Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet SecretaryView Biography
On July 1, 2016, Alanna Koch was appointed Deputy Minister to the Premier of Saskatchewan and Cabinet Secretary. Alanna is the first woman to serve in this role, which also oversees the Saskatchewan Public Service. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Saskatchewan Deputy Minister of Agriculture for nine years.
As the Head of the Saskatchewan Public Service, Alanna oversees an organization of 11,000 employees responsible for the design and delivery of government programs and services that are vital to Saskatchewan residents. Recognizing the importance of open and transparent communication and accountability, Alanna has made it a priority to embed the principles of values-based leadership in the public service culture and to engage employees in improving service to citizens.
Alanna has been involved in the agriculture industry, both professionally and personally, for most of her life. Prior to joining government, she was President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and she previously served as a Director with Agricore United and Executive Director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.
In recognition of her positive impact as a senior leader in government and industry, she was honored in 2015 with the Regina YWCA Women of Distinction Award for excellence in Leadership and Management. In 2012, Alanna received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2011, she was named to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievement in the sector. In 2005, her contributions to the agricultural industry and to her community were recognized when she received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.
Alanna serves on the boards of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) and the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS), and is also a member of the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council. She is a graduate of the Canadian Agriculture Lifetime Leadership program and an Honorary Life Member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. 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.
Alanna and her husband, who have two adult daughters, own and operate a grain farm at Edenwold where they are involved in their small community.
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Deputy Chief Executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research CouncilView Biography
Steve has been Deputy Chief Executive at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) since November 2008. He now leads on BBSRC international activities and global partnerships. He has extensive experience of research policy, funding and administration in institutes and universities having joined BBSRC on its formation in 1994 from the Agricultural and Food Research Council, initially serving as Director of Finance. He has subsequently undertaken a variety of roles, including BBSRC Interim Chief Executive for one year and Chief Operating Officer for seven years, a role that included international relations alongside other strategic initiatives such as UK Campus Developments.
Steve has developed extensive links in food security with funders in the US, Canada, Brazil, France, India, China, the European Union, and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He took a leading role in establishing the G20 International Wheat Initiative and the International Wheat Yield Partnership, a public-private partnership. In recent years, he has led the UK delegation to G20 meetings of agricultural chief scientists in Russia, Australia, and Turkey.
Steve’s external roles include Chair of the Institutions’ Committee of the G20 sponsored Global Wheat Initiative, Vice Chair of the International Wheat Yield partnership, director of the Norwich Research Park Campus Partnership, trustee of the Medical Research Foundation and observer member on the boards of two leading institutes: Rothamsted Research and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.
Steve is fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
For his support for scientific research, Steve was honoured in 2013 with the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire, awarded for outstanding work in the respective individual’s field.