Important Changes Proposed to Alberta Lamb Producers Plan Regulation to support Board Governance and Succession
The Alberta Lamb Producers Board of Directors has been working with ALP’s legal counsel on how to ensure ALP’s Board of Directors has a good mix of skilled and experienced directors, while welcoming and mentoring new Board members. This change is critically important as the current term limits and board succession schedule will result in the potential turnover of over five Board Directors at the 2021 Annual General Meeting.
As part of our strategy, ALP is proposing changes to the Alberta Lamb Producers Plan Regulation. This is the regulation that establishes the ALP as a commission and outlines the governance framework and election processes for the Board of Directors. The Plan Regulation also governs many other aspects of the organization.
In order to support board recruitment and succession planning, the following changes are proposed to the Plan Regulation:
What do you think of these proposed changes? We want to hear from you!
Please forward any comments, suggestions, questions or concerns to the ALP prior to July 31, 2021.
Pending feedback from producers and stakeholders, the Board intends to move forward with the proposed Plan Regulation amendments prior to the ALP Annual General Meeting on November 20, 2021.
ALP’s Annual General Meeting
SAVE THE DATE!
All producers are invited to ALP’s 2021 AGM. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ALP is not sure if this will be an in-person or virtual (online) event. More information will be announced as soon as it becomes available and we have more clarity surrounding events/gatherings/restrictions but please mark your calendars!
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location for an in-person event: Olds College, Olds, AB
If we are able to proceed with an in-person event, ALP plans to host a one-day event with a keynote speaker and ALP AGM taking place in the morning and a Meat Quality Workshop in the afternoon. There is no cost associated for eligible producers to attend.
Location for a virtual (online) event: Your home or office (computer or phone access required)
If we are required to move our AGM to a virtual/online setting, it will take place on Saturday, November 20th only. There is no cost associated to attend the AGM.
A reminder that this AGM will replace the Zone Meetings that we previously held around the province. The ALP Board initiated these changes in 2016 and producers voted on them at the 2016 Zone Meetings. Holding one AGM allows us to bring in more speakers on more topics of interest to producers. ALP can 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.
ALP Needs You!
Join the ALP Board of Directors – Fall 2021!
*Nominations are due by July 31, 2021*
Five Director-at-Large positions on the ALP Board will be up for election this fall.
Alberta Lamb Producers is the voice of producers in discussions with industry stakeholders and government. ALP needs a strong Board of Directors to ensure the interests of producers are represented, viable marketing opportunities are developed, and that check-off dollars are spent wisely.
To stand for election, you MUST submit a completed nomination form to the ALP office by July 31, 2021.
There are Five Director-at-Large positions open on the 2021/22 Board. Candidates can be nominated from any region in the province - there no restrictions due to zone or geographical location.
The official ballots for the 2021 ALP Director’s election will be mailed with the fall issue of N’ewesletter. Producers have the option of advance voting by mailing the ballot to the ALP office or of voting in-person at the AGM on November 20th at Old College (depending where we are at with the Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions and group gatherings, please be aware that this could be changed to a virtual format closer to the event date).
What do you need to serve on the ALP Board as a Director?
- No previous board experience is required.
- Must be an eligible sheep producer residing in Alberta (Eligible producers must have paid service charge (check-off) to ALP within the last two years i.e. after Sep 1, 2019).
- Enthusiasm, ideas and a vision for building a strong lamb industry.
- A commitment to collaboration and the ability to work with other board members for the benefit of the industry.
- Ability to make the minimum commitment of 3-4 in-person board meetings, bi-weekly conference calls, and the ability to monitor and respond to emails at least every 48 hours. Per diems and expense reimbursements are provided.
It’s not all work! In addition to contributing to the industry, serving on the Board gives you opportunities for personal growth and skills development, such as making important industry contacts, and obtaining experience in board governance, leadership and project management.
As we approach the post-pandemic reopening of Canadian businesses, the time seemed right to begin what all intend to be a successful, growing collaboration between provincial associations and their collective members.
On March 18, the board of directors of three provinces, (Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec) met in an inaugural townhall to discuss issues of mutual interest and to consider opportunities for enhanced collaboration.
At the December National Sheep Network meeting, Ryan Greir from the Alberta Lamb Producers was acclaimed chair for his second term, and Pierre Lessard from Les Eleveurs d’ovins du Quebec was acclaimed as vice chair.
In March, the NSN held the first ever all directors meeting. All members from each of the provincial boards met for an initial discussion geared at building stronger relationships between the participating organizations and to enhance effectiveness through thoughtful collaboration. A summary report of this meeting will be circulated shortly.