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Alberta Wheat Commission Welcomes New General Manager

(Calgary, Alberta) – The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) is pleased to announce that Tom Steve will be joining the organization as the new General Manager.

"Tom has an extensive background in agriculture and many years of experience working directly with growers, and grower elected Boards," says Kent Erickson, Chair of the AWC. "His agriculture background and previous experience in providing value to growers make him an excellent fit for thisrole at AWC."

Steve began his career in broadcast journalism, but moved into government where he served as Director of Communications to the Premier of Saskatchewan and Cabinet Press Secretary. He spent over a decade working with United Grain Growers and Agricore United before moving over to Viterra where he spent six years in various roles in Communications, Corporate Affairs and Global Customer Relations. More recently, Steve spent the past seven months working with the newly formed Saskatchewan Wheat and Barley Commission’s, directing the activities of these two organizations to support their goals and objectives.

When he starts with AWC in early June, Steve looks forward to building on the organization’s strategic plan and focusing on enhancing Alberta’s wheat industry.

"AWC has strong programs and strategic goals in place and I look forward to building on these to ensure Alberta’s wheat growers remain profitable," says Steve. "I will also promote strong collaboration with the wheat commissions in Saskatchewan and Manitoba to ensure we maximize grower check-off dollars and opportunities for growth."

For more information please contact:

Amanda Ryan
Communications Manager
P. (403) 219-7902 C. (587) 777-6344
E. Email

The Alberta Wheat Commission is a producer-directed organization representing the interests of and serving as a single voice for all of Alberta’s 11,000 wheat producers.