ALP’s Annual General Meeting 2021 Update
We are responding to the latest Provincial Health Emergency, as we are all used to changing course in our industry. The date of our upcoming Annual General Meeting is Saturday, November 20th, 2021 and we had hoped to host this event in person at Olds College.
On Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 the Government of Alberta announced temporary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. The ALP board of directors has decided to switch to a virtual meeting format to reduce the likelihood of all producers not being able to come together. Due to the virtual format, we will no longer be hosting the meat quality workshop in the afternoon however, we will be proceeding with a keynote speaker to kick off the AGM. Please find the AGM agenda below for your reference.
Saturday, November 20, 2021 Virtual format
8:30am Welcome and opening remarks
8:40am Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lynn Tait and Techniques for Managing Breeding in Sheep
9:40am ALP AGM Commences
10:45am ALP AGM Continued
12:00pm Sheep Benchmarking Survey Presentation by Dr. Seyed Ali Goldansaz
12:15 Closing remarks
Virtual Event – Secure Zoom Link provided at time of registration.
There is no charge to attend the virtual ALP AGM, however registration is required.
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All eligible Alberta Producers are invited to attend the AGM and will be entitled to one vote per producer at the virtual meeting.
*All of the documents needed for the AGM will be emailed to all registrants and posted on the ALP website when they become available. These documents will include:
- AGM Agenda
- 2020 AGM Minutes
- 2020-21 Annual Report
- 2020-21 Financial Statements
- Acclaimed Directors Bios
ALP Producer Proposed Resolution Structure:
ALP made some changes to the way that eligible producers can submit Proposed Resolutions that are discussed and voted on by eligible producers at our Annual General meeting. Effective December 2020, eligible Producers were able to submit proposed resolutions year-round for board consideration, with a cutoff date for submission being a few weeks prior to the AGM.
By providing eligible producers the opportunity to submit year-round submission, it allows the board and staff to research and provide information to the proposed resolution(s) in advance of the AGM, to help make the discussion more effective at the AGM before the voting period begins.
To submit a resolution for discussion at this years 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.
Directors are always available on the phone or email to discuss any concerns that producers have at any time of the year.
A reminder that this AGM will replace the Zone Meetings that we previously held around the province. The ALP Board initiated these changes in 2016 and producers voted on them at the 2016 Zone Meetings. Holding one AGM allows us to bring in more speakers on more topics of interest to producers. ALP can 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.
Alberta Lamb Producers Annual General Meeting November 28, 2020
Download the 2019-20 AGM Meeting Package below.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Alberta Lamb Producers held its 2020 Annual General Meeting virtually, where we saw 38 producers and guests in attendance.
ALP's Chair, Ryan Greir gave warmly received opening remarks. The ALP business meeting followed with Director Acclamation speeches. There were two Director-at-large positions open on the 2020/21 ALP board. Two eligible producers submitted valid nominations forms before the July 31, 2020 deadline to be entered as candidates in the 2020 election. As there were only a sufficient number of valid nominations to meet the number of positions, no election was needed to be held this year. The two nominated producers were to be acclaimed to the board at the ALP AGM on November 28th. One of the eligible producers who submitted a valid nomination made the decision to withdraw their name in October 2020, therefore leaving one current opening on the 2020/21 ALP board.
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 newly vacant position.
ALP has one Interim Director-at-large position available and will be recruiting to fill the position after the AGM, as per our plan regulation.
ALP has successfully filled the other Director-at-large position and is pleased to announce that Judy Buck who was a nominated producer, was acclaimed at the AGM.
Following the new Director speech was Shannon Troke from King & Company Chartered Accountants, reviewing the 2019/20 financial statements, ALP Finance Chair Karl Denwood, presented the 2020/21 budget with fellow board members, and Executive Director, Ashley Scott, presenting the ALP activity update.
We also had Seyed Ali Goldansaz, in attendance and he presented us with a Pregnancy Detection Research Study update. ALP would like to thank Ali for joining us at our AGM and providing this information to our producers.
ALP extends a sincere thank-you to outgoing directors, Josh Korpan and Kevin Spahich, for their time and efforts while serving on the board this past year.
ALP received only one, proposed producer resolution by the submission deadline. Please see the submission below, with details about the proposed resolution.
Proposed Resolution: Alberta Lamb Producers to approach CSF to establish alternate suppliers of 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.
Producers were given time during the business meeting to discuss the proposed resolution.
Final results for the resolution vote are as follows:
Votes For: 7
Votes Abstain: 1
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. Directors are always available on the phone or email to discuss any concerns that producers have at any time of the year.
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.