On March 21, 2017, Grain Farmers of Ontario presents the 2017 edition of the March Classic
The March Classic is the largest grain-focused conference in Eastern Canada drawing upwards of 700 attendees from farms across Ontario, government, and industry.
Conference attendees will receive presentations from four world-class speakers, as well as updates from Grain Farmers of Ontario.
Throughout the day, the exhibit hall hosts over 60 exhibits, including large machinery, as well as special benefits like book signings and meet-and-greets with celebrities.
Those who stay for the evening banquet will enjoy continued conversations while dining and being entertained by a top-notch performer.
General Rick Hillier, Former Chief of Canada's Defence Staff
General Rick Hillier is Canada's former Chief of Defence Staff – the Canadian Forces' highest rank. In over three decades of service to his country, Rick Hillier led multi-national troops on military operations worldwide, mobilized support of Canadian troops across our country, worked closely with Prime Ministers, increased Canada's significance within NATO, and solidified Canada's reputation on the world stage. He now focuses on leadership and assisting those with whom he once served.
David Frum, Social & Political Commentator, Senior Editor at The Atlantic
David Frum worked as a journalist before taking a job as a speechwriter for George W. Bush. He is currently a senior editor at The Atlantic, and the author of New York Times Bestseller The Right Man, and the novel Patriots. The Wall Street Journal dubbed him one of the leading politician commentators of his generation for his work in The Atlantic, Newsweek, The Daily Beast and CNN. He has been called one of the top 100 public intellectuals in America.
Jolene Brown, Family Business Consultant
Jolene Brown is a walking-talking spokesperson and champion for the people of agriculture. She's a farmer, author and professional speaker. As co-owner and active partner on their Eastern Iowa corn and soybean farm, her practical experience includes plugging a grain auger, hypnotizing chickens and entertaining folks behind the equipment parts counter. Jolene cares deeply about the ag industry and is on a mission to share leading-edge best practices. She's a passionate supporter, promoter and champion for the people who feed, clothe and fuel the world.
Terry O'Reilly, Broadcaster
Terry O'Reilly is the familiar voice behind hit CBC radio shows O'Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion, and Under the Influence. He explores the business, the craft, and the promise of advertising. O'Reilly has won hundreds of national and international awards for his ad work, has been named in Marketing Magazine’s Power 100 List, and, in 2009, was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends. Terry has won a few hundred national and international awards for writing and directing. Marketing Magazine named him one of Canada's "Most Influential" marketing people.
Jonny Harris, Actor and Comedian (Entertainment)
Comedian and actor Jonny Harris is renowned for his long-standing role as Constable George Crabtree on CBC's hit drama Murdoch Mysteries, for which he has garnered two Gemini nominations. Harris has appeared regularly at The Halifax Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and on CBC Radio's The Debaters. He has also appeared at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival and been a staff writer for This Hour has 22 Minutes. He is on a mission to find humour in the funniest places, all across our nation and proves time and time again that Canadians truly do know how to laugh at themselves!