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.
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.
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.
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.
Elected to the board: 2018
I am strongly committed to sustaining and supporting the agricultural business in Alberta and the prairies. Although a professional accountant, I grew up in rural Saskatchewan where my spare time was spent helping on family farms. I also own a quarter section of land which is used in the much larger ranching operation of my brother-in-law just south of Calgary.
Currently, I am a Corporate Director of Calgary International Airport Authority, Petrus Resources Ltd. and a small private oil and gas start-up. I am a retired Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers who specialized in the oil and gas industry and supported a diverse group of companies across various industries for over 35 years. I have extensive financial accounting and reporting experience with both private and public companies of all sizes covering regulatory compliance, risk management, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructuring, internal controls and governance in Canada and the U.S. Currently, I am a director of the Calgary Police Foundation and past director of The Calgary Foundation and Alberta Health Services. I am a Chartered Accountant (CA, CPA), a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Program (ICD.D) and have a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.