It's been a rough couple of years financially for the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute.
Leah Olson, moved into the role as PAMI's President and CEO last April, right in the midst of COVID which created another unforeseen
" You know we weren't allowed to go across the Canada/US border and so as a result we saw some of our big clients pull back on some of the work they wanted to do with us and those were in the millions of dollars."
She says they've had to make some changes which unfortunately involved layoffs, but the company has adapted well.
Last week, Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister David Marit announced PAMI's new Board of Directors.
1. Carmen Sterling, Producer and Owner, Shady Lane Farms Inc. (Chair)
2. Gunter Jochum, Producer and President, Blue Diamond Farms Ltd. (Vice-Chair)
3. Grant Adolph, Chief Operating Officer, Buhler Industries
4. Gene Fraser, Vice President, Business Development, MacDon Industries
5. Jonathan Gruel, Executive Director, Policy, Government of Saskatchewan
6. Kendra Mueller, Senior Relationship Manager, Farm Credit Canada
7. Jared Nelson, Producer and General Manager, Nelsons Roxboro Farm
Olson says they remain focused on their new strategic plan and are excited about the new board.
"What is I think important about this board is that many of them have had experience in a turn-around organization. Many of them have really valuable industry experience with organizations that are going through changes but in addition we still have that really important voice of the farmer.
PAMI has also completed the acquisition of the assets and liabilities of WESTEST, an organization whose board in November 2020 decided to dissolve to enable a stronger PAMI that could better serve clients, particularly those in mining and transportation.