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Champions of Agriculture

Agriculture industry advisory committee

A volunteer-based advisory committee to provide strategic advice and recommendations on opportunities to promote unbiased and science-based information about Alberta’s agriculture sector.


The Agriculture Industry Advisory Committee is made up of a range of industry stakeholders who will provide strategic advice, review activities and make recommendations on future opportunities and emerging issues.

Committee members

This committee reflects the broad scope of Alberta’s agriculture industry.

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    Jill Harvie

    Committee co-chair and owner/operator of Harvie Ranching

    Jill ranches with her husband, Cole, and their daughters near Olds, Alberta. Harvie Ranching runs 250 purebred polled Hereford and Charolais cattle, holds an annual bull sale and specializes in genetic exports globally.

    Jill and Cole have had the honour of judging the national breed shows in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark and the first national Hereford show in France. Jill has worked in the Canadian beef industry in animal health policy development and public relations and recently her passion for agriculture can be seen through her new podcast called Food Careers.

    Jill received a bachelor of applied science in agribusiness at Olds College and a diploma in agriculture in animal science from the University of Guelph.

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    Nichole Neubauer

    Committee co-chair and owner/operator of Neubauer Farms

    Established in 1910, Neubauer Farms grow grains, oilseeds and pulses on both irrigated and dryland acres in Southeast Alberta. Mark and Nichole Neubauer also produce dry forage and manage the native pasture that sustains their cow/calf operation.

    Since 2005, the Neubauer’s have proudly welcomed more than 20,000 students to their farm to provide an authentic, hands-on opportunity for children to learn all about where their food comes from.

    In 2016, the Neubauer’s were recognized as the BMO Farm Family of the Year and in 2017, they received the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award. Nichole currently serves on the Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Education Task Force and is an interim board member with Results Driven Agriculture Research.

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    Allison Ammeter

    Chair, Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta and farmer

    Allison and her husband of 30 years, Michael, operate a third-generation grain farm near Sylvan Lake, Alberta, cropping a rotation of canola, wheat, barley, faba beans and peas, practicing minimum tillage and using variable rate seeding technology.

    Allison is a director and past-chair of Alberta Pulse Growers, current chair of Pulse Canada. She served as Canadian Chair of the International Year of Pulses 2016, and is currently chair of the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta and a director with Protein Industries Canada and the Protein Highway initiative.

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    Michael Webb

    Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer for Nutrien

    Mike is responsible for Human Resources, Brand and Culture Communications, Issues Management and Government Relations, as well as Global Facilities at Nutirien.

    Mike moved to Canada in 2010 following a 20-year career in the Asia Pacific region. He started in Hong Kong in financial services having worked for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.

    In 2010, he became an International Executive for HSBC and moved to Vancouver to assume responsibility as Senior Vice President, HR for Canada before moving to Agrium in 2014.

    Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from William Jewell College in Missouri in 1990. He has also served on a number of non-profit Boards the most recent being the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Society.

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    Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell

    Senior sustainability manager, Cargill Protein – North America

    Jeffrey is a Senior Sustainability Manager with Cargill Protein – North America. In his role Jeffrey leads the development and execution of strategic sustainability initiatives with businesses, customers and other external stakeholders that drive progress in key sustainability impact areas and delivers value to our customers and commercial teams. In particular, Jeffrey leads targeted sustainability efforts with McDonald’s, Walmart as well as Cargill’s certified sustainable beef program. He works closely with key customers, producers, NGOs and other industry stakeholders to develop and support industry-wide sustainability solutions in the North American agriculture value chain.

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    Jean-Marc Ruest

    Senior vice-president, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel, Richardson International Limited

    Jean-Marc joined Richardson International Limited in 2002 and is currently Richardson’s senior vice-president, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel. In this role, he manages all legal affairs for Richardson International and its subsidiaries and is also responsible for general corporate affairs.

    Jean-Marc has been actively involved in Canadian agricultural policy matters. He is currently the chair of Cereals Canada and of the Western Grain Elevators Association and past chair of the Canada Grains Council. He is also a board member of the Canadian International Grains Institute and of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity.

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    Gary Stanford

    Grain farmer and past chair, Alberta Wheat Commission

    Former Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) chair and region one director Gary Stanford farms near Magrath and has extensive experience on grain commission boards provincially and nationally.

    Gary was part the AWC board since its inception in 2012. Previous to that, Gary was a board member with the Alberta Winter Wheat Producer Commission and the Grain Growers of Canada. Gary’s interest in agriculture policy has been the driving force behind his many years of involvement with provincial and national grain commissions.

    Gary grew up on farm near Cardston and attended Lethbridge College where he took agricultural studies. In 1980 Gary and his wife Diane where they still farm with their two sons. In 2018, the Stanford Family received the BMOM Farm Family Award.