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​​Running a co-operative business is different because we have many owners and we're bound to each and every one of them. It may sound a little trite to talk about UFA as more of a family business than a straight-up corporation, but our structure makes it true. Our senior management team gets that. Our leadership bring valuable experience working on farms and ranches, with co-operative entities and in public and private businesses, and with national and international experience. Together, they are leading UFA from a successful past into a bright future.


Carol Kitchen

Carol Kitchen
President & CEO

Carol is a proven leader who has grown up in, and dedicated her career to, agriculture. She has more than 23 years of co-operative, finance and business experience.

Prior to joining UFA, Carol was senior vice-president and general manager of a business unit at Land O'Lakes Inc. with US$1.8 billion of annual revenue. During her 16 years there, her positions included senior vice-president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, VP responsible for international growth, and business controller.

Carol, a certified public accountant with an M.B.A., also worked for an international accounting firm for two years, and the balance of her career has been spent working with agricultural co-operatives.

Carol is committed to working with UFA's members, agents and employees to continue the strong co-operative history in Alberta, and continue to build UFA into a success, locally as well as globally.

Carol, her husband, Jim, and their son, Jack, live in the Calgary area.


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Jim Watt
Chief Governance Officer

A fourth generation Alberta rancher, Jim Watt is the Chief Governance Officer for UFA Co-operative Limited where he combines his passion and understanding of agriculture with the governance of our more than a century old co-operative.

Jim's responsibilities include upholding the core purpose of the co-operative by connecting with over 110,000 active members, 42 delegates, 11 board members, and the senior leadership team of UFA. His unwavering commitment to farmers and ranchers has been demonstrated over his 30 years of dedication to UFA and the sustainability of rural communities.


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Bob Fink
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Bob has more than 20 years of legal experience and more than 10 years of experience in advising boards of directors. His experience includes Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Human Resources at Parkland Fuel Corporation, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at FortisAlberta Inc., and practicing law in private practice at Gowling WLG and Macleod Dixon LLP (now Norton Rose LLP). Bob is a lawyer with proven leadership skills, having led the Human Resources, Privacy and Compliance, Corporate Secretarial, Land, Procurement and Legal functions in public companies. 

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Bob has his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina, his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Toronto, and his Master of Law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University. He and his wife Cyd have two daughters, Annika and Erika.They live in Calgary.


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Scott Bolton
Chief Financial Officer

Scott Bolton brings more than 30 years of experience to his role as chief financial officer of UFA.

Prior to joining us, Scott was the CFO of a publicly traded company. In addition to other financial leadership roles, the depth and breadth of Scott's business experience reflects a 27-year career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, including 14 years as a partner.

Across Canada, in the U.S. and abroad, Scott has been involved in raising capital, mergers and acquisitions, complex accounting, internal audit and system implementation. He is a well-rounded leader with a long track record of results.


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Glenn Bingley
Chief Operating Officer of Retail Operations

Glenn Bingley joined UFA after 17 years with Home Depot, where his career progressed from the store floor to vice-president of merchandising. With a proven ability to translate strong customer relationships into bottom line results, Glenn understands that retail success begins and ends with the customer.

Glenn's team is focused on strengthening retail fundamentals for UFA and Wholesale Sports, protecting and growing market share in a highly competitive environment, and in building stronger relationships with customers and UFA members.​​​​​​​

Don Smith

Don Smith
Vice President, Petroleum

Born and raised in Calgary, Don spent 24 years working for Suncor Energy where he gained extensive experience in many facets of the oil industry, including crude oil supply and logistics, strategic planning, refined product trading, risk management and hedging strategy, terminal and distribution operations, sales and marketing and refined product supply.

Don has also spent time working outside of Alberta, including in Toronto and Denver, which has given him in-depth knowledge of the major market dynamics that shape the North American petroleum industry.

Don's strengths are helping lead UFA, its members, and customers to succeed in an ever-changing and challenging market through integration, cooperation and values-driven decision making.


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Rob Giguere
Vice President, Commercial
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Born and raised on a small cow/calf operation in Southern Ontario, Rob gained experience of and appreciation for rural life and farming at a young age. Hard work, helping neighbours and staying true to your word are principles that have guided Rob through a fulfilling career in agriculture and food.

An early start in the foodservice industry provided him with a strong appreciation for customer service and quality. This le​d him to food distribution with a global leader in fresh and frozen food supplies.  In 2001, Rob returned to his roots to join Beef Information Centre (later Canada Beef Inc.) to market beef globally on behalf of Canadian ranchers and further developing international markets with one of Alberta's largest feedlots.

Rob leads the commercial AgriBusiness team which includes UFA’s crop, livestock and buildings businesses and is focused on serving the needs of our diverse farmers and ranchers as they operate their commercial farm operations.


Dave Irvine

Dave Irvine
Vice President, Human Resources

When Dave Irvine joined UFA, he brought with him more than 30 years of human resources experience, having previously led the HR departments at Gibson Energy, Tenaris Canada, Apache Canada, AgrEvo North America and Suncor Oil Sands Group.

Dave oversees the development, implementation and management of UFA's full suite of HR programs, including Employee Relations, Learning & Development, Resourcing, Total Rewards and Payroll/HRIS.

Dave's HR team is key to helping us attract and retain the talent we need to remain competitive in an increasingly global, ever-changing industry. Under his guidance, UFA has been recognized as one of Alberta's top employers for the past two years.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Dave holds a B.Comm from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA (with a major in Human Resources) from McMaster University.


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Sherry Johnston
Vice President, Integrated Services

With over 29 years of industry experience, a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA/CGA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) Sherry joined UFA in 2009 and is UFA's Vice President, Integrated Services, encompassing: Health and Safety, Environment, Asset Maintenance and Management, Real Estate, Facilities Management, Insurance Risk Management, Privacy, Fleet Management, Enterprise Risk Management.

Having spent over 20+ years leading internal audit services in North America and Internationally primarily with TransCanada Pipelines, Petro-Canada, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLP. Sherry brings a results orientated, high energy, passion to our business. She is a natural leader who drives process, measurement and accountability through the teams she leads.

She is also accomplished with The Graduate Institute of Co-operative Leadership, Missouri, Columbia.​​