Board of Directors
Our board members represent and promote the hard work of Canadian grain farmers. Embodying our country’s varied agricultural landscape, they have an array of experience and are dedicated representatives of Canada’s grains sector.
GGC staff’s combined experience brings a range of expertise. See how their experience informs their work and why unleashing grain farmers’ potential is at the heart of what we do.
Erin GowrilukExecutive Director
Erin Gowriluk is GGC’s Executive Director where she leads the organization’s operations and policy work on behalf of more than 65,000 Canadian grain farmers.
Prior to this, Gowriluk was Manager of Government and Industry Relations at Syngenta Canada where she worked to forge collaborative opportunities across Canada’s agri-food value chain. Gowriluk has also held senior policy roles for the Alberta Barley and Alberta Wheat Commissions and worked in policy research for the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Gowriluk holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Victoria’s Royal Roads University.
Branden Leslie Manager, Policy & Government Relations
Branden Leslie is the Manager of Policy and Government Relations for the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), which represents 65,000 grain, pulse, and oilseed farmers through 15 national, provincial, and regional member organizations across Canada. Branden leads policy position development and advocacy at the federal level, focusing on advancing the needs of growers in key areas such as the environment, trade, transportation, and innovation.
Branden was born and raised on a grain farm just south of Portage la Prairie, MB. After attending Brandon University studying Business Administration, he moved to Ottawa to work in politics while graduating from Carleton University. After nearly 10 years as a political staffer, working for several Members of Parliament, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and managing federal election campaigns, Branden sought to return to his roots and join the agricultural policy and advocacy space with GGC in early 2020.
Branden is currently leading GGC’s Road to 2050 climate solutions initiative, which will propose a path forward that focuses on innovation, research and beneficial management practices that will boost productivity while continuing to enhance soil quality, improving the carbon sequestration potential of crop land, and reduce emissions.
Lea Albrecht Office Administrator
Lea Albrecht was born in the Black Forest in Germany and currently lives in Ottawa, where she holds the position of Office Administrator & Event Coordinator for the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC). She manages every-day operations of the organization, as well as event planning in Ottawa and all over Canada to bring together farmers, government & industry leaders throughout the year.
Prior to working for the Grain Growers of Canada, Albrecht worked as Administrative Assistant for the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, where she assisted with operations and event planning for the CBD department.
Lea graduated with Honours from Algonquin College’s Executive Office Administration program in 2017 & received the International Student Award for the School of Business in 2016.
Cole Christensen Communications Manager
Cole is an award-winning communications, marketing, and business development professional. He has used his years of communications experience to direct branding campaigns for farms, agribusinesses, and producer groups throughout Alberta and Western Canada.
As President of Cole’s Ag, he has also coordinated government relations and media relations strategies on a provincial, national and international level.
Hayley Stacey Communications Lead
Hayley has a diverse background in politics, research, theatre, and music. She holds a BA in political studies from the University of Manitoba. She joins the team after pursuing a career in government and working as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Government of Manitoba. Though new to the world of Agriculture, her love of learning, storytelling and relationship-building encouraged her to pursue a career in communications.