Dr. Derek G. Brewin

Room 356 Agriculture Building
Telephone (204) 474-8702(204) 474-8702
Fax (204) 261-7251
Email: derek.brewin@umanitoba.ca



Derek Brewin is the Head of the Department Agribusiness and Ag. Economics at the University of Manitoba.  He has a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics.  His recent research has focused on spatial grain and oilseed markets as well as innovation in food processing and plant breeding.  He is an award winning teacher of agricultural finance, marketing and risk management. Derek has served on numerous boards and committees. He is a Past President of the Canadian Ag. Econ. Society. He has served as a Senator at the University of Manitoba and as a director of the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council.  Prior to his academic career Derek was a Corporate Advisor for the Canadian Wheat Board; a Policy Economist for AAFC and a farm lender. Derek was raised on a mixed irrigation farm in Purple Springs, Alberta.


  • Ph.D., Agricultural. Environmental and Regional Economics, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
  • M.Sc., Agricultural Economics, University of Saskatchewan, 1994
  • B.Sc., Agricultural Economics, University of Alberta, 1986


  • Head and Professor, Dept. of Agribusiness and Ag. Economics, University of Manitoba 2019 - present. Head (2017), Associate Professor (2009), Assistant Professor (2004)
  • Professional Research Associate, Dept. of Ag. Economics, University of Saskatchewan, 1998-2000
  • Advisor, Corporate Policy Group, Canadian Wheat Board, 1997-98
  • Policy Economist, Adaptation and Grain Policy Directorate of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 1996-97
  • Development Analyst, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA), 1992-96
  • Credit Advisor, Farm Credit Corporation of Canada, 1986-92 (includes 23 months of educational leave)


  • Firm Location Choices and Innovation
  • Grain Markets and Trade
  • Farm Finance
  • Rural Development and Migration
  • Red Meat Supply Chains



Research and Graduate Students