Rural Alberta is a key economic driver in the success of the province, and Albertans need access to the proper resources to achieve their own success and prosperity. Producers need stability as they mitigate risk with weather, volatile commodity prices and uncertainty in markets. For close to eight decades, Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) has served as a Crown Corporation that supports and contributes to the diversification of Alberta’s economy. It is a provider of insurance products to agricultural producers, a source of lending capital to aspiring entrepreneurs, and supplier of sustainability programs to clients. Farmers, agri-businesses and commercial operations have come to know AFSC as a trusted source of unique financial services.
AFSC has been recognized as one of the best places to work in Canada. The Corporation has held the title of a Top Employer in Alberta for the past eight years, and continues to rank among Canada’s Top 100 Employers for seven years.
As the next CEO, you will be accountable to the Board Chair for providing the strategic leadership direction, which will ensure that AFSC’s vision, mission and goals are achieved. This position supports policy development and leads an Executive Leadership Team in responding to operational issues and challenges while achieving business plan goals and objectives. The CEO will engage diverse stakeholders, deliver and effective products, programs and services, and develop and maintain relationships critical to achieving the overall strategic goals and vision of the Corporation.
As the ideal candidate for this role, you are a seasoned executive with significant experience in positions of comparable scale and responsibility, preferably in the financial and/or agriculture services sector. You have a track record of success in large, complex, multi-stakeholder organizations, and a proven ability to manage an organization that operates in geographically-dispersed sites and with a large, rural, and diverse customer base. You will have a strong understanding of rural communities and businesses, along with the strong appreciation for the importance of rural perspectives, diversification, and impacts on the economy. Exceptional people skills and the ability to communicate effectively with the public, governments, stakeholders and the media are critical.