Our Team

Tanya Pidsadowski

Tanya Pidsadowski


As both a former Registered Dietician and a farmer herself, Tanya Pidsadowski’s experience and education make her the ideal person to lead Alberta Canola’s efforts in public engagement. This new role will see Tanya engage a diversity of audiences, educating and interacting about canola facts, the farmers that grow it, its unique place in agriculture, and the role it has in a healthy diet.

Pidsadowski has a B.Sc. in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Alberta and began her career as a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health. Relevant to agriculture, she has experience in the canola seed sector as a representative for Pioneer seeds whilst she and her husband ran the family farm near Westlock. While scouting fields with her customers and hosting field tours, Tanya discovered her talents in promoting agriculture and the benefits of the crops farmers grow. For the last few years, she has been one of our valued contractors promoting canola to teachers, students and the general public at events such as, Aggie Days and the Calgary Stampede.

Tanya’s combination of experience on farm, in health care, and in the agricultural industry will serve her and Alberta’s canola farmers well in this new role.




Dawn Ius

Dawn Ius


Dawn Ius is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is co-founder and senior editor of Vine Leaves Literacy Journal, Assistant Managing Editor of the International Thriller Writers’ The Big Thrill magazine, and the author of 10 educational graphic novels published by The Alberta Canola Producers Commission. Her first contemporary young adult novel, ANNE & HENRY, will be published fall of 2015 from Simon Pulse (U.S), and yet-unpublished novel HEARTLESS was recently optioned for development as a T.V. show by Verite Films in Toronto.

Dawn also writes young adult thriller and paranormal fiction under the last name Dalton. Her short story, THREAD OF THE PAST was included in the SPIRITED anthology (Leap Books, 2012), and her novel, KILLERS INSTINCT (leap Books, 2013), co-written with Judith Graves, was nominated for a 2014 Silver Falchion and an ITW (YA) Thriller award.




James Grasdal

James Grasdal


Edmonton born and raised, James Grasdal has worked full-time as an editorial cartoonist, gag cartoonist, children`s book illustrator, muralist and painter. In 1992, he began doing off-day editorial cartoons for the Edmonton Journal, eventually adding illustration duties for the paper’s Letters to the Editor pages and other Journal sections. Over the years, many of these cartoons have been featured in annual publications such as The Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year – Pelican Publishing (USA) and Portfolio (Canada).

During the same time, James also drew editorial cartoons for the magazine, Vue Weekly. It was in this same magazine that he started the comic panel, Hey Eddie. Many of these editorial cartoons have been syndicated to newspapers and magazines across North America: the New York Times, the Georgia Straight, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Hamilton Spector, as well as the Calgary Herald and the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.




Patricia and Doug Ramsay

Patricia and Doug Ramsay


InPraxis Learning is an educational consulting company that creates and provides unique and targeted approaches for learning and leading. Our practice and the work we do is based on the integral relationship between learning, leading and teaching.

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Colleen Prefontaine

Colleen Prefontaine


As a long-time 4-H Beef Club leader, with various responsibilities at the local, regional and provincial level, Colleen’s experience with kids of all ages is extensive.

In addition, Colleen has been a long-term volunteer with Edmonton Northlands, as well as a supporter of various initiatives of her local community of Legal.

Colleen started representing the canola industry at Ag Education displays for the past six years.




Jeannette Andrashewski

Jeannette Andrashewski


Jeannette is an elementary school teacher from the Killam area. She and her husband are crop farmers as well as owners of Double Bump Farms.