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Jeff Battigelli, PAg



Jeff is a skilled ecologist with more than two decades of experience studying soil ecosystems and developing expertise in soil quality, compaction, fertility, entomology, taxonomy, and soil biodiversity. He is a creative and innovative researcher who has collaborated with all levels of government, a range of industries and non-profit groups, and Canadian universities. Jeff is a dynamic soil science educator, with experience presenting scientific results to professionals and community groups at regional, national and international conferences. Jeff is a Research Associate in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and an instructor in School of Applied Sciences and Technology at NAIT.

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Bob Burden, PAg



I was raised on a dairy family farm in Arnprior, Ontario. In addition to this hands-on experience in primary agricultural production, I have a B.Sc. in Agriculture, an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and an MBA specializing in Finance and Management Science. After obtaining my P.Ag. in 1993, I augmented my educational experience with a professional valuation certification, obtaining my Certified Valuation Analyst designation in June 2003.

Since joining Serecon in 1991, i have been involved in a significant number of assignments with clients around the world and am now one of Serecon’s managing partners. Serecon is a company that specializes in the business of agriculture with offices and/or affiliations in Ontario, Alberta, BC, and more recently in the US through an affiliation with Farmers National out of Omaha Nebraska. While I enjoy all aspects of the consulting practice, my principal interest is in the area of agricultural business valuation and more specifically the application of valuation principles as part of an overall economic assessment.

Over the past 5 years I have been acting as the Project Manager for an initiative focused on the development and implementation of sustainable metrics for crop production systems in western Canada as part of the On-Farm Sustainability Initiative group. As of November 2019, this initiative has formally become Field to Market Canada and is directly linked with Field To Market which is the largest food sustainability organization in North America.

I am a strong supporter of the profession of Agrology, and believe that it must continue to be vigilant as a profession as it faces increased scrutiny from the general public. I am committing to participate in this process if i am fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to become a member of the Council.
 
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Adrien Chartier, PAg



I began my first professional life in northern Saskatchewan working as a survey instrument man for a uranium exploration company. Then immigrating to Alberta, I worked for Great Canadian Oilsands/Suncor in Fort McMurray as a mine surveyor. I returned to school in 1988 needing a challenge. I completed a diploma in Environmental Science-Watershed Management in 1990 and began my second professional life at the Alberta Research Council where I was involved in soil mapping projects. I returned to school in 2015 obtaining a MSc in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University. My Master’s program turned out to be one of the most positive experiences of my professional life.

I had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects in agriculture, forestry, and oil and gas in both Alberta and British Columbia. I also had the good luck to work with great mentors on these projects. I’ve spent the past 15 years working in the oilsands on a variety of projects at several different companies. I currently work for a small consulting company.

I was raised in Saskatoon with 3 brothers and 3 sisters in what can be best described as a rural part of the city: Numerous cats, dogs, chinchillas, geese, chickens, white rats, stray birds, and the occasional skunk called our backyard home. Very rustic.

I reside in St. Albert with my wife Brigitte. Our extended family includes 5 children, 3 grandchildren, 2 dogs (Moxy and Taz-don’t ask), several guitars, a piano, and a lot of books.

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Elise Neumann, PAg



I was lucky to grow up in a small town in Northeastern Alberta, where I enjoyed all kinds of outdoor pursuits – camping, horseback riding, snowmobiling and 4-H meetups. After high school, I moved to Edmonton and enrolled in General Sciences at the University of Alberta with the intention of picking something later on, maybe something that I hadn’t considered yet….

My mom knew of a reclamation consultant that worked out of Vermillion and I arranged to meet with him to learn about his job. I saw his pickup loaded with an ATV and asked him “do you get to drive that around at your job?” He answered yes and was able to charge out for it! My interest was piqued. As I got to know more about Land Reclamation informally from our great membership and though my formal education at University, I grew to know it was a great fit for me.

Over my career so far I have had the opportunity of working for private industry, consulting and now the regulatory world with the Government of Alberta. I love talking to people about reclamation, and since Land Reclamation is interdisciplinary, the Alberta Institute of Agrologists is a fantastic resource to share knowledge and work together on increasingly complex problems. It is why I have volunteered over the years in a couple of branches to bring us together.

I would love the opportunity to give back to the Institute by protecting and serving the interest of all Albertans on council and I hope to meet more of people like you along the way.
 
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