Arcola’s Chris Lees re-elected as Agribition president

The Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) has elected the 2020-21 leadership team at its annual general meeting June 25.

Chris Lees of Arcola was re-elected as president of the CWA. Lees has been involved with Agribition since the beginning in 1971, in several different capacities. Most recently, he has been the beef team leader and chair of various committees, including the rodeo, president's classic, prospect calves and breed association.

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He joined the CWA board of directors in 2012 and became an executive member in 2015. Lees and his wife Tina are Hereford breeders and own and operate C & T Cattle Company in the Arcola area.

Kim Hextall of Grenfell is the vice-president, and executive members at large are Levi Jackson of Sedley, Marty Kratochvil of Milden and Michael Latimer of Calgary, Alta. Bruce Holmquist of Kinistino is the past-president.

Members of CWA elected the following representatives to the board of directors to serve a two-year term: Jackson, Kratochvil, Kelsey Ashworth of Oungre, Garth Newell of Carlyle, Ali Pike of Grand Coulee and Carol Poole of Edam.

Directors that are serving the second year of their two-year term are Latimer, Barry Young of Carievale, four people from Regina – Jodi Banks, Dwayne Bulizuik, Curtis Kuchinka and Courtney MacDougall – as well as Stephen Scott of Calgary.

Appointed directors include Jerry Flegel and Diana Hawryluk from the City of Regina, Dana Lajoie of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Grant Zalinko with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.

The 2020 edition of Agribition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next edition of the event, which is the largest livestock show in Canada, will be Nov. 22-27, 2021.

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