Sask Deputy Ag Minister Moving to Province's Top Public Servant Role


Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced Thursday that Alanna Koch, who has served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture since 2007, has been appointed to the province’s top public servant role.

Koch will replace Doug Moen as the new Deputy Minister to the Premier effective July 1st.

“Alanna Koch has shown tremendous leadership over the past eight years as Deputy Minister of Agriculture, as our agriculture industry has grown and advanced as one of the main drivers of Saskatchewan’s economy,” said Wall in a statement. “She is well-respected by both the public service and by elected officials and I look forward to working with her to advance our government’s growth agenda and keep Saskatchewan strong.”

Prior to serving as deputy ag minister, Koch was the president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and executive director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. Her and her husband also farm near Edenwold.

Rick Burton, who has served as an Assistant Deputy Minister of Agriculture since 2008, will take Koch’s spot on July 1st. Burton’s career in the ag ministry dates back to 1988, and includes serving as the Director for the Crop Development Branch and Director of the Policy Branch.

Related: Finding Balance: An Interview with Deputy Minister Alanna Koch

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