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Tyrel Hemsley, PAg



Tyrel Hemsley is a M.Sc. Soil Scientist with Tetra Tech Canada Inc. working in biophysical classification, land reclamation and contaminated lands practice areas. Many of the projects require a multi-disciplinary team approach. Tyrel prides himself in effective communication and his ability to listen to others’ viewpoints, and facilitate communications to come to consensus. Previously to working in consulting, Tyrel worked in academic research and was also in environmental enforcement with the Government of Alberta for a couple of years. He has 12 years of combined experience.

Mr. Hemsley lived in the Yukon and in Alberta. When able to, he assists his father-in-law on a mixed farm near Barrhead, Alberta. Mr. Hemsley has completed a Master’s of Science in Soil Science focusing on Soil Biogeochemistry from the University of Alberta. He was awarded an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s NSERC scholarship during his masters as well was awarded the Canadian Society of Soil Science C.F. Bentley Award and the 43rd International Air Pollution Student Outstanding Research Award in 2011.

Mr. Hemsley has volunteered on the committee in the past with Ducks Unlimited with the Langdon Chapter. Mr. Hemsley lives in Okotoks and when he is not working, he is spending time with his wife and new son enjoying the outdoors.


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Georgina Knitel, PAg



Georgina Knitel is a Professional Agrologist, niche cattle farmer, and Chartered Mediator. Born and raised on a homestead in Northern Alberta, she learned the importance of agriculture, the communities it builds, and the land and water it must protect. Working for 20+ with Agri- businesses, she learned the significant value that Professional Agrologists bring to the Agriculture Industry.

Those roots lead her towards pursuing studies, work, and volunteerism that encompassed the intricacies and synergies between community, economics, and environment. She holds a Professional Agrologist designation, earned through a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (University of Alberta), and a MBA in Agriculture (University of Guelph) with her thesis focusing on Best Management Practices that Impact Riparian areas in Agriculture. In addition, she holds a Chartered Mediator designation (ADR Institute of Canada), and a certificate in Professional Facilitation (ICA Associates).

Georgina has worked in diverse Agriculture settings including Alberta, Saskatchewan, the US, China, and the Netherlands, and now resides in Southern Alberta on an irrigated cattle farm. She presently works as a Senior Manager and Team Lead, Agriculture Banking Specialist for CIBC. This experience culminates in her unique perspective and deep rooted passion towards building a stronger Agriculture Industry that contributes to prospourous economics and healthy communities within a vibrant sustainable environment. She would like to share these interests and expertise to contribute to the Professional Agrologist and the Alberta Institute of Agriculture.

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Shad Milligan, PAg



Shad Milligan was raised in a rural community outside of Calgary, and agriculture has been a constant theme throughout his life, spending much of his time between the family farm and feed mill.

He attended the University of Lethbridge and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Following graduation, he travelled to New Zealand for an agriculture exchange to work on a dairy farm.

He has have been involved in the agriculture industry for over 15 years and has a passion for the industry. He has had the privilege to work in multiply roles across southern Alberta. Currently, he is the Seedcare Specialist for Syngenta based out of Lethbridge dealing with agriculture customers, retailers and growers on a daily basis.

He has had the opportunity to sit on numerous boards that are related to the agriculture industry. He has been the Chair for CropLife Alberta Provincial Council and also Chair for the North American Seed Fair Committee. Outside of work Shad still enjoys playing hockey, golfing and traveling to different parts of the world.

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