Alanna Koch, long-time agriculture champion and senior government executive today announced her candidacy for the SaskParty leadership race.
“Ultimately, this race is about families - the family farm, family businesses, and middle-class working families. The leader of this province needs to have a deep understanding of what matters to Saskatchewan people and that’s what I bring to this race,” Alanna said.
Alanna, who has spent most of her life working in agriculture, most recently served as the Deputy Minister to the Premier. She has also been executive director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, a board member of Agricore United (a predecessor of Viterra), president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and Deputy Minister of Agriculture. Alanna and her husband Gerry Hertz operate their farm and volunteer in their home community of Edenwold.
“What sets me apart is the sheer breadth and depth of my experience. I’m a mother. I’m a farmer. I have stood up for farmers and the agriculture industry. I’ve helped open doors so our farmers can sell their beef, wheat and canola all over the world," said Alanna. "I have focused on what matters to Saskatchewan business. I am passionate about Saskatchewan and our future.”
Alanna was an elected school board trustee and served on the boards of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) and the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). In addition to her professional achievements, she received the Regina YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Excellence in Leadership and Management in 2015. In 2011, she was named to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of both the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.
Alanna stated that she would seek to build on the foundation of the Wall government’s policies.
“I have two young adult daughters and thanks to the path Brad Wall has put us on, I’m excited that my daughters and other young people can build their futures right here in Saskatchewan. That’s the kind of province I want to live in. My goal as Premier will be to stay on that path, build on it, and keep Saskatchewan strong,” she said.