Karl Gerrand | Chief Executive Officer [read bio]
Brita Chell | Chief Financial Officer [read bio]
Ward Weisensel | Senior Vice-President, Trading, Procurement & Risk [read bio]
Don MacDonald | Vice-President, Operations [read bio]
Janice Watson | Vice-President, Human Resources [read bio]
Brett Malkoske | Vice-President, Business Development & Communications [read bio]
Thomas Price, P. Eng. | Vice-President, Project Planning & Engineering [read bio]
Chief Executive Officer
Karl's leadership of G3 marks a culmination of more than 25 years of working experience across a variety of agricultural sectors. He comes to the G3 CEO position from Bunge Canada, where he was appointed Managing Director, Canada in January 2013. In this role, Karl led Bunge's Canadian operations of over 800 employees, including Bunge's commercial grain handling and terminal facilities, oilseed crushing plants, refineries and packaging operations.
Previous to Bunge, Karl worked for nine years with Viterra, most recently as Chief Operating Officer, Global Processing. In that capacity, Karl was responsible for 34 manufacturing facilities with 1,200 employees around the world - milling wheat, durum and oats, manufacturing malt and pasta, crushing oilseeds, and producing feed ingredients. Key accomplishments at Viterra include strengthening the company's presence in a number of emerging food ingredient markets including China and Southeast Asia and restructuring feed operations in New Zealand, resulting in significant improvements in operational efficiencies.
Prior to his tenure at Viterra, Karl was co-founder and then President of Can-Oat Milling, Inc., which included five oat processing facilities located in Canada and United States. Under Karl's leadership, Can-Oat Milling evolved from a greenfield construction in 1988, to one of the largest industrial oat processors in the world.
Karl Gerrand received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba and has been active over the years as a contributing member of various agricultural industry associations and boards.
Karl Gerrand grew up on a family farm near Virden, Manitoba, and as a teen accompanied his father on trips to deliver wheat to the local elevator. From those early years connected to the land, Karl has spent a lifetime immersed in Canada’s agricultural industries.
Chief Financial Officer
Brita Chell is Chief Financial Officer of G3 Canada Limited and is responsible for all treasury matters including funding, credit and financial risk management and all accounting activities including the completion of year-end financial statements. In addition, she leads the information and technology functions. Brita is part of G3 Canada Limited's executive team, playing a lead role on all financial matters as well as strategic planning and other initiatives.
Brita has more than 25 years of operational and financial experience, and joined G3 as Chief Financial Officer upon the commercialization of the former Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) in July 2015. Brita joined CWB in August of 2001 as Vice-President of Accounting and served as Chief Financial Officer since 2005. Prior to this, Brita held various senior financial roles with Agricore Co-operative and Manitoba Pool Elevators. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and has a Chartered Accountant designation having placed fourth in Manitoba in 1987.
Brita is a member of Financial Executives International Canada and has served as chapter president. She also sits on a number of boards, and currently serves as director for the Winnipeg Airport Authority and chair of the Finance and Human Resources Committee for St. Amant Inc. She is also a member and shared ministry co-chair of the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission, a national committee of the two denominations.
Senior Vice-President Trading, Procurement & Risk
Ward Weisensel is Senior Vice-President, Trading, Procurement and Risk at G3 Canada Limited, overseeing all activities involved in the buying and selling of grains and oilseeds, including associated logistics and risks.
Ward joined G3 upon the commercialization of the former Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) in July 2015, where he served as Chief Operating Officer since February 2004. He began his career at CWB in 1991 as a policy advisor, gaining extensive experience in international trade before moving to sales and marketing as a manager for Asia-Pacific sales. In 1996, he was promoted to the head of Corporate Policy, where he had responsibility for trade and policy issues affecting the operations of CWB. He became Assistant Vice-President, in the Grain Transportation Division in January 1998, and in December 2000, became Vice-President, Transportation & Country Operations. He was promoted to Executive Vice-President of Marketing in June 2003.
