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Duane Briand, PAg

From the time Duane was old enough to help out at his grandparents’ ranch in the Peace Region of Alberta, he knew agriculture would always be a big part of his life. He spent four summers during and just after his university days working with Ag Canada as a pedigreed seed crop inspector. In the fall of 1988, after he’d completed his Bachelor of Science degree, Duane began his full time career in Agriculture. He spent 3 years managing forage seed purchasing and production in the Peace Country for Pickseed. He went on to work with an ag retail before becoming the Northern Alberta territory manager for Sandoz Agro Canada.

Along the way, he earned a Pesticide Applicator License in Ag/Industrial/Landscape and a Registered Seed Establishment (RSE) Operator License. In 2014, Duane was named CAAR’s Agronomist of the Year. Recently Duane took SUSTAIN training and has begun helping growers move to the next level in sustainable farming practices.

Duane has worked as a Professional Agrologist with Parkland Fertilizers (Wetaskiwin) Ltd for the last 19 years. He and his wife, along with their teenage children, are proud to call Wetaskiwin home.

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Devin Mielke, PAg

Devin Mielke is currently working as a construction and reclamation superintendent for Husky Oil Operations Limited based out of Red Deer, Alberta. Devin began his career in 1995 working for various Environmental consulting companies providing pre and post assessment work for the energy sector mainly dealing with construction, reclamation, and remediation of oil and gas sites across Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 1999, he started with Husky, as a Reclamation Coordinator based out of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan supervising the reclamation of abandoned wells sites and facilities. In 2008 Husky transferred Devin to the Central area (Red Deer, Alberta) to manage the construction and reclamation in this district, where he is still currently working and has been instrumental in reducing Husky’s overall foot print in contributing to the success of obtaining over 1500 Reclamation Certificates in his tenure with the company.

Devin graduated from Old’s College (Olds Alberta) in 1990 with a Land Agent diploma. In 1994 he achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in Land Management from Montana State University (Bozeman, Mt. USA). Devin is an active member of the Professional Agrologist Association and is a current licensed land agent under the Alberta Land Agent Registrar.

Devin and his wife Heather and one daughter reside in a lake community on the north end of Gull Lake, Alberta. Devin is very involved in the community as he is a member of the Home Owners Association Board and assists with the environmental initiatives to maintain a clean lake. Devin enjoys participating in running events and various other outdoor sporting activities.

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