New Canadian Angus Association Directors and Board Executive Announced at Virtual Annual General Meeting
Last night the Canadian Angus Association held its first virtual annual general meeting. Approximately 200 members and industry representatives registered for the meeting chaired by President Bob Hahn.
The new Canadian Angus Association Board of Directors executive was announced. Shawn Birmingham of Brandon, MB was elevated from the position of President Elect to President. Bob Hahn of Sherwood Park, AB moved into the Past President position, and Sheldon Kyle of Redvers, SK was chosen as President Elect.
CEO Myles Immerkar presented the 2019 highlights which include ending the year with a net profit of $221,269. After a financial loss in 2018, the CEO, board and staff searched for and found efficiencies that resulted in cost savings. Immerkar presented 21 new initiatives to the board of directors in early 2019 and he reported that to date, CAA has achieved solid traction on 10 of them. The new initiatives include development of the Canadian Angus Index; launching the annual Angus Life print publication; the redeveloped CAA website, www.cdnangus.ca, which launched last week; re-launching the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed program; making the live online registration system AngusNOW available to all members; and the new Canadian Angus Foundation history book.
Incoming directors Greg Pugh in Alberta; David Sample in Quebec; and Ronnie Ford in the Maritimes were virtually introduced and retiring directors George Baxter in Alberta; Ryan Currie in Quebec; and Past President and Maritime director Trevor Welch were recognized and thanked for their contributions. Ontario director Graham McLean was also re-elected for a second term.
While the Canadian Angus Association will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19, we announced that Convention 2021 is scheduled for June 10–12, 2021 in Saskatoon, SK. We previously announced that Convention 2020 in Moncton, New Brunswick has been postponed until 2022.
The AGM was recorded and is available for viewing on the Canadian Angus Association’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/CanadianAngusAssoc).
About the Directors
Birmingham, his wife Teresa and their three daughters operate TSN Angus Livestock. They calve approximately 250 females each year, 80 of which are purebred Black Angus. The remaining commercial cows are used as recipients for their embryo program. Shawn and Teresa’s passion for the breed has been recognized on several occasions, including receiving the 2012 Manitoba Angus Purebred Breeder of the Year award as well as the 2016 Outstanding Young Angus Breeder award from the Canadian Angus Foundation.
Ford farms with his father, Glen Ford, on Wheatley River Farm in Wheatley River, PEI. Ronnie, Glen, nephew Kyle Younker and son Logan have a herd of 35 Black and Red Angus influenced females. Ford is a past president of the Maritime Angus Association and has been involved in the Maritime Angus Association for 20 years. Each summer he exhibits his Angus cattle at different livestock shows in the Maritimes. Ford also works as the accountant at Phillips Agri Services in Charlottetown.
Hahn was elected to the Canadian Angus Association Board of Directors in 2013 and was elected for a second term in 2016. He has operated HR Hahn Cattle Co. in Sherwood Park, Alberta since 2000. Prior to joining the Canadian Angus Association board, Hahn served on the Alberta Angus Association Board of Directors from 2008 through 2012. Hahn is also a chartered accountant with his own practice, Hahn Lukey Houle Chartered Professional Accountants.
Kyle operates Kenray Ranch near Redvers, SK with his family. They breed 250 head of Red Angus and Red Angus influenced females annually. Kyle also owns and operates an on-farm business, Kyle Farm & Ranch Supply that was founded in the spring of 2015. In addition, he has served on the local Co-op board of directors for two terms, sat on the Canadian Western Agribition Stock Exchange Committee and has served as a director and as president of the Saskatchewan Angus Association.
McLean and his brother Murray operate a purebred Angus cow herd, Melmac Angus Farms near Melbourne, Ontario with 35 cows. Their father Ron started the herd in 1974. They also grow corn and soybeans. McLean has served as president of the Melbourne Fair Board, Lambton County 4-H Association, Watford Optimist Club, Western Ontario Angus Association and Ontario Angus Association.
Pugh farms with his wife Amanda and his parents near Ponoka, Alberta. They raise purebred Black and Red Angus and also have a commercial operation. Pugh is past president of the Alberta Angus Association and is a member of the Lakeland Beef Research Council Board of Directors.
Sample owns and operates Mac Angus Farms near Havelock, QC with his wife Kelly and their two sons, Alex and Mark, who are the fourth generation to raise purebred Angus cattle. Their main location has been farmed by Sample’s family for seven generations. His grandfather bought the first registered Angus around 1960. The family received a 50-year long-term recognition award from CAA in 2012.
Welch is the fourth generation of his family to farm on their land. Garvie Mountain Angus is located in western New Brunswick in the small community of Glassville. He, his father Fred Welch and son Taylor Welch currently run around 30 mother cows, made up of purebred black Angus and Black Baldie commercial cows. Welch is a professional engineer and a licensed New Brunswick Land Surveyor by profession, and is the owner of Welch Surveys Ltd.