Mat, more commonly known at Parkland Fertilizers as Arnie, joined the company in 2014 at the Wetaskiwin location. Mat initially took on a seasonal role, helping in the fertilizer plant and has been with the company ever since. His previous experience in moving buildings and working in the oil field has been a great asset in allowing him to fulfill the various positions he now finds himself in. From working in the plant, loading and unloading trucks, to driving the Terra-Gator, blending fertilizer and everything in between, Mat has become well versed on the operations side of the business. Although Mat did not grow up in agriculture, he finds himself quite interested in the industry, learning something new every day. He is excited about the opportunity to work at our new location, spring 2016, and his future with Parkland Fertilizers.
From an early age Duane has been immersed in the farming culture through his family and friends. With some of his favorite memories being out on his Grandparents’ ranch, his pursuit for a career in agriculture stems back from his childhood. Originally from Grand Prairie, Duane studied at the University of Prince Edward Island where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1988. Duane’s agriculture experience includes working as farm help, as a pedigreed seed crop inspector, as a forage seed purchaser for Pickseed, as a territory manager for an ag chemical company, as well as working in three different retails. Today Duane is one of our Professional Agrologist, who has enjoyed helping out and sharing his expertise with Parkland Fertilizers’ grower since 1997.
Danielle was born and raised northeast of Gwynne, AB on a Hereford cattle and Quarter Horse operation, so her interest and experience in agriculture began at an early age. Danielle has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Alberta – Augustana Faculty. While completing her degree, Danielle spent the summers working for the County of Wetaskiwin Agricultural Services as a Weed Inspector. After many years as a 4-H member herself, she remains actively involved in the community with the 4-H program as a Light Horse 4-H leader. Danielle is looking forward to using her schooling and background in her position here at Parkland Fertilizers.
Pamela rejoined Parkland Fertilizers in 2013 as our Customer and Company Service Liaison. She has been working with the company seasonally since 2004, although she has been around the office her whole life. Pamela has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a major in International Business from Grant MacEwan University and has also worked for Dow AgroSciences. She is already becoming well known in the industry, taking in various events both within Canada and the United States. Pamela is excited about agriculture, its future and wants to be a part of feeding the world.
Robyn has had a passion for agriculture her whole life. Raised on a small acreage just outside of Strathclair, Manitoba (an hour north of Brandon) and being an avid 4-H member, has allowed her knowledge and dedication to agriculture all her life. Robyn has a diploma with distinction in Agricultural Business majoring in Marketing Communications from Lakeland College; has worked for Parrish and Heimbecker as an Agronomy Student and has been with Parkland Fertilizers since 2015. She has achieved her Agrology Technologist in Training designation from the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and is a member of the International Plant Institute of America as a Certified Crop Advisor Candidate. Robyn looks forward to working with all of Parkland’s wonderful producers and their families.
Mike was born and raised in Southern Manitoba. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba, he headed West to Alberta to the Peace Country to start his career. After nearly 20 years in Alberta, Mike has gained a wealth of experience in the Ag Industry. Mike has held positions with Peace Valley Seeds, Agricore United, Dow AgroSciences, Arysta LifeScience, AGSI, spent some time farming, as well as custom spraying and harvesting. Mike has been a Certified Crop Advisor for many years, is a certified Pesticide Applicator and also holds his Alberta level 1 Insurance license. Mike is really looking forward to working in the Wetaskiwin area again full time, helping local producers to be as successful and profitable as possible in this ever changing and ever challenging game of Agricultural Production.
Matthew is the Operations Manager and one of the owners of Parkland Fertilizers. He has been with the company since 2004 and part of the ownership team since 2009, although he has grown up in the industry. Prior to his career at Parkland Fertilizers, Matthew completed the Crop Advisor Diploma from Olds College as well as his Journeyman Automotive Mechanics. Farming has always appealed to Matthew, as the industry is forever changing and evolving, presenting new challenges and opportunities every day.
Don started with Parkland Fertilizers in 2011 as seasonal staff and made himself so valuable to the company that he has been with us ever since. During the spring and summer he can be found in our chemical shed, but he also tackles any project we send his way. Before working at Parkland Fertilizers, Don was a successful entrepreneur, owning Jonathan’s Menswear in Wetaskiwin and he is known for his exceptional service. He has been very involved in the community and he is part of our local volunteer Fire Department. Don has enjoyed learning about agriculture with all of its many facets.
Dana started with Parkland Fertilizers Wetaskiwin in June of 2014, after her and her family moved to the Ponoka area. She worked as an agronomist with Parkland Fertilizers for ten months before taking a brief break to bring a new addition into her family. Her love of agriculture runs deep and her roots lead back to her family’s ranch where she was raised, North of Vermilion. She gained her Bachelor Science in Agriculture from Lakeland College and the University of Lethbridge. After working as a sales rep for Syngenta for four years, and in various Ag retails for seven years, she brings extensive sales and agronomy experience to the Parkland team.
Barry is originally from the Bashaw area where he was raised on a mixed farm. He attended the University of Alberta where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. With his schooling he went on to gain agricultural experience working with DuPont on their Research and Development side, as well as in sales with DuPont, AgrEvo and Ag-Chem. Barry, who joined Parkland Fertilizers in 2001, is our Sales Manager, and has been an owner since 2006. Barry feels that he and his family are blessed to work with incredible farm families here in the heart of Alberta, alongside amazing people in the business of Agriculture – one of the most important industries in the world.
Gwen is originally from a farm just outside of Lacombe, Alberta. Her love for being outdoors, especially in her yard and garden, made working for Parkland Fertilizers a natural fit. She started with the company in 1996 and is now the office expert and bookkeeper. Gwen has taken various accounting courses and knows her numbers, even when it comes to Par 3 and Roundup mixing ratios. If she doesn’t know the answer, you can be sure she will find it for you.
Originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Byron first started working at Parkland Fertilizers in 1984 as an ammonia truck driver. Today he is our shop foreman, dispatch for our custom application, pasture sprayer operator and is generally involved in most aspects on our operational side. With over twenty five years of experience in the area, he truly knows the lay of the land.