Board of Directors
Dale Johnston resides in Ponoka County, Alberta, where he owns and operates a mixed operation. He brings more than four decades of experience in farming and an extensive career in public service to FCC. Mr. Johnston served as Member of Parliament from 1993 to 2006 as well as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. He was also a Member of the Board of Internal Trade, Chief Opposition Whip, from 2004 to 2006.
Before his career in Parliament, Mr. Johnston was councillor and reeve for the County of Ponoka and Chairman of the County of Ponoka's Board of Education from 1989 to 1992. He served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Ponoka General Hospital from 1986 to 1992.
Mr. Johnston is a strong supporter of 4-H and continues to be involved in a variety of organizations, including Rural Crime Watch, Loyal Order of the Moose and Royal Canadian Legion Branch #66.
Michael Hoffort joined Farm Credit Canada in 1988 and has served FCC in various positions of increasing responsibility, including the key role of Relationship Manager where he directly served FCC’s customers. He went on to engineer the growth and modernization of FCC's Customer Service Centre. He gained extensive experience in operations, including holding the positions of Vice-President of Partners and Channels and Vice-President of Prairie Operations. In these roles, he led significant portfolio growth across multiple lines of business, while maintaining a strong focus on both the customer and employee experience. As Chief Risk Officer, Michael was accountable for leading the new Enhanced Risk Management Program to align FCC's risk management practices with those of federally-regulated financial institutions in Canada. In July of 2014, Michael was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in agriculture economics from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Professional Agrologist designation from the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. He is an active volunteer in his community and sits on the board of STARS Air Ambulance.
Donald Bettle has spent the last 30 years working in the agriculture industry in New Brunswick. He was formerly the chairman of the Canadian Atlantic Dairy Export Co-op, which administers the Canadian Quality Milk Program. His past achievements include serving on a committee to develop Canada's trade position for agriculture and WTO, serving as chairman and director on the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick, and directing the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Agriculture Producers Association.
Sylvie Cloutier, of Bromont, Quebec, has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebec’s Council of Food Processing and Consumer Products since 2010. Prior to this role, Ms. Cloutier served the Council as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs from 2003 to 2010. Between 1999 and 2003, Ms. Cloutier was Vice President of Communications for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors as well as Executive Director of the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards. Ms. Cloutier also worked for global public relations company Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada, as well as the federal government. Ms. Cloutier holds a BA in Communications from the University of Ottawa.
Jane Halford, FCA, ICD.D, is a co-founder of BOLT Transition, which focuses on supporting leadership transitions in organizations. Born and raised in Edmonton, Jane graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta before earning her CA designation. Her leadership positions in the accounting profession include senior manager at Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants LLP, Director of Practice Review and subsequently Chief Executive Officer for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, and Executive Director of the Chartered Accountants Education Foundation. Jane is committed to serving her community. In addition to her role on the board of Farm Credit Canada, Jane is a board member of the University of Alberta, Citadel Theatre and the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, and she also serves as Past President of the University of Alberta Alumni Association and an ex-officio member of the University of Alberta Senate.
Jamie (James) Muir is a former Minister of Finance in the province of Nova Scotia. As Minister of Finance, Mr. Muir had oversight over several crown corporations. From 1999 to 2009, he held various positions including Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Health, Minister of Education and Minister of Finance. Mr. Muir is a graduate of Dalhousie University where he received his Bachelor of Arts and his Bachelor of Education. He completed his education at the University of Virginia when he received his Masters of Education and his Doctorate of Education. He is an educator who began his lengthy career of public service as an instructor with Frontier College in 1959. He held various positions in the field of education until he was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia for the Constituency of Truro-Bible Hill in 1998.
Doris Priddle gained an extensive background in agriculture as the owner and manager of various farm operations in Ontario and Alberta, and from having held various positions within the Ontario and Alberta governments, including the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Solicitor General of Alberta, and the Alberta Ministry of Economic Trade and Development. Ms. Priddle holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Guelph, where she was a recipient of the Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers Award.
Brenda Schoepp resides near Rimbey, Alberta, and is a partner in a cow/calf and rescue horse operation. With 34 years in agriculture production and agri-business, and over 20 years of experience as a published author and consultant, Ms. Schoepp is a leader in agriculture. She has served over 25 years in leadership positions on several provincial and federal boards and commissions and is also the founder of Women in Search of Excellence (WISE). Ms. Schoepp owns and publishes BEEFLINK, a weekly national newsletter on the strategies of beef and beef cattle marketing and her column is featured in national and provincial newspapers and magazines. She is a professional speaker and mentor for young entrepreneurs. In 2012, she was awarded the 2012 Nuffield Canada Farming Scholarship, and in 2011, she was a Cattlemen Young Leaders Mentor for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. In 2006, Ms. Schoepp was named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of Alberta's 50 Most Influential People.
Jason Skinner of Wilkie, Saskatchewan brings 20 years of experience in marketing, policy and management in agriculture to the FCC Board. For the past 10 years, he has been CEO of North West Terminal Ltd., a farmer-shareholder owned inland grain terminal in Saskatchewan. Prior to this, he worked for the Canadian Wheat Board in various roles, culminating in Marketing Manager for the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Skinner is a founding member and marketing advisor at Skinners' Jade Farms Ltd., a crop production and marketing operation in Wilkie. A member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and the Canadian Agricultural Economics and Farm Management Society, he is a director of the Inland Terminal Association of Canada as well as former director of Alliance Grain Terminal Ltd. in Vancouver. Mr. Skinner holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, a B.S.A. in Agricultural Economics and a diploma in Crop Production Management, all from the University of Saskatchewan.
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