I was born/grew up in: Born Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada. Grew up in Marwayne, Alberta, Canada.
I now live in: Landon, Alberta, Canada
I completed my training/education at: University of Alberta, Crop Science Major
What I do at work
During my career I've enjoyed being an entrepreneur. Now I am an intrapreneur. That is a person within a company who promotes innovative product development. My days are never routine and every week brings new challenges.
Early on in my career I used specific skills in science and technology to understand soil management for growing food. Later I added a knowledge of how to use sensors, data, and maps to expand this understanding. I enjoy solving not only soil management problems, but business problems.
Having an ability to bridge soil management science with business needs has allowed me to bring many ideas into the market. Building, measuring, failing, pivoting are all techniques I've learned through being a part of startup ideas and global teams to make decisions. Adopting my mindset to appreciate everyone's unique working styles inside the company and the minds of the customers has been enjoyable.
My career path is
When I was in high school I was planning to be a chiropractor. Little did I know that my roots on the farm would be so influential to my career path. After this breakthrough and turning towards agriculture I was pushed in the specific direction of agriculture technology. This came about through on farm experiences and recognizing that a gap existed for support in this area. Rather than stand by and watch I quit my job and started my first company at age 24. I learned to be lean, fail fast, and surround myself with those who followed the same principles as I did.
I am motivated by
I enjoy the business startup environment. I like working with people that have identified new problems and are working to solve them. I enjoy out of the box thinking, bleeding edge technology, and teaching to those unaware of the opportunities ahead of us. Creating a mindset of abundance and opportunity in myself and others is something truly rewarding.
How I affect peoples’ lives
I'm motivated to do my part by helping grow food in a safe, reliable, sustainable, and profitable way. To sustain a growing planet population, being involved in Agriculture to me is one of the most noble professions. This is rewarding through the progress I get to witness on farms and in businesses.
Outside of work I
I enjoy family time. I love to fish and camp. Volunteering through or church allows me time to pay it forward.
My advice to others
The agriculture industry on the surface may appear steady and traditional. Underneath the surface is nearly every opportunity you could imagine. Dig deep, be curious.
- Physical Education/Health
- Brought people together
- Organized activities for my friends
- Played on a sports team
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Was motivated by success
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Played video games
- Always threw the best parties
Let’s Talk Science recognizes and thanks Warren Bills for his contribution to Canada 2067.