Meet the Farmers’ and Property Rights Advocate

The advocate represents Albertans’ interests in government policy.

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Farmers’ and Property Rights Advocate Offices


In October 2020, the Farmers' Advocate Office (FAO) merged with the Property Rights Advocate Office (PRAO) to form the new Farmers’ and Property Rights Advocate Offices (FPRAO). Staff from both offices work under the advocate.

Peter J. Dobbie, Farmer's Advocate for Alberta

Peter J. Dobbie, K.C.

Farmers' and Property Rights Advocate of Alberta

Peter J. Dobbie has been in the role of Farmers’ Advocate for Alberta since April, 2012 and was appointed as the Property Rights Advocate in January, 2020. He brings to these positions many years of relevant experience as a lawyer and resident of rural Alberta.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.

For more than 20 years, Peter was a Vegreville based partner in a large Alberta law firm and carried on the practice of law advising farmers and agribusinesses in financing, purchase, sale, leasing, surface rights, dispute resolution, succession planning and estate administration matters, giving him direct knowledge of and experience with agricultural issues and challenges and related laws and regulations. He has authored and presented several articles and seminars on agricultural law related topics for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.

A very involved parent and citizen, Peter also has many years of experience as a volunteer with organizations including the Rotary Club of Vegreville, the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, the Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce, Regional Economic Development Board and as a Commission Member on the 2009-10 Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission.


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Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Farmers’ Advocate Office
Toll free: 310-FARM (3276) (in Alberta)
Phone: 403-742-7901 (outside Alberta)
Email: [email protected] or Ask us a question online

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Property Rights Advocate Office
Phone: 780-638-3265
Email: [email protected]

Mailing address:
J.G. O'Donoghue Building
Farmers' and Property Rights Advocate Offices (FPRAO)
7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6