Grant McLellan takes over for Ryder Lee
By Diego Flammini
The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA) has a new chief executive officer.
Grant McLellan is the new CEO, the organization announced on Aug. 26.
“SCA is a well-respected organization, and I am excited to be working with the board and for producers,” McLellan said in a statement.
McLellan officially assumes his role on Sept. 12.
McLellan takes over for Ryder Lee, who served as CEO from July 2015 until August 2022.
On Aug. 2, the Canadian Cattle Association announced Lee would be joining that organization as its new general manager as of Sept. 1.
As the new CEO of SCA, McLellan will lead organizational staff as they work on behalf of beef cattle producers to address policy, production, communication and other issues to strengthen the province’s beef sector.
McLellan brings a decade of experience working in the provincial government to his new role.
In June 2021 he started serving as the chief of staff to Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit. This June became the chief of staff to Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison. And from January 2017 to February 2020, he served as chief of staff for another minister, McLellan’s LinkedIn profile says.
This experience will help the sector achieve its goals, said Arnold Balicki, chair of SCA.
“His established relationships with officials and elected members in various levels of government is truly a benefit to our industry,” he said in a statement. “We believe Grant will bring a strong leadership role to our association. As the board chair, I am looking forward to working with him.”
The Saskatchewan Forage Council and Alberta Beef Producers also posted congratulatory messaged to McLellan on social media.