At AgriRoots, we’re real people serving real people.

Our investors, borrowers, and the brokers we work with all help us to achieve our vision of financing the success of agriculture in Canada, while keeping farming families on family farms.

Our dynamic team of industry leaders have extensive backgrounds in fund management, brokerage, agricultural finance, capital generation, farming, business consulting, and customer service.

Leadership Team

Robb Nelson

Co-Founder & Director BBA CEO

With over 35 years of successful business and entrepreneurial experience, including 25 years in the Private Lending space specializing in agriculture, residential development, and residential homes, Robb is a practicing mortgage professional, co-founder, and co-owner of AgriRoots Capital Management Inc.…

Shawn Bustin

President
Co-Founder & Director BCOMM, MBA FS

As a senior executive in the financial services industry in Canada for more than 22 years, as well as having key personal experience in the agricultural industry, Shawn is an accomplished business leader in retail banking, commercial and agricultural lending,…

Matthew Alexander

Investor Relations / Operations
Co-Founder & Director BACC, MBA

As a licensed Mortgage Agent and registered Exempt Market Dealing Representative with Belco Private Capital Inc, Matt brings 25 years of leadership experience in hospitality and property management,working closely with municipalities and Boards, along with special interest groups, to resolve problems…

Melanie Erickson

Controller / Accountant CPA, CGA

Melanie is a CPA, CGA, with over 10 years experience in various industries, including fashion, manufacturing, and retail grocery. As our controller, Melanie is responsible for reporting financial results to our board and stakeholders, and managing all accounting functions. Born…

Chris Lown

Credit Analyst

Chris has over 16 years of experience in banking in Ontario and British Columbia with more than 10 years in Commercial Banking. Chris’ experience includes term, operating, mortgage and construction lending as well as assisting in managing the day-to-day investment…

Directors

Tom Sabourin

Director

Tom became President and CEO of Polar Asset Management Partners in 2006, after joining the firm as Chief Financial Officer in 1994. From 1996 to 2005, Tom also acted as a Vice-President of Polar Equity Partners, an affiliated private equity…

Jean Laprise

Director

Jean is a well established professional in the Agricultural Industry. He is the Co-Founder and Principal of Laprise Farms Ltd, a very diversified, family owned Agri-business with several divisions involved in field, greenhouse, and hydroponic vegetable production as well as…

Claude Robillard

Director

Claude is the Founder and Principal of 43 North Group, a consulting firm focused on alternative asset classes and ESG / impact investing. Formerly he was the Managing Director of IR at West Face Capital where he engaged with sovereign…

Advisory Board

John Cowan

Partner/President of North American Plant Genetics

John is currently Partner / President of North American Plant Genetics. The company sources corn, soy, sunflower, and sorghum genetics in Canada and the USA, with production and sales and marketing in the Ukraine.  John previously held the position of…

Don Belovich

Advisor

Donald Belovich is a partner at the leading law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP in the Capital Markets, Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, public financings and complex corporate reorganizations. Donald also acts as…

Scott Mckinlay

Advisor

Retired – 45 Years of Experience in the Agricultural and Financial Industries With more than 45 years in the agricultural and financial industries, Scott, who is now retired, provides an external perspective to AgriRoots –most importantly as part of the…