Todd Hames is the new chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission while Hannah Konschuh will continue in her current role as vice-chair.
“We have seen a particularly challenging year with the difficult harvest, low prices and market uncertainty,” said Hames, who farms 4,900 acres near Marwayne. “It’s during these times that I’m most proud to serve on AWC’s board so we can continue working toward a stronger and more profitable future for farmers.”
Hames has served on the board of Alberta Canola and was an Alberta rep on the Canadian Canola Growers Association board, including two years as president. After becoming an Alberta Wheat director in 2018 he represented AWC on the Cereals Canada board.
Hames takes over from Gary Stanford, one of organization’s founding directors.
“Looking back on when the commission first began, I’m extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished from building our research portfolio to a total of more than $16.5 million invested in projects since inception, to the political progress we’ve made on files like rail transportation reform, to the ground we’ve gained with our global customers,” said Stanford.
Three new directors have also joined the board: Dave Bartlett (Fairview) and Greg Sears (Sexsmith), both representing Region 5, and Dean Hubbard (Claresholm), representing Region 1. Hubbard’s position is subject to marketing council approval since he was nominated by the board to fill a vacant position following the Next Level Farming regional meetings in November.
– With staff files