Key Note Speakers

The Virden Oil Capitals are excited to announce that Shaun Haney, Manager of Real Agriculture.com will be one of the Key-Note Speakers at the 2nd Annual Ag Summit, coming up this November 21st at the Tundra.

“Were elated Shaun is taking time out of his busy schedule to take the day in Virden for our Ag Summit.  He brings a wealth of Ag Knowledge, experience, world views, and stories that will be sure to entertain the crowd on the 21st.”  Oil Capitals Ag Summit Committee.

Shaun Haney :

Founder  of RealAgriculture, Shaun Haney manages one of the leading industry ag media companies for Canadian farmers and ranchers. RealAgriculture.com provides the latest in ag-policy, agronomics, current events and farm show features. Shaun is also the host of RealAg Radio which is broadcast across North America on Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM daily at 4:30 PM Eastern.

You can follow him on twitter at @shaunhaney or @realagriculture

Kim Keller :

Kim farms with her parents and brother in Northeast SK. Despite having growing up on the farm, she did not have any interest in farming or the Ag industry and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelors of Arts with Honours. Even though having been away from the farm pursuing her education and career in insurance, in 2011 she realized that as much as she had fought it, farming and helping shape the industry was in her blood. So shortly after, in 2012, she, along with two friends cofounded SK Women In Ag. Her passion for the industry didn’t stop there. She also co-founded an Ag Tech company called Farm At Hand. In 2015, she began raising awareness about Mental Health in Ag with the launch of t-shirt campaign. Following the acquisition of the company in 2016, she returned to the farm full time to follow her passion for both farming and helping her fellow farmers. Her work in mental health awareness in Ag continues today as she is helping to launch The Do More Agriculture Foundation that promotes a focus on supporting resources for farmers and breaking the stigma.

You can follow her on twitter at @kimkkeller or @domoreag

Jeff Odgers  :

Jeff Odgers aka “Odg,” has a reputable background in both the hockey and farming world.  Odg is a retired professional hockey player who had a prominent career playing 821 regular-season games and 47 playoff games in the National Hockey League. Odgers compiled 145 points throughout his career and was well known to the league as the “enforcer” while racking up a total of 2634 penalty minutes. He wore the “C” for the San Jose Sharks for two seasons, as well as the “A” for the Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers.

Off the ice, Odgers is no stranger to the farming world. He grew up in a very small community near Spy Hill, Sask, where his family were farming a mixed cow-calf and grain operation. When Odgers was finished his hockey career in the NHL, he was lucky enough to return to doing what he loved, helping out on his family’s farm. Today farming is again at the forefront, with Odgers taking over and expanding the family farm, and now operates a certified organic grain farm in Saskatchewan. Although he is retired from hockey, he is still very involved in the game. Odgers has two sons, Johnny and Dakota, both of which have made it far in their hockey careers. “My oldest son John is no longer playing but is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, and Dakota plays University Hockey.”

Odgers, who played four seasons for the Brandon Wheat Kings, is excited to come back to Manitoba as a guest speaker for the Oil Capitals Ag Summit Fundraiser. “My two passions in life are hockey and farming, and what better event than this to have the opportunity to be a guest speaker at? I look forward to meeting this young hockey team, as well as the community of Virden.”