Alvin was inducted into the Canadian Association of Speakers (CAPS) Hall of Fame. Prior to his career as a professional speaker, Alvin worked for non­profit groups, in advertising and public relations, the civil service, and has even run for public office (unsuccessfully, but he got over it).

He has appeared on countless telethons and media features, and has been the subject of two award­winning television documentaries. He has played a direct role in raising over $175,000,000 for charity. He shares his life with his wife and business partner, Darlene; his adult son, Vance; Raymond, the dog; and Trixie, the cat. They all live in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


[learn_more caption=”Steve Kell – Business Manager Branch Grain, Parrish & Heimbecker”]

Steve Kell has been in the grain and feed business in Ontario for the past 25 years. For the past 17 years he has been a Grain Merchant for Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd in Toronto specializing in corn, canola, and cereal grain trading and producer grain marketing.

In addition to working as a grain merchant. Steve operates 1,200 acres, partially as a beef and cash crop operation south of Barrie, and in share-cropping arrangements in Elm Creek, Manitoba, and Temiskaming, Ontario.

Steve is a graduate of both the University of Guelph, (BA), and the Ontario Agricultural College, but most importantly, from the school of hard knocks.


[learn_more caption=”Mike Conlin – President, OCFA & OCFBP”]

Mike Conlin joined the Board in 2012. He farms north of Lucan with his father and uncle. They finish approximately 4,500 head of cattle per year. Certified for the Ontario Corn Fed Beef program, Conlin praises the hard work by the Board and OCFA Executive Director Jim Clark to establish the brand in the Ontario market. “The beef and meat industry is so tough to make inroads in, and they’ve given us a great opportunity,” he says. Mike also spent several years in municipal politics as a councillor for the former McGillivray Township and later, North Middlesex.


[learn_more caption=”Garrison Wynn – Comedian, Corporate Advisor, Top Selling Author”]

With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to deliver motivational business expertise. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events.

He is the author of the Amazon bestseller The Real Truth about Success, the Amazon #1 bestseller The Cowbell Principle, has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post and featured Forbes and Inc. Magazines.  In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron and as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history where he researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide
and developed & marketed products still being sold in 30 countries. –


[learn_more caption=”Kevin Grier – Kevin Grier Market Analysis and Consulting Inc.”]

  • A respected livestock and meat market analyst with a solid understanding of industry issues from farm to retail.
  • Publications authored by Kevin Grier include: Grocery Trade Report, Canadian Cattle Market Report, Canadian Boxed Beef Report, Canadian Pork Market Report and Canadian Chicken Market Report.
  • He has conducted market analysis and economic research projects for decision makers across the Canadian meat and poultry sector.


[learn_more caption=”Stan Fergusson – President of Stan Fergusson Fuels Ltd.”]

Stan Fergusson is the President of Stan Fergusson Fuels Ltd. and is also the President of Fergusson Farms, which produces pedigreed seed in Ontario. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Northern Ontario, Stan pursued a career in policing and spent 18 years with the Ontario Provincial Police. Of note, he was a provincial co-ordinator for the tactics and rescue team. He was also an instructor in criminal law, search and rescue – winter survival, firearms, and management and development.

In the business world, Stan was a contractor/distributor for Exxon Mobil Esso for 26 years and was the First Premier Associate in Canada for Esso. He also spent four years as vice-president of a bookbinding company in Toronto and has served on the board of directors of Briercrest College since 2009.


[learn_more caption=”Dr. Colleen Pollock, Technical Services Veterinarian with Merck Animal Health Canada”]

Dr. Colleen Pollock, Technical Services Veterinarian with Merck Animal Health Canada.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) – Western College of Veterinary Medicine – 1997
  • Master of Veterinary Science (MVetSc) – University of Saskatchewan – 2000
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (DACVPM) – 2011

Since graduating from the WCVM in 1997, Colleen’s veterinary career has spanned academia, private practice, government and the pharmaceutical industry. Throughout the past 20 years her career has remained focused on beef cattle preventive medicine and production. When not working, Colleen spends her time hiking, mountain biking, downhill skiing and chasing her grandchildren.