Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation
The Honourable Lyle Stewart
Lyle Stewart was born and raised near Pense, Saskatchewan, where he continues to farm and ranch with his wife Linda and son Lee.
Lyle was one of the first members in the newly formed Saskatchewan Party and was elected to the Legislative Assembly as the MLA for Thunder Creek in 1999.
He was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011. During his two terms in opposition, Lyle served as the Interim Leader of the Party, as well as the critic for Agriculture, Economic Development and Industry and Resources.
After the Saskatchewan Party formed the government in 2007, Lyle served as the Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, the chair of the Legislature’s Standing Policy Committee on the Economy, a member of the caucus' Standing Policy Committee on the Economy, and the Province’s Treasury Board.
On May 25, 2012, Premier Brad Wall appointed Lyle as the Minister of Agriculture and minister responsible for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation. Lyle and his wife Linda have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Board of Directors
Under the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation Act, the Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction and development of the Crop Insurance and AgriStability programs and is authorized to conduct the affairs of the Corporation. Decisions with major financial and policy implications are developed in consultation with industry and must be approved by the provincial and federal governments.
Rick Burton, Chairperson
Rick became Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan Agriculture, effective July 1, 2016.
Rick has been with the Ministry for over 25 years in various positions. Rick previously held the position of Policy ADM, since October of 2013, and Regulatory and Innovation ADM, from April 2008 to October 2013.
Prior to joining the Deputy Minister’s Office in April 2008, Rick held various positions in the Ministry, including Director for the Crop Development Branch and the Director of Policy Branch.
Rick has a BSA in Agriculture Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Regina.
Rick sits on the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors, the Agricultural Credit Corporation of Saskatchewan Board of Directors, and the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership Board of Directors.
Rick lives in Regina with his wife Anna and two sons (Hunter and Lane). Rick was born in Kipling, Sask., where he was raised on the family farm.
Ron W Gilmour
Ron grew up on a grain farm near Craik. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Degree in Agriculture in 1984. Upon graduation, Ron worked for a chartered bank for 3 years. After this Ron farmed full time while working in the winter doing contract work for the Farm Debt Review Board and the Farm Land Security Board (1986-2001). Then this winter work transitioned to completing business plans for farmers through the Canadian Farm Business Advisory Service (2001-2005), and a facilitator delivering the Environmental Farm Program (2005-2008)
Ron has also been involved in industry as one of the founding board members helping establish the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission serving for five years as a board member (1997-2002). At this point Ron was also appointed as the flax member on the Western Grains Research Foundation (1997-2001).
Ron has been involved in many local community projects including helping to organize a group that rented a quarter of land with the proceeds going to support the local rink. Ron is chairman of the Craik and District Fire Board taking on this role in 2010. In recent years he is the announcer at the local Craik Warriors Senior hockey team and is an avid fan following the team to many of their games.
Ron and his wife Stella grow a wide range of crops and have adopted many of the new technologies on the farm. Ron and Stella have two grown children who both take an active interest in the farm.
Cammy Colpitts became the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in August 2016.
She has spent the last 12 years working in the area of strategic policy. Before joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Cammy was the Executive Director of Strategic Management at the Ministry of Social Services. Prior to that, she was with Intergovernmental Affairs for eight years, most recently as the Executive Director of Canadian Intergovernmental Relations.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Political Science with a Minor in Economics from the University of Regina.
Cammy lives in Regina with her husband Jason and their three children Hunter, Julia and Marley.
Margaret farms near Langbank where she grows winter wheat, spring wheat, barley and canola in partnership with her brother and cousin. Her main roles include grain marketing, risk management, administration, finance and accounting. Margaret now makes her home with her husband, Rob Rigetti, on his farm between Regina and Moose Jaw where they grow durum, canola and lentils.
Margaret attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1996. Prior to returning to the family farm at Langbank in 2001, Margaret worked as an environmental consultant in the Alberta petroleum industry. Margaret is the current Saskatchewan VP of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) and serves as the WCWGA’s director at Grain Growers of Canada (GGC). Margaret has also served in the community as a member of the school council committee and director on the local co-op board.
Derek grew up on a farm near Moosomin. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in agriculture in 2009, after majoring in animal science and minoring in business, in preparation to move back to the farm. Since coming home, he has transitioned the farm from a 300 head commercial operation to a 200 head purebred Black Angus herd: Smart Farms Angus, which is complimented by a grain operation jointly operated with his father Dale.
Smart Farms Angus is Derek's main focus and passion, as he enjoys the pursuit and combination of old and new genetics and how they can be combined to benefit the cattle industry. The main avenues of marketing and showcasing have become the Yards at Agribition and an on farm bull and female sale, held every March: Working Stiffs Sale.
Since returning home, Derek has become president of the local rodeo committee and continues to be a part of church committees. This has branched into the committee who started the local food grains project, Harvest of Hope, which has been operating for five years and continues to be a passion.
Derek and his wife Joelle continue to expand their farming operation and involvement in the community.