Honours and Awards

Distinguished Agrologist Award

Open to all active Professional Agrologists (PAg) and Technical Agrologists (TechAg).

The Distinguished Agrologists Award may be presented to a Saskatchewan agrologist for professional distinction associated with outstanding service and worthy contributions to agriculture, bioresources, food or the environment.

Outstanding Young Agrologist Award

Open to all active Professional Agrologists (PAg) and Technical Agrologists (TechAg) under 40.

Presented to a young Saskatchewan agrologist under the age of 40 who has provided outstanding service and made worthy contributions to agriculture, bioresources, food, or the environment.

Recognition Award

Open to all Active Members.

Presented to a Saskatchewan agrologists who has rendered special service or made a significant contribution to the betterment of the Institute and profession.

Honourary Life Membership

Open to any non-member without the qualifications necessary for registration.

An Honourary Life Membership may be presented out of respect and in recognition of Saskatchewan achievements in and service to agriculture, bioresources, food, or the environment, but without the usual prerequisites, duties, or obligations of membership contained in The Agrologists Act and the Institute’s Bylaws.

Agrology Excellence (AGEX) Award

Open to any organization.

Presented to organizations, agencies or businesses in recognition of outstanding contribution to agriculture, bioresources, food or the environment in Saskatchewan by providing professional services of Professional Agrologists and Technical Agrologists.

Nomination Process

  1. Download the desired nomination form above.
  2. Fill out and submit the following to info@sia.sk.ca by November 15.
  3. Completed Nomination Form
    • Supporting letters of recommendation

2023 Award Winners

Outstanding Young Agrologist Award

Curtis de Gooijer PAg

Curtis is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources. In his professional life, he is the Agronomy Team Lead for Bourgault Industries in St. Brieux, SK. Borgault Industries operates a 2,500 acre research farm and Curtis is responsible for conducting field scale, replicated agronomic trials to determine optimal fertilizer and seed placement. Curtis is a sought-after speaker. Recently he spoke at the AgWest Bio’s Sprouting Success speaker series which was part of the 2023 Crop Production show. He was the keynote speaker for the 406 Agronomy Summit, he has presented the results of Bourgault’s field trials to SIA branches, and at the annual Soils & Crops conference (hosted by the University of Saskatchewan). Curtis has been featured on numerous podcasts including Topcon Talks Agriculture and Canola Watch. In addition to his busy professional life, he has been an active member of the SIA North east branch where he served on the executive from 2014 to 2019 and spent 3 years in the role of branch president

Distinguished Agrologist Award

Renny Grilz PAg

Renny started his career as a Professional Agrologist working in natural resource management while studying at the University of Saskatchewan from 1993 to 1997. During the summers he worked as the College of Agriculture’s range program technician managing grasslands, killing invasive species, conducting prescribed burns, and assisting in research projects. Today Renny is the Resource Management Officer for the Meewasin Valley Authority. In this role, he conducts multi-agency prescribed fires, spraying the dastardly European Buckthorn, and teaching professionals and the public of Saskatoon and area the value of working together to manage a resource that benefits many different groups. Collaborating with others has long been part of Renny’s professional life. He is a long-time member of the Society for Range Management, and an active member of the Saskatoon Nature Society and the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan where he is helping with the development of the group’s Master Naturalist program. Renny is an excellent ambassador for the SIA and he continues to take the time to mentor and inspire young professionals.

Distinguished Agrologist Award

Warren Kaeding PAg

Since graduating from University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Warren has maintained a Professional Agrologist designation. He was a past owner of the Wagon Wheel Seed Corp along with his wife and parents. The company produced and processed pedigreed seed grain for customers and exported into Eastern Canada and the United States. In 1999 Warren and his wife Carla were presented with the National Outstanding Young Farmers Award. Warren is dedicated to serving others. He has held numerous positions on a wide variety of community, provincial, and national boards involving church, pedigreed seed production, sports, regional economic development, the Saskatchewan Party, and the federal Conservative party. Warren was first elected MLA for Melville-Saltcoats in the 2016 provincial election. He has served as Minister of Environment, Minister of Government Relations, Minister of First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Rural and Remote Health, and Minister responsible for Seniors. In his work and in his service, he has been a proud agrologist.

