Nutrien SIMSA Roundtable Event - Largest Ever!

October 21, 2022

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Over 225 SIMSA members met with over 40-Nutrien persons – for an entire day – at SIMSA’s Roundtable event with Nutrien on October 20, 2022!

This was the first in-person Roundtable with Nutrien – at almost 3-years to the day – as the last was October 15, 2019.  At the 2019 event, SIMSA had just over 200 members.  Currently, SIMSA has 322 members – up over 60% since the last in-person event with Nutrien.    SIMSA now limits ticket sales, so the networking is effective.  SIMSA’s growth is largely attributable to the cooperation they receive in events such as this – which all began with PotashCorp – now Nutrien.

As with all SIMSA Roundtable events, attendees from the producer company (Nutrien) are assigned seating individually at a banquet table of 6-persons for the day.  Upon entry, SIMSA members can choose with whom they sit.

However, over half of the event time was spent in free-flow networking around the room, giving SIMSA members ample access to key Nutrien persons, and an opportunity to connect with fellow members.

Nutrien presented on capital and strategic plans, as well as Indigenous Inclusion.  SIMSA presented their current work backlog and member sentiment and described what we need from Nutrien.

The event began with a high-level potash market overview from Larry Long, Snr VP Potash Operations, Potash.

Larry Long


Following Larry were Andrea Wacker – Senior Manager, Capital Procurement and Jeff Wagner – Director Capitol.

The event then flowed to SIMSA’s presentation. In preparation for the event, SIMSA surveyed its members to gather questions and build a snap-shot “state of the union” document.  Then, at the event, to provide some context to what they heard from their engineering, construction, and fabrication membership – SIMSA shared the results and had a SIMSA Board member from each of those categories provide some context.

The panel consisted of:

      • Engineering – Ritu Malhotra from March Consulting
      • Construction – Kohl Currie from Alana Construction
      • Fabrication – Adam Logue from JNE Welding


After lunch, Julie Ann Wriston – Manager, Supply Chain ED&I – presented on Nutrien’s Indigenous Engagement strategy and its impact.

Nutrien shared its presentation decks with attendees.

Josh Dodd, Director Procurement concluded the event.  But more importantly, in addition to recruiting Nutrien staff for the event, he also is SIMSA’s contact and driver for the event’s-design – which saw at least half of the time set aside for people talking directly to each other – not just presenting.  Josh has been SIMSA’s link for several years and has given generously of his time.

Event sponsors were Prairie Machine and Park Derochie Saskatchewan.

SIMSA’s Executive Director – Eric Anderson – stated that, “The event saw SIMSA fulfill its role as a communications bridge, building understanding between the supply chain and Nutrien.  It also represents SIMSA’s simple focus – helping its member sell more stuff.”


Nutrien persons who attended for the entire day:
Andrea Wacker
Sr. Manager, Capital Procurement – Potash
Chad Mudrik
Mill Engineering Manager – Allan
Claudia Haney
Director, Next Generation Potash
Cole Kehrig
Manager, Mine Automation
Dax Moen
Category Coordinator, Mining Equipment
Devon Powell
Capital Projects Manager – Rocanville
Fakhir Ansari
Sr. Project Engineer – Patience Lake
Gana Veszi
Advisor, Capital Procurement – ETC
Gina Seeraj Tylerbest
Mine Operations Superintendent – Rocanville
Jaime Aamodt
Sr. Manager, Operations Procurement – Lanigan
Jeff Wagner
Director, Capital and Technology – Potash
Jemeli Ennis
Manager, Capital Procurement – Rocanville
Jennifer Fehr
Sr. Advisor, Capital Procurement – Cory
Josh Dodd
Director, Procurement – Potash
Julie Ann Wriston
Manager, Supply Chain ED&I – Potash
Justin Boehm
Mill Maintenance Superintendent – Allan
Karen Siegfried
Advisor, Capital Procurement – Lanigan
Kiel Peterson
Mine Maintenance Superintendent – Allan
Larry Long
Sr. VP, Potash Operations
Leon Boehm
General Manager – Cory
Leslie Frehlich
General Manager – Allan
Luc Lessard
Electrical Engineer, Autonomous Mine Operations
Lyndsay Stobbs
Project Coordinator – Rocanville
Marcia Miller
Manager, Capital Procurement – Saskatoon Area
Pat McDonald
Mill Maintenance Superintendent – Rocanville
Penny Yeager
Sr. Council, Procurement
Phillip Riemer
Chief Mill Maintenance Engineer – Lanigan
Quinton Cloarec
Manager, Procurement – Cory
Rick Shiels
Sr. Category Manager, Potash Site Services
Rob King
General Manager – Patience Lake
Robert Jackson
General Manager – Lanigan
Roger Blain
Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Autonomous Mine Operations
Ross George
Maintenance Superintendent, Patience Lake
Scott Chambers
Sr. Capital Program Manager – Rocanville
Shannon Rhynold
General Manager – Rocanville
Sidney Squires
Category Manager, Mining Equipment
Trevor Berg
VP, Engineering, Technology & Capital – Potash
Trevor Cooney
Sr. Advisor, Capital Procurement – Vanscoy


Nutrien persons who “come and go” through the day:
Colin Staruiala
Manager, Procurement – Allan
John Sundquist
General Manager – Vanscoy
Lisa Mooney
Director, Strategic Inclusion


The event Agenda was:

9:00 am – Opening remarks

9:15 am – Nutrien overview, plus operational and procurement plans

10:00 am – Quick break

10:15 am – SIMSA panel on “state of the supply chain”

10:45 am – Networking session

Noon – Lunch and networking

1:00 pm – Nutrien Supply Chain – Indigenous engagement strategy and impact

1:30 pm – Networking session

2:45 pm – Closing comments

3:00 pm – Networking session

4:00 pm – Close


SIMSA is a non-profit organization representing 323 Saskatchewan-based supplier-members, who provide goods and services to the industrial, mining, and energy sectors. SIMSA is currently the only organization that represents suppliers that have a physical presence in Saskatchewan, with most also having their global headquarters in the province.  SIMSA’s membership represents well-over 32,000 employees in Saskatchewan and over $14-billlion in annual sales.