Robert Saik, Founder of The Agri-Trend® Group of Companies, is a distinguished Agrologist, Professional Agricultural Consultant, agricultural entrepreneur and futuristic thought leader.
Robert is CEO of DOT Ready Retail which is the marketing arm for the DOT autonomous robotic farming platform. In this capacity Robert is leading the transformation of broad acre agriculture by creating a new retail system bringing robotic technology, data and advisory services to farmers.
As CEO of his holding company, Saik Management Group Inc., he provides consulting services to many organizations and serves on several boards and advisory committees.
Rob has had opportunity to share his ideas with many private and public think tanks including a day with Bill Gates to discuss implementation of ag tech to help developing economies.
Robert's technical strengths lie in soil chemistry, plant physiology and crop nutrition and has leveraged these strengths to found over 15 companies. He is an author of a 2014 Amazon, Best of Books “The Agriculture Manifesto” and over 50 published articles, Executive Producer of the Know Ideas media, a keynote speaker and recognized as 2016 Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association. He has traveled extensively internationally and has many investments in the ag sector including a 5,300 acre farming operation in Uganda.
Rob serves on several boards, is a member of many professional associations and resides in Olds, AB an works out of Central AB, Canada.
Ulf has a strong background in agriculture, finance and real estate. He owned and operated a successful mid-size grain farm in central Alberta. Under his leadership production costs were reduced by 20%, mainly through implementation of cutting-edge production processes. He also worked as a commercial lender for the BMO Bank of Montreal. Further, Ulf gained valuable experience in real estate through buying, selling and renovating residential and commercial real estate.
Today, Ulf works in different areas in the Agricultural Industry. He is currently affiliated with the Saik Management Group Inc and is an independent consultant with his own company. Prior to this, he was an associate with Agri-trend, where he regularly advised businesses especially in agriculture on business strategy and finance. As a true believer in actionable plans, he also supported these businesses to implement strategic plans and improve the bottom line using various financial tools. Further, he actively farms in Alberta and is passionate about integrating new technological advances in food production. Ulf was also the co-founder and co-owner of an indoor Hydroponic/Aeroponics vegetable and herb production facility.
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