Under the Crop Insurance Act, the board of directors is responsible for the overall direction of the Crop Insurance program and is authorized to conduct the affairs of the Corporation. Decisions with major financial and policy implications are developed in consultation with industry and must be approved by the provincial and federal governments.
Alanna Koch, Chairperson
Alanna Koch was appointed Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture, in November 2007.
Alanna has been involved in the agriculture industry, both professionally and personally, for most of her life. For the two years prior to her appointment as the Deputy Minister of Agriculture for the Government of Saskatchewan, she worked with the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) – an organization that advocates an open and fair trading environment for agriculture and agri-food products – first as Vice-President and then as President. Her background in agriculture and agricultural policy also includes the roles of Director with Agricore United, Executive Director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers and Director of the George Morris Centre at the University of Guelph.
Alanna has also helped develop agricultural extension services in Atlantic Canada, served as a national judge for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program and as a committee member for Canadian Western Agribition.
She has a Chartered Director designation from the Directors College, a program of the Conference Board of Canada and the Michael D. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. She is a graduate of the Canadian Agriculture Lifetime Leadership program and an Honorary Life Member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.
Alanna currently serves on the boards of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation and Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP).
She was named one of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2011 inductees. The Hall of Fame formally and publicly recognizes persons who, in the course of their residence in Saskatchewan, have made significant contributions to the welfare and improvement of Saskatchewan agriculture, and to a better way of life for the farm family.
Alanna, with her husband, Gerry Hertz, own and operate a grain farm at Edenwold, Saskatchewan. They have two teenage daughters who keep them very busy. They are also involved in their small community of Edenwold.
Nithi Govindasamy, Vice-Chairperson
Nithi is the Associate Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, with the Saskatchewan Government.
Prior to his present responsibilities, Nithi was the Director of the Policy Secretariat with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Nithi was with the Alberta Government for 25 years. Nithi has also served as a Resource Economist, Trade Statistician and Farm Income Specialist with the Department’s Economic Services Division.
Nithi also spent two years as the Director of the International Governance Office in IIR with responsibilities for coordinating the Alberta Government’s involvement in international development projects.
Since 1987, Nithi has been actively involved with agricultural trade and policy issues, taking the lead on trade issues during the BSE crisis.
Glen is married to Donna and have a family of four children, three boys and a girl.
They have farmed at Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan, for 26 years and continue to farm with their second son and his family. The farm is totally grain, and consists of approximately 4,000 acres of crop land. They rent 800 acres and own the balance.
Doug has been a member of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation Board since 2008.
He also serves on the Horizon Credit Union Board, starting his service six years ago. For five of those years he has been acting as Vice President.
Doug graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 with a degree in Agriculture. He previously set up a small business loans association and an economic development committee, sitting as President on both committees. Doug has served on many boards and committees, including the village council, Lions Club, church council, library board and community hall board.
Doug has worked as a farm broadcaster at CJGX radio, hosting a one hour live show. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, socializing and playing poker. His highest achievement in poker to date is playing in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in 2006.
Doug and his wife Nadine and young daughter Angelica own and operate a grain farm at Neudorf, Saskatchewan.