Co-Founder, EMF Nutrition
A lifelong resident of Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada, and a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Ron Friesen is a co-founder of the family-owned and operated EMF Nutrition (formerly East-Man Feeds). He has been with the business for 40 years, seeing it grow from a small, portable premix manufacturer to 13 locations in western Canada and the north-central United States. Additionally, East-Man Feeds launched a specialty product division, ‘Innotech Nutrition,’ selling to 14 countries, as well as a human food division called ‘Innotech Essentials,’ which currently serves the North American marketplace. Friesen was the lead in the acquisition of East-Man Feeds by Alltech, which was a seamless transition due to the companies’ 36-year business relationship. Friesen now leads the Alltech Crop Science sales team at EMF Nutrition. He is an active voice on behalf of small producers in the feed industry, a two-time past chair of the Manitoba Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) division and a founding board member of the National Centre for Livestock and The Environment, established in 2005 with the University of Manitoba.