A great team — where fresh ideas give way to the shift!
Bryanna Yung, Executive Director
Idea girl, sheep farmer, entrepreneur, and key cheerleader at the Agriculture and Food Council, Bryanna Kumpula is an agriculture enthusiast and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, lover of coffee and new dog owner. Her business talents started at a young age and bloomed a bit more while enrolled at the University of Alberta.
After U of A, Bryanna made a few twists working at Rancher’s Beef, Northlands, and National Oilwell Varco. These fine places introduced her to new people, big ideas and global concepts that helped shape the person she is today. Having a lifelong addiction to school, Bryanna has gone back to MacEwan University to obtain a certificate in Executive Leadership in the Non-Profit Sector.
Bryanna’s not really limited to the agriculture business, as she spends her spare time creating dream weddings and magnificent floral designs. She can be found gracing the pages of Weddings in Alberta, enjoying yet another community project with her volunteer work or thinking up something fabulous with her colleagues and clients. Community involvement includes being an active board member on the board of directors of Green Hectares, the Lac La Biche Antique Society. Bryanna also takes great pride in volunteering for Northlands, Calgary Stampede, Edmonton Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lac La Biche Agricultural Society, Lac La Biche Safety Awareness Society & Calgary Rotary Club South.
Carla Rhyant, Vice President of Operations
Ms. Rhyant has worked extensively with non-profit organizations, expanding their profiles through solid programming, good communication and building a strong network of supporters. Her primary focus has been working within agriculture and natural resource sectors, with an organizational focus on governance, strategic planning and policy development. She is also the sole owner and operator of Rhyant Rock Farms, producing Soay and Katahdin sheep and Icelandic chickens.
In working with businesses in a rural setting for over ten years, Carla recognizes the demographics and the complexity to the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs investing in these sectors.
Carla has served on many Boards including the Agriculture and Food Council of AB, Alberta Conservation Association, Canadian Federation of Outfitters Associations and the International Conservation Coalition. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Next Generation Advisory Council–special Ministerial committee of the Minister of Agriculture, Verlyn Olson. Additionally, she has served as a member of the Farm Safety Advisory Council, as a Board member on the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) and Alberta Forage Industry Network (AFIN).
Cassandra Rasko, Project and Coworking Manager
Cassandra comes from a diverse background with experience in biology, agriculture, healthcare and has gained skills in organizing and running a variety of programs. She is always up for a challenge and her determination contributes to her success. Casandra has received further training in facilitation and is always looking for ways to advance her knowledge.
She currently runs AFC's Business Mentorship Program which has been hugely successful! Connecting businesses with mentors and seeing networks grow and companies meeting their business goals has been so rewarding.
Cassandra loves Edmonton and volunteers for Pilgrim’s Hospice and the Edmonton Folk Fest. She spends her time learning new skills like crocheting and experimenting with recipes. In the summer you’ll find her cycling on the trails or listening to podcasts. She seriously can’t stop learning and taking in new information.