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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: Roger Chevraux Alberta Canola Vice-Chair: Charles Simoneau

Missing from photo: Justin Nanninga

Alberta Canola is guided by five committees which contribute to the efficient operation of the commission. Each committee is focused on a key area of business which helps to guide the overarching strategies for Alberta Canola.     
*Alberta’s Canola Chair resides on all committees.

Governance & Finance

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

Committee Chair: Charles Simoneau
Committee Members: Jeannette Andrashewski, Paula Law, Wayne Schneider, Cheryl Westman, Roger Chevraux*

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 to further develop and enrich discussion and understanding of the issues at hand. 

Committee Chair: Wayne Schneider 
Committee Members: Andre Harpe, Christine McKee, Justin Nanninga, Charles Simoneau, Roger Chevraux*


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

Committee Chair: Alan Hampton
Committee Members: Jeff Frost, Paula Law, Justin Nanninga, Cheryl Westman, Roger Chevraux*

Grower Engagement & Extension

The Grower Engagement 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’s goals, objectives, and activities. 

Committee Chair: Christine McKee
Committee Members: Christi Friesen, Jeff Frost, Charles Simoneau, Roger Chevraux*

Public Engagement & Promotion

The goal of the Public Engagement & Promotions committee is to support, guide, and implement actions to create, build, and maintain positive relationships between producers and stakeholders, especially consumers. The committee addresses agricultural issues that could affect public trust and the canola market share and connects producers to end consumers through determinative programming, effective marketing and sponsorships, educational approaches at events and conferences, and campaigning for more agriculture in the classroom. 

Committee Chair: Andre Harpe
Committee Members: Jeannette Andrashewski, Jeff Frost, Christine McKee, Cheryl Westman, Roger Chevraux* 

Canola Council of Canada: Justin Nanninga 

Canadian Canola Growers Association: Roger Chevraux, Andre Harpe, Christine McKee

Western Canadian Canola/Rapeseed Recommending Committee: Cheryl Westman 

National Canola Marketing Plan: Andre Harpe, Jeanette Andrashewski

Team Alberta Crops: Wayne Schneider 

Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta: Wayne Schneider 

AgSafe Alberta: Ian Chitwood (this an ex-officio director assignment for one year)

RDAR – Results Driven Agricultural Research: Alan Hampton 

FarmTech Foundation of Alberta: Christi Friesen, Paula Law