Statement on the passing of Bob Clark

Posted on July 17, 2020 |

Peter Woloshyn, chair of the NRCB, has issued the following statement on the passing of Bob Clark, former NRCB chair:

 “It is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Bob Clark late last week.

Bob’s notable public service career included a fixed-term as chair of the NRCB from October 2005 until July 2006, early in the NRCB’s mandate to regulate confined feeding operations under the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA). Those were tumultuous years and Bob played a pivotal role in defining the organization and its responsibilities going forward. During his very short term he worked with the interim CEO to restructure the NRCB and establish a memorandum of understanding with provincial ministries (Agriculture and Sustainable Resource Development at that time) that focused on the NRCB’s delivery of its mandate under AOPA. It was an astonishing series of endeavours to accomplish in less than a year, but a record very much in keeping with his legacy of getting things done.

As I look back, over my years as CEO and now as chair of the NRCB, I find myself in a unique position to recognize the tremendous groundwork he laid to make this organization the respected decision-maker it is today. Thank you Bob.

Bob’s brief time with the NRCB was only a short chapter in a remarkable career of public service that spanned more than 40 years and included stints as an MLA, a government cabinet minister, the leader of the official opposition, the province’s first ethics commissioner, and Alberta’s first information and privacy commissioner. His many accomplishments, including his extraordinary community building, mentorship, and his work with Olds College and with minor and junior hockey in Alberta, have been ably memorialized by many others.

On behalf of the NRCB, I extend deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community Bob Clark leaves behind.”