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Edmonton, AB – February 6, 2024 – The 2nd Annual Alberta Canola Conference held on January 24 & 25 in Grande Prairie provided the ideal platform to acknowledge decades of farm leadership exhibited by past canola directors from the Peace region.

“Mr. Walter Paszkowski was a driving force in creating the Alberta Canola Producers Commission,” says Christine McKee, Chair of the Grower Engagement and Extension Committee and farmer from Stirling, Alberta. “The Walter Paszkowski Farm Leadership Award pays tribute to his legacy and dedication to canola, while emphasizing Alberta Canola’s unwavering commitment to fostering leadership and excellence within the canola industry and within Alberta’s rural communities,” says McKee.

In recognition of Paszkowski’s lifelong contributions, leadership, and achievements, which have left an enduring impact on the canola industry and the communities he has tirelessly served, Alberta Canola proudly unveiled the Walter Paszkowski Farm Leadership Award.

This newly established award aims to annually recognize and reward a deserving canola grower in Alberta with a $5,000 bursary, to facilitate their participation in Farm Management Canada’s esteemed National Farm Leadership Program.

Alberta Canola will be developing the application and selection guidelines with the first intake expected to open in the fall of 2024.

For further details and updates on the Walter Paszkowski Farm Leadership Award, please visit

Media contact:
Katie Elliott
Communications & Events Coordinator
Alberta Canola
(780) 655 – 5283


Walter Pazskowski receiving his plaque onstage
Caption: Alberta Canola directors Andre Harpe (L) and Christine McKee (R) present a print to Walter Paszkowski on stage at the 2nd Annual Alberta Canola Conference held this year in Grande Prairie on January 24 & 25.

Walter Pazskowski speaking on stage at the Alberta Canola Conference
Caption: Walter Paszkowski says a few words to the audience after being honoured for a lifetime of leadership in the canola industry at the Alberta Canola Conference in Grande Prairie on January 24, 2024.