Shared Management Structure For Alberta Barley & Alberta Wheat Commission

96.5 CKFM spoke to Alberta Barley Chairman Jason Lenz about a variety of topics including the recent announcement regarding the decision to move forward with the Alberta Wheat Commission on a shared management team.

Following a four-month trial period, Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission agreed in January to move forward with a shared management structure.
Jason Lenz, Alberta Barley Chair & Region Three Director, says for them in particular it will mean some cost savings on the administration front.


He says it is a joint management team in an office that they have shared for over four years now.
He notes the Alberta Barley commission continues to have a focus on research and market development. According to Lenz, things are running along very smoothly as they move through the first couple months of 2018.


Meanwhile, Lenz says last month's signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to create a Calgary-Olds Smart Agri-Food Corridor is just another example some of the real good work taking place at Olds College.


He says Alberta Barley has been following the on-going North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) discussions very closely.


Lenz believes the revised Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal that Canada and the 10 other remaining countries agreed to last month has huge potential for the barley industry.


Lenz notes that during the next phase of the new structure, an operating model will be formalized that will see the shared management team serve both the Alberta Wheat and Barley boards.
Tom Steve will serve as General Manager of both the Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat commissions and lead the transition to a new operating model reporting to their boards.



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