Luke Gelenyse

Growing up in a farming community, milking cows, or helping with the family Dairy business gave Luke a love for agriculture from a very young age. After working in milking equipment for 5 years, Luke spent 3 years in Chad, Africa managing construction, remote village power and vehicles. He then founded Terravis Energy Solutions in Kemptville and began to incorporate renewable energy into local farms. This grew into a wind farm development company focused on farmland and Luke was instrumental in developing solar, biomass and wind farm projects from Texas to Barbados and Cape Breton to Alberta. Terravis’ first project was a 30MW windfarm now operating in Brinston Ontario. Brinston is home to Dundas Agri Systems and, 8 years ago Luke partnered with his father and has since been involved in automation of dairy farms. On the side Luke is a captain with North Grenville Fire Service and has patented a tool for firefighting, the “Snagger” as well as forming a local Earthworks company to reclaim farmland.

Automation and robotics in the dairy industry

Luke will be giving a presentation on the impact of technology on the modern dairy farm and the need for technology to allow the “family farm” and the commercial dairy to survive. There is a need for technology if Canada is going to be part of feeding the world’s growing population. There will be a focus on the new technologies available in the dairy sector.