Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) will be tasked with guiding Alberta’s agriculture research priorities to ensure they reflect the needs of farmers, ranchers and others in the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit RDAR’s site

Interim board

Results Driven Agriculture Research will be led by a board elected by farmers through their respective marketing boards and commissions. An interim board has been appointed to help start up the organization.

Dr. David Chalack, Interim Chair

A veterinarian from the Calgary-Cochrane area and a Canadian Agriculture Hall of Famer, Dr. Chalack has held numerous chair positions, including the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, and is the former president and Chairman of the Calgary Stampede. Dr. Chalack has extensive international experience in his roles at Alta Genetics Inc.

Brian Otto

Brian, a fourth-generation farmer, is the past chair of the Barley Council of Canada and has sat on numerous boards as director, including the Alberta Barley Commission and the Western Grains Research Foundation.

Kelly Smith-Fraser

Current chair of Alberta Beef Producers, former president of the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association and operator of the NuHaven Cattle Company, Kelly comes from a long line of beef producers.

Matt Sawyer

A passionate promoter of agriculture as a business and way of life, Matt farms a mixed grain and cattle operation just west of Acme and is currently a director with Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and a past chair of Alberta Barley Commission.

Melissa Downing

A fifth-generation family farmer raising cattle near Metiskow, Melissa is also a provincial co-ordinator with the Verified Beef Production Plus program and has previously worked with Spring Creek Ranch Premium Beef and Highland Feeders.

Nichole Neubauer

As owner and operator of Neubauer Farms, a mixed farming operation outside Medicine Hat, Nichole has received the BMO Farm Family Award and the Century Farm Award. She also hosts the Growing Minds on-farm agriculture education program.

Dr. Stanford Blade

Dr. Blade has been the Dean of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences since 2014, and served on multiple agriculture boards and the University of Alberta Senate.

Tom Steve

General Manager of Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley commissions, Tom has held senior positions in the grain industry, government and media.

Vance Yaremko

Vance is the executive director of Smoky River Applied Research and Demonstration Association (SARDA), and has held a variety of roles in the agriculture industry.

Interim CEO and Research Director

Dr. Gerald Hauer, Interim CEO

Gerald is the former executive director of the Livestock and Crops Research Branch with Agriculture and Forestry, former Chief Provincial Veterinarian, worked in private veterinary practice in rural Alberta and much more.

Clinton Dobson, Interim Research Director

Clinton is the former director of Agriculture and Forestry’s Innovation Agriculture Grant section and former research manager with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency.


  • April to September 2020

    Establish the organization, its grant agreement, review processes and more.

  • October to December 2020

    Finalize research agenda, receive and review proposals, begin granting funds.

  • January to March 2021

    Transition to a permanent board of directors, chair, CEO and research director.