Saik Named Dot CEO
By Chad Elmore09 January 2019
Dot Technology Corp. owner and founder Norbert Beaujot has added agricultural technology expert Robert Saik to the company’s leadership team. As chief executive officer of Dot Ready Retail (DRR), Saik will work with farmers in Canada and globally to establish a retail and distribution system to support autonomous farming.
It was recently announced that the Dot Power Platform would be available for sale in select regions of Saskatchewan and Alberta throughout 2019. To prepare for the market demand of Dot and Dot-ready implements, Saik will lead DRR to help bridge the farming and technology gap for new generations of farmers.
“Given Rob’s vast experience in the agriculture industry and his record as an agri-business thought leader, he brings a unique set of skills to help grow the Dot Power Platform by connecting agronomics with data and robotics,” said Beaujot, based in Emerald Park, Saskatchewan, Canada. “The way producers buy farm equipment has evolved. His mandate is to work with farmers to better understand their decision making when it comes to purchasing new equipment and how they want to be supported in today’s high technological agricultural market.”
Saik has founded many successful agricultural ventures. Most recently, he completed the sale of Agri-Trend and Agri-Data to Trimble. He is a consultant, speaker, author, filmmaker and advocate for agriculture.
“Autonomous farming through the Dot Power Platform opens up an opportunity to engage a whole new generation in farming. With labor being a major constraint on many farms, the evolution to autonomous operations makes sense and will bring a renewed interest from young people looking to pursue careers in agriculture,” Saik said. “As we develop a global retail network for Dot, we are looking to bring together technology with people to create a new type of sustainable and profitable arable farming.”
The Dot Power Platform is a mobile diesel-powered platform designed to handle a large variety of implements commonly used in agriculture, mining and construction. Working for farmers, the company said Dot completes tasks autonomously and enables farmers to spend more of their time focusing on the overall operation of their farms.