About GGC

Leadership

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.

Canadian Canola Growers Association Location: Alberta
Andre Harpe, Chair
Canadian Canola Growers Association
Location: Alberta

Producteurs De Grains Du Québec Location: Quebec Grains Produced: Soybeans, Canola
William van Tassel, 1st Vice Chair
Producteurs De Grains Du Québec
Location: Quebec
Grains Produced: Soybeans, Canola
Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Location: Manitoba Grains Produced: Soybeans, Canola, Wheat, and Corn
Brendan Phillips, 2nd Vice Chair
Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers
Location: Manitoba
Grains Produced: Soybeans, Canola, Wheat, and Corn
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Location: Saskatchewan Grains Produced: Lentils, Yellow peas, Durum, Barley, Canola and Mustard
Brad Blackwell, Director
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
Location: Saskatchewan
Grains Produced: Lentils, Yellow peas, Durum, Barley, Canola and Mustard
Praire Oat Growers Association Location: Saskatchewan
Bob Lepischak, Director
Praire Oat Growers Association
Location: Saskatchewan

Sask Wheat Location:Saskatchewan Grains Produced: Peas, Wheat, Canola and Barley
Scott Hepworth, Director
Sask Wheat
Location:Saskatchewan
Grains Produced: Peas, Wheat, Canola and Barley
Manitoba Crop Alliance Location:Manitoba Grains Produced: Corn, Wheat, Barley, Canola, Soybeans, Grass Seed and Hay
Jonothan Hodson, Director
Manitoba Crop Alliance
Location:Manitoba
Grains Produced: Corn, Wheat, Barley, Canola, Soybeans, Grass Seed and Hay
Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association Location: Saskatchewan
Daryl Fransoo, Director
Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association
Location: Saskatchewan

Alberta Grains Location: Alberta Grains Produced: Wheat, Barley, Canola and Hay
Tara Sawyer, Director
Alberta Grains
Location: Alberta
Grains Produced: Wheat, Barley, Canola and Hay
Alberta Pulse Location: Alberta Grains Produced: Wheat, Barley, Canola and Hay
Robert Semeniuk, Director
Alberta Pulse
Location: Alberta
Grains Produced: Wheat, Barley, Canola and Hay
Alberta Grains Location:Alberta
David Bishop, Director
Alberta Grains
Location:Alberta

SaskFlax Location: Saskatchewan
Patricia Lung, Director
SaskFlax
Location: Saskatchewan

Our Staff

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.

Kyle LarkinExecutive Director

Kyle is an award-winning public affairs executive who has spent over a decade in government relations, public relations and politics. He has managed and executed public affairs strategies for national and provincial organizations, achieving short-term and long-term objectives. Kyle has successfully changed policies at both federal and provincial levels and has had his work featured in media publications, such as The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC, BBC and The Hill Times.

Kyle was most recently the Vice-President at a public affairs firm where he worked closely with associations from across Canada. Prior to this, he worked in numerous offices on Parliament Hill, most notably for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. Kyle has also gained valuable experience working at other public affairs and policy research firms, at a national association leading their government relations activities, and has been involved in numerous federal and provincial election campaigns.

Kyle is a recipient of the 2019 Government Relations Campaign of the Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) for his work in creating the third ever national self-regulated college in Canada. He is also the recipient of the 2022 Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Award of Distinction for his work in advancing government climate changes objectives.

Kyle holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Studies and Modern Languages, with a minor in History and is fluently bilingual.

Kinga Nolan Manager, Policy & Government Relations

Kinga has a broad range of experience in the agricultural and political spaces. As the Manager of Policy & Regulatory Affairs at Grain Growers of Canada, her role is to liaise with members and grain farmers to develop and advocate for policy priorities that support Canadian growers.

Prior to joining GGC, Kinga worked with numerous grain growers across Western Canada in the agricultural technology space, which has enabled her to thoroughly understand on-farm issues. In addition, she has a strong political acumen that supports her in analyzing policies, thanks to her experiences at the House of Commons, Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and her dedication to political campaigns. Kinga has leveraged these skills and knowledge to provide impactful results for agricultural policy development and government relations campaigns.

Kinga holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Calgary, where her research focused on Canadian agricultural value chains. This built on her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in agricultural economics from the University of Saskatchewan. Kinga is bilingual in English and French.

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.