Ward was raised in Cudworth, Saskatchewan where his family operated a farm. He received his Master's of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining CWB, he was self-employed as a farmer and as a lecturer and research associate with the University of Saskatchewan.
Don MacDonald is Vice-President, Operations for G3 Canada
Limited and is responsible for all G3 country and port terminal assets in
Don has more than 35 years of experience in operational
and sales roles in the Canadian agricultural sector. Don joined G3 at its
inception as the President of Mission Terminal, Inc., a subsidiary of the
former Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). Don has also held senior roles with Parrish
& Heimbecker, Viterra, Agricore United, Agricore and Manitoba Pool
Elevators. Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the
University of Manitoba.
Born in Virden, Manitoba, Don grew up in Hamiota,
Manitoba, where his father ran the local elevator and managed a farm operation.
Don spent his early years helping out in the elevator and on the farm, and has
always participated in the community and continues to coach kids’ sports.
Throughout his career, Don has been active in industry
organizations supporting agriculture, and currently participates on the
Minister’s Dinner Blue Ribbon Committee in support of the Oak Hammock Marsh
Vice-President, Human Resources
Janice Watson is the Vice-President, Human Resources for G3 Canada Limited and is responsible for developing the strategy and overseeing the implementation of all human resource programs and policies including compensation, benefits, performance management, recruitment, employee relations and training and development. As a member of G3's executive team, Janice participates in the development and implementation of G3's corporate strategic direction and the development of other corporate initiatives.
Janice has 15 years of human resource and operational experience, and joined G3 in her current role in July 2015. Prior to joining G3, Janice was the Regional Human Resources Manager at Bunge, and also held various senior HR roles with Cancade Company in Brandon, Manitoba and Viterra and Can-Oat Milling in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Janice also has experience in the finance industry and worked with MNP as a consultant and with CIBC as a Commercial Business and Agriculture Account Manager.
She has obtained her Human Resource Management Certification and Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. Janice is also a member of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM). Prior to this, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from the University of Manitoba and completed three years of a four year program of Bachelor of Human Ecology majoring in Foods and Nutrition.
Vice-President, Business Development & Communications
Brett Malkoske is Vice-President Business Development & Communications at G3 Canada Limited and is responsible for facilitating the development and execution of G3’s strategic plans in Canada as well as external communications.
Brett joined G3 from Bunge Canada in July 2015, where he served as Director, Business Development and Corporate Strategy since February 2013. Brett began his career with Agricore United in 2004 as a Financial Analyst, before moving to Viterra in 2007 where he held increasingly senior roles in Corporate Development with a specific focus on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and international development. Just prior to joining Bunge Canada, Brett served as Director, International Operations for Viterra based in Singapore, where he assisted in growing Viterra’s overseas trading and operations presence in emerging markets around the world.
Brett was raised in the farming community of Whitemouth, Manitoba. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in 2004, and subsequently his Chartered Business Valuator designation in 2010.
Thomas Price, P. Eng.
Vice-President, Project Planning & Engineering
Tom Price is Vice-President, Project Planning & Engineering of G3
Canada Limited and is responsible
for all project matters including planning, scope development, engineering and
execution of all G3 projects. As part of G3 Canada Limited’s executive
team, Tom plays a lead role on all project and engineering matters as well as
strategic planning and other initiatives.
Tom has more than 37 years of project and engineering
experience and joined G3 in his current role in July 2015. Prior to this, Tom
served as Senior Project Manager with Bunge Canada since August 2014 and has held various senior roles with Richardson International, Agricore United,
United Grain Growers, UMA Engineering and Cargill Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Science
(Engineering) degree from the University of Manitoba and was awarded the Gold
Medal in Agricultural Engineering upon graduating in 1978. Tom is a registered Professional Engineer in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. He has been a member of the Canadian
Society of Bioengineering since 1978.
Tom is also a long time member of GEAPS (Grain Elevator
and Processing Society), and served as International President (06/07) and
board chair for two years.