Barry Mehr brings more than 50 years of experience and expertise in this industry sector and government to the board. He began his career in food and agriculture in Ontario in the early 1960s, after completing his undergraduate degree in food chemistry. Barry spent 10 years working for Swift Canadian Company Ltd. in various sales and managerial positions before joining Canada’s public service.

Between 1973 and 2009, Barry served the Government of Alberta as an Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister in various ministries, including Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAFRD), Economic Development, and Innovation and Science.

Barry is a past Chairman of the Board of Governors at Olds College.