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​Meet your board

UFA is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors who direct the affairs of the co-operative in the best interests of members. Our board includes active farmers and ranchers, as well as business experts with a broad range of experience and expertise.

Directors are elected by current directors and delegates at the annual general meeting to serve a three-year term. The chairman is elected annually by the board of directors.

Kevin Hoppins


Kevin Hoppins, Chairman
Elected to the board: 2013

A delegate for eight years and advisory council member for 10, I became a director to continue to be involved in the growth and diversity of UFA. I am always finding ways to apply my forward-thinking and passion for agriculture to benefit the board and members it serves. In 2012, as Chairman of the DRC, I attended the International Summit of Co-operatives in Quebec City representing my fellow delegates. I firmly believe in the importance of the co-operative model and how to work with the interest of others in mind.

I grew up on the family farm west of Huxley. I attended Olds College and received a diploma in Agriculture Mechanics and Agriculture Business. As a fourth generation farmer, both my wife, Elizabeth, and I feel strongly about our responsibility to agriculture and rural life.

Additionally, I have been involved in our local recreation board, Ag Service Board, Fire Department, Communities in Bloom, youth program leader at Goldeye Center and Friends of Tro-Val Society member.


Cindy Bjorklund

Cindy Bjorklund
Elected to the board: 2017

I have a lifelong passion for farming, business, education and community. I grew up on a mixed farm and was very active in the farm operations. I went on to the University of Alberta and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree. In the years since, I have been an instructor in the public school system as well as at a post-secondary institution.

My husband and I have been farming since 1993, raising, showing and selling purebred Angus cattle. We’ve raised three sons on the farm and they were all involved in 4-H and a variety of sports. I’ve been a 4-H leader and involved in a variety of livestock, sport and community associations. I’ve also been the owner/manager/bookkeeper of several small businesses.


James Bettcher

James Bettcher
Elected to the board: 2014

After serving as a delegate for nine years, I became a director to take my passion for co-operatives to the next level. UFA is an agricultural co-operative and I want to make sure agriculture remains our priority. I have seen the past challenges UFA has faced, and I want to be here to use my proactive and common-sense approach to business to set the course for UFA’s future.

I began my career after I attended Olds College and received a diploma in agriculture. I have been active in the industry for 40 years and along with my wife and son, we own and operate a second generation farm specializing in irrigated crops and purebred cattle. As President of the Badland Hills Cattle Grazing Association for 10 years, I have helped secure lease/management agreements and irrigation development, and was recently hired as Executive Director in charge of operations for the Association.


Patricia Henderson

Patricia Henderson
Elected to the board: 2017

I’ve always been involved with my family’s Central Alberta purebred cattle operation and my husband and I have our own small cow herd near Cochrane.

I earned a B.Sc. degree in Agribusiness Management from the University of Alberta and for nine years held a variety of roles at Farm Credit Canada; including direct work with famers to create successful financial plans and providing lenders across Canada with customized research to improve their business advisory services to primary producers and large agribusinesses. For the past four years I’ve held contract positions and completed freelance work for clients such as Farm Credit Canada, Certified Angus Beef, ITS Global, the Canadian Simmental Association, and individual farm businesses.


Harvey Hagman

Harvey Hagman
Elected to the board: 2013

I grew up on a family farm in Lac Ste. Anne County where I live with my wife, Mary Ann. I operate Hagman Cattle Co. Ltd., a 3,500 acre beef and grain farm, together with my son. I have been a delegate for five years and I became a director to use my agricultural business background to help advance UFA as an industry-leader.

I have served in organizations at the local, provincial and national levels, including being a member of the Farm Safety Advisory Council and providing guidance to the Alberta Minister of Agriculture. I understand the challenges that agricultural producers face and the various services they require from UFA.

I have chaired a sub-committee that developed a foreign animal disease plan for the Alberta cattle industry. I was also active with the Mayerthorpe Kinsmen for over 20 years and my family was involved in economic development committees for the Town of Mayerthorpe and the Grande Alberta Economic Region. I am a big supporter of co-operatives and enjoy being active in local community groups.​

Rick Hansen


Rick Hansen
Elected to the board: 2013

I became a director following eight years as a delegate with UFA. During this time, I have taken on new challenges and learned a lot about co-operatives. I believe in the vision and values of UFA and I want to do my part to ensure UFA remains a relevant and a successful co-operative.

I am a third generation family farmer in​ the Blackie/Frankberg area. We concentrate solely on grain, pulse and oilseed production and marketing, but I have also raised cattle, hogs and chickens over the 30 years I have been in the industry. I am married to my high school sweetheart, AnneMarie, and we have three children and one grandchild. I am preparing the next generation to continue the family farm, as UFA members.


Jim Laverick

Jim Laverick
Elected to the board: 2008

I became a director in 2008 because I have a passion for Alberta, in particular rural Alberta, agri-business, financial issues and co-operatives. I believe my experience in strategic and financial planning and my ability to work with and develop effective management teams will help to build consensus and contribute to making sound business decisions.

I grew up on a family farm in the Grande Prairie area and began a career with the Co-operators in the 1970s. Throughout my 38 year career I took on many roles including Senior Vice-President of Insurance Operations where I was responsible for HR, planning, underwriting, sales, claims and the bottom-line performance of Co-operators General Insurance Company. Through my work I was able to get involved in various co-operatives.


Harold Haugen Harold Haugen
Elected to the board: 2015

I have lived and farmed near Lougheed, Alberta, all of my life. In addition to serving on numerous boards, I was a UFA delegate for five years. During that time I served on the Democratic Structure Review, was chairman of the first nominating committee and sat on the finance committee.

I am a believer in and understand the co-operative model. UFA has and can continue to be a leader among co-operatives. My passion for sharing the principles of co-operatives with youth is fueled by my involvement with Goldeye and their youth programs.


Tim Nakaska

Tim Nakaska
Elected to the board: 2015

I am a native Albertan and grew up spending summers and harvests working with my relatives on their farms in the Ghost Pine Creek area. Now based in Calgary, I am a chartered accountant with more than 35 years of business experience.

As a partner with PwC, I initiated and led an Alberta agribusiness financial restructuring practice. I believe I can bring value to UFA and am prepared to make the commitment to meet the associated challenges.


Mic ThiessenMic Thiessen
Elected to the board: 2015

I grew up on a family farm and farming has always been a part of my life. I still farm more than 650 acres near Lethbridge and operate a custom combining business. I was a UFA delegate for four years and served as a director on the board from 2009 to 2012.

UFA has its roots in agriculture, as I do. As a grassroots member, I have the time and passion to make a difference for UFA. I believe we need a new level of accountability.


Henry VosHenry Vos
Elected to the board: 2016

I have a long history in agriculture and am currently a partnering operator of a 10,000 acre grain farm outside of Fairview, Alberta. I spent 25 years running a pedigreed seed business with my wife.

In addition to the farm I have had numerous successful business interests including a retail farm supply company, a research company, and I was a founding member and director of Canterra Seeds. I have an agriculture degree from the University of Alberta and a degree in Corporate Governance from McMaster University. I spent five years as a director with the Canadian Wheat Board and served on the audit, finance and risk and governance committees. Serving on the boards of numerous companies and organizations including Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, Fairview College and the Canadian Internal Grains Institute has provided me with valuable experience in board governance.​