Alta. names new deputy ag minister

A former senior bureaucrat in Alberta’s ag ministry is set to return as the department’s deputy minister at the end of this month.

The Alberta government on Friday announced Jason Krips as deputy minister for agriculture and rural development effective Sept. 30.

Krips, who’s now assistant deputy minister of international relations with the province’s international and intergovernmental relations ministry, will replace John Knapp, the ag department’s deputy minister since 2008.

A lawyer since 1997, Krips, before joining the public sector, specialized in representing agricultural clients on legislative and industry policy issues, and on planning law and environmental issues.

He joined the provincial civil service in 2000 as legislative manager with the department of government services, and in 2004 became director of research and analysis with the executive council’s policy co-ordination office.

Krips later worked as executive assistant for the minister of agriculture and rural development (2004-06), then in the same role for the minister of advanced education (2006-08) before returning to the ag department. — Network

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