With the Canadian Spud Congress coming up on March 22 and 23, we’re highlighting the sessions happening at it on Spud Smart. In this story we’re taking a closer look at the “Future Proof Your Operation for the Next Generation” session.

Succession planning is one of the most challenging discussions on any operation. When you bring together multiple generations with varying ideas and dreams for the farm, it’s a recipe for disaster — if appropriate preparations aren’t made. In this session we’ll talk with experts and growers who’ve been through transitions. Learn tips and tricks for success as well as what kind of questions you need to ask before you get started.

Moderator: Sonja Begemann, Spud Smart U.S. correspondent

Time: 10:20 a.m. CDT on March 23


Brent VaParys Brent VanParys is a chartered professional accountant, a family enterprise advisor and a consultant to BDO Canada LLP in the Woodstock, Ont. office. He serves as an advisor to generations of farm families, helping them understand and manage the dynamics of being in business together. He provides transition and exit strategy planning for family-owned farms and other private businesses. He helps farm families and stakeholder groups communicate and collaborate to reach their goals.


John C. Stewart John C. Stewart is a partner at D’arcy and Deacon LLP and practices commercial law. He’s a native of rural Manitoba and gained his bachelor’s degree of science in agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1980. Steward began his farming operation in Poplar Point, Man. in 1980. Today, his law clients include an emphasis on agri-business including regional and international agriculture businesses, manufacturing companies and foreign investors.


To watch this session live register for the Canadian Spud Congress for free.

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