CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 20, 2014) -
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Farmers, ranchers and member-owners of UFA Co-operative Limited have a new board chair with a long history in agriculture and with the Co-operative.
Kevin Hoppins was elected to be the board chair during the 2014 annual general meeting. He is a fourth-generation producer who farms with his family just west of Huxley, Alberta. After serving the Co-operative as a local delegate for eight years, Hoppins was elected to the board of directors in 2013.
"UFA is fortunate to have a board chair who is a progressive producer who understands agriculture, our communities and the importance of co-operatives," says Jim Watt, UFA's chief governance officer. "Members can be confident the board has chosen an excellent leader for an exciting time in the history of their co-operative."
Kevin Hoppins' connection to UFA started with his grandfather, Wilfred Hoppins, the general manager of UFA from 1951 to 1963. Ken Hoppins, Kevin's father, was a UFA delegate (1975-85) and director on the UFA board (1985 to 2002), also serving for many years as the first vice-chair.
"UFA was founded in rural Alberta for the betterment of agriculture," says Kevin Hoppins. "It is a pleasure and honor to have been elected as chair to continue the work we set out to do more than 100 years ago."
In addition to farming and his involvement with UFA, Kevin Hoppins is active in his community. He has been involved in the Ag Service Board, fire department, Communities in Bloom and the Friends of Tro-val Society. Continuing a Hoppins family tradition, Kevin is also heavily committed to the Goldeye Centre near Nordegg, Alberta. For more than 60 years, the Goldeye Centre has been the education retreat and home to the Co-operative Youth Program administered today by the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association.
Hoppins succeeds Jim Laverick, who announced in the fall that he would step down after four years as chair. Laverick was re-elected to the board at the annual general meeting and will work with Hoppins to ensure a seamless transition.
About UFA Co-operative Limited
Founded in 1909, UFA Co-operative Limited is an Alberta-based agricultural co-operative with more than 120,000 member-owners. UFA's network comprises more than 110 bulk fuel and cardlock Petroleum locations, 35 Farm & Ranch Supply stores and a support office located in Calgary. Independent Petroleum Agents and more than 1,200 UFA employees provide products, services and agricultural solutions to farmers, ranchers, members and commercial customers in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. UFA also owns and operates Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters. With 13 locations and more than 600 employees, Wholesale Sports is the largest multi-channel retailer in Western Canada dedicated to the outdoor industry. For more information, visit UFA.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Watch the video about the history of the Hoppins family and UFA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf7lQ7Q6BEU
Kevin Hoppins' biography: http://www.ufa.com/aboutUFA/directors.html
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