The Agricultural Advisory Committee consists of between 13 and 16 members. Eight of these members are appointed by Council. Councillor Craig Speirs is the Council Liaison for this Committee. Councillor Kiersten Duncan is the alternate. The remaining representatives are nominated and appointed by their respective agencies, organizations and governments.
About the Committee
The Agricultural Advisory Committee, established in June 2007, has been set up to advise Council on agricultural issues and to engage in activities to support the agricultural sector. The committee works in collaboration with related agencies and organizations involved in the promotion of agriculture, the protection of farmland and the recognition of the need for food security.
Currently there are:
one member at large position available, with priority given to those who reside in Maple Ridge and are knowledgeable about agriculture
three members at large actively involved in the agricultural sector positions
The committee is developing action items and establishing priorities related to its long term goals. The business plan is structured as a three-year plan, in order to provide the committee, council and funding sources with a consistent set of responsibilities, anticipated projects and funding needs. The committee is involved in and supports projects aimed at promoting public awareness and protecting agricultural activities. The committee is actively involved in the implementation of an Agricultural Plan to support agriculture in the future.