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Commodity Trader: Bo Hallborg

Bo Hallborg is a merchandiser with Viterra in Saskatchewan.

Bo Hallborg may have grown up in towns across Saskatchewan, but this Merchandiser for Viterra is hooked on city living and the excitement he gets as a commodity trader for one of Saskatchewan`s biggest exporters in oilseeds at one of the world`s largest companies in the market. On a daily basis Bo works with his contacts in regional sales across the Prairie provinces to understand Viterra`s supply to the market. Then he works with people from around the world to understand buyers’ needs and the factors that influence price. Usually before 10 a.m. he has spoken with people in several different countries on the other side of the world, in places like China, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium.  Once he has an understanding of some key factors he applies his knowledge to work to Viterra`s and their producers’ benefit.

It`s a cool job and although it usually attracts people with a more traditional finance background, Bo has built his effectiveness into his role at Viterra by approaching it from more of a sales angle. It works well, as his peers and superiors have become accustomed to his excellent performance on the job. His business administration degree with a focus on marketing from the University of Regina provided him skills, but his upbringing may have helped as well. His father worked at elevators across the province, so he learned quite a bit about the business of agriculture at a young age.

An avid athlete, Bo spends time in what he terms “Saskatchewan Sports” – hockey, ball and golf. He also enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as some time away to pursue recreation. It`s all possible through his career in agriculture. The options are truly wide open for many professions in agriculture because Saskatchewan will continue to be a major trading partner with the world for generations to come.

Other careers in Agribusiness: Sales Professional, Marketer, Business Manager, Consultant, Policy Analyst, Market Analyst , Accountant, Financial Advisor and many more.
Where to take courses: University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Regional Colleges.
Average Yearly Salary Range: $79,643*
Go back to the Agribusiness Overview page to see more careers related to Bo’s or visit myBlueprint.

*All salaries based on the 2013 Saskatchewan Wage Survey Report

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