Alan Hall, Executive Director
Alan has farming in his bones. He grew up on a farm in the Barrhead area, completed his schooling at the University of Alberta and has spent his entire career working with and supporting farmers and ranchers in various ways. Ten years as a District Agriculturist at Westlock, was followed by another decade as Regional Director of Extension Services and Public Lands in central Alberta. In the 1990’s Alan served as Director of the crops group at the Alberta Department of Agriculture where he was involved with their crop research and crop protection regulatory services at several research facilities throughout Alberta. Shortly thereafter he took on the responsibilities of Executive Director at Alberta Agricultural Research Institute which was the provincial agricultural research funding agency that has since become part of Alberta Innovates.
In the early 2000’s Alan left the Department of Agriculture to lead the new initiatives at Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund Ltd (ACIDF). More recently he was involved in development of Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta Ltd and the establishment of Protein Industries Canada. These initiatives are focussed on attracting investment to expand the crop value add manufacturing efforts in Alberta and Western Canada.
He has now migrated back to his early roots through taking on Executive Director responsibilities at Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA). This has come full circle as he is now working with the 12 farmer led Forage and Applied Research Associations throughout Alberta. One is the Gateway Research Organization which he helped establish when he was at Westlock.
The strong extension and adaptive research efforts of these associations are solid feet on the ground working with farmers and ranchers throughout Alberta in developing and bringing solutions to forage, livestock, and crop issues and opportunities they pursue. Key in this are the partnerships and working relations these groups and himself have with Commissions, industry associations, agribusiness, the agricultural research scientists in several universities, colleges, Ag Canada….in Western Canada and beyond. Through this new science, technology and production practices make their way through the gate and onto the farms and ranches.
The forging of the new and emerging highly productive relationship of the associations with Results Driven Agriculture Research Ltd (RDAR) is absolutely critical to sustaining these strong efforts. Alan sees it as being a privilege and a passion to be able to assist in the further evolution and growth of these services. Throughout this journey he has continued to keep his feet on the ground through both his family members who are all farmers and through the many farmers and ranchers he has gotten to know.
Val Fadden, Administrator
Val has lived in the Leduc area for the past 26 years and has been witness to its vast evolution. Val has a keen interest in agriculture and is excited to gain industry knowledge by engaging with ARECA and its members.
Lisa Nadeau, EFP Director
Lisa Nadeau was born and raised in Red Deer before moving to Edmonton to obtain an Environmental Sciences degree and Sustainability Certificate from the University of Alberta. She double majored in Land Reclamation and Human Dimensions of Environmental Management. She spent her summers working in agriculture research and coordinating community gardens. Lisa is passionate about food security, local food production and working with farmers.
Tanya Moskal Hébert grew up in the prairie provinces, ending up at the U of A in Edmonton and obtaining a Master’s degree in Reclamation and Remediation with a focus on soils. She joined the agricultural sustainability/stewardship arena in 2000, leading the technical development of the initial Alberta Environmental Farm Plan. Through the following 20 years with Alberta Agriculture she was purpose driven as an Environmental Program Specialist, Team Lead and Manager in environmental stewardship, and eventually, the associated public trust space. Tanya uses her significant experience in agricultural research, extension, outreach, and industry engagement to support agriculture and advance the adoption of sustainable systems to earn trust, while maintaining profitability. When she is not working you will find her on a bike or skis, most likely in the mountains, with her husband and two teenage boys.
EFP Program Coordinator
Sonja has a background in Animal Science and has worked for various agricultural entities over the past number of years. After graduating from the University of Alberta, she worked for Gateway Research Organization while working on her graduate degree in ruminant nutrition. Following her time at GRO, Sonja moved on to work for the Western Beef Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan working with producers on a fork to finish program. She moved on to work for Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food with the Feeder Association program and then back to Alberta to work with the Alberta Feeder Association when it was still part of Alberta Agriculture. Sonja has continued her working involvement through Alberta Farmers’ Market association, 4H Alberta, and Alberta Pony Club. She currently lives just north of Edmonton in Sturgeon County with her family and myriad of animals on their hobby farm.
EFP Program Manager
On leave until Summer 2022
Devon grew up in Fairview, AB and has a background in both the environmental and agricultural fields. She attended Olds College receiving a diploma in Land and Water Resources majoring in Land Reclamation and Remediation. After college she moved further south to attend the University of Lethbridge for her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. She has always had a love for the outdoors and the environment