About the Agri-Food Council
The Agri-Food Council is an independent board that supervises and monitors all agri-food agencies in Saskatchewan. Council members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, and are accountable to the Minister of Agriculture. The Council's role differs depending on agency mandates.
Responsibilities of the Agri-Food Council
The specific responsibilities of the Agri-Food Council include:
- Provide advice to the Minister.
- Review all reports submitted to Council pursuant to the Act and its associated regulations.
- Conduct analyses of policies, programs and decisions made or proposed by an agency.
- Monitor the financial activities of agencies.
- Report annually on the operational and financial performance of each agency.
- Ensure accountability, legislative compliance and effective dispute resolution of all agencies.
- Approve agency orders.
- Monitor the use of supply management powers.
- Assist producer groups in establishing new agencies.
- Supervise votes on the establishment of development and marketing agencies.
Participate as a signatory to federal-provincial agricultural marketing agreements.
Promote the growth and development of industries affected by monitoring the impact of agency strategic plans on the rate of growth and development of the industry.
Meet the Agri-Food Council
Dr. Robert Tyler, Chair, is a faculty member in the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources. His teaching, research and extension activities are mainly in the areas of crop quality and utilization and food processing.
Mr. Maurice Berry, Vice-Chair, and his family operate Berry Farms Inc., a grain, pulse and oilseed farm at Carievale, SK. Maurice has been involved in various farm organizations over the past number of years including holding the positions of: Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Director of the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
Mr. Brad Wildeman is currently the President of Pound-Maker Agventures Ltd. He has been awarded the Canada Governor General's Award, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2008.
Mr. Glenn O'Hara is General Manager of Parrheim Foods, a division of Parrish and Heimbecker. He has spent 30 years in the pulse industry buying, processing and marketing pulses and pulse flours. He was raised on a mixed farm near Vanscoy and he and his family continue to enjoy the rural life style.
Mr. Dale Leftwich has most recently farmed in the Esterhazy district in South East Saskatchewan. He has been a director on the boards of Sask Canola Growers, Sask Canola Development Commission, Canadian Canola Growers, and Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan. He also helped conceive and develop the documentary "Licence to Farm".