Advisory Groups

Policy Advisory Group

The Policy Advisory Group (PAG) is a multi-stakeholder body for policy issues related to the effective delivery of the Agricultural Operation Practices Act. The Policy Advisory Group was established under a May 2006 memorandum of understanding between Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Natural Resources Conservation Board. It is responsible for:

  • Reviewing regulatory philosophy and policy
  • Developing and promoting appropriate or necessary legislative and regulatory change
  • Evaluating and recommending improvements to processes and procedures
  • Reviewing current issues

The Policy Advisory Group is accountable to the deputy ministers of both ministries. Members are designated by each sector and are appointed by ministerial order.

Accountability Session Reports under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act

Sector / Organization

Number of Representatives

Natural Resources Conservation Board
1 co-chair, 1 board member
Agriculture and Forestry 1 co-chair, 1 member
Environment and Parks 1 member, 1 alternate

Livestock Sectors

Beef 2 members, 2 alternates
Dairy 1 member, 1 alternate
Pork 2 members, 1 alternate
Poultry 1 member, 2 alternates
Intensive Livestock Working Group 1 member, 1 alternate

Municipal Sectors

Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties 1 member, 1 alternate
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association 1 member

Environmental Non-government Sector

Alberta Environmental Network 2 members


Policy Advisory Group Terms of Reference and Mandate

Memorandum of Understanding May 2006

Technical Advisory Group

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) identifies and develops technical guidelines necessary to support the Agricultural Operation Practices Act. The Technical Advisory Group consults with industry and with technical experts as required, and reports to senior officials in the board and Agriculture and Rural Development through its co-chairs.

Working committees report to the Technical Advisory Group Steering Committee (see steering committee membership below). Working group members are selected depending on the topic of the specific guideline being worked on and the required expertise.

Sector / Organization

Number of Representatives

Natural Resources Conservation Board
1 co-chair, 2 members
Agriculture and Forestry 1 co-chair, 2 members
Livestock Industry 2 members

Technical Advisory Group Terms of Reference

Guidelines