Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation
Honourable David Marit
David Marit was elected MLA for Wood River on April 4th, 2016. Born and raised in the area, he has very strong ties to his community.
On August 15, 2018, David was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
He previously served as Minister of Highways and Infrastructure and was later given the added responsibility of serving as Minister responsible for SaskBuilds and Priority Saskatchewan.
David currently owns and operates a farm with his brother and in addition to a busy professional life, has volunteered extensively. David began serving on RM Council in 1993 and in 1999 was elected to the SARM Board as Director in Division 2. He continued to serve as SARM President from 2006-2014 until winning the nomination for the Saskatchewan Party. He currently volunteers as a board member for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan.
David and his wife Lois have one son, one daughter, and two granddaughters.
Board of Directors
Under the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation Act, the Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction and development of the Crop Insurance and AgriStability programs 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.
Rick Burton, Chairperson
Rick became Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan Agriculture, effective July 1, 2016.
Rick has been with the Ministry for over 25 years in various positions. Rick previously held the position of Policy ADM, since October of 2013, and Regulatory and Innovation ADM, from April 2008 to October 2013.
Prior to joining the Deputy Minister’s Office in April 2008, Rick held various positions in the Ministry, including Director for the Crop Development Branch and the Director of Policy Branch.
Rick has a BSA in Agriculture Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Regina.
Rick sits on the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors, the Agricultural Credit Corporation of Saskatchewan Board of Directors, and the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership Board of Directors.
Rick lives in Regina with his wife Anna and two sons (Hunter and Lane). Rick was born in Kipling, Sask., where he was raised on the family farm.
Ron W Gilmour
Ron grew up on a grain farm near Craik. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Degree in Agriculture in 1984. Upon graduation, Ron worked for a chartered bank for 3 years. After this Ron farmed full time while working in the winter doing contract work for the Farm Debt Review Board and the Farm Land Security Board (1986-2001). Then this winter work transitioned to completing business plans for farmers through the Canadian Farm Business Advisory Service (2001-2005), and a facilitator delivering the Environmental Farm Program (2005-2008)
Ron has also been involved in industry as one of the founding board members helping establish the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission serving for five years as a board member (1997-2002). At this point Ron was also appointed as the flax member on the Western Grains Research Foundation (1997-2001).
Ron has been involved in many local community projects including helping to organize a group that rented a quarter of land with the proceeds going to support the local rink. Ron is chairman of the Craik and District Fire Board taking on this role in 2010. In recent years he is the announcer at the local Craik Warriors Senior hockey team and is an avid fan following the team to many of their games.
Ron and his wife Stella grow a wide range of crops and have adopted many of the new technologies on the farm. Ron and Stella have two grown children who both take an active interest in the farm.
Paul Johnson graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. In 1993 he joined the provincial government where he has spent his entire 25 year career with Government. He has completed an MBA from the University of Guelph (2001). Throughout his career he worked in numerous roles in the Department/Ministry of Agriculture in the areas of:
- Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation – policy and research
- Industry Development/Value-Added
- Livestock regulation and development
In 2007, Paul rose to the position of Executive Director of Livestock Branch and in 2013 became the Executive Director of Regional Services Branch. In March of 2016, Paul accepted a new challenge in the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, becoming the Executive Director of Park Operations. In December of 2018, Paul returned to the Ministry as an Assistant Deputy Minister. He currently provides oversight of the Policy, Trade and Value-Added and Livestock branches.
Margaret farms near Langbank where she grows winter wheat, spring wheat, barley and canola in partnership with her brother and cousin. Her main roles include grain marketing, risk management, administration, finance and accounting. Margaret now makes her home with her husband, Rob Rigetti, on his farm between Regina and Moose Jaw where they grow durum, canola and lentils.
Margaret attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1996. Prior to returning to the family farm at Langbank in 2001, Margaret worked as an environmental consultant in the Alberta petroleum industry. Margaret is the current Saskatchewan VP of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) and serves as the WCWGA’s director at Grain Growers of Canada (GGC). Margaret has also served in the community as a member of the school council committee and director on the local co-op board.
Derek grew up on a farm near Moosomin. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in agriculture in 2009, after majoring in animal science and minoring in business, in preparation to move back to the farm. Since coming home, he has transitioned the farm from a 300 head commercial operation to a 200 head purebred Black Angus herd: Smart Farms Angus, which is complimented by a grain operation jointly operated with his father Dale.
Smart Farms Angus is Derek's main focus and passion, as he enjoys the pursuit and combination of old and new genetics and how they can be combined to benefit the cattle industry. The main avenues of marketing and showcasing have become the Yards at Agribition and a on farm bull and female sale, held every March: Working Stiffs Sale.
Since returning home, Derek has become president of the local rodeo committee and continues to be a part of church committees. This has branched into the committee who started the local food grains project, Harvest of Hope, which has been operating for five years and continues to be a passion.
Derek and his wife Joelle continue to expand their farming operation and involvement in the community.