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Dec 10

Alberta Barley announces new executive following AGM

Posted on Dec 10 By: Erin Tateson, Interim Communications Manager

Following Alberta Barley’s online Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday, the commission is pleased to announce its new executive which includes the new chair Tara Sawyer and Wade McAllister who returns as vice-chair.

Sawyer, who farms in the Acme area, will be serving her second year as a director-at-large on the Alberta Barley board of directors. McAllister, who farms near Innisfail, is entering his third year on the board and second year as the commission’s vice-chair.

“I am thrilled and honoured by the confidence of my fellow board members to lead Alberta Barley forward,” says Sawyer. “Our organization has made significant strides in the last year, including the finalization of two new barley breeding agreements that will ensure a continuous supply of new barley varieties to Alberta farmers.”

“I look forward to my second year as vice-chair at a time of increasing demand for barley, both domestically and in international markets,” says McAllister. “We continue to develop stronger relationships with end use customers in a province where over half of Canada’s barley crop is grown.”

Sawyer replaces former chair Dave Bishop who ends his second term as a director for region one, and after two years of serving as chair. Bishop has been a longstanding and valued board member for six years, contributing to the strategic direction and integration of the management teams of Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission. Over the years, Bishop has been a member of many of Alberta Barley’s committees and numerous external organizations including the Grain Growers of Canada, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) and the CN Rail Advisory Council, amongst others.

“It has been a great pleasure to serve Alberta barley growers in the capacity that I have over the years,” says Bishop. “I have a deep-rooted passion for agriculture and ensuring that the farmer voice is heard. I am excited for the new members to step in and provide fresh insights on leading Alberta Barley forward.”

The AGM also marked the start of Sean Stanford’s first term as a director, replacing Dave Bishop from region one. Additionally, Roy Newman replaces Jeff Nielsen as Alberta Barley’s region two director and Bernie Klammer replaces Terry James as a director-at-large. Alberta Barley thanks Nielsen and James for their years of contributions to the organization.

Nielsen has represented Alberta farmers in many capacities, most recently as president of Grain Growers of Canada. James has chaired the research and policy committees of Alberta Barley and served as the commission’s representative on the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF).

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Media Contact:

Erin Tateson
Interim Communications Manager
Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

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