Will Kingma - Board of Directors - Chairman

Will Kingma is a third generation hog farmer and grew up hog farming. He left the industry for a period of time after graduating from high school in 1987. In 1998 he returned as the General Manager of Barrwest Pork. During the fall of 2001 he returned to the family farm (Bacon Acres) jointly managing with his uncle and cousin. On April 1st 2004 Will along with his wife Aggie purchased the family farm where they are currently farming and raising their family.

Will believes in giving back and has served on numerous industry and community boards. Currently, Will is the Chairman of the Western Hog Exchange (WHE) and represents our industry as a board member. Will likes to stay involved in his community through taking part in local events as well as coaching minor hockey.

Brent Moen - Board of Directors - Vice Chair

Brent Moen has over 30 years of feed mill and livestock management experience, obtained while working for world-recognized companies including Maple Leaf Foods, Landmark Feeds, Elite Swine and Cargill. This experience includes management of staff, production facilities, investor and stakeholder relations and overall general management of multiple business entities. Most recently,
Brent was Director of Operations for Elite Swine and was responsible for the overall business management of their 15,000 sow, three site production and business assets valued at over $50 million in Alberta. Brent served for a number of years as President of the Board of Directors of Pinnacle Swine Inc., Dynamic Swine Limited Partnership and Goldcrest Farms Limited Partnership.

Brent has a diploma in Applied Arts, Accounting major and has supplemented this education with numerous management development and leadership programs throughout his working experience. Brent has also been involved in many community and industry associations. He has served as Chairman of ANAC Alberta and Saskatchewan, has been a member of the Board of Directors of Strathmore Golf Club, serving 2 terms as President, and previously served on the Swift Current Minor Hockey Board of Directors for many years.

My wife Audrey and I have three adult children and two young grandsons. Our free time revolves around our family activities.

Brian Markert - Board of Directors - Executive Committee

My name is Brian Markert and I live north east of Vulcan, Alberta with my wife Shari and three kids, Ben (7), Taylor (5), and Hudson (3). I operate Premium Farms Ltd. with my dad Murray, and brother Dave. We crop 3200 hundred acres and run 940 sows farrow-to-finish. Before I started farming full-time, I got an Agriculture Business degree from the University of Alberta. My vision for a profitable pork industry includes technology adoption and cooperation throughout the entire value chain: producers, packers, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers. I believe the most important step in this process is producers working together to ensure efficient production, a superior product and that the producers are receiving value for their product. When not farming you will find me at the hockey rink coaching my kids’ hockey teams or in the kitchen driving my wife nuts from the mess I am making with new food experiments. I feel privileged that I can farm in western Canada and I am passionate that I will pass that opportunity on to generations to come, knowing that it will look very different than it does today.

Scott Dickson, CA - Board of Directors

Scott was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Scott moved to Brandon, Manitoba in 1981 to attend Brandon University and graduated in 1984 with his Bachelor of Science degree. Scott began articling with Meyers Norris Penny (now MNP) in 1984 and received his Chartered Accountant in 1988. He moved to Calgary as MNP merged into Alberta in 1989 and then moved to Red Deer in 1992 where he still resides. Scott’s primary area of practice was with Agriculture producers and developed an interest in the hog sector as a result of the number of producer clients he developed in that sector including a number of Hutterite colony producers. Scott sat on the board of the Alberta Pork Congress in the late 1990’s. Scott is currently the Vice President of Hutterite Services and Director of Livestock Services for MNP. Scott was also made a partner in 1994 with MNP. Scott has two sons, both residing in Red Deer and he has outside interests in playing golf, curling and bagpipes.

John Middel - Board of Directors

John Middel has been producing pork near Rocky Mountain House since the 1995 although he owned his first sow whenhe was 12 years old. He grew up on a dairy farm in Ontario and he bought a pig at the local auction, raised it to a gilt
and then walked it across the field to the neighbour’s boar. Yes, things have changed since then. Now he raises pigs to 50 pounds on the home farm and contract finishes them in Southern Alberta. From there they go to Olymel to become pork chops. In the past he served Alberta Pork both as delegate and director and on his local church board. Presently he serves on ALMA’s Industry Review sub-committee.

Lennard Vanderschee - Board of Directors

I am married to Colleen and we have 5 children ages 19 - 28. We have a 400 Farrow to Finish hog farm west of Blackfalds. I have served on various school and church boards over the years.

As a member of the WHE board I would hope to represent the views and concerns of small independent family farms.

Mike Wurz - Board of Directors

Micheal Lives in the Peace River Country in Eaglesham Alberta. We have a mixed Farm operation and manage a 500 farrow-to-finish loose sow housing operation and the farm feed mill.

I have a loving and understanding wife Kathy, which every pork producer needs for there have been many challenges in our industry. I have 2 sons and 2 daughters. Nathan, Tanner, Nicole and Fayth.

I remember the first time I walked into a farrowing room of freshly born piglets the smell had me hooked. That was 29 years ago and I still love it. Hopefully God grants me the health, strength and wisdom to continue for a few more years.

I love spending time with family and friends and when work is done my favorite place is down at the river fishing with the boys.