Rob Hannam, CAFA

Synthesis Agri-Food Network, President and Client Director

Rob Hannam is a skilled consultant and facilitator who excels in business and strategic planning, marketing communications and market research. His first-hand knowledge of agriculture – cultivated while working on his family farm – combined with a global view he developed working for an agricultural multinational and a range of agribusiness clients gives Rob a unique outlook. Rob has used his expertise to solve challenges for local, national and international clients and assist them with reaching their business goals.

Rob gathers valuable insights and draws upon his deep agri-food knowledge to provide clients with practical approaches and actionable solutions. He developed the Management Action Plan (MAP) for agribusinesses, a core teaching and management tool used in the Advanced Farm Management Program.


Michael R. Bossy, HBA, CPA, CA, CFP, TEP, CAFA, KCC

Bossy Nagy Group Chartered Professional Accountants (BNG),
President and Founding Partner

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 10.03.53 AMMichael Bossy has been a trusted business advisor to clients for over 25 years. He is a strategic thinker, and combines his extensive experience as a Chartered Accountant with his numerous other business designations to help farmers build their farm management skills. His background is in accounting, trust and estate planning, taxation and business consulting, with particular expertise in inter-generational business and farm transfers.

Michael is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business. He is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), Certified Agricultural Farm Advisor (CAFA) and Kolbe Certified Consultant (KCC). Part of Michael’s continuing education includes participation in The Strategic Coach® program.


Matt Venne, CPA, CA

Partner RLB Chartered Professional Accountants

Matt VenneMatt Venne, CPA, CA is a Partner at RLB Chartered Professional Accountants; a full-service regional public accounting firm. Matt worked for two national accounting firms in Northern Ontario before joining RLB in 2005. Being exposed to some of the largest and most complex audits has given him a broader perspective that benefits his current clients, especially those in the municipal and not-for-profit sectors. While those experiences were valuable, Matt chose to build his career at RLB, where the environment is more client-centered and encourages serving each client as an individual.

Matt enjoys building personal relationships with his clients and acting as their confidant. The majority of his practice is focused on working with agricultural clients (producers and agri-business) and owner managed businesses. Matt aims to go well beyond the accounting role, but focuses with each client on what is important to them. From minimizing tax to assisting in generational transition of the business, Matt is always involved in either leading or supporting the process.

“It’s quite an amazing thing to have someone who worked so hard to build their business come to you as a trusted advisor” Matt says.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and five children. The Vennes are thrilled to have made their home in the rural community of Fergus.


Katie Cheesmond, B.Com Ag Bus

Ag Consultant RLB Chartered Professional Accountants

Katie-Cheesmond074-160After spending 10 years in finance, Katie transitioned to RLB three years ago to join the senior management team. Growing up on a dairy farm in the North East of England Katie has a first-hand understanding of the needs and requirements of family business to have support and advice through; growth, diversification and ownership change to name but a few. Katie uses the knowledge she has gain through a lifetime in Ag, and a career in finance to support the clients of RLB.

In addition to Ag Consulting Katie’s primary role at RLB is helping to continue firm growth. She is responsible for actively engaging employees and building a business development culture at RLB, while also seeking and evaluating new opportunities for the firm.

In her free time she loves spending time with her family at the Dairy Farm in Arthur, coaching public speaking, and entertaining friends.

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