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.

Brian Markert - Board of Directors - Vice Chairman

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.

Edwin Spruit - Board of Directors - Director, Executive Committee

I was born and raised in the Netherlands on a dairy farm. After getting an agricultural degree I started working for a large hog breeding company as a sales person. But my real goal was to become a farmer, so me and my wife Sandra moved to Alberta in 2002. We purchased on old small hog farm just south west of Red Deer. Currently we have 2100 sows and 7000 finishers on 3 sites.

Besides farming, my wife and 5 children are top priority.

In my free time I am a curler, like to spend time with my friends and run to keep me in shape.

As a board member I hope to ensure an ongoing success of the Western Hog Exchange. I believe as an organization we have achieved a lot already in the last few years.

In my opinion its time to start a positive dialog with the packers to ensure long term profitability for both farmers and packers.

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.

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.

Marc Barmentloo - Board of Directors

Seventeen years ago, after completing my degree in animal husbandry in The Netherlands. I moved to Canada with the dream of owning my own hog farm. After being employed as herd manager for 3 years, I was able to purchase my first 140 sow, farrow to finish operation near Sedgwick. I sold that barn, and move to my current location; a 400 sow, farrow to finish operation near Tofield.

One of the main reasons I would like to be on the WHE board, is to be a part of the process that works toward creating a good pricing model for farmers. I want the hog industry to be fair and profitable for independent producers in Alberta.

Outside of farming, I like to coach my children’s soccer teams and go fishing.