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.
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.
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 comittee.
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.
Elected to the board: 2016
I have a long history in agriculture in the Peace River country, producing grain and pedigreed seed. Our farm began in partnership with my wife and is now transitioning to the next generation. 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.
I am using this knowledge and experience to contribute to UFA.
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.
Elected to the board: 2018
I along with my wife and two sons, run a mixed grain and cow/calf operation. I have sat on several boards in the past before becoming a delegate for UFA. Most recently I was the UFA representative on the Bill 6 Technical Working Group regarding farm safety. Previous to that I sat on the Canadian Co-operatives Committee and thoroughly enjoyed working on both those committees.
I believe in the co-operative structure and can bring a sense of compassion to the company. Farmers and ranchers are struggling and understanding the tough times is extremely important for UFA. Our Co-operative has an important role in the business of farming and I bring the grass roots connection to the table. It is important to remember that situations are not always black and white. I believe there are always creative ways to find solutions that are beneficial to both UFA and its members.