+ Donna BIO
Donna Trottier is the Farm and Ranch Program Director for AgSafe Alberta. With direction from the Working Group, Donna is developing and delivering practical farm and ranch safety programs, materials and educational tools to Alberta’s farm and ranch community. The AgSafe Alberta program also aims to create a model of farm safety education to become the foundation of long-term, effective, and stable programming.
Donna’s passion for agriculture started on the grain farm where she was raised, near Colonsay, Saskatchewan and she has been continually engaged in the agricultural industry since leaving the farm. Donna is a Professional Agrologist and holds her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. After university, Donna worked in several agricultural capacities including crop input agrologist, sustainable agricultural extension coordinator, appraisal agrologist, ag-tour coordinator, and environmental consultant. In recent years Donna has been immersed in farm safety projects, developing commodity-based tools and courses on hazard identification and risk assessment, farm employee safety orientations and other programs to help farmers and ranchers embrace a culture of safety.
Donna looks forward to further work with agricultural producers who want to manage their farm safety risks and protect everyone on the farm.
+ Sherri BIO
Sherri holds a business degree from the University of Wyoming and operates a health and safety consulting business in the High River area. Prior to her starting her consulting business in 2014, Sherri spent 22 years working for Cargill Meat Solutions in a number of management roles. Sherri spent many years in the cattle procurement department, working with cattle producers and feedlot operations. Later in her employment she moved into the position of Safety Manager for the beef facility in High River. Sherri’s love for agriculture started with her growing up on the family cattle and sheep ranch in Wyoming. The ranch established in 1881 near the confluence of the Little Snake River and Battle Creek, has been operated by the family for six generations.
+ Maria BIO
Maria has been involved with agriculture from a very young age. She grew up influenced by the dairy and equine industry. She was involved in 4-H where she showed cattle and poultry and had the opportunity to be involved in national 4-H exchanges.
Her love of animals and agriculture led her to pursuing a degree as an animal health technician. One of her degree practicums was with the St-Hyacinthe veterinary university outside of Montreal Quebec where she worked with livestock in the large animal hospital. After her rotation, she was retained as an assistant in a research project on the development of a vaccine for livestock.
Maria spent many years working on different farms and ranches across Canada with cattle, elk and sheep, allowing her to experience diverse farming practices and livestock management. Maria also worked on grain farms for the production of livestock feed and cash crops.
Having a love of horses, Maria spent many years training young horses and showing. She was a member of the Calgary stampede ranch girls and rodeoed throughout Alberta. Maria is continuously involved in agriculture calving 200 head of angus influenced cattle every spring and caring for her horses and poultry. Aside working the family farm, Maria also holds a certificate in Health and safety administration. She was a rural firefighter and emergency medical technician for the local EMS for many years.
Maria looks forward to working with producers and creating a safer agriculture community .
+ Dan BIO
Dan has been in the ag industry forever and is originally from Saskatchewan, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.), Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), and Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC), After university, Dan spent over fifteen years in the agriculture industry where he served as the Director of the Canadian Research and Development group for Bayer Ag.
Upon leaving Bayer, Dan became a partner in a start-up service company in Alberta in 2001 with operations across Canada. As a full time Professional Safety Business Consultant since 2009, Dan now shares his passion for safety excellence and strategic development with agricultural clients primarily in western Canada. In recent years Dan has been actively involved with numerous agricultural safety initiatives including the Alberta FarmSafe program and the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and hopes to improve safety at the farm gate while assisting the agriculture industry to adopt risk management strategies that make sense.
Dan believes in supporting the local community, and he has served as an active member of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce Agriculture & Environment committee, Young Farm Workers Safety Workshop committee (Safe Communities), Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA Council), Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development FarmSafe Program and currently is the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) National Communications Chair and Chair of the local CSSE Central Alberta Chapter.