Embattled Alberta agriculture agency to get new leadership
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Embattled Alberta agriculture agency to get new leadership

The Alberta Crown corporation that saw its board sacked and senior leadership suspended will have a new board appointed Thursday afternoon.

The Agriculture Finance Services Corporation (AFSC) landed in hot water last June after an investigation by the province’s internal auditor, sparked by an anonymous tip to government.

The investigation that found unnecessary travel on the taxpayer’s dime, and gifts of booze, theatre tickets and rounds of golf, was handed over to the RCMP to investigate whether there was criminal wrongdoing.

The corporation’s president and managing director, Brad Klak, its chief operating officer, Merle Jacobson, and its vice-president of innovation and product development, Wayne McDonald, were all suspended with pay.


According to payment disclosures on the AFSC website, Klak took home $732,104 in salary and other payments in 2015. That’s more than McDonald and Jacobson combined, who made $330,082 and $341,550 respectively.

Deputy agriculture and forestry minister Bev Yee has been interim board chair since the shake-up, and it will be up to the new board to appoint AFSC’s top leadership.

At the time, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier said the auditor’s report spoke to a “culture of entitlement” under the previous Progressive Conservative administration.

He will announce the new board at 2:30 p.m.

egraney@postmedia.com

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source : Calgary SUN
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