The Government of Alberta is introducing new legislation that will impact Alberta producers. Bill 26 also known as the Farm Freedom and Safety Act (FFSA) changes current employment, workers compensation coverage, and occupational health and safety requirements for producers. The following guide will serve as an overview of how these changes will impact you.
Elections for the ALP executive and committee positions were held on November 22, 2019 during the first in-person Board meeting following the 2019 AGM. Elections results were:
Chair: Ryan Greir
Vice-Chair: Brittany Walker
Finance Chair: Karl Denwood
Finance Vice-Chair: Scott Vuylsteke
Ryan Greir, Brittany Walker and Darlene Stein will be representing ALP on the National Sheep Network (NSN).
October 24, 2019 (Alliston, ON) – The National Sheep Network elected a new chair and vice chair at a recent meeting in Ontario. Ryan Greir, from Alberta, will lead the organization in the year ahead as chair with Pierre Lessard from Quebec serving as vice chair. Greir is currently the vice-chair of Alberta Lamb Producers, and farms just east of Strathmore with his wife Janna and son.
“It’s an exciting time to step into the chair position for the National Sheep Network” said Grier, “having finalized a memorandum of understanding with a clear mandate to provide an effective national voice for the business of sheep farming.”
Alberta Lamb Producers held its 2019 Annual General Meeting on October 17 in Red Deer in conjunction with the Alberta Sheep Breeders Association's 50th Anniversary Symposium. We saw 41 producers and guests in attendance.
ALP's Chair, Darlene Stein and Vice-Chair, Ryan Greir, gave warmly received opening remarks. The ALP business meeting followed, with Director Acclamation speeches. There were four Director-At-Large positions open on the 2019/20 ALP board and there were four accepted nomination forms received before the August 31, 2019 deadline to be entered as candidates in the 2019 election. As there were only a sufficient number of accepted nominations to meet the number of positions, no election was held this year. Brittany Walker, Josh Korpan, Nicole Schieck and Scott Vuylsteke were nominated producers and were acclaimed to the board. Following the new Director speeches was Shannon Troke from King & Company Chartered Accountants, reviewing the 2018/19 financial statements, ALP Vice-Finance Chair Karl Denwood, presenting the 2019/20 budget with fellow board members and new Executive Director, Ashley Scott, presenting the ALP activity update (download the 2018/19 Annual Report now).
The Alberta Lamb Producers (ALP) Director-in-Training Program was developed to engage membership and stimulate Board succession planning. A Board appointed eligible producer may participate in ALP Board meetings as a non-voting director to gain exposure to how the ALP Board operates and to become familiar with a number of topics that are critical to the current and future industry.
A Director-in-Training must be an eligible producer as defined by Alberta Lamb Producers Plan Regulations. Producers who are interested in the program should apply by submitting a letter of interest to the ALP office explaining why they might like to be an ALP Board Director. The Board of Directors will consider the application and carry a motion to appoint the producer as a Director in-Training.