Global Associates

Valerie MacLeod

Valerie MacLeod, MBA

Jeri and Eric Denniston

Denner Group International

Alan Landers

FirstStep Training

Erin Campbell Howell

Brian J. Rhiness

President and CEO

Brian Rhiness has over 30 years of experience in government, business and community leadership roles:

  • President and CEO – The Rhiness Group
  • Principal – Haines Centre for Strategic Management
  • Assistant Deputy Minister – Government of Alberta
  • General Manager – Alberta Agricultural Products Marketing Council
  • Chairman – Alberta Dairy Board


  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture – University of Guelph
  • Executive Development Program – Queen’s University
  • Senior and Executive Managers’ Development Program – University of Alberta
  • Strategic Academy Certification – University of San Diego

Professional Associations

  • Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) – Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA), Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC)
  • Certified Director (ICD.D) – Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)

Boards and Community Service

  • Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, Alberta (IFASA) – Chairman
  • Trade Team Alberta
  • Alberta Agriculture Research Institute
  • AVAC Ltd.
  • 1993 Alberta Summer Games – Chairman