RealAg LIVE! with Alison Sunstrum of CNSRV-X on mentorship and future investment in ag


Alison Sunstrum was pushing for interconnectivity of farm data long before the internet was even commonplace.

It’s that kind of foresight that has pushed Sunstrum to grow not only her own businesses, but also to act as mentor — and sometimes funder and partner — to several other upstarts and innovators in agriculture.

In this RealAg LIVE!, host Kara Oosterhuis and Sunstrum discuss the potential in agriculture, the power of data, and the value of leadership in Canadian agriculture.

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  • Alison was named to the Top 50 in Agriculture last week!
  • Was a founder of GrowSafe Systems
  • Divested in 2008, to a UK company
  • Mentoring entrepreneurs now and working on venture cap
  • What was it like building connected data before the internet? Bloody tough!
  • Low earth orbit satellites will help, yes, but it’s more than that
  • Biological engineering has so much potential
  • Cellular agriculture, but devoted to animal agriculture, too
  • Cattle are the best upcyclers!
  • What animals eat, where they are, and how they perform = Internet of Livestock Things
  • Reduce emissions by genetic selection
  • Commodity prices are good — does that produce opportunity?
  • The Netherlands, second largest exporter of agri-business goods in the world
  • Canada is 5th in the world, but should be a global agriculture super power
  • We’re not as good at innovating, and improving our supply chains
  • She believes we could be the world’s store
  • the more we can measure, the more we can monitor, the more we can predict
  • Her new venture: measuring carbon footprints, and so much more
  • How can farmers get paid for what they do? She’s been involved with carbon off-sets since 2007
  • Accelerators and incubators — venture cap in ag!
  • If you have a good idea and a solid business plan, there’s plenty of places to go
  • The people that nominated Sunstrum for the Top 50 in Ag and the cohort she is included in, just blows her away
  • Empathy, working with a team, integrity and frustration (wanting to make things better!)
  • The51: women leading in business, including agriculture
  • Financial literacy is necessary. What it takes to be a farmer is what it takes to be a CEO.
  • What happens on the other side of this pandemic?

Watch/listen to catch the entire conversation with Alison Sunstrum!

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