Back (L to R): Brad Dubeau (General Manager), Gary These (Northwest), Lee Irvine (Southwest), Doug Roxburgh (Central), George L’Heureux (Northeast), Kent Holowath (Southeast), and Nanita Blomquist (Southeast)
Front (L to R): Miles Wowk (Northeast), Sheila Hillmer (Vice Chair, Southwest), Brodie Haugan (Chair, Southeast), Fred Lozeman (Finance Chair, Southwest), Jay Hager (Northeast)
Brodie Haugan is a fifth-generation rancher, and Chair of Alberta Beef Producers. Brodie attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in AgriBusiness. Along with his parents and fiancé, Brodie manages a commercial cow-calf herd in the southeast corner of Alberta near Orion. He also works with several feedlots, backgrounding and finishing both home-raised and purchased cattle. Brodie is a graduate of the Canadian Cattle Young Leaders program, a past board member of the Canadian Cattle Youth Council, and past Finance Chair of ABP
Sheila Hillmer and her family have a farming and ranching operation near Del Bonita, and her two sons are beginning the process of succession in the family business. Sheila is a Key Account Manager with Elanco Canada, a global animal health company. Sheila works with corporate feedyards and is based in southern Alberta. She also spends a significant amount of time developing and executing Learning and Development, both internally within Elanco and externally to customers.
Fred Lozeman operates a farm near Claresholm. Along with family members and dedicated employees, they produce cattle, grains, oilseed, and forage. Fred has been an ABP delegate for the past four years, including four years as a Director, three years as the Chair of the Research Committee, three years on the Governance Committee, and two years as an ABP representative for BCRC.
Nanita Blomquist and her family operate in the Big Valley area, where she represents the fourth generation of cattle producers.
Nanita is excited to return to ABP to be serve on behalf of producers in her area. She’s passionate about the industry and wants to ensure that it is promoted in an ever-changing marketplace and that we continue to tell our story and stay in the forefront.
Jay Hager and his family run a 400 head cow-calf operation near Provost. They also operate a welding business that fabricates cattle handling and feeding equipment, and custom fence in the summer. Jay is an active 4-H leader for the Stainsleigh club and is involved at district and regional levels.
Kent Holowath operates a grain and cow-calf operation with his wife, Jill, and three kids near Rumsey. They have both purebred and commercial black Angus cattle, as well as a backgrounding operation. Currently he is the head leader of the Rumsey 4-H Beef Club and a director at the Big Valley Feeder Association.
Lee Irvine and his family have recently set up a grass backgrounding operation in the Cochrane area. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to market cattle through TEAM and Calgary Stockyards, to sit in the boardroom of multinational pharmaceutical companies and to run the auction market and feedlot software for ViewTrak Technologies. He has been an auditor for the Verified Beef Production Plus program and sat on the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Framework Committee.
George L’Heureux operates a ranch near Lac La Biche. As he reaches retirement, he is downsizing to a 60 head cow-calf operation, which will allow him to dedicate more time to ABP to assist the industry in going forward. He has previously served as county councillor, and currents sits as chair of the Athabasca Heifer Co-op and vice-chair of the Lac La Biche Ag Society.
Doug Roxburgh lives near Bentley, where he and his wife run a first-generation cattle operation. In addition to backgrounding their calves, they also market bulls and females, and raise commercial bred heifers.
Doug is a senior nutrition consultant who helps producers develop year-round nutritional programs.
Gary These, together with his wife and son, operate a cow-calf and backgrounding operation north of Peace River. Gary has been an ABP delegate for the last two years and was previously a director for Peace County Forage and Beef. At ABP, he was on the Cow-Calf Council and found risk management very interesting.
Miles Wowk, along with his family, runs a commercial cow/calf operation in the Northeast Zone.
Miles grew up in the beef industry. He participated in 4-H for 10 years, and has served as an Alberta representative with the Canadian Cattle Association for the past six years. He’s currently chair of the Animal Health and Care Committee.
Miles believes that a strong voice will move the beef industry forward, and is constantly striving to develop a sustainable future for the next generation of ranchers.