Board of Directors

RDAR's Board practices exemplary governance

The Board oversees RDAR. It directs and controls RDAR's activities to ensure objectives are met, while addressing uncertainty and acting with integrity. Our directors have diverse backgrounds: farming and ranching, veterinary medicine, post-secondary institutions, research, and agribusiness.

Dr. David Chalack, DVM


D’Arcy Hilgartner

Vice Chair

Dr. Stanford Blade


Brian Brewin


JP Brouwer


David Hoekstra


Steve Kenyon


Dr. Fred Lozeman


Jason Lenz


Josie Van Lent


Directors are assigned to two committees

Board Committees

RDAR's Directors have four Standing Committees, which take an active role in providing oversight to key areas of RDAR's operations.

Governance and Nominations Committee

The Governance Committee guides the Board of Directors in its oversight responsibilities on matters relating to the leadership and governance of RDAR and in the nominations and electoral processes of the organization to identify and seek the nomination of high-calibre director candidates with abilities to govern, inspire performance, contribute specific expertise and attributes, and oversee the delivery of RDAR’s strategic plan and mandate.

Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

This Committee is responsible for monitoring the integrity of the financial reporting process and the system of internal controls regarding financial reporting and accounting compliance and the independence and performance of the public accountant. The committee also facilitates communication between the public accountant, management, and the board.

The FAR Committee monitors, evaluates, and makes recommendations for decisions by the board with respect to strategic and significant financial and capital infrastructure matters and policies of RDAR.

Research Committee

The Research Committee shall be responsible for advising the Board of Directors on the overall research goals of RDAR (Results Driven Agriculture Research); reviewing assigned project proposals and making funding decisions; overseeing the distribution of research funds; making recommendations on research program policies and procedures.

Stakeholder Engagement & Communications Committee

This Committee ensures that RDAR meets the needs and expectations of its varied Stakeholders. Stakeholder engagement refers to taking intentional and active steps to establish productive relationships that further RDAR’s mandate and strategy. Because RDAR has diverse Stakeholders, their needs and RDAR’s goals will need to be met using different tactics, combining communication and engagement.