Recognition Award

John Spencer PAg

John has been a proud Professional Agrologist (PAg) for more than 40 years. Throughout his career, he has worked with the Federal and Provincial governments, Crown corporations and agencies, and numerous farmers and companies. Today John is a consulting agrologist specializing in agricultural finance, applied economics, and human resource development. As a proud ambassador, he enjoys giving back to the profession. He volunteered on the SIA Articling Committee, Professional Development Committee, and has been the chair of the Discipline Committee for the past eight years. He sat on the Saskatoon Branch Executive in the roles of President, President-Elect, Past-President and Provincial Councillor. John has mentored and continues to mentor and educated hundreds of agrolgists. He has developed and remains the facilitator several workshops and courses for the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. As a powerful motivational speaker, he has presented to groups, clubs and at conferences throughout Saskatchewan and as far away as Australia and his messages have reached more than 10,000 people.

Recognition Award

Dwayne Summach PAg

As a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Dwayne majored in Animal Science and obtained a Masters of Science focusing on grazing ruminant nutrition. Today, Dwayne works as the Livestock Feed and Extension Specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture working out of the Kindersley office. Here he advises clients in various aspects of livestock management, ration development, forage production, and utilization. Dwayne is a dedicated volunteer, both in his community and for the SIA. He was first elected to the Provincial Council in 2013. At that time, he filled the role of Northwest Branch Councillor. From 2017 to 2019 he was President-Elect, and from 2019 to 2021, he filled the role of President. During his time on council, he participated on several committees including the Executive Committee, and the Admissions and Registration Committee. He also was a board member of Agrologists Agronomes Canada.

Agrology Excellence Award

Richardson Pioneer

Richardson Pioneer is a division of Richardson International – a global leader in agriculture and food processing. The company supports Canadian farmers by providing agronomic services and advice, selling crop inputs, buying their crops at harvest, and selling to markets around the world. Their goal – to ensure their customers have the best products and advice to support the best yield possible. The company culture encourages development and ongoing education of employees. They understand the importance of providing the tools people need to help them work, learn, and make an impact. With a legacy of service going back 160 years, Richardson Pioneer is recognized as one of Canada’s best managed companies. They are also one of Saskatchewan’s top employers of agrologists. With more than 50 agrologists working in the province, they are committed to hiring and training professionals.

Honourary Life Membership Award

Dianna Emperingham

Dianna’s background is in the input side of agriculture. While she is not an Agrologist, she fully supports her team members in their activities inside the SIA. The majority of her career was spent with Bayer CropScience, where she helped develop and launch the strategic vision for the Regina manufacturing site. She also worked for the company internationally, honing her experience in procurement, manufacturing and warehousing, supply chains, business analytics, project management and customer relations. Since 2019, Dianna has been with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in the role of Executive Director of the Crops and Irrigation Branch. She leads a dynamic team of Professional Agrologists, Engineers, and administrative staff. The Crops and Irrigation Branch supports growth in the primary agriculture sector, fosters the agriculture sector’s long-term resilience of the natural landscape to support a healthy environment, and promotes public trust. Dianna was responsible for the complete reworking of the Branch organizational structure, changing not only the way the teams are structured, but the “Why” and “How” behind what the teams do.  In a very short time Dianna has built a culture of performance and client-based service. Dianna exemplifies the Ministry’s values of Innovation, Teamwork, Integrity, Service Excellence, and Leadership. Her passion is developing people and teams, with a focus on what inspires each person to be the best they can be so that collectively they can best serve their agriculture clients and stakeholders.

Previous Award Winners

Distinguished Agrologist Award

Kevin Hursh PAg 2021
Richard Szwydky PAg 2021 (presented Posthumously)
Robert Tyler PAg 2020
Rahulkumar Patel PAg 2019
John McKinnon, PAg 2018

