Agriculture Financial Services Corporation
Kelly Smith-Fraser, an Alberta cattle producer who has served on multiple boards, brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership experience and a passion for agriculture to the role of board chair. She has previously served with Results Driven Agriculture Research, Alberta Beef Producers and the Canadian Maine-Anjou Association.
Andre Harpe is a family farm owner and active board member, He brings his passion for lifelong learning to this role. He is currently the chairperson on the Grain Growers of Canada board.
Michael Howden has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of Saskatchewan. Directly after graduating, Michael moved to Calgary where he worked as a project accountant for Stearns-Roger. He has a CPA, CMA designation. His career has been primarily in the consulting engineering and construction sectors, gaining broad experience in national and international operations and multi-location Canadian operations. Michael has always kept very involved in community, athletic and not-for-profit boards and committees.
Ross Bricker is a third generation cattle producer, and active board and committee member. He brings his experience in venture capital, corporate finance and lending, and knowledge of the agriculture and food industry, to this role.
Renata Colic has more than 20 years of financial, accounting and regulatory reporting experience. She has been involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions as well as public equity and debt financings. Renata is currently the Chief Financial Officer of a Calgary-based mutual fund company which she helped grow to become one of Canada’s largest independent mutual fund companies. Renata has also held management roles in the energy sector and in finance and risk management. Renata holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and her Chartered Accountant designation.
Rodney Bradshaw operates a diversified family-farming operation in central Alberta. Bradshaw serves on several boards and commissions in both the agriculture industry and non-profit sector. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and was a Canadian Nuffield Scholar in 1994.
Chioma Ufodike is a Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA) and leader in finance, regulatory compliance, risk management and forensic accounting, with over 22 years of experience spanning across various industries. Ufodike is currently the Chief Compliance Officer for a financial services (trust) corporation. She serves on a number of provincial, national and not-for-profit boards. She is also a financial literacy educator, helping Albertans improve their financial decision-making skills. Ufodike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Master of Forensic Accounting. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and has completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.