Responsibilities

The Farm Implement Board is a provincial council reporting to the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and is established under the Farm Implement and Dealerships Act.

The legislated powers and duties of this public council include:

  • holding appeals dealing with license refusals, cancellations or suspensions
  • holding hearings dealing with the applications for compensation for loss arising from breach of a sale agreement, lease or lease-purchase agreements, etc.
  • setting aside levies and setting assessment provisions for such funds
  • carrying out any duties set by the regulations
  • notifying the minister of any levies, assessments and unpaid penalties

Governance

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Membership

The Farm Implement Board consists of 7 members:

  • one member appointed by the Minister
  • one member appointed by the Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA) or its successor organization
  • one member appointed by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) or its successor organization
  • one member appointed by the Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC) or its successor organization
  • three members appointed by the Board from nominations submitted by enumerated farm commodity groups

Current membership

Brian Chomlak Chair, Farmer Member
Vacant Vice Chair, Farmer Member
Remi Cyr Farmer Member
Vacant Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) - Canada
Trevor Jubenville Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC)
Cameron Kay Western Equipment Dealers Association
Terry Murray Minister's Representative

Procedures for hearings

Any person who has purchased a new or used farm implement, as defined in the Farm Implement and Dealership Act and Regulation (the Act and Regulation) may make an Application for Compensation subject to Section 37.

The Board is bound by the duty of procedural fairness under section 35 of the Act. The Board is also required under section 38(2) to provide the affected parties with the opportunity to make submissions. In order to facilitate a fair hearing, with full opportunity to make submissions to the Board, the following process applies to hearings before the Board:

1. The Chairman will call the hearing to order, make introductions of the Board members, government staff, and all involved parties.
2. The Chairman will ask if there are any preliminary jurisdictional or procedural matters. These will be heard and determined by the Board.
3. The claimant will present the claimant's case first.
4. The respondents will be given an opportunity to ask questions of the claimant or any witnesses called by the claimant.
5. The respondents will then have an opportunity to present their case.
6. The claimant will be given an opportunity to ask questions of the respondent or any witnesses called by the respondent.
7. The chairman and board members will ask questions for clarification, and may require more information if necessary.
8. Both claimant and respondents will be given reasonable opportunity for rebuttal, discussion, and to make submissions to the Board.
9. After all parties have completed their cases, the chairman will adjourn the hearing.
10. A written decision will be provided to all parties within 15 days of the conclusion of the hearing.

Contact

Connect with the Farm Implement Board by contacting the Farmers’ Advocate Office:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-3913
Email: farmers.advocate@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Farmers' Advocate Office (FAO)
Suite 100, 7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6