Alanna Koch named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Regina, SK – Saskatchewan Party leadership candidate Alanna Koch has been recognized as a 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. Koch was recognized by The Women's Executive Network (WXN) as one of the RBC Champions for her distinguished career in the public and agriculture sectors.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled to be honoured with this award and to be included with these remarkable women. I am blessed to have the career I have, and to have had the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and share them with others,” Koch said. “My leadership style has always been about transparency, vulnerability and mutual respect. My entire career has been driven by the opportunity to leave things better than how I found them. I hope that I have inspired others to do the same.”

Some of Koch’s accomplishments include being:

  • The first woman Deputy Minister to the Premier in Saskatchewan;
  • One of the longest-serving Deputy Ministers of Agriculture in Canada;
  • The first woman elected to the Board of Agricore United, a 100-year-old company;
  • The winner of the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for excellence in Leadership and Management;
  • The youngest woman to ever be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame; and
  • Representing Canada at World Trade Organization negotiations.

Koch was nominated for the award by KPMG Regina in April of 2017. 

“Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards showcases the leaders that are helping to drive positive change and progress and to remind us of the importance of empowering women in our workforce and in the community,” says Sherri Stevens, President & CEO of PhaseNyne, a parent company of Women’s Executive Network - WXN, Canadian Board Diversity Counsel – CBDC, and Stevens Resource Group - SRG. “We are so proud of the steps taken by women, and the organizations that support them, and are thrilled that we have now surpassed a major milestone, with more than 1,000 women honoured since the awards were launched in 2003.”

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada's top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. The Awards serve to recognize talented leaders and to inspire the current and next generations to push the boundaries of what's possible.

Koch will be honoured at a gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, November 23. Koch is currently running for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party. More information can be found at

Kelly Gallagher