| ||At its inaugural Annual General Meeting on January 28, 2013, the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Canada’s first and only provincial all-wheat commission, announced its 2013 Board of Directors, including new Chair Kent Erickson of Irma (Region 3) and new Vice-Chair, Henry Vos of Fairview (Region 5).
“I’m honoured to take on the chairmanship of the Alberta Wheat Commission in what is a defining time for our industry,” says Erickson. “Alberta’s wheat farmers are affected as much as any by the economic climate and our role as a producer-led organization is to invest in and advance the research, market development and leadership initiatives that will allow them to deliver to their full potential.”
Erickson and Vos are joined on the Board by the following Directors:
- Lynn Jacobson, Enchant
- Gary Stanford, Magrath
- Ron Nerland, Morrin
- Kevin Auch, Carmangay
- Ron Kuhn, Fort Saskatchewan
- Greg Porozni, Mundare
As a producer-funded, producer-governed commission, the AWC’s mandate is to increase the long term profitability of Alberta's wheat farmers through funding innovative research, market development and promotional activities, producer education programs, and policy development. The organization is now well-positioned to take on challenges and address opportunities in new open grain market.
- Kevin Bender, Bentley (elected by acclamation at the AGM)
Erickson sees tremendous opportunities ahead for the organization. As they prepare for the coming year, and with the new Board of Directors at the helm, he is confident in the AWC’s ability to deliver value to Alberta’s wheat producers.
“I would like to personally thank my fellow Directors for the leadership, vision and time commitment that they have already given to this new commission,” adds Erickson. “We’ve established a solid foundation. Now we are going to work even harder to ensure the wheat industry stays competitive, profitable and innovative in the long term.”
The AWC is a producer-directed organization that represents the interests of and serves as the single voice for all of Alberta’s wheat producers. Visit the new AWC website.
General manager, AWC