Michael Flynn has been named as the first executive director of Alberta Grains, an Oct. 23 news release said. He was previously the executive director of FireSmart Alberta, and before that the executive director of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administration.
“Michael is the perfect person to lead and represent Alberta Grains as the commission’s first executive director,” Tara Sawyer, interim chair for Alberta Grains, said in the release. “His track record of leading multiple, diverse organizations that contribute to Albertans in a positive way, along with his experience collaborating with partners and stakeholders of all levels will allow him to seamlessly transition into the role to provide strategic and operational leadership to the organization.”
Flynn has over two decades of experience as an executive director with multiple organizations in various sectors, the release said. He has previously worked as the executive director of the Calgary Police Commission and the Urban Development Institute. The release noted through these positions he demonstrated his ability to navigate complex policy development, public education, and community stakeholder engagement.
“I couldn’t ask for a better situation to walk into quite frankly and I’m honoured to build on the historic legacy of the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions with the newly amalgamated Alberta Grains,” Flynn stated in the release. “My perception of the agriculture sector in Alberta is that it’s coming into its own and rightfully so, being seen as a force and a necessary economic driver nationally and internationally. As the collective voice of over 18,000 grain farmers in Alberta, I think we can not only be the model association in the ag sector but also a champion in the not-for-profit sector with the combined strengths of our amazing staff, delegates and board of directors.”