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Fred Young

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Fred Young:
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Fred Young started with Alberta Agriculture in May of 1981 and worked as a District Agriculturist for 12 years followed by working as a Forage specialist for 7 years. Currently, Fred is the Manager of the newly formed Rural Life Enhancement Section. This section includes the Agricultural Societies Program, Century Farm Awards, Agriculture Hall of Fame and Open Farm Days. During his career he has had the opportunity to work along-side several Ag Societies and feels he has a good working knowledge of the many challenges that they face. Agricultural Societies play such an important role in improving the quality of life in our communities and in shaping their rural fabric.



Marla Calico

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Marla Calico:
International Association of Fairs and Expositions

Marla Calico is the President and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions – the IAFE – headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. The Association represents and facilitates the evolving interests of its 1200 members which are agricultural fairs, exhibitions and show from around the globe.

Her role as the President and CEO came after 9 ½ years on the staff of the Association. When she joined the IAFE’s professional staff in 2006 her primary project was to launch the IAFE’s Institute of Fair Management, a training program which provides an introduction to the core areas of fair management to fair staff, board members and volunteers.

Prior to joining the IAFE’s staff, Marla had a long career in the fair sector, working for nearly 30 years at the Ozark Empire Fair (Springfield, Missouri), the latter decade of which she was the General Manager. During that time she also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the IAFE.

Marla is a frequent speaker for fair industry gatherings, presenting motivational keynote addresses as well as seminars on a wide range of topics of key importance to fairs today. In 2012, Marla was inducted into the IAFE’s “Hall of Fame”, the highest honor awarded by the Association.



Tim Carson

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Tim Carson:
Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies

Tim has spent most of his life living, working and playing in rural Alberta. Through the many twists and turns his career has taken, Tim has developed a deep passion for rural communities and the need for renewed success in the 21st century. For more than a decade now Tim has channeled his rural enthusiasm towards Agricultural Societies, recognizing that volunteers and their passion are the heart and soul of communities. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies and has had the opportunity to meet tremendous people from across Alberta, Canada and the United States who are directly connected to the fair industry and rural. These connections and experiences have provided a unique perspective on the challenges facing rural communities. Tim and his wife Kim live on 80 acres outside a small community just north of Edmonton and along with their 2 sons are continuing to live, work and play in rural Alberta.