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Blair Clark, CPC:
President

Blair Clark is the president and founder of the Grasslands Group of Companies. He is a management and business development specialist with over 30 years experience within the staffing, manufacturing, testing, training, retail and agribusiness sectors. He has achieved success as an entrepreneur and business owner and continues to have a keen ability to identify and pursue business trends. Blair has first-hand knowledge of western Canada and its labour market and is highly involved in the day-to-day activities of Grasslands Recruitment Specialists.

Blair is the Past President of the Saskatchewan Chapter of Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (A.C.S.E.S.S.) and his Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation recognizes the highest level of staffing industry knowledge and experience in North America.

Blair actively works with clients to determine a candidate’s Corporate, Community, and Job Fit.

His full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at ca.linkedin.com/pub/v-blair-clark/1/b75/661.

Blair can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 4, or directly at 844.778.1031

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Mike Bachner:
Vice-President

Mike Bachner, B.Sc, has over 20 years of successful, specialized agriculture recruiting experience.

Raised in agriculture, educated in agriculture and with a working career in agriculture, Mike has formed endless connections within the Canadian agriculture industry. Having a diverse range of successful retail, sales, marketing and management roles, Mike knows the ag industry and more importantly, Mike Bachner knows the people in the Canadian agriculture industry.

Although Mike's education focus is in crop science, he has a proven track record in acquiring top talent for Canada's top agriculture companies across all sectors of the agricultural and horticultural market.

Attributed to much of Mike's success is his vast network of connections and his customer service, results-oriented philosophy, "...whether it is helping my client hire the ideal person to fill a critical role on their team, or helping a candidate find the job of their dreams - my role is to help them get there..."

If you are top talent or if you're looking for top talent in Ontario, Eastern Canada or the US Great Lakes area, partnering with top talent recruiter Mike Bachner simply makes sense.

His full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-bachner-12b8656/.

Mike can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 6, or directly at 866.519.2793.

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Dona Plewis, CPC:
Business Manager

Dona is an administrative specialist with experience within the pipeline, agribusiness, and staffing sectors. Dona has a Business Management Certificate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). She has completed her Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) training and has achieved her Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) designation through the Association of Canadian Search, Employment, and Staffing Services (ACSESS). Gaining experience with our firm as a Recruitment Associate, Researcher, and Business Development Manager, she has transitioned into the Business Manager role.

Throughout her tenure, Dona has been hands-on in most aspects of the business and has become knowledgeable of the challenges facing western Canadian employers. This understanding is applied when assisting clients in determining the correct solutions to their specific recruitment challenge(s); answering questions specific to available executive recruitment services.

While continuing these client consultative activities, additionally she now oversees, guides, and facilitates the activities of our organization to achieve operational and corporate objectives.

Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at ca.linkedin.com/in/donaplewis/.

Dona can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 5, or directly at 844.440.0570.

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Edward Danneberg, CCPE:
Search Consultant - Saskatoon, SK

Edward Danneberg has a 25 year track record of success as a Professional Recruitment Consultant, Senior Sales Consultant, Board Member, Entrepreneur and works with an array of clients and industries in various sectors of Western Canada. Passionate about his work, he brings a strong record of success and customer service to the candidates and clients he serves. Ed strives to add value to every interaction and does the heavy-lifting required to become a trusted adviser to his clients.

Prior to joining Grasslands Recruitment Specialist, Edward was a Senior Recruitment Consultant with a competitor specializing in Manufacturing, Engineering, Operations, IT, Supply Chain, and Technical talent. He looks forward to connecting expanding his network within the agri-business space in Western Canada.

Edward has a BSc from Simon Fraser University.  Originally from BC, Edward resides in Saskatoon.

His full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/edwarddanneberg.

Edward can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 12, or direct at 306.700.4766.

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Connie Harder:
Search Consultant – Strathmore, AB

Connie Harder began her professional agricultural career in the late 90’s after a national livestock feed and nutrition company took a chance on a small-town farm kid with an education in business and politics and a passion for agriculture. Since then, Connie has worked in sales, marketing, livestock nutrition, training and management roles within the Alberta and Canadian agricultural industry.

Working in recruitment for over ten years, Connie has successfully placed agricultural and business candidates throughout Western Canada in a variety of agricultural-focused sectors - livestock, feed, pharmaceutical, pet food, crop inputs, seed, equipment and not-for-profit organizations.

" …In recruiting, I have two clients – the employer and the candidate. It’s my job to know both, understand their passion, strengths, weaknesses, and needs, and connect the right person for the right job in the right company. When that happens – magic happens!"

Candid, with a straight-forward approach to people, communication and business, it is Connie’s passion for the agricultural industry and the people in it that drives her to make successful connections through Western Canada. If you are looking for a great new opportunity or are looking for top talent in the agriculture or horticulture industry, connect with Connie!

Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/connie-harder-4a671429/".

