Keynote Speakers

Dr. Trevor DeVries

Trevor DeVries

Dr. Trevor DeVries is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. Trevor received his B.Sc. in Agriculture from The University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2001. Immediately following graduation, he began graduate studies at UBC where he received his Ph.D. in 2006.

Following that, he spent one year as a post-doctoral fellow with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. In 2007 he was appointed as faculty with the University of Guelph in the Department of Animal Biosciences. In that position Trevor leads a highly productive research program focused on dairy cattle nutrition, management, behavior, and welfare. 

 

 

Dr. Brandon Treichler, D.V.M.

Brandon Treichler

Dr. Brandon Treichler is the quality control veterinarian with Select Milk Producers. In that role, Brandon’s practice focuses on consulting in the areas of Milk Quality, Animal Care, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Food Safety and Worker Safety. 

Dr. Brandon Treichler grew up on a family dairy farm in eastern Pennsylvania. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Treichler worked for a major milking equipment manufacturer, troubleshooting milk quality concerns and developing training and monitoring programs on dairies. After graduating from veterinary school, he joined a 13 doctor all dairy practice in Eastern Wisconsin, where he specialized in Milk Quality consulting within veterinary practice. He joined Select Milk Producers in 2015.

Brandon is active in the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) where he serves on the Animal Welfare committee, the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) where he serves on the board of directors.  Brandon also serves on the NMC (formerly the National Mastitis Council) board of directors. Dr. Treichler is very active in the National Milk Producers Federation, where he represents NMPF on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee as well as representing Select Milk producers on NMPF’s Animal Care Task Force (Formerly Technical Writing Group) and the Animal Health and Wellbeing Committee.

 

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

Tim holds degrees in Russian Language and Business Administration from the University of Southern California and has had a global career with considerable start-up and growth company leadership experience in multiple industries.

Tim has been the founder and CEO of three manufacturing start-ups, including Tycom, Tycom Dental and Liquidmetal Saga Italy, From 2007 to 2017, Tim was COO and Client Success Officer of Telogis Inc., a provider of Cloud-based software that is now called Verizon Connect and is owned by Verizon Corporation.

From 2017 through 2019, Tim was CEO of VAS (Valley Agricultural Software, Tulare CA). At VAS he led the transformation of the company from 100% “on-premise” software to a full Cloud platform for dairy operations, including the market leading DairyComp herd management application and FeedWatch feed management application. While at VAS, Tim collaborated with Nestle, Land O Lakes and Lely to form Vyla, a technology platform focused on solving key challenges in the global dairy ecosystem, including industry collaboration, farm sustainability and factful transparency in the food chain. Tim is currently the CEO of Vyla LLC.

 

Aidan Connolly

Aidan Connolly

Aidan Connolly is President of AgriTech Capital, a resource for new and established companies working at the interface of agriculture and technology. AgriTech Capital has aided governments, fortune 500 food companies and large agri-business on their AgTech strategy. 

Prior to this Aidan held the position of CIO at Alltech. With 30 years of experience in strategic analysis and planning, Aidan adds the innovative thinking and capital investment needed to go from possibility to reality. He has a strategic understanding of the marketplace and the regulatory parameters that set the environment. 

Aidan has worked in over 100 countries and speaks five languages. He has worked in political associations, with state and national governments in the U.S., China, Europe, and Brazil international organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations. Aidan also contributes to a wide range of publications in agriculture and business, including Forbes. 

Since January 2019, Aidan is also the CEO of Cainthus, a computer vision and artificial intelligence company specialized in monitoring key farm management practices that impact nutrition, health, and the behavior of livestock.