We're producers, scientists, economists, communicators, accountants and business managers, united by a shared passion for building an exceptional agriculture industry in Alberta.

Executive Leadership

Our leadership team comprises individuals with diverse expertise, including scientific research, business management, and education leadership. They are committed to steering RDAR toward a successful future by supporting Alberta's agriculture industry.

Dr. Mark Redmond


David Cochrane


Clinton Dobson

Vice President, Research | MSC

Lydia Talpash

Vice President, Operations | BA | BComm | CMC


Our research team brings together experts from various fields, including agriculture, animal nutrition, and sustainability. They are dedicated to advancing research initiatives that benefit Alberta's crop and livestock producers.

Dr. Natalie Diether

Research Program Officer | Ph.D Animal Science

Dr. Janelle Fouhse

Research Program Officer | Ph.D Animal Nutrition

Adaly Gordillo

Program Coordinator

Samuel Peprah

Research Program Officer
| MSc. Agronomy & Ruminant Nutrition | P.AG

Trevor Prout

Research Program Manager, Value Added Industries
| BSc. Food Science & Technology

Lisa Singh

Program Coordinator | B.A. International Relations

Communications, Finance, Operations & Executive Support

These vital departments play a significant role in RDAR's operation and growth. The communications team amplifies Alberta's agricultural voice through branding and engagement. Our finance team manages resources to uphold our mission. And our executive support team ensures smooth and efficient functioning of administrative processes.

Janada Hawthorne

Communications Lead | M.A Corporate communication

Amanda Scully

Communications Specialist | B.Comm

Nathan Anderson

Management Systems Analyst | B.A. Rec., Sport & Tourism

Chao Wang

Controller | CPA

Sheri Buskas

Assistant Controller | CPA

Heather Crosby

Executive Assistant to the CEO | CCAP

Tanushi Khanna

Administrative Coordinator

Vishal Bhagria

Project Accountant

OFCAF Program Delivery

The On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) team delivers the Federally funded program, and supports producers in adopting sustainable practices on-farm.

Fiona Briody

Program Manager

Lori Duchesnay

Administrative Coordinator

Franklin Efekalam

Grant Administrator

Christy Hoy

Technical Lead

Tammy Round

Technical Advisor

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