Robert D. Saik, pag, cac
Proteum Energy Director
His latest book, “FOOD 5.0 How We Feed the Future,” is a pragmatic look at the five iterations of agriculture, culminating in an examination of how technology convergence is reshaping the farm and the consumer.
Robert, an outspoken champion of agriculture, is a Distinguished Agrologist, Professional Agriculture Consultant, a serial entrepreneur and has been hailed as an agriculture futurist with unparalleled insight into the agriculture industry’s future.
He has leveraged these strengths to found over 15 companies in Farming, Agri-Retail, Distribution, Media, and Ag Tech, including The Agri-Trend/Agri-Data Group of Companies acquired by Trimble. He served as CEO of DOT Technology Corp (Autonomous Farming) through Dot’s acquisition by Raven Industries.
He’s also the founder and CEO of AGvisorPRO, a platform that “uberizes” knowledge and wisdom, enabling farmers to connect with agriculture experts worldwide instantaneously. Through Saik Management Group Inc., he facilitates the PowerFARM peer group for progressive farmers.
His first book, “The Agriculture Manifesto – Ten Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the Next Decade,” was 2014 Best of Amazon Books, and this TEDx Talk “Will Agriculture be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion People?” has been viewed over 150,000 times. Robert is a passionate keynote speaker and is the Know Ideas Media executive producer, a science-based multi-media company addressing GMOs’ issues and their food production use.
He serves on several Boards, including IntelinAir and Proteum Energy, is an advisor to Olds College, member of the A100 (Alberta Tech Entrepreneur Network), a student of Strategic Coach and Singularity University, and a member of Abundance 360. As a partner in Perigro Venture Partners, he participates in early-stage technology investments.
He was recognized for agriculture leadership by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (Provincial Distinguished Agrologist of the Year). In 2016 was awarded Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association.