Board Structure & Committees

Following the Annual General Meeting, Alberta Canola’s Board of Directors meets to elect the Chair, Vice-Chair, national representatives, and Committees. The Board meets four times each year and is guided in its decisions by the recommendations from Alberta Canola’s five committees:

Alberta Canola Chair: Kevin Serfas
Alberta Canola Vice-Chair: Roger Chevraux

*Alberta Canola Chair resides on all committees

Governance & Finance

The Governance and Finance Committee is responsible for all aspects of board governance, training, succession planning for the board and General Manager. Policy manual review as well as the annual performance reviews of the General Manager are the responsibility of this committee.

Committee Chair: Roger Chevraux
Andre Harpe, John Mayko, Ian Chitwood, Cale Staden, Holly White, Kevin Serfas*

Government & Industry Affairs

The Government and Industry Affairs Committee is responsible for promoting canola grower interests at the local, provincial, and national levels. The committee will provide feedback to the Manager of Government & Industry Affairs on initial analysis in order to enrich discussion and development of at board meetings.

Committee Chair: Ian Chitwood
Mike Ammeter, Roger Chevraux, Dan Doll, Andre Harpe, Justin Nanninga, Wayne Schneider, Kevin Serfas*

Research

The Research Committee provides guidance to Alberta Canola for research related activities. This includes meeting Alberta Canola’s goals for agronomic and product development research.  The broad goals for these areas are : find better ways  to grow canola, and find better ways to control pests and find news uses for canola oil and meal. The committee directs research funding through a number of national and provincial partnerships that allow them achieve their goals whilst getting the best leverage of grower dollars

Committee Chair: John Mayko
Roger Chevraux, Dan Doll, Denis Guindon, Justin Nanninga, Cale Staden, Kevin Serfas*

Grower Relations & Extension

The Grower Relations and Extension Committee is responsible for ensuring growers have access to agronomy, marketing and farm management information through its communications program along with event planning and sponsorship. The Committee is also committed to ensuring canola growers, the agriculture industry, and partners are informed of Alberta Canola Producers Commission’s goals, objectives and activities.

Committee Chair: Holly White
Denis Guindon, Justin Nanninga, Wayne Schneider, Cale Staden, Kevin Serfas*

Public Engagement & Promotion

The Public Engagement and Promotion Committee has three main goals: to maintain existing canola markets, increase the demand for canola, and to expand awareness of agriculture, canola production and its role in society.

Committee Chair: Andre Harpe
Ian Chitwood, Dan Doll, Denis Guindon, Wayne Schneider, Holly White, Kevin Serfas*

National Representatives

Canola Council of Canada
Kevin Serfas

Canadian Canola Growers Association
Mike Ammeter, Roger Chevraux, Andre Harpe

Western Canadian Canola/Rapeseed Recommending Committee
John Mayko

Provincial Representatives

Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta/Crop Sector Working Group
Dan Doll

AgSafe Alberta
Ian Chitwood

FarmTech Foundation of Alberta
Cale Staden

Upcoming Events

Canadian Agricultural Safety Association Virtual Conference

Great speakers on farm safety including STARS Air Ambulance
Oct 20 - Oct 21
Online, Webinar

Roots to Success Risk Management Training Workshops

Farm Management Canada invites farmers to attend the Roots to Success Risk Management virtual training session to increase their ability to assess and address risks using a comprehensive approach to managing risk on the farm.
Nov 9
Online, Webinar

What to know before you buy or lease equipment with Lance Stockbrugger

The “buy or lease” question can be confusing. Join Lance Stockbrugger, a farmer and Chartered Professional Accountant, for a webinar where he’ll explain the pros and cons of leasing so you can make the best decision for your operation.
Nov 16
Online, Webinar
Know Your Grade for Canola

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