The world will always need food. It’s a simple enough concept, but one that fostered an incredible determination in Ryan Stack to buck the trend of his friends who pursued work in the oil patch. Ryan instead chose a career in agriculture. After earning his business degree with a major in Sales and Marketing, Ryan applied at Cargill in Calgary, one of North America’s largest privately held companies. He applied for an Operations Manager Trainee position, but didn’t get the job. Instead, they asked him to join their sales team and before long he was an Assistant Farm Marketing Representative. Three years later Cargill asked him to lead a team of Canola Origination Merchants, based out of the world’s largest canola processing facility in Clavet, Saskatchewan. The opportunity to be part of such an incredible project enticed Ryan to move from his home in Calgary to take advantage of the agricultural opportunities in Saskatchewan.
Now that he has been in Saskatchewan for three years and has recently started his family, Ryan proclaims, “I love it here, there is no place like the Prairies!”
Ryan makes a 30-kilometre commute to Clavet’s advanced canola processing plant each day from Saskatoon, where he is now the Manager of Canola Origination. In his job he helps sign canola producers to supply the facility, but it isn’t a simple buyer-seller relationship.
“Farmers take on an incredible amount of risk in hopes of having a good crop,” Ryan said. “I’d like to think of us as partners in helping to manage that risk.”
The risks and the challenges in agriculture are very real, with population projections skyrocketing and our ability to feed the world needing to increase. Ryan is both humbled and optimistic about the challenge.
“If you don’t like change, you’re going to hate being obsolete,” said Ryan.
Young enthusiastic people like Ryan Stack add new life and vitality to Saskatchewan’s agricultural sector. If the projections are any indication, more professionals like him will be needed for the foreseeable future in this incredibly diverse and growing business sector.
Other careers in Processing: Trucking and Transport, Logistics, Production Line Worker, Purchasing Agent, Food Inspector and many more.
Where to take courses: University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Regional Colleges.
Average Yearly Salary Range: $105,248*
Job Prospects: Average
Go back to the Processing Overview page to see more careers related to Ryan’s or visit SaskCareers.ca
*All salaries based on the 2013 Saskatchewan Wage Survey Report