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February 14, 2013

AFC Introduces New Co-Executive Directors as Council Embraces Progressive Leadership Style

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The Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta (AFC) introduced its Co-Executive Directors Bryanna Kumpula and Karman Robins to members and other industry leaders at a networking reception today.

“We are committed to strengthening our collective leadership abilities and producing innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities facing AFC,” said Robins, formerly AFC’s Finance Manager. “Another essential element of this new leadership structure is the staff’s enthusiasm for working collaboratively toward AFC’s success.”

AFC’s Board of Directors took this innovative approach to the challenges the Council faced in attracting a suitable executive director at a time of dramatic changes to funding programs across the country.

“The Board understood that the Council needed to adapt in order to continue to enable the sector to respond to new issues and emerging trends,” said AFC Chair Heather Broughton. “When the idea of two Co-Executive Directors was presented by staff members Karman Robins and Bryanna Kumpula, the Board was immediately able to see the value in adopting the new structure.”

The concept of sharing leadership has been successful for the Calgary Big Sisters and Big Brothers non-profit organization for almost a decade and it was this case study that convinced Kumpula and Robins to offer the option to the AFC’s Board.

“The shared leadership concept hinges on developing leaders who are willing to share ideas, information and contacts with one another,” said Kumpula, who had previously held the position of AFC Senior Agri-Industry Development Officer.  “In keeping with AFC’s mandate of piloting new concepts and sharing the outcomes with others, we will share what we learn through this process with other non-profits in agriculture and other sectors so that they can decide whether sharing leadership may work for them.”

Kumpula is the Co-Executive Director, Programs & Services, and Robins is Co-Executive Director, Finance & Operations.

The Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta (AFC) is a leader in Alberta’s agriculture and food sector with a vision to be an innovation and breakthrough catalyst for Alberta’s agriculture and food sector. AFC operates targeted programs and initiatives in support of the development of the agriculture sector, and also inspires industry leaders to identify important issues affecting the sector and propose viable solutions by providing a forum for discussion.

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