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“Handing over the Reins-Succession planning for the organic farm” Workshop

November 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

$15 – $50

Succession planning is a very important topic on any farm-whether conventional or organic- as many farmers are ageing with no formal plan in place. In fact, Statistics Canada reports that 92 per cent of Canadian farms have no written transition plan ready for when the current operator retires. (Adrees Latif/Reuters).

This workshop will address the ‘soft issues’ (e.g. navigating family relationships, determining what is fair, etc.) as well as the technical issues (e.g. finance, taxes, etc.) that need to be considered when preparing your farm succession plan). The program includes speakers from Farm Credit Canada, the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors and a producer panel to provide information about the different models that organic farmers have adopted to transition their farming operations to the next generation. You will even find out what one farm has done as a unique succession plan, where no family members were available to take over the farm. 


8:00am Registration


8:15am Welcome and Introduction


8:30am “Farm Succession-The Rest of the Story”

Valerie Panko, BSA, P. Ag Specialist, Agriculture Transition, Farm Credit Canada


9:10am “Farm Succession Planning – Approaching the Porcupine!”

Gil Ennis, CFP CLU CHFC CEA, Chartered Financial Consultant, CAFA Member


10:35am Refreshment and Networking Break


11:00am Different Models of Succession-Producer Panel


“Family Take-over” Clem & Chandra Schraefel

“Finding the right Match” Hélène Tremblay-Boyko & Al Boyko

11:50am Alternative Options
12:00pm Conclusion


Speaker Biographies

Valerie Panko, BSA, P. Ag Specialist, Agriculture Transition, Farm Credit Canada

As an Agriculture Transition Specialist with Farm Credit Canada, Val works closely with her clients to help them identify their family succession planning goals and coaches them through the process with the help of professional advisors.  She encourages families to get involved early and get the conversation started.  It is her personal and individualized approach that helps her assist families and business owners make sense of their options and feel confident that they are prepared to transition the farm. Val received her Degree in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and is a member of both the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors.  Val has many years of experience working with farm families and businesses through her previous work in the grain industry, the financial industry as both a lender and credit manager and most recently as a Farm Business Management Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.


Gil Ennis, CFP CLU CHFC CEA, Chartered Financial Consultant, CAFA Member

Gil was born the oldest of 4 siblings on a 3rd generation family farm at Glenavon, Saskatchewan. He initially started as a farming partner with his father and brother on their mixed cattle and grain farm, became a journeyman electrician and then later rented his land to his brother as his financial business grew. Since 1988 the agricultural roots have continued to dominate the value Gil has brought to the succession and retirement planning and he specializes in for farming clients and small business owners throughout the province. Gil gained his CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) degree from University of Toronto (1994), CHFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) degree from University of Toronto (1995) and CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation (1996) from the Financial Planners Standards Council. The Canadian Securities Course was passed in 1995. Gil is a Qualifying and Life member of Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) since 1997 and a Notary Public since 1998. He has been a member of Advocis since 1989, the oldest and largest voluntary professional membership association of financial advisors and planners in Canada. Education and the pursuit of excellence in the financial planning done for his clients is a hallmark of Gil’s career.


Clem & Chandra Schraefel

Clem & his wife Chandra were parachuted into farm life after living and working in Calgary for many years. Clem’s Father and mentor died shortly after, and long before Clem and Chandra really knew what they were getting into.  Their 3 boys grew up on the farm and all of them worked various oil jobs before returning to work on the farm. Having farmed without chemicals all their lives they wanted to continue, and the family firmly committed to expanding the farm. The Schraefel’s are now working on scenarios of how the farm will get divided up once/if they find they cannot farm together. They have committed to working together for now for the betterment of the farm. The family tries to balance farming and having fun at the same time, and they have achieved a good work life balance.


Hélène Tremblay-Boyko & Al Boyko

Al Boyko and Hélène Tremblay-Boyko moved to the Boyko family farm in 1989, became organic in 2000 and integrated cattle into the grain operation in 2008.  As the years went by and the Boykos wanted to plan for the next generation of farmers to steward the land, maintain its organic standing and embrace the principles of agro-ecology, Hélène discovered a web-based matching service that brings aspiring farmers together with farm land owners.  By 2015, the Boykos had entered into preliminary conversations with Stacey Wiebe and Dale Maier.  Today, Stacey and Dale are sufficiently integrated into the operation to begin taking over active farming as Al and Hélène gradually retire, all the while, offering their farming knowledge in a mentorship arrangement.


**Special “New Workshop” Prices**

  • Early Bird Primary: $30.00
  • Early Bird Additional Delegate: $15.00
  • Door Price Primary: $50.00
  • Door Price Additional Delegate: $25.00

Early Bird Deadline is November 21st at midnight!

*All ticket types subject to GST and Eventbrite fees. This workshop is being held during Agribition at the Queensbury Convention Center. Tickets for this workshop do not include passes to Agribition.

To Register

Visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/handing-over-the-reins-succession-planning-for-the-organic-farm-workshop-tickets-77181821907

Or Call: 306-535-3456



If your company is interested in sponsoring this event, please email deb@saskorganic.com for more details.

Thank you to the Sponsors of this workshop!

Special thanks to CAFA for guidance.


November 26, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
$15 – $50
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Room #4 Queensbury Convention Centre, EVRAZ Place
1700 Elphinstone Street
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P2Z6 Canada
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