Our Company

Company Concept

Mercantile develops domestic and international market intelligence to maximize our clients benefit.

Established in 2003 by Anthony Temple and Marlene Boersch in Winnipeg, Canada. Our insights are based on more than 75 years of expertise and insight in the global agricultural market.

The strength of the company is derived from our practical expertise at senior levels in the grain industry both in Canada and abroad. Our experience is rooted in global marketing of grains, pulses and oilseeds, and in investment of processing assets in numerous geographies, provides us at Mercantile with a unique knowledge base, distinctively applicable expertise, and with exceptional connections to Canadian, U.S. and overseas customers.

All Mercantile market intelligence is created in house and we provide studies, strategies, and recommendations for Agribusiness, Associations, Government and – most importantly – farmers.

Strategic thinking honed through working and trading in competitive global markets goes into all of our studies, strategies, and recommendations.

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Marlene Boersch

Marlene has been actively involved in agricultural Canadian agricultural industry since obtaining her Master’s Degree in Agriculutral Economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983. She traded and exported Canadian crops internationally for 20 years while working for Cargill Grain, XCSN Grain Ltd., and Berdex Canada Ltd. She serveas Executive VP at Berdex for eight years after being part of the founding team.

Marlene co-founded Mercantile Consulting Venture with Anthony Temple, a former colleague at Cargill. As co-owner and Managing Partner, Marlene has represented the company and provided services across Canada as well as Australia, Europe and Asia.

Anthony Temple

Tony has a wealth of experience working in the agricultural market spanning from Winnipeg, Vancouver, London, Paris, Geneva, and Sao Paulo. He worked his way through Cargill Canada from managing a commodity marketing division of Cargill Canada to Vice President and Manager of the Trading Group for Cargill Agricola. He moved on to the Louis Dreyfus Group, taking on coffee operations in the international market. After returning to Canada, Tony was Vice President and General Manager of Louis Dreyfus Ltd. and then Vice President, Grain and Transportation for ConagraMalt. Tony co-founded Mercantile Consulting Venture with Marlene, a former colleague from Cargill. As Managing Partner, Tony provides a deep and thorough understanding of domestic and international grain trading and of risk management and cost analysis in agriculture.


Sandra Kirby

Sandra Kirby, Professor Emerita, University of Winnipeg, provides consulting services to Mercantile Ventures as an expert in research methodology and report writing. Dr. Kirby is a sport scientist and author of 10 books, including her most recent, Playing it Forward: 50 Years of Women and Sport in Canada (Demers, Greaves, Kirby and Lay). She is an internationally respected writer and advocate on child protection in sport and is a founding board member of the new Safe Sport International (SSI). Dr. Kirby is an Olympian (1976), a rowing coach at Winnipeg Rowing Club and a cross country ski racer with Team Windchill.

Michael Wilton

Michael is a farmer based in Carman, Manitoba with a Diploma in Agriculture BSc. and current Msc. student of Agribusiness at the University of Manitoba. He supports Mercantile with his insights from the day-to-day life in the field. He’s passionate about crops and helping producers understand grain marketing and strategies.