Leah Olson-Friesen

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Leah is a visionary leader in the agriculture industry with over 20 years’ experience building and leading high performing teams in the private and public sectors across Canada. She is an operational change enabler having led numerous organizational turnarounds and been part of executive leadership teams engaged in acquisitions and divestitures. 

Leah’s most recent role was as CEO of two companies: Dot Technology Corp. and SeedMaster Manufacturing. Under her leadership, Dot engaged in long term testing of its autonomous power platform that carries implements versus towing them, sold its initial autonomous power units and was recognized as one of the top ag tech companies in North America. In contrast, SeedMaster, a more conventional manufacturer of air seeders, increased its sales outside of Western Canada. She diversified the companies’ revenues enabling for more stable manufacturing operations for the ~120 employees. 

Leah communicates fluently in French and English appearing frequently in national and major media publications to speak about agriculture. She has an MBA from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in public policy and public administration from Concordia University. 

Leah serves as director on the Ag-West Bio board of directors and director of the Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers Ag Sector Board. She is the former vice chair of the WESTEST board of directors and past chair of the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards. Leah is an avid runner and level 2 nationally certified rugby coach. 

Find Leah on LinkedIn and Twitter: @olsonleah