Board of Directors

Board of Directors

UFA is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors who direct the affairs of the co-operative in the best interests of members. Our board includes active farmers and ranchers, as well as business experts with a broad range of experience and expertise.

Directors are elected by current directors and delegates at the annual general meeting to serve a three-year term. The board chair is elected annually by the board of directors. 

 

Kevin Hoppins

Kevin Hoppins

Board Chair

Elected to the board: 2013

Kevin Hoppins

Kevin Hoppins

Board Chair

Elected to the board: 2013

A delegate for eight years and advisory council member for 10, I became a director to continue to be involved in the growth and diversity of UFA. I am always finding ways to apply my forward-thinking and passion for agriculture to benefit the board and members it serves. In 2012, as Chairman of the DRC, I attended the International Summit of Co-operatives in Quebec City representing my fellow delegates. I firmly believe in the importance of the co-operative model and how to work with the interest of others in mind.

I grew up on the family farm west of Huxley. I attended Olds College and received a diploma in Agriculture Mechanics and Agriculture Business. As a fourth generation farmer, both my wife, Elizabeth, and I feel strongly about our responsibility to agriculture and rural life.

Additionally, I have been involved in our local recreation board, Ag Service Board, Fire Department, Communities in Bloom, youth program leader at Goldeye Center and Friends of Tro-Val Society member.

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James Bettcher

James Bettcher

Elected to the board: 2014

James Bettcher

James Bettcher

Elected to the board: 2014

After serving as a delegate for nine years, I became a director to take my passion for co-operatives to the next level. UFA is an agricultural co-operative and I want to make sure agriculture remains our priority. I have seen the past challenges UFA has faced, and I want to be here to use my proactive and common-sense approach to business to set the course for UFA’s future.

I began my career after I attended Olds College and received a diploma in agriculture. I have been active in the industry for 40 years and along with my wife and son, we own and operate a second generation farm specializing in irrigated crops and purebred cattle. As President of the Badland Hills Cattle Grazing Association for 10 years, I have helped secure lease/management agreements and irrigation development, and was recently hired as Executive Director in charge of operations for the Association.

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Cindy Bjorklund

Cindy Bjorklund

Elected to the board: 2017

Cindy Bjorklund

Cindy Bjorklund

Elected to the board: 2017

I have a lifelong passion for farming, business, education and community. I grew up on a mixed farm and was very active in the farm operations. I went on to the University of Alberta and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree. In the years since, I have been an instructor in the public school system as well as at a post-secondary institution.

My husband and I have been farming since 1993, raising, showing and selling purebred Angus cattle. We’ve raised three sons on the farm and they were all involved in 4-H and a variety of sports. I’ve been a 4-H leader and involved in a variety of livestock, sport and community associations. I’ve also been the owner/manager/bookkeeper of several small businesses.

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Donald Cormack

Donald Cormack

Elected to the board: 2018

Donald Cormack

Donald Cormack

Elected to the board: 2018

I am strongly committed to sustaining and supporting the agricultural business in Alberta and the prairies. Although a professional accountant, I grew up in rural Saskatchewan where my spare time was spent helping on family farms. I also own a quarter section of land which is used in the much larger ranching operation of my brother-in-law just south of Calgary.

Currently, I am a Corporate Director of Calgary International Airport Authority, Petrus Resources Ltd. and a small private oil and gas start-up. I am a retired Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers who specialized in the oil and gas industry and supported a diverse group of companies across various industries for over 35 years. I have extensive financial accounting and reporting experience with both private and public companies of all sizes covering regulatory compliance, risk management, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate restructuring, internal controls and governance in Canada and the U.S. Currently, I am a director of the Calgary Police Foundation and past director of The Calgary Foundation and Alberta Health Services. I am a Chartered Accountant (CA, CPA), a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors Program (ICD.D) and have a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

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Terry Gunter

Terry Gunter

Elected to the board: 2022

Terry Gunter

Terry Gunter

Elected to the board: 2022

Terry Gunter is an experienced global Fortune 100 business manager. He started his veterinary career in private practice in South Africa focused on optimizing dairy and beef production. From there he pursued a global career in the research and development of veterinary medicines for an international pharmaceutical company. Terry brings a wealth of experience having chaired professional and industry associations including the Canadian Animal Health Institute and the Canadian Vaccines Industry Committee where he worked with provincial and federal government ministers and politicians advocating for initiatives like trade and medicine distribution.   He transitioned into marketing and general management and has significant experience in managing complex organizations across varied geographies and cultures. Terry is well versed in general management, financial management and strategic planning.

His roots are in agriculture and animal production with close ties to ranchers and farmers around the world.  Terry is pleased to join the UFA family.

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Harvey Hagman

Harvey Hagman

Elected to the board: 2013

Harvey Hagman

Harvey Hagman

Elected to the board: 2013

I grew up on a family farm in Lac Ste. Anne County where I live with my wife, Mary Ann. I operate Hagman Cattle Co. Ltd., a 3,500 acre beef and grain farm, together with my son. I have been a delegate for five years and I became a director to use my agricultural business background to help advance UFA as an industry-leader.

I have served in organizations at the local, provincial and national levels, including being a member of the Farm Safety Advisory Council and providing guidance to the Alberta Minister of Agriculture. I understand the challenges that agricultural producers face and the various services they require from UFA.

I have chaired a sub-committee that developed a foreign animal disease plan for the Alberta cattle industry. I was also active with the Mayerthorpe Kinsmen for over 20 years and my family was involved in economic development committees for the Town of Mayerthorpe and the Grande Alberta Economic Region. I am a big supporter of co-operatives and enjoy being active in local community groups.

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Rick Hansen

Rick Hansen

Elected to the board: 2013

Rick Hansen

Rick Hansen

Elected to the board: 2013

I became a director following eight years as a delegate with UFA. During this time, I have taken on new challenges and learned a lot about co-operatives. I believe in the vision and values of UFA and I want to do my part to ensure UFA remains a relevant and a successful co-operative.

I am a third generation family farmer in the Blackie/Frankberg area. We concentrate solely on grain, pulse and oilseed production and marketing, but I have also raised cattle, hogs and chickens over the 30 years I have been in the industry. I am married to my high school sweetheart, AnneMarie, and we have three children and one grandchild. I am preparing the next generation to continue the family farm, as UFA members.

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Harold Haugen

Harold Haugen

Elected to the board: 2015

Harold Haugen

Harold Haugen

Elected to the board: 2015

I have lived and farmed near Lougheed, Alberta, all of my life. In addition to serving on numerous boards, I was a UFA delegate for five years. During that time I served on the Democratic Structure Review, was chairman of the first nominating committee and sat on the finance committee.

I am a believer in and understand the co-operative model. UFA has and can continue to be a leader among co-operatives. My passion for sharing the principles of co-operatives with youth is fueled by my involvement with Goldeye and their youth programs.

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Patricia Henderson

Patricia Henderson

Elected to the board: 2017

Patricia Henderson

Patricia Henderson

Elected to the board: 2017

Patricia (Trish) Henderson has been involved in all aspects of her family’s mixed farming operation for three decades. Along with her husband and their two children, she runs a small purebred cow herd in Central Alberta.

Henderson earned a degree in Agriculture Business Management from the University of Alberta and for nine years held a variety of roles at Farm Credit Canada, experiencing agriculture across the country. After starting a family, she shared her expertise on a contract basis for clients such as Farm Credit Canada, Certified Angus Beef, ITS Global, and individual farm businesses.

Elected to the UFA board of directors in 2017, Henderson has served on the Audit, Governance, and Nominating Committees and completed numerous corporate and cooperative governance courses. In 2020, she was appointed to the Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council where she now serves as Governance Committee Chair.

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Matt Sawyer

Matt Sawyer

Elected to the board: 2021

Matt Sawyer

Matt Sawyer

Elected to the board: 2021

I am a fourth-generation farmer and together with my wife, Tara, and our three children Emmett, Cassidy and Quin, we operate a grain farm west of Acme.

I have served as a UFA delegate and farmer representative since 2015, a position that has allowed me to advocate for member interests while also collaborating on the government relations committee. My passion for UFA is about ensuring it remains a strong, viable business partner for our members and customers.

I believe strongly in ag-vocating for our industry and bridging the urban/rural gap is a family passion. I have extensive experience leading agriculture organizations and advancing international trade. In 2011, we were awarded Alberta's Outstanding Young Farmers award for our sustainable production, business practices and environmental stewardship. Last fall, we participated in Crop Life Canada's web docu-series "RealFarmLives.ca", which showcased a typical family farm and how companies like UFA help with crop protection products. I was asked by Alberta's Minister of Agriculture and Forestry to sit as a director on the newly created RDAR (Results Driven Ag Research) board; its mandate is to support Alberta's agriculture and food sectors in achieving their full potential through producer led strategic investments in research and innovation. In 2020, I was also asked to join the Alberta Agriculture Economic Recovery Team, providing insight and a strategic action plan for Alberta's economic recovery directly to the Government of Alberta.

As a UFA director, I am committed to ensuring the long-term success of our co­operative by building on its rich history, while looking to the future, and ultimately helping to make the best decisions for our members and customers.

Giving back to the communities we serve will always be a priority. I am active in my community, coaching school sports, sitting on community boards and as a member of Acme Elk Lodge #216. Along with advocating for our industry, I also have the passion, the experience, and the drive to ensure that the communities where our members live and work, continue to thrive. 

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Jennifer Wood

Jennifer Wood

Elected to the board: 2022

Jennifer Wood

Jennifer Wood

Elected to the board: 2022

Jennifer is a professional agrologist, holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture Business Management from the University of Alberta and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (University of Toronto). She has also completed studies in Negotiation and Leadership (Harvard Law School) as well as Governance Essentials for Directors of Not for Profits (Institute of Corporate Directors).

She is an accomplished C-suite executive primarily focused on the livestock industry. She has gained experience in founding (raising equity), operating, mergers and acquisitions, and ultimately exiting several Agribusinesses inclusive of the development, commercialization, and scalability of technology in the Ag Sector.

Jennifer’s entrepreneurial leadership has been recognized by various organizations. She is a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award; Report on Business, Top 40 under 40; Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Prairie Region; and the University of Alberta Alumni Horizon Award. Jennifer’s passions extend beyond agriculture, having been honored with the Citizenship Award for commitment and contribution to improving the health and well-being of Canada’s children and youth. She was among the first group of business leaders featured on the Nationally aired CBC series Dragons Den.

She remains committed to sharing her expertise by providing valuable insight, governance, and leadership to a variety of private, public, and not-for-profit Boards.

Jennifer was elected to the UFA Co-operative Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting held on March 18, 2022. Please welcome Jennifer to the UFA family.

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Henry Vos

Henry Vos

Elected to the board: 2016

Henry Vos

Henry Vos

Elected to the board: 2016

I have a long history in agriculture in the Peace River country, producing grain and pedigreed seed. Our farm began in partnership with my wife and is now transitioning to the next generation. In addition to the farm, I have had numerous successful business interests including a retail farm supply company, a research company, and I was a founding member and director of Canterra Seeds.

I have an agriculture degree from the University of Alberta and a degree in Corporate Governance from McMaster University.

I spent five years as a director with the Canadian Wheat Board and served on the audit, finance and risk and governance committees. Serving on the boards of numerous companies and organizations including Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, Fairview College and the Canadian Internal Grains Institute has provided me with valuable experience in board governance.

I am using this knowledge and experience to contribute to UFA.

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