Elizaveta Petelina, PAg 2018
Grant Wood, PAg 2017
Tom Wolf, PAg 2017
Lyle Cowell, PAg 2016
Roger Frey, 2015
Dave Cubbon, PAg 2013
J. Doug Fehr, PAg 2012
Paul McAllister, PAg 2012
Barry Swanson, PAg 2012
Larry White, PAg 2011
Blair McClinton, PAg 2011
Patricia L. Flaten, PAg 2010
Laurie C. Tollefson, PAg 2009
Kenneth L. Sapsford, PAg 2008
Lyle Darwent, PAg 2007
Thomas N. Weir, PAg 2007
Patrick M. Gerwing, PAg 2006
James E. Gorman, PAg 2006
Bryan L Harvey, PAg 2006
J. Craig Smith, PAg 2006
John M. Gruszka, PAg 2005
John F. Hemstad, PAg 2005
Gordon E. Hultgreen, PAg 2005
Myriam R. Fernandez, PAg 2004
Brian G. Rossnagel, PAg 2004
Kenneth A. Rosaasen, PAg 2003
Gordon G. Rowland, PAg 2002
Zoheir Abougendia, PAg 2001
A. James Webster, PAg 2001
Larry. R. Gramiak, PAg 2001
Stewart A. Brandt, PAg 2000
Bazil P. Fritz, PAg 2000
Eric N. Johnson, PAg 2000
Bruce A. Hobin, PAg 1999
Paul G. Jefferson, PAg 1999
John W. Stewart, PAg 1999
Leslie T. Bohrson, PAg 1998
Donald H. Dabbs, PAg 1997
Stuart H. Nelson, PAg 1997
Charles M. Williams, PAg 1996
Donald W.L. Read, PAg 1996
Robert E. Brack, PAg 1995
J. Leslie Henry, PAg 1995
Frederick A. Holm, PAg 1995
Kenneth G. Stoner, PAg 1995
Charles W. Carlson, PAg 1994

James W. Halford, PAg 1994
James H. Pratt, PAg 1994
Robert P. Zentner, PAg 1994
Philip J. Thair, PAg 1993
Larry Koturbash, PAg 1993
Maurice A. Delage, PAg 1993
John O. Hanson, PAg 1992
Kenneth J. Kirkland, PAg 1992
Glenden W. Hass, PAg 1991
Roy G. Button, PAg 1991
Stanley E. Beacom, PA 1990
Constantine A. Campbell, PAg 1990
Alfred E. Slinkard, PAg 1990
Donald A. Rennie, PAg 1989
Gordon E. Parker, PAg 1989
Ronald M. DePauw, PAg 1988
Kenneth E. Bowren, PAg 1988
Douglas H. Grant, PAg 1987
P. Joseph Moran, PAg 1987
John A. Peck, PAg 1987
T. Victor Beck, PAg 1986
Peter W. Petersen, PAg 1986
Harald Tangjerd, PAg 1986
James R. Jowsey, PAg 1985
Lindsay J. Boyes, PAg 1985
Jacob A. Brown, PAg 1984
Allan L. Levee, PAg 1984
Thomas Lawrence, PAg 1983
D. Stuart McBean, PAg 1982
Frank G. Warder, PAg 1981
John Y. McFaull, PAg 1979
Lloyd G. Putnam, PAg 1978
W. Earl Johnson, PAg 1977
Glenn E. Flaten, PAg 1977
C. Henry Anderson, PAg 1976
J. Ivan Clark, PAg 1976
Murdock MacKay, PAg 1976
William R. Merryweather,PAg 1974
William J. White, PAg 1974
Vivian B. Holmes, PAg 1973
W. Harold Horner, PAg 1973
Mark R. Kilcher, PAg 1973

Outstanding Young Agrologist Award

Elliott Hildebrand PAg 2021

Joel Peru PAg 2020
Chad Bohachewski PAg 2019
Katelyn Duncan, PAg 2018

Errin Willenborg, PAg 2018
Bennie Dunhin, PAg 2017
Nadia Mori, PAg 2016
Chris Holzapfel, PAg 2014
Jenifer Heyden, PAg 2013
Michael Champion, PAg 2012
Kara & Wade Annand, PAg 2011
Shanna D. Stolhandske-Dale, PAg 2010
Trevor B. Lennox, PAg 2009
Melanie S. Boldt, PAg 2007

Kari L. Nicolas, PAg 2006
Timothy A. Nerbas, PAg 2004
Barbara Stefanyshyn-Coté, PAg 2003
Jeffrey J. Schoenau, PAg 2002
David J. Struthers, PAg 2001
Juanita A. Polegi, PAg 2000
Adrian M. Johnston, PAg 1999

Recognition Award

Blair McClinton PAg 2021
Grant Wood PAg 2020
Carol Ann Paterson PAg 2019
Chad Bohachewski, PAg 2018

Graham Scoles, PAg 2018
George Lewko, PAg 2017
Barry Rapp, PAg 2016
Sandra Shiels, PAg 2015
Laurie Hayes, PAg 2014
Richard V. Koller, PAg 2005
Glenden W. Hass, PAg 2004
Barry R. Peterson, PAg 2002
Bryan R. Doig, PAg 2001
Brenda R. Machin, PAg 2000
Philip H. England, PAg 1999
Roy E. McKenzie, PAg 1995
C. Fred Bentley, PAg 1995
Richard E. Armstrong, Pag 1994
John F. Hickie, PAg 1988
Frederick E. Fulton, PAg 1986
G. Edward Padbury, PAg 1984
Mark R. Kilcher, PAg 1981
James R. Martin, PAg 1981
Robert J. Sparling, PAg 1981
Hugh H. Nicholson, PAg 1980
J.E. Ross Greenshields, PAg 1979
Allan D. McLeod, PAg 1977
William K. Janzen, PAg 1975
Stephen R. Burkell, PAg 1974
Roy E. McKenzie, PAg 1973

Honourary Life Membership

Murad Al-Katib 2021
Dorothy Long 2020
Adele Buettner 2019

Doyle Wiebe 2018
Mike Raine 2017

Murray Purcell 2016
David Gullacher 2014
Earl Mickelson 2011
Paul Beingessner 2008
John E Bennett 2007
John M. Clair 2007
Terry Pearse 2006
Margaret Skinner 2006
E. & M. Beauchesne 2005
Harry M. Hill 2005
Bradley A. Wildeman 2005
Neil Jahnke 2004
Dean W. Smith 2004
William M. Farley 2003
Audrey J. Horkoff 2003
D. Gaven Semple 2003
John V. Cross 2002
Zenneth K. Faye 2002
Donald J. Tait 2002
Roger Kaeding 2001
Ray Wilfing 2001
John Miller 2000
Norman Roebuck 2000
Alanna L. Koch 1999
Norman A. Flaten 1999
Noreen Johns 1998
Verna Thompson1998 1998
Frank Rempel 1998
Walter Nemanishen 1997
Ronald R. Walter 1997
Gerald M. Willerth 1997
Benjamin Dyck 1996

Edward D. Seidle 1996
Edward K. Turner 1995
Eldon R. Norum 1994
J. Milton Fair 1994
Archie Anderson 1993
Bernard H. Kirwan 1992
Boyd Anderson 1991
Lynn Biggart 1990
Leo F. Kristjanson 1989
Allan F. Smith 1988
Murray E. Smith 1988
Harold Yelland 1988
James O. Wright 1987
Donald Swenson 1985
Emerson H. Wells 1984
Glenn L. Levee 1984
Edgar Mapletoft 1984
J. Harvey Gjesdal 1983
Ernest E. Moen 1983
Carl W. Carlberg 1983
George M. Williamson 1982
Frank Deakin 1982
Harry-Jae Elder 1982
Miller A. Craig 1981
Olaf Friggstad 1981
Alec Kennedy 1981
J. William Marshall 1981
Daryl Rumble 1980
William Cooper 1979
Albert J. Porter 1978
Ernest J. How 1978
Harold C. Baker 1978
George Morris 1977

Agrologist Excellence (AGEX) Award

G-Mac’s AgTeam 2021
Sharps Crop Services 2020
Ag Grow Consulting 2019
CropPro Consulting 2018

Western Ag Professional Agronomy 2017
Pioneer Co-operative Association Ltd. 2016
Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF) 2015
Bayer CropScience 2014
Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA) 2013
Saskatchewan Conservation Learning Centre Inc. 2011
Provincial Council of ADD Boards 2010
Weyburn Inland Terminal 2009
Saskatchewan 4-H Council 2008

Farm Credit Canada 2007
Gov’t of SK – Department of Agriculture & Food 2006
Crop Development Centre 2005
DuPont Canada Inc 2004
SK Soil Conservation Association 2003
Ducks Unlimited Canada 2002
Newfield Seeds 2001