Keith Jones

Keith Jones

General Manager

Company: Rowland Farms
Specialization: Hemp Cultivation and Processing
Location: Taber, Alberta, Canada
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Biography

Keith Jones is General Manager and CFO of Rowland Farms, one of Canada’s largest organic grain and oilseed farming operations with nearly 40,000 acres under production. Rowland Farms is Canada’s largest industrial hemp grower, and produces a wide variety of cereal grains, ancient grains, oilseeds and pulses. In addition to its
substantial dry-land and irrigated farming operations, this 34 year old family farm operation is also involved in primary and secondary processing at four facilities in Southern Alberta, producing food and feed products for customers in Canada and the U.S.
Keith was elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance in November of 2016, and serves as Vice – President of CHTA while chairing the CHTA’s Government Relations committee.  Keith also serves as Director of BTE Biotrend Energy Inc., a private corporation committed to bio-products and bioenergy opportunities in Western Canada, and as Treasurer of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta. Keith has significant experience as a business consultant, international executive coach and technology entrepreneur.  Keith served for six years as President and CEO of AVAC Ltd., growing it in to a $90 million not-for-profit corporation specializing in seed capital investment and technology commercialization for value added agriculture. In 2008 he founded Fame Biorefinery Corp., a private venture which built a pilot plant to produce
proprietary industrial bio-products and high value food products using a variety of agricultural feedstocks including canola, camelina and brassica carinata.  Keith
chaired the Commercialization Subcommittee for Industry Canada’s BioProducts Technology Roadmap, and served as Vice-President of the Alberta Biodiesel Association. Keith provided management consulting services to a variety of manufacturing, forest products and energy clients, and served for six years on the Senate of the University of Calgary.  He is Past Chair of the Calgary Stampede’s International Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee.
With his business experience in oil and gas, manufacturing, forest products and agricultural industries both in Canada and overseas, Keith brings a unique perspective to the challenges of growing Canada’s value added agriculture industry.  He has worked across Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.  Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Alberta (1982) and an MBA in International Business from the University of British Columbia (1995).  His family has farmed continuously near Calgary since 1903, where he farmed with his brother Allen from 1984 to 1992, and Keith still advises the family farm on business and marketing matters.
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