Farmer led since 1989
January 23, 2023

Alberta Canola Announces New Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Back Row (L-R) Christi Friesen, Charles Simoneau, Jeannette Andrashewski, Paula Law. Wayne Schneider, Christine McKee, Justin Nanninga, Alan Hampton. Front Row (seated L-R) Andre Harpe, Roger Chevraux, Ian Chitwood. Absent: Cheryl Westman

Alberta Canola is pleased to welcome four new directors to the Board, Christi Friesen from Brownvale, Paula Law from Lacombe, Jeannette Andrashewski from Two Hills, and Cheryl Westman from Vermilion. Friesen will represent Region 1, Law Region 7, Andrashewski region 4, and Westman region 10. 

Following the 33rd Annual General Meeting held on January 17, 2023 in Lethbridge, at the 1st annual Alberta Canola Conference, the Board re-elected both Roger Chevraux of Killam as the Chair, and Ian Chitwood of Airdrie as the Vice Chair.   

“Alberta Canola would like to thank outgoing directors, Dan Doll, John Mayko, Mike Ammeter and Cale Staden for all their hard work over the last six years. Representing Alberta’s canola growers and the different needs of their regions helped the Board exercise good judgement and make sound decisions,” said Roger Chevraux.  “The Board is grateful for their contributions and diverse perspectives.”  


Welcome Louise Labonte

We are excited to welcome Louise Labonte as the new Public Engagement and Promotions Coordinator. She will be filling in for Tara Baycroft who will be away on parental leave. 

Louise’s diverse background as an experienced secondary educator, with a specific focus in CTS, Chemistry and Biology and experience teaching various curriculums will be a great addition to the Alberta Canola team. 

Louise also enjoys horticulture and has experience in running her own landscaping and design company. 

Louise is passionate about educating the next generation and helping them learn more about where their food comes from, including all things relating to agriculture and canola from production, science, and the health benefits associated with it. She also is excited to build connections within the agricultural community and enjoys supporting local organizations to build a stronger community. 

Louise can be reached at  or at 780.934.2263 

Bylaw Development

UPDATE - Alberta Canola Bylaw Development

At Alberta Canola's Annual General Meeting on January 17, Alberta’s canola growers voted to approve the new draft bylaws as presented. Alberta Canola would like to thank Marketing Council staff for their guidance during this process.

The next steps before the Bylaws and new Marketing Plan Regulation come into effect are to gain approval from the Marketing Council board and the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation. 


Alberta Canola's Annual Report 2021-22

Annual Report
Alberta Canola's 2021-22 Annual Report is now available online.

The Annual report includes updates on Alberta Canola's activities and how we are actively engaged with growers, consumers, educators, and governments.

The annual report also includes the audited financial statements for Alberta Canola.
January 2023

Coming Events in January 2023

How to Develop a  Rock Solid Grain Marketing Plan
Tuesday, January 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online, Webinar
In this Farm Management Canada webinar, you will learn how to design a crop marketing strategy targeted to your specific farm’s goals.

2023 FCC Economic Outlook
Tuesday, January 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Online, Webinar

In this session, the FCC Economics team will recap 2022 and present their forecasts of the economic and financial variables that matter most in 2023 for farm operations, food processors and agribusinesses. You’ll also hear from FCC financial experts about using this information to leverage business opportunities and manage financial risk.

2023 Irrigated Crop Production Update
Thursday, January 26 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Lethbridge, Alberta

Come join irrigation farmers and industry at ICPU 2023. Created in collaboration with industry, government and academic partners, Lethbridge College is ready to welcome you to this one-day conference.

Peace Agronomy Update 2023
Monday, January 30 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fairview, Alberta

Join NPARA in-person on Jan. 30th at the Dunvegan Motor Inn (Fairview).Topics: grasshoppers, soil health, crop market, research results from ARAs.

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