Director, Public and Industry Affairs
Monsanto Canada
Twitter: @DEKALB_Canada @MonsantoCda

Wow! Twelve years of Monsanto/DEKALB support for the DEKALB SuperSpiel in Morris. What a great accomplishment for the town of Morris and its terrific team of local volunteers who decided to make a commitment to their community, their curling club and to the advancement of curling in the province of Manitoba. Thanks for letting us be a part of your hometown history of achievement.

Southern Manitoba is an important region for Monsanto’s business as farmers look to capitalize on the opportunity to incorporate canola, soybeans and corn into their crop rotation. Monsanto’s DEKALB seed brand offers an extensive line-up of products for farmers and leads the field in breeding innovation. Our priority is to discover new ways to turn yield potential into success through research and development, high performing seed, agronomic expertise and customized advice and solutions.

Monsanto is a company committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to the challenge of nourishing a growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such a canola, soybeans and corn – that are important to farmers in Southern Manitoba and help them have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and diseases.

We’re also committed to supporting communities and improving lives in ways that extend beyond our business and we collaborate with farmers, researchers, not-for-profits, rural communities, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Our involvement with the sport of curling is an extension of that support. Through curling, we’ve had the opportunity to engage with farmers, sponsors and rural and urban curling fans. We’ve built terrific relationships, supported the game and had some great conversations about curling, farming and food. We truly appreciate this opportunity.

We wish all the curlers good luck this week and hope curling fans enjoy the small-town hospitality of Morris and Rosenort. Please take the time to thank all the local sponsors and volunteers and spend some time in town and at the rink making connections and cheering on the competitors. Congratulations on 12 years!

Welcome one and all to the 12th anniversary of the DEKALB SuperSpiel. We know you will enjoy some great curling during this year’s event.

We are excited to welcome all teams from across Canada and around the world!! We especially say a Super thanks to all those fans, players and sponsors that have been part of the DEKALB SuperSpiel this past 11 years!!

We would like to thank our Title Sponsor, DEKALB for their continued support and especially Trish Jordan and the many others at Monsanto that have committed time and energy to this event. We also thank our Presenting Level Sponsors for their continued support; Meridian Industries (Women) and Rocky Mountain Equipment (Men); Official Host Sponsors – the Town of Morris and the Rural Municipality of Morris; Lounge Sponsor – RBC Dominion Securities, Patrick Rae/ Royal Bank; and our Web Sponsor – Graphic Intuitions. We appreciate all their super support!

We are lucky to have wonderful media support. It is another critical aspect to the success of this event. We thank them all for their great coverage and dedication to our event. We are pleased to have the Winnipeg Free Press and Golden West Radio as our Presenting Media Partners.

Volunteers are special. We express our heartfelt thanks to over 350 volunteers that have been part of this event for the past 10 years. Thanks to the Casinos of Winnipeg, our Volunteer Sponsor for their support!

Thanks to all the many other sponsors that also help to make this event possible. We encourage you to take time to look through the program to see our wonderful sponsor support. We ask you to thank them and support their businesses while you are in the area.

Great events don’t happen without great ice. Thanks to Allan Gitzel and his Morris Team and Greg Ewasko and his Rosenort Team for the great ice you provide. A SUPER Job!!

This year will also see the 6th annual “Rings of Influence” business reception taking place hosted by the Morris and District Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Town of Morris and the Rural Municipality of Morris. They are inviting businesses to come and network and also to take in some of the DEKALB SuperSpiel curling. It is great to have them back.

Thank you to everyone for making this event possible – our sponsors, our volunteers, our fans and of course, the teams that put on this show. It is wonderful to host you all here in the Morris Curling Club and Morris Arena.

We hope to see you all back for the 13th Annual DEKALB SuperSpiel in 2020.

Chris and Lorne Hamblin
Co-chairs-DEKALB SuperSpiel 12