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Alberta Barley nominations open

Sept. 15, 2016 - Alberta Barley is seeking nominations for its farmer-led board of directors and delegate body. There are 20 positions available, including two directors (regions three and four) and one director-at-large (region one, two, three or six). Seventeen spots are available for delegates with at least one opening in five of the six Alberta Barley electoral regions.

“Volunteering your time as a delegate or director is a great opportunity to become involved in shaping Alberta farm policy,” says Mike Ammeter, outgoing chair. Ammeter, a Sylvan Lake-area farmer, proudly served as region three’s director-at-large from 2010-2016 and spent his final two years as the organization’s chair. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Alberta Barley and I’d say to any farmer in Alberta looking to make a difference in their industry, now is the time.”

Region four director Bernie Klammer will also retire alongside Ammeter from the Alberta Barley board of directors after two successive terms.

Any farmers seeking a director or director-at-large position must submit paperwork via fax to Alberta Barley at 403-291-0190 or by email to tbacque@albertabarley.com on or before Oct. 31, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Votes for the director-at-large will be cast at all six regional meetings, tabulated and then announced at the Alberta Barley AGM, Dec. 8 in Banff, AB.

Delegates are nominated and elected from the floor at each regional meeting.

All farmers running for a delegate or a director position must have produced barley in the region they are running for election in and paid a service charge on barley either in the current or previous two crop years, according to Section 17 of the Alberta Barley Plan Regulation. A director-at-large position allows a farmer to be eligible by having grown barley in any area of Alberta.

The following delegates are up for re-election. Delegates serve two-year terms with Alberta Barley.

Region 1 – Glenn Logan, Brian Otto and Greg Stamp

Region 2 – Jamie Christie, David Eaton, Doug McBain, Doug Miller, Doug Robertson, Matt Sawyer and Kenton Ziegler

Region 4 – David Korpan, Charlie Leskiw, Brian McGonigal and John Wozniak

Region 5 – Darrel Hennig and Ken Wagner

Region 6 – Ron Heck

There is one director up for re-election with two additional vacancies. Directors and directors-at-large serve three-year terms with Alberta Barley.

Region 1, 2, 3 or 6 – Vacant (director-at-large)

Region 3 – Jason Lenz (director) 

Region 4 – Vacant (director)

Click here for the director nomination form.

Click here for the director-at-large nomination form.

Background

A nine-person board of directors governs Alberta Barley with six directors representing individual regions and three directors-at-large representing the province’s interests as a whole. Following the annual general meeting each year, the board of directors elects the executive team, which consists of the chair and vice-chair.

A farmer interested in running to be a director must have 10 signatures from fellow farmers in his or her specific region. For a director-at-large vacancy, a person is allowed to collect 10 signatures from farmers anywhere in Alberta. A director and director-at-large position are three-year terms. Documentation must be submitted in person or as a faxed copy to Alberta Barley at 403-291-0190.

If more than one person is nominated for a vacant position, an election will be held at regional meetings. Votes for regional directors will be tabulated and announced at the regional meetings while votes for the director-at-large will be tabulated and announced at the December 2016 annual general meeting. This year’s annual general meeting takes place at the Banff Springs Hotel, Dec. 8, 2016.