Connie can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 13, or direct at 877.344.2119.

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Ashlyn Verot:
Search Consultant - Regina, SK

Originally a ‘farm girl’ from Radville, Saskatchewan, Ashlyn brings over 5 years of international recruiting and sales experience to her role with Grasslands.

Ashlyn has a strong background in customer service, which keeps her focused on the importance of finding the right fit for her clients and candidates. Energetic & success driven, she understands people and is passionate & strategic when it comes to uncovering an individual’s key drivers.

Ashlyn has a resilient commitment to lifelong learning. She is dedicated to deeply understanding the needs of both hiring managers and job seekers, allowing her to thrive in building long-lasting customer relationships.

Ashlyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University, in New York.

Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at ca.linkedin.com/in/ashlyn-verot.

Ashlyn can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 3, or direct at 639.739.1491.

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Verena Marsden, BA:
Recruitment Associate - Swift Current, SK

Verena joined Grasslands Recruitment two years ago. She is a results-oriented and customer focused marketing and sales professional with diversified experience in the development, creation, and coordination of event sponsorship, trade shows, incentive programs and national seminar series. Her organizational skills have been used to plan events for 50 to 200 people ranging from Weddings to Corporate year end Galas. She has over 13 years’ experience in Sales and Marketing within the technology industry, and 2 years’ experience in Cold Chain Technology.

Having worked as a mentor and coach for new hire sales reps including awareness of market trends, system applications, overcoming objections and the soft sell approach, she is now directing her skills to the staffing sector; focusing on the agribusiness industry.

She is fluently bilingual, French/English.

Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at ca.linkedin.com/pub/verena-marsden/5/675/679.

Verena can be reached through the Contact Form, 888.778.0570, ext 8, or direct at 306.700.4779.

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Roxanne Pritchard, B.Sc:
Project Coordinator - Manitoba (Winnipeg)

Roxanne joins GRS with a background in agronomy and agribusiness finance. Growing up on a mixed grain farm in St. Jean Baptiste, MB, Roxanne has been part of the day-to-day aspects of the family farm. It was natural to pursue her education and career in agriculture, earning her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in agronomy from the University of Manitoba.

As the other members of the GRS team, Roxanne shares the common goal of finding candidates that share her passion for agriculture and invites those who are ready to pursue their career goals to connect with her.

Roxanne believes being involved and giving in our communities are the essential building blocks for future development. She does so on the school council and community sports programs.

Roxanne is fluently bilingual in French and English. Her full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxanne-pritchard-a3560411b/

Roxanne can be reached through the Contact Form, or directly at 204.818.2006.

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Grant Tweed:
Recruitment Associate (Contract) - Manitoba (Brandon)

Grant has lived and worked in western Manitoba for most of his career. Grant is a successful Realtor, earning multiple regional and national awards in the Real Estate Industry and, since 2000, has been working on a contracted basis for Grasslands Recruitment Specialists. Grant knows and understands Agribusiness, having spent many years managing Farm Equipment and Automotive dealerships; plus had earlier involvement in farming.

Grant's business career gives him the opportunity to work with customers throughout all parts of Manitoba. He has a good understanding of the business climate and economic opportunities that exist throughout Manitoba.

Grant can be reached through the Contact Form, or directly at 204.761.6884.

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Dale Erikson:
Recruitment Associate (Contract) - British Columbia (Chilliwack)

Born on a farm in NE Saskatchewan. He and his wife owned and operated a purebred Charolais operation and mixed farm north of Yorkton, SK until 1977.

Since then he has worked for White Farm Equipment, a NH dealer, Versatile Farm Equipment, Ford New Holland, New Holland and Iron Solutions. He has held positions as Territory Manager, Sales Manager, Retail Equipment Salesman, Zone Manager, Dealer Placement Rep, Product and Sales Training, Quote Pro training Specialist and other areas of the Equipment business. He has worked with dealers and businesses across Canada and the US.

In the spring of 2000, he started Erikdale Sales and Image Consulting. His company offers services to Equipment Dealers such as Selling Skills Seminars, Time management Seminars, Employee Locator service, Customer and Employee Focus Groups and an Employee Boost Program.

His full profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at ca.linkedin.com/pub/dale-erikson/10/a12/a75.

Dale can be reached through the Contact Form, or directly at 604.819.5775.

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Contract Researchers:

Grasslands Recruitment Specialists has established long-term relationships with many western Canadian contract researchers. These researchers assist in reducing the client’s time to hire by targeting, sourcing, and interviewing passive work-seekers to build talent communities for common searches. Contract Researchers develop targeted sourcing strategies to fill active searches. They review resumes, evaluate work history, sector experience, education and training, job skills, and other qualifications to qualify registration and brand ‘fit’. Contract Recruiters complete primary interviews to obtain and record additional knowledge, skills, abilities, interests, and other data pertinent to selection and relocation.

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