Alberta Lamb Producers Annual General Meeting November 20, 2021
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ALP's AGM & Election Results
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and health restrictions put in place in September 2021, the Alberta Lamb Producers held its 2021 Annual General Meeting virtually, on Saturday November 20, 2021 where we saw 32 producers and guests in attendance.
ALP's Chair, Ryan Greir started the meeting with warm remarks, board introductions and also highlighted important industry stakeholders who were in attendance on our call. Ryan Greir then introduced our keynote speaker, Dr. Lynn Tait, who opened up the meeting with a presentation on Techniques for Managing Breeding in Sheep. This presentation provided an overview of the options available for breeding synchronization, out of season and transitional period breeding and management of both the ewes and rams required to achieve success.
The ALP business meeting followed with Director Acclamation speeches. There were five Director-at-large positions open on the 2021/22 ALP board. Three eligible producers submitted valid nominations forms before the July 31, 2021 deadline to be entered as candidates in the 2021 election. As we only received three valid nomination forms for the five Director-at-large positions, no election was needed to be held this year. ALP is pleased to announce that Emilie Rowe, Nicole Schieck and Richard Boscher, whom were all nominated by producers, were acclaimed at the AGM.
Due to Alberta Lamb Producers Plan Regulation AR 263/2001, s. 34 Election of directors, it is clear that the authority for nominations is to be once a year, so an additional call for nominations in the 2020 calendar year, is not aligned with the regulation. Subsection (9) states that if the position is vacant (after following the nomination process), the Commission must in accordance with section 20, move forward with filling the position by appointing from among eligible producers. ALP followed due process for nominations and would be adhering to our regulation by appointing as per s. 20 of the regulation, to fill the two vacant positions.
ALP has two Interim Director-at-large positions available and now that they AGM is over, we are already actively recruiting to fill the positions, as per our Plan Regulation.
Following the new Director speeches, was Shannon Troke from King & Company Chartered Accountants, reviewing the 2020/21 financial statements, ALP Finance Chair Karl Denwood, presented the 2021/22 budget with Ryan Greir (Chair), Brittany Walker (Vice-Chair), and Executive Director, Ashley Scott, presenting the ALP activity update.
ALP Chair, Ryan Greir presented information on the proposed draft bylaws for ALP. A motion was made followed by a producer vote for the approval of the final draft bylaws.
Motion: To accept the ALP draft bylaws as presented. Seconded.
Votes For: 18
Votes Against: 0
Vote Abstain: 2
To submit a resolution for discussion at this year’s AGM, eligible Alberta Lamb Producers needed to complete our resolution form and submit it to the ALP office by September 15, 2021. Proposed resolutions would not be accepted past this deadline or from the floor at the virtual AGM.
ALP received two, proposed resolutions. Please see the submissions below, with details about the proposed resolution.
Proposed Resolution 1: Alberta Lamb Producers to approach Canadian Sheep Federation to establish alternate retail outlets for CSIP tags.
Details about proposed resolution: CCWG having such a monopoly on the distribution of CSIP tags is not in the best interest of lamb producers. Tags should be readily accessible to all producers at a local retail level, producers should not have to rely on mail order. It should be modeled after CCIA; a more progressive system. Two examples of outlets are CO-OP and UFA.
Votes For: 5
Votes Against: 16
Vote Abstain: 0
Proposed Resolution 2: ALP to change the distribution of the quarterly N’ewesletter back to printing hard copies of all 4 editions and mailing them out to all eligible Alberta Lamb Producers.
Details about proposed resolution: I fully believe there are Alberta Lamb Producers that do not have a computer or even an email address. So online copies do not even get to them. If myself or anybody use the N’ewesletter to advertise like Ram & Ewe product sales. I want to make sure as producers get that advertisement. Even the ones with no email address or computer. Also, I like to read older copies now and then to see where our industry is going and if we actually got there. Impossible with online only.
Votes For: 4
Votes Against: 17
Vote Abstain: 0
We also had Seyed Ali Goldansaz, in attendance and he presented on an upcoming Sheep Benchmarking Survey. ALP would like to thank Ali for joining us at our AGM and providing this information to our producers.
ALP also extends a sincere thank-you to outgoing directors, Darlene Stein, who completed her second, 3 year term, Karl Denwood, who completed one, 3 year term and Ryan Greir, ALP’s outgoing Chair, who completed one, 3 year term, for their dedication, leadership, time and efforts while serving on the board.
The AGM is only one evening - we want to hear from you throughout the year! ALP is YOUR producer organization. Communicating with directors and staff will ensure you are getting the most from your check-off dollars. If you ever have concerns, comments, tips on what we can do better - or just want to say hello - please feel free to contact the directors or the office for a chat. Director and staff contact information is available on the ALP website and in every N'ewesletter.
Why one AGM?
This 2018 AGM replaced the Zone Meetings that were previously held around the province. The ALP Board initiated these changes in 2016 and producers voted on them at the 2016 Zone Meetings. Previously, ALP hosted 5-7 Zone Meetings every fall throughout the province. Each Zone Meeting came at a cost of approximately $3000 and producer attendance at these meetings steadily decreased to the situation where sometimes there was not quorum (which was 7 eligible producers). With decreased access to government funding, the ALP Board seriously examined whether spending $3000 on seven eligible producers was an effective use of producer check-off. Holding one AGM allows us to bring in more speakers on more topics of interest to producers. ALP will move this AGM to different areas of the province each year. Directors are always available on the phone or email to discuss any concerns that producers have at any time of the year.