Alberta Lamb Producers Annual General Meeting November 19, 2022
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Alberta Lamb Producers Annual General Meeting Results
The Alberta Lamb Producers held its 2022 Annual General Meeting on Saturday November 19, 2022 where we saw 62 producers and guests in attendance (both in-person at the Agriculture Centre in Airdrie and virtually on Zoom).
ALP's Chair, Brittany Albers started the meeting with warm remarks, board introductions and also highlighted important industry stakeholders who were in attendance on our call. Brittany also reviewed ALP’s revised mission and vison along with the newly created values for the organization.
The ALP business meeting followed with Director Acclamation and Director in Training speeches. There were three Director-at-large positions open on the 2022/23 ALP board. Three eligible producers submitted valid nominations forms before the July 31, 2022 deadline to be entered as candidates in the 2022 election. As we received three valid nomination forms for the three Director-at-large positions, no election needs to be held this year. ALP is pleased to announce that Jordan Allen, Jolene Airth and Rick Cromarty, whom were all nominated by producers, were acclaimed at the AGM. ALP was also pleased to announce that Raelene Schulmeister fulfilled the vacant Director-in-Training position.
Following the new Director and Director in Training speeches, was Shannon Troke from King & Company Chartered Accountants, reviewing the 2021/22 financial statements, ALP Finance Chair Judy Buck, presented the 2022/23 budget with Brittany Albers (Chair), Emilie WIlson (Vice-Chair), and Executive Director, Ashley Scott, presenting the ALP activity update.
ALP Chair, Brittany Albers presented information on the proposed bylaw amendment for ALP. A motion was made followed by a producer vote for the approval of the ALP bylaw amendment.
Motion: To accept the proposed ALP bylaw amendment as presented (section 28 of the bylaws be amended to reflect that terms will be staggered by electing 4 directors in one year and 3 directors in the following year).
Motion: Ryan Greir
Seconded: Cindy Crawford
Votes For: 39
Votes Against: 0
Vote Abstain: 1
To submit a resolution for discussion at this year’s AGM, eligible Alberta Lamb Producers needed to complete our resolution form and submit it to the ALP office by September 15, 2022. Proposed resolutions would not be accepted past this deadline or from the floor at the virtual AGM.
Brent McEwan, the General Manager of Marketing Council presented the preliminary results of the Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP) service charge model plebiscite. Final results of the plebiscite will be official once the last day to contest the plebiscite has passed - 15 business days after the announcement of preliminary results. The last day to contest the plebiscite is December 9, 2022, in accordance with the ALP Plebiscite Directive.
The ALP plebiscite was held between October 18, 2022 and November 16, 2022 (at noon) on the question of service charge model of the ALP.
There was no set voting criteria established for this plebiscite, therefore, the criteria is set at 50% + 1 of votes cast.
The results of the plebiscites show most producers that voted, were in favour of the status quo, a refundable service charge model for ALP. The numerical results are highlighted below.
- Number of votes cast electronically = 118
- Number of votes submitted by mail-in ballot = 137
- Total number of votes submitted = 255
- Number of votes for a non-refundable service charge model = 105 (41.7%)
- Number of votes for status quo (refundable service charge model) = 147 (58.3%)
- Mail-in ballots rejected = 3
- Participation Rate = 15.38%
- The directive required a report from the Deputy Returning Officer of any potential anomalies or errors that may have arisen during the electronic voting process and given that there were none, the tabulation is final.
- Formal letters will be sent to key officials (Minister and the ALP Chair) following the date to contest the plebiscite (December 9th).
- The preliminary results of the plebiscite will be posted to Marketing Council’s website (by November 28th ).
- Official results will be shared once the date to contest the plebiscite has passed (December 9th).
- Given the results of the vote are for the status quo, refundable service charge model, there will be no change to the current service charge structure or regulations.
ALP also extends a sincere thank-you to outgoing director and board Chair, Brittany Albers, who completed her first term and for her dedication, leadership, time and efforts while serving on the board.
The AGM is only one evening - we want to hear from you throughout the year! ALP is YOUR producer organization. Communicating with directors and staff will ensure you are getting the most from your check-off dollars. If you ever have concerns, comments, tips on what we can do better - or just want to say hello - please feel free to contact the directors or the office for a chat. Director and staff contact information is available on the ALP website and in every N'ewesletter.
Why one AGM?
This 2018 AGM replaced the Zone Meetings that were previously held around the province. The ALP Board initiated these changes in 2016 and producers voted on them at the 2016 Zone Meetings. Previously, ALP hosted 5-7 Zone Meetings every fall throughout the province. Each Zone Meeting came at a cost of approximately $3000 and producer attendance at these meetings steadily decreased to the situation where sometimes there was not quorum (which was 7 eligible producers). With decreased access to government funding, the ALP Board seriously examined whether spending $3000 on seven eligible producers was an effective use of producer check-off. Holding one AGM allows us to bring in more speakers on more topics of interest to producers. ALP will move this AGM to different areas of the province each year. Directors are always available on the phone or email to discuss any concerns that producers have at any time of the year.