Alanna Koch is a long-time agriculture champion and senior government executive. Alanna most recently served as Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary. As the Head of the Saskatchewan Public Service, Alanna oversaw 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 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.
Prior to the appointment of Deputy Minister to the Premier, she was honoured to serve as the Saskatchewan Deputy Minister of Agriculture for nine years. Alanna has been involved in the agriculture industry, both professionally and personally, for most of her life. Before joining government, she was President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and she previously served as a Director with Agricore United (a predecessor of Viterra), and Executive Director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. Alanna and her husband, who have two young adult daughters, own and operate a grain farm at Edenwold where they are involved in their small community.
Alanna has long history of being involved in politics on both the federal and provincial level, working on her first campaign 30 years ago. She has ran campaigns for Members of Parliament and current MLAs. She has also been Chief of Staff to various Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Chief of Staff for Premier Grant Devine. Alanna herself has been elected as a School Board Trustee.
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 served on the boards of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) and the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP). Alanna 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.