Rex Newkirk is the Ministry of Agriculture Endowed Research Chair in Feed Processing Technology at the University of Saskatchewan. His focus is on Ingredient processing to enhance value and feeding value and consistency; processing to increase nutritional value of by-products and the use of novel technologies such as Screw Extruder Steam Explosion to add value to high fibre ingredients in order to remove Anti-nutritional factors through processing.
He served as Vice President, Research and Innovation, Canadian International Grains Institute, Winnipeg, MB, Feb 2013-June 2015; Director of Research and Business Development, Canadian International Grains Institute, Winnipeg, MB, January 2010 – February 2013; Director of Biofuels and Feed, Canadian International Grains Institute, Winnipeg, MB, June 2007 – January 2010 and was Director of Feed, Canadian International Grains Institute, Winnipeg, MB, July 2003 – June 2007.
Rex was the Co-founder of MCN Bio-products. MCN developed a novel process to create canola products for the aquaculture and livestock industries and was purchased by Bunge Global Innovation in 2012.
He received a Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, 2002, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, Canola Processing.
Mike grew up on a farm near Scott, SK. as part of a large farming family. He obtained his Agriculture degree in 1991 at the University of Saskatchewan with a Specialization in Soils. He worked for Dow, Agriculture Canada, Novozymes and Monsanto in various research capacities during his university years. Upon graduation he began his career as a retail agronomist with Imperial Oil. In 1994 Mike moved to the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool as a Senior Commodity Merchandiser, sourcing and trading special crops. From 1997 to 2000 he acted as a Business Process Reengineer, obtaining his PMP and helping design and implement a new IT grain handling system. From 2001 to 2004 Mike worked with the Canadian Wheat Board operating out of Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 2004 he joined Federated Co-operatives Ltd. in Saskatoon as their Corporate Agronomist and later served as the Director of Marketing in the Crop Supplies Department.
For the past five years as the Director of Corporate Initiatives for Ag-West Bio, Mike has served as government liaison, keeping provincial and federal governments up-to-date on regulatory and trade issues. He works with industry, research institutions, associations, and government agencies to identify and lead key strategic initiatives and execute collaborative projects to strengthen Saskatchewan’s ag-bioeconomy, and he provides strategic guidance in Ag-West Bio’s commercialization activities. Mike is happily married with four children. He continues to own land with his wife, but is no longer actively farming. He is currently completing his EMBA.