Surface Rights Board of Arbitration
Board Members and Staff
Board Chairman: Duane Smith, Swift Current, SK
Duane is also a former board member of the Agricultural Implements Board and past president of the Canada West Equipment Dealer's Association. He has been the Surface Rights Board Chairman since 2009.
Board Vice-Chairman: James Wilson, Yorkton, SK
James Wilson, past Mayor of Yorkton and currently a City Councillor, resides in Yorkton. He serves on the Economic Development, Emergency Measures, Yorkton Housing Committee, Property Standards Appeal, and Yorkton Housing Corporation Boards. He has also served on the