Late addition to the Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic

GUELPH, ON (March 16, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is excited to announce Kevin O’Leary as a late addition to the March Classic conference line up for Monday next week.

O’Leary is well known for his ruthless grilling of entrepreneurs on the popular CBC show Dragon’s Den and is now a judge on the ABC show Shark Tank.  As an “Eco-preneur,” O'Leary specializes in investments that make money while being environmentally friendly and is the co-host for Discovery Channel's Discovery Project Earth, which explores ways we can reverse global warming.

“Some last minute changes to the agenda for the day have made it possible to add this knowledgeable and opinionated business leader to our lineup,” says Barry Senft, CEO.  “I enjoy Dragon’s Den each week and look forward to O’Leary’s insight into our industry and his no nonsense style of delivery at the March Classic.”

In 1993, with no money, O’Leary launched The Learning Company, which developed software that helped kids with reading and math. Six years later, he sold it to Mattel for 3.7 billion dollars, one of the largest tech deals in Canadian history.  In 2003, he co-founded Storage Now, Canada's leading developer of climate controlled storage facilities; in 2007, it was acquired by In Storage REIT, for $110 million dollars.  He is currently the chairman of O’Leary Funds, a company that offers a global perspective and investment intelligence to deliver high-quality, actively managed global investment portfolios.

With candor and unmatched business smarts, Kevin O'Leary will draw on his encyclopedic knowledge of finance, investing, economics and business to discuss a variety of topics relevant to our members’ farm businesses.

Registration to the Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic on March 21st in London, Ontario is still open but tickets are selling fast. Contact Kristyn Kline at 1-800-265-0550 to reserve your seat today.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.