Business Profile

Profile of Anders Bruun

Anders Bruun is engaged in general legal practice with a focus on agriculture and agri-business law.  With extensive experience as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel to Manitoba Pool Elevators (1992-1998) and as General Counsel to the Canadian Wheat Board (1984-1992) Anders brings a wealth of experience in commercial and corporate matters in agriculture and beyond.  His experience included: participation in matters such as developing commercial paper programs; other corporate finance transactions; developing contracts for commodity purchases and sales; asset acquisition and sale; employee benefits issues; and corporate governance.  You can benefit from his experience and knowledge from the very earliest stages of discreetly examining the feasibility of opening up or expanding a business presence in western Canada through to establishing and maintaining operations, and eventual sale, as you may require.

Anders has participated extensively in the legislative process at the federal and provincial levels through involvement in the development of several amendments to the Canadian Wheat Board Act from the initial conceptual stages through to Parliamentary Committee Review.  As well, he has assisted in detailed review and through appearances before Legislative Committees implementation of the Manitoba and Canada Cooperatives Acts.

He has solid experience in corporate governance matters having been a member of the Board of Directors of the Cooperators Group Limited and five of its subsidiaries.  He had also chaired the Corporate Governance and Resolutions and By-laws Committees of the Cooperators which is Canada’s largest wholly Canadian owned general insurer listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Anders was, until 2011, Honorary Consul of Denmark, having been appointed as Consul for the Province of Manitoba by her Majesty Margarethe II of Denmark in 1983.  He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of Dannebrog in 1992, the Knight’s Cross of Dannebrog (First Class) in 2001, and the Queen’s Golden Jubliee Medal in 2003 for community service.

He served on the Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative Council and as a Director of the Manitoba Agriculture Services Corporation.  He also served on the Manitoba Water Council.  This experience provided strong insight into the political and cultural aspects of doing business in western Canada.

Noteworthy Accomplishments

  • Developed plan for Cdn grain exports to Iraq under 1989 UN embargo
  • Led legal suit to keep barley under CWB adding over $400 M to farm income
  • Defeated $10 M claim against clients seed treatment business
  • Led teams to secure favourable trade rulings from US trade regulations for CWB on its wheat sales to US.
  • Advised Directors during Agricore/UGG merger
  • Has appeared as witness before many Parliamentary Committees
  • Successfully defended $54 M lawsuit against CWB
  • Did 2 speaking tours in Argentina to explain Cdn grain handling system to Argentinian grain handling co-ops.
  • Drafted CWB/Grain Cos agmt on computerized grain purchase reporting in 1982
  • Helped Co-op raise $1.5 M in share capital
  • Served as Chair of Governance Committee and served as Director for TSE listed Insurance Company
  • One of the founding owners of a successful farm weekly newspaper, Farmers Independent Weekly
  • Established commercial paper programs in Canada and The U.S. for the Canadian Wheat Board
  • Was Adjunct Lecturer teaching a 3 credit hour course on Agricultural Law at the University of Manitoba for 5 years