The Commissioners

The ALC consists of at least 13 Commissioners and are appointed from each of the 6 geographic ALR regions

The Commissioners

Prospective members apply through the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO) . The Agricultural Land Commission Act (the "ALC Act") stipulates that prospective members must be knowledgeable in matters relating to agriculture, land use planning, local government or first nation government. Members of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) are appointed by the Minister responsible. The Chair and Vice-Chairs are appointed by Cabinet. The ALC carries out its duties in six regional panels: Island, South Coast, Okanagan, Kootenay, Interior, and North. Panel region maps can be found on the Maps and GIS page.

Jennifer Dyson, Chair

Jennifer Dyson has been involved in many aspects of agriculture; as a producer, consultant, chair, commissioner and industry member. Dyson has participated in the Partnership Committee on Agriculture and the Environment, Environmental Farm Plan Working Group, and Island AgriFood Initiative. Ms. Dyson is also a past member of the Agriculture Advisory Committee for the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, past chair of the Minister of Agriculture's Advisory Committee, and a past ALC Commissioner. She was appointed to the Agricultural Land Commission in 2008 and served as chair of the Island Panel until January 2017. Dyson served the agriculture industry, province and federal government as the executive director of the Agricultural Workforce Policy Board formed to respond to human resources challenges in agriculture. Dyson was one of a handful of people who formed the Island Farmers Alliance and served as the Western Women’s representative appointed by the BC Agriculture Council to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Dyson and her family operate a water buffalo dairy and direct farm market in the Alberni Valley.

South Coast Panel

Ione Smith, Vice-Chair - Sechelt

Ione Smith is a registered Professional Agrologist with 15 years of experience in agriculture, food security planning, and community engagement. As a co-founder of Upland Agricultural Consulting Ltd in Sechelt, Mrs. Smith has worked alongside BC’s farming community towards the development of agricultural plans, market opportunities analyses, and climate change adaptation strategies. Her projects have been acknowledged with a 2016 BC Land Award and a 2015 Planning Institute of BC Honourable Mention. Mrs. Smith is a Tier 2 BC Farm Business Advisor, a BC Food Systems Network Steering Committee member, and a past director of Sunshine Coast Community Futures. Mrs. Smith received a MSc from the University of British Columbia in 2004 and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College in 2001.

Satwinder Bains, Commissioner - Abbotsford

Satwinder Bains is the Director of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley and Associate Professor in Social Cultural and Media Studies. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in the Faculty of Education. Her research interest and expertise are in the field of curriculum theory and implementation, ethnicity and racism, South Asian migration, integration and settlement, cultural historiographies and diaspora studies.

Susan Gimse, Commissioner - Pemberton

Coming soon.

Island Panel

Linda Michaluk, Vice Chair - North Saanich

Linda Michaluk retired in 2012 as the Executive Director of the College of Applied Biology of BC, a position she held since the inception of the College (2002). Ms. Michaluk also served as Executive Director of the College precursor organization, the Association of Professional Biologists of BC from 1997 – 2010. A Registered Professional Biologist from 1981 to 2019, Ms. Michaluk held elected office as Mayor of North Saanich (1987-1990; 1997-2002) and was first appointed to the Environmental Appeal Board in 1990 serving as Chair until 1994. In 2013 she was appointed to the Forest Appeals Commission as well as the Oil and Gas Appeal Tribunal and reappointed to the Environmental Appeal Board. She holds a BSc from the University of Alberta and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC and was a public member of the BC Law Society Hearing Panel Pool from 2011 to 2019. In 2016, she was elected to the Board of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals.

Honey Forbes, Commissioner - Duncan

Honey Forbes resides in Duncan and is currently working as a coroner in her community. She has a broad range of knowledge and experience with food, health and agriculture issues. Ms. Forbes was raised on a dairy farm in Alberta, was a long time consumer representative on the Consultative Committee and the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee of the Canadian Dairy Commission, a consumer representative and board member of the Canadian Agri food Research Council and a consumer representative on Health Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Trans Fat Task Force. A former Saskatoon grower in Alberta, she remains actively involved in family agri business interests in Alberta and B.C. She holds an RN diploma, BScN and LLB degrees from the University of Alberta, and a Leadership diploma from the Canadian Farm Business Management Council's CALL program. She is a past member of the British Columbia Farm Industry Review Board.

Okanagan Panel

Gerald Zimmermann, Vice-Chair - Kelowna

Gerald Zimmermann is an outgoing Kelowna City councillor, as well as being the former fire chief, deputy fire chief, assistant fire chief, firefighter and lieutenant of the City of Kelowna. Active in his community, Mr. Zimmermann sits on the Central Okanagan Regional District Board, the Black Mountain Irrigation Board, the Okanagan Regional Library Board, and the Okanagan Basin Water Board. His past commitments include the Agricultural Land Commission, the Patient Care and Quality Review Board, chair of the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Fire Chiefs, and the director of the BC Fire Chiefs Organization. Mr. Zimmermann holds his Certificate in Municipal Government Administration from Malaspina College, now Vancouver Island University.

Joe Deuling, Commissioner - Lumby

Joe Deuling has lived in the Lumby area for 59 years and has lived most of those years on his parent’s ranch where he grew up or on his own farm. Joe and his family grow berries, fruit and raise cattle, pigs, bees and chickens on the farm. Mr. Deuling has a general law practice in Lumby which allows him to keep working on the farm. He enjoys spending time on or near the Shuswap River and surrounding mountains hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, skiing and hiking and just generally enjoying the wonderful area he is grateful to call home.

Kootenay Panel

David Zehnder, Vice-Chair - Invermere

David Zehnder and his brothers operate a cattle ranch in the East Kootenay region. Mr. Zehnder sits on several boards including the Canadian Cattlemen’s Beef Cattle Research Council, the University of Alberta Rangeland Research Institute, and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC. He has worked in BC and across the world on agriculture and ecological projects. He is leading a research and development project in BC and Alberta known as the Farmland Advantage.

Ian Knudsen, Commissioner - Creston

Ian Knudsen is currently the owner and operator of Sun Beam Farms. Previously, he was the manager of Schofer Farms and manager of Top Potato Farms. In the past, he was the vice president and current member for the Kootenay Livestock Association and former trustee for the Creston Dyking District. Mr. Knudsen is currently a member of the BC Cattlemen Association and the Creston Valley Beef Growers Association. He completed the Trac program at Camosun College.

Jerry Thibeault, Commissioner - Cranbrook

Jerry Thibeault has been a self-employed Rancher for many years and is a former Commissioner for the ALC. Previously, he was the East Kootenay Coordinator for a Highway Fencing Project with the BC Ministry of Highways and was a Livestock Inspector for Ownership Identification Inc. and the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Active in his community, Mr. Thibeault conducts Farm educational tours and volunteers for the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary Society. He was also a former Committee Chair with the Kootenay Livestock Association.

Interior Panel

Richard Mumford, Vice-Chair - Alexis Creek

Rick Mumford is a Contractor with the BC Cattlemen's Association. Previously, he was the owner/president of Chiltech Forestry Ltd., and before that he was a manager with the Ministry of Forests. Active in his community, Mr. Mumford is a director with Tsi Del Del Enterprises Ltd. (a timber harvesting company jointly owned by the Alexis Creek Indian Band and Tolko Industries Ltd.), and has sat on many boards including the Cariboo Regional District Board, the Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Board (chair), the West Chilcotin Forest Products Ltd., and Yun Ka Whu'ten Holdings Ltd. Mr. Mumford holds his Forest Resource Technology Diploma from the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Bob Haywood-Farmer, Commissioner - Savona

Bob Haywood-Farmer is the co-owner/manager of Indian Gardens Ranch Ltd., a family owned mid-sized cattle ranch located in the Savona area, west of Kamloops along the Thompson River. Mr. Haywood-Farmer is a member of the Tunkwa Lake Stock Association and the BC Cattlemens' Association. Mr. Haywood-Farmer is the director of the Kamloops Stock Association. He has served on the Farm Debt Review board and also the Appeal Board for Farm Credit Canada. He was on the Agriculture Advisory Committee for the Bank of Montreal. Mr. Haywood-Famers has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from UBC (1970) where he studied range management, agronomy and soils. He has studied Holistic Resource Management and is assisting his son Ted in implementing an intensive grazing system on part of their range. Mr. Haywood-Farmer is turning his management responsibilities over to his son, welcoming the 4th generation as they inject fresh ideas and energy into the ranch.

North Panel

Janice Tapp, Vice-Chair - Fraser Lake

Janice Tapp is the co-owner and operator, along with her husband, of Copper-T Ranch in Fraser Lake BC and a former public school teacher with over 37 years of experience. Ms. Tapp’s teaching career including working at School District #91 in Nechako Lakes, District #69 in Qualicum, and District #84 in Gold River. Active in her community, she currently serves as President of the Nechako Valley Regional Cattleman’s Association and Vice President of the Fort Fraser Livestock Association. Ms. Tapp is also a Director of the Fraser Lake Community Foundation Endowment Fund and is the Secretary/Treasurer for the BC Hereford Association. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Victoria.

Andrew Adams, Commissioner - Willow River

Andrew Adams received a BSc degree in Agriculture, with a major in park management and conservation, from Kansas State University in 2006. In 2010 Andrew moved to BC via Alaska after meeting his wife. Andrew and wife Janie moved to Prince George, BC and Andrew began work in Forest ecology, Agrology and Environmental consulting. Andrew now regularly gives presentations and workshops on food production, seed saving and plant breeding for extreme climates in northern BC, as well as agriculture feasibility consultations, and operates his certified organic mixed vegetable farm north east of Prince George. The farm sells to local markets, restaurants and a distributor in Vancouver. Andrew is the Eaglet Lake Farmers Institute Secretary and a Director of District C for the Central Interior Farmers Institute. Andrew and Janie are involved in the farm to school programs in Prince George. Currently Andrew is researching the feasibility of creating a gourmet mushroom enterprise utilizing wood waste from Prince George’s forest industry to create low carbon footprint protein sources.

Additional information about current Commissioner appointments can be found on the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office website.

Commissioner Annual Remuneration

Treasury Board directs that Commissioner per diem be posted annually. 

2018 - 2019 Commissioner Remuneration

2017 - 2018 Commissioner Remuneration

2016 - 2017 Commissioner Remuneration

2015 - 2016 Commissioner Remuneration

2014 - 2015 Commissioner Remuneration

Past Commission Chairs

Appointment Dates



May 17, 1973 - June 9, 1975


W.T. Lane

June 5, 1975 - January 4, 1979


G. Gary Runka

January 4, 1979 - March 7, 1980


Axel Kinnear

March 7, 1980 - April 11, 1985


Dr. M.F. Clarke

April 11, 1985 - November 1, 1990


I.D. Paton

November 1, 1990 - February 4, 1992


Dr. L. Greenaway

February 4, 1992 - December 17, 1998


Kirk B. Miller

December 17, 1998 - November 14, 2001


Dr. Alan Chambers

May 1, 2002 - November 1, 2004


Kirk B. Miller

April 1, 2005 - April 30, 2010


Erik Karlsen

June 17, 2010 - May 14, 2015


Richard Bullock

May 14, 2015 - May 14, 2018


Frank Leonard

May 14, 2018 - Present


Jennifer Dyson