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Prince Albert Regional Office

Joanne Kowalski, PAg – Regional Crops Specialist

Joanne graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSA and a MSc. in crop science and agriculture extension, focusing on the adoption of conservation practices in Saskatchewan. She has worked in various roles as Research Associate at the University of Saskatchewan, as an Agrologist and Communications Manager for the Saskatchewan Forest Centre, and as Development Consultant for a private consulting company. Her strong farm background and ties to the farming community will enhance her work for the Ministry as she assists producers with production inquiries and knowledge transfer activities.

Cyril Laforge, PAg - Regional Farm Business Management Specialist

Cyril has a B.Sc. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in agricultural economics and a minor in animal science. In 1991, after passing the Canadian Securities Exam, Cyril became a licensed commodity and stock broker. Cyril is bilingual and has worked in farm management and agri-business development since 1972. Cyril provides information that helps farm clients adopt progressive farm business management practices and strategies. He also provides advice on succession issues and helps agri-businesses and farmers access planning services and training.

Andre Bonneau, PAg. – Regional Forage Specialist

A graduate from the College of Agriculture of the University of Saskatchewan, Andre spent four years doing forage research and extension in Alberta and seven years in Moose Jaw as the Forage Management Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture. He has experience in forage research and extension, weed control, forage agronomy, and range management. Andre also serves Saskatchewan farmers as the representative on agricultural health and safety issues.

Obi Durunna, PAg PhD – Regional Livestock Specialist

Obi has a M.Sc. in genetics from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. in genomics from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Ministry of Agriculture, he worked for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Brandon Research Centre. His past work focused on feed efficiency, genetic evaluations and genomic selection in beef cattle as well as several integrated crop-livestock projects. Obi works with producers and industry to improve economically relevant traits in different livestock species using genetic and genomic tools. Other areas of interest include livestock nutrition, integrated bio-systems and water quality.

Deanna Macsymic – Regional Service Representative

Deanna Macsymic joined the extension team in December of 2015.  Deanna has worked with Government since 2004, and brings a vast legal and administrative knowledge and experience.  Deanna provides assistance to the Regional Specialists as well as front-line service in the Prince Albert Regional Office. 

Jessica Straf - Administrative Support

Jessica is a Saskatoon Business College graduate and has a B.Ed from the University of Saskatchewan. She joined Saskatchewan Agriculture in March of 2013 and brings an extensive array of administrative and educational experience from previous positions at the Learning Disabilities Association, Gabriel Dumont Institute and SIAST. 

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