Dan (54) and his wife Leigh farm grains, oil seeds, and specialty crops near Justice, Manitoba. His past farming experience also include raising cattle, sheep, and poultry. They have two adult children living in Saskatoon, SK and Portage la Prairie.
Dan has served as President of Keystone Agriculture Producers (KAP) since 2015 after a four-year commitment as Vice-President. Prior to this Dan fulfilled a position on the KAP board from 2001 – 2006. He was one of the founding members of the KAP Young Farmers Committee and was the Western representative on the Canadian Young Farmers Forum. At the national level, Dan represented KAP on the Canadian Federation of Agriculture board and participated in several lobby days on Parliament Hill.
In addition, Dan has also served his community as a school trustee for Rolling River School Division, and as a board member for the Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association, the Mid-Assiniboine Conservation District, and the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative (ARBI). Dan was also a founding member of Elton Energy Co-operative, a provincial renewable energy initiative.
Dan is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Agriculture Diploma program (1984), and was honoured by the faculty in 2013 with a certificate of merit for his contributions in the agriculture industry.
Dan holds power engineer certification and has worked in the fertilizer industry for 17 years. Other past work experience includes working for MNP as well as the Manitoba Farm Mediation Board.