Simons Steps Down, Alberta Pork Appoints New Chairman

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Alberta Pork is making changes to its board of directors following the departure of chairman Herman Simons of Tees, Alta. Though recently re-elected in late 2009, Simons, has stepped down for personal reasons.

Vice-chairman Jim Haggins of Calgary has replaced Simons as chairman, and Rocky Morrill of Dawson Creek is the new vice-chairman. The vacant board position occupied by Simons will be filled by an appointment by the board.

“We deeply appreciate the commitment of Herman Simons in his role as Region Two director and chairman over the past few years,” Haggins said in a release. “He has been a leader through some difficult times in our industry and has been a tireless worker on the Revitalization Strategy and other programs being developed by Alberta Pork. We wish Herman and his family well.”

Haggins said the process for replacing a vacant board position is determined by the regulations which do not allow for a byelection and state the board must appoint a new director.

To ensure an open process, Alberta Pork says it is hosting an information meeting on Tuesday, March 16 from 12:30 p. m. to 4:30 p. m. at the Chalet, Westerner Park Grounds in Red Deer. The meeting will include a selection process by which Region Two producers can indicate to the board who they would like to see represent them alongside current Region Two director, John Middel.

More information is available at www.albertapork.comor by calling 1-877-247-7675.

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