Fraser Valley/Victoria – Very quietly, the Province announced a new boss for the ALR. Here is the short and sweet media release:
A leader with extensive experience in local government operations, a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the University of British Columbia, as well as professional certification as a registered professional agrologist and a registered professional planner, has been appointed as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Agricultural Land Commission.
Kim Grout will begin her duties as the commission’s CEO on Dec. 14, 2015.
Prior to her appointment, Grout served the City of Pitt Meadows for 11 years, in roles including chief administrative officer (CAO), deputy CAO and director of operations and development service. Grout also has worked for the cities of Maple Ridge and Abbotsford.
In addition to her degree in agriculture, Grout has completed training in strategic management at the UBC Sauder school of business, and municipal administrative training institute programs at Capilano University.
The Provincial Agricultural Land Commission is an independent administrative tribunal dedicated to preserving agricultural land and encouraging farming in British Columbia.