Leading Through Change

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.

leading through change



General Rick Hillier

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

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

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

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

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!

Platinum Sponsors

Dupont Pioneer

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

John Deere

Bronze Sponsors



AGCO, Your Agricultural Company – Agricorp – The Agromart Group – Allied Associates LLP, Chartered – Alpha Agri-Products / Carbon-Aided™ – Axter AgroSciences Inc. – BASF Canada – Bayer CropScience – BMO Bank of Montreal – Bramhill Seeds – Broadgrain Commodities Inc. – Bunge Canada – C&M Seeds – Canadian Grain Commission – CanGrow Crop Solutions – Cargill AgHorizons – Cellulosic Sugar Products Co-Operative – CIBC Commercial Banking – Climate FieldView – Delta Power Equipment – Devolder Farms Inc. – Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. – Dow Seeds – Dupont Pioneer – DuPont Canada – Engage Agro – Farm Business Consultants – Farm Credit Canada – FS Companies – Gowan Canada – Grower Direct Exports – Harco Ag/Harkness Equipment/McQuipment – Heartland Farm Mutual – Hensall District Co-operative, Inc. – Horst Systems Ltd. – Ingredion Canada Incorporated – London Agricultural Commodities Inc. – Libro Credit Union – Maizex Seeds Inc. – Monsanto Canada – Nachurs Alpine Solutions – Nufarm Agriculture Inc. – Nutri-Pel – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association – PRIDE SEEDS – Primemax Energy – PROSeeds (Sevita International) – Roberts Farm Equipment – SGS Agri-Food Laboratories – Shea Ag Limited – Syngenta Canada Inc. – TD Canada Trust – Thompsons Limited – UAP Canada – UPI Energy – Väderstad – The Westland Corporation – Wilcocks Brothers of Watford Ltd. – WinField United