On September 29th, we are proud to bring together key decision makers and subject matter experts in the agriculture sector to educate, collaborate and support new business opportunities.

IoT Transforming the Future of Agriculture

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IoT in Agriculture Event Sponsor SAIT

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Who Should Attend?

If you design, implement, sell, or service Internet of Things solutions for the Agriculture sector, we’d love for you to join us for this exciting opportunity to network and collaborate with key industry players and decision makers.

The event is an excellent opportunity for you to:

Gain an understanding of the challenges in the agriculture space

Learn how IoT and emerging technology are providing solutions, gathering data, and supporting business decisions

Synergistic networking opportunities with key stakeholders in the Agriculture sector

Join Alberta IoT in bringing together the agriculture community in a collaborative conversation. There’s no cost to register for this online-only event, so sign up early to save your spot!


Key Outcomes

At each of our major events, a key outcome of Alberta IoT events is to facilitate conversation between the IoT community and our speakers. We like to have the following outcomes:

A focus on an Alberta success story

An in-depth conversation around a challenge in the industry

Breakout sessions that allow conversation between speakers and selected members of the audience

Panelists will detail IoT solutions that have impacted the agriculture industry specifically in the areas that they work in


1:45pm: Alberta IoT – Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director


  • Verge – Wilson Acton, Chief Commercial Officer
  • Protein Industries Canada – Bill Greuel, CEO
  • Provision Analytics – Erik Westblom, CoFounder & CEO

2:45pm: Breakout Room Session #1


  • Olds College-Stuart Cullum, President
  • Ag-Technology – Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons

4:00pm: Breakout Rooms Session #2

4:45pm: Closing Remarks

Event Speakers

Wilson Acton

Wilson Acton

Chief Commercial Officer, Verge

Wilson is the Chief Commercial Officer at Verge Ag (agtech) and Whipcord (IT infrastructure). Wilson brings an extensive background in law and multi-generational experience in agriculture to the Verge and Whipcord teams.
As a transactional lawyer, Wilson assisted a wide range of businesses across a host of matters from seed capital raises to strategic acquisitions, including some of the largest and most complex M&A and corporate finance transactions in Canadian history. In agriculture, Wilson was a fifth-generation farmer and rancher in southern Saskatchewan while applying his Agricultural Economics degree to the pursuit of various entrepreneurial endeavors.
Between brainstorming, singeing his knuckles at the BBQ and chasing kids, Wilson is also an avid skier, an average golfer and still digs in the dirt, just in a yard in Calgary instead of a field in Saskatchewan.

Bill Gruel

Bill Greuel

CEO, Protein Industries Canada

Bill Greuel is the CEO of Protein Industries Canada where he supports a team of dedicated people to develop and implement PIC’s programs, resources, and initiatives to connect and inspire Canada’s plant protein potential.
Bill has an extensive background in the agriculture industry. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. His Ministry experience also includes Executive Director of the Crops and Irrigation Branch, Provincial Oilseed Specialist and Research and Development Manager. In addition to his public sector experience, Bill has also worked for a biotech start-up, spent several years in the canola seed industry and earned progressive leadership roles within a major life science company.
An advocate for innovation, Bill has been actively engaged in several boards and committees including the Agriculture Development Fund Advisory Committee and the boards of Ag-West Bio and Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute.

Erik Westblom

Erik Westblom

Co-Founder & CEO, Provision Analytics

Erik was born and raised on a grain and bison ranch in Saskatchewan; A natural leader with 17+ years of execution in enterprise implementations (>$8M), consulting engagements (>$1.5M) spanning multiple countries, and management of significant M&A (>$30M) and financing implementation strategies. His journey with Provision started in 2018 when he founded the company following acceptance into the Maersk FoodTrack program in Copenhagen Denmark, as 1 of 10, out of 386 global applicants pitching innovative ideas around reducing food loss. Erik holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Information systems and an MBA with a specialization in finance from the Haskayne School of Business.

Stuart Cullum

Stuart Cullum

President, Olds College

Stuart Cullum is an executive leader with experience in private industry as well as the finance, post-secondary and not-for-profit sectors. He joined Olds College in November, 2016 and was appointed as President and CEO on July 1, 2017.
Prior roles include, Vice President Academic and COO at Lethbridge College, Vice President Agriculture at Northlands and Executive Director, novaNAIT - NAIT’s Applied Research and Company Development division.
In these roles, Stuart and his team established programming and centres for research, teaching and learning, company development and entrepreneurship – attracting partnerships and more than $100 million in external investment.
Stuart also farmed commercially in the Three Hills, Alberta area until 2009 and remains engaged in the agriculture industry. Stuart has served on numerous boards and committees, mainly within the agriculture, post-secondary and innovation and technology sectors.

Panel Moderator

Virginia Mulligan – Alberta Innovates