Karla Bergstrom to lead Alberta Canola as executive director

(Kara Oosterhuis/RealAgriculture)

The Alberta Canola Producers Commission has announced that Karla Bergstrom will be the next leader of Alberta Canola, beginning her role as executive director on May 16, 2022.

Bergstrom has over 10 years of experience leading Alberta Canola in its legislative duty to advise governments on issues affecting canola farmers. She will build on key relationships with the canola family and Team Alberta to amplify the farmers’ voice that advances the crop sector and contributes to the long-term success of canola farmers in Alberta, the producer organization says.

She takes the helm from Ward Toma, who is retiring from the role of general manager, as of June 1. Toma led Alberta Canola for 23 years.

“Karla’s significant policy development and government relations expertise, internal knowledge, commitment to excellence, and relationships within our organization and the canola family make her an exceptional individual for the role of Executive Director. We are confident in her leadership skills and vision that will contribute to the continued success of Alberta Canola,“ says Roger Chevraux, chair of Alberta Canola.