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Who is LeftField?

Chuck Penner
Chuck founded LeftField Commodity Research in 2010. He has spent nearly 30 years working in the Canadian grain industry, including:
  • five years as Senior Consultant in the Canadian office of Informa Economics
  • one year as the Director of Marketing Strategy for Blacksheep Strategy
  • fifteen years in various roles at United Grain Growers and Agricore United
  • shorter stints at Pioneer Grain and the Canadian Wheat Board
  • a few years trying his hand at farming in the late 1980s
  • a farmhand, landscaper, waiter, busboy and camp counselor (and probably a few jobs he has forgotten about)
Chuck has an Agribusiness Diploma and a B.Sc. Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba. He also has a Diploma in Biblical Studies from Winkler Bible Institute.
Jonathon Driedger
Jonathon Driedger joined the team in September 2019, adding his considerable expertise and experience. Jon has many years of expertise in the Canadian ag industry, including:
  • Senior Market Analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions
  • Economist for the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange
  • Commodity Risk Management Consultant with FCStone
  • Nutritionist in the livestock feed industry


Jon attended the University of Manitoba where he obtained a BSc in Agribusiness and an MSc in Agricultural Economics. Currently, he is continuing his studies toward a PhD. Jon lives in Grunthal, Manitoba with his wife and three daughters, and “has a cattle habit that he can’t quit”.
Alyssa Mistelbacher Newton
Alyssa joined us out in LeftField in October 2023. She has spent over a decade working as a commodity market analyst in Winnipeg MB, helping Western Canadian producers market their crops, including grains, oilseeds and pulses. Alyssa holds a B.Sc. Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba.
Alyssa resides in Springfield Manitoba, with her husband and son. 
Who else helps with operations?
Marlene Penner
Chuck’s wife, Marlene, provides support services to the business.
We also have a network of contacts and experts to lean on when additional know-how is needed.
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