Smith leaving Alta Turkey producers

The Canadian turkey industry is losing on of its longest serving members.

After 24 years with the Alberta Turkey Producers (ATP), Greg Smith has retired from his role of executive director. Former Assistant Executive Director Cara Dary has accepted his position as of June 1, 2012.

“I am proud to have served the Board for the last 24 year.; I have had the opportunity to watch and participate as the Alberta turkey industry has evolved, we as a Board continually worked at and improved marketing and allocation systems to better serve the producers and processors” said Smith in a media release.

“When I discussed retiring from my position of Executive Director of the Alberta Turkey Producers, I presented the board with a transition plan that involved the hiring and training of an Assistant Executive Director, I have worked with Cara Dary for the last year and she has proven to be a more-than-capable assistant. I am extremely pleased to be leaving the board in the best of hands.”

Smith was the third general manager of the Alberta Turkey Producers. He was the longest serving manager under the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act and at the Turkey Farmers of Canada. Smith saw the Alberta turkey industry evolve greatly during his tenure.

He participated in regulatory reviews, resulting in positive and substantial changes to the regulatory system and has participated on many key committees nationally with the Turkey Farmers of Canada.

“On behalf of the ATP Board of Directors, I would like to thank Greg for the passion and dedication he put toward the Alberta turkey industry, his contributions will be forever remembered. We as a Board welcome Cara to her new role; we are excited to be working with her.” says Chairman, Darren Ference.

With a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Alberta, Dary brings six years experience working for both the private and public sector implementing and managing HACCP based on-farm food safety and animal health programming. Cara has worked for ATP as the assistant executive director for the last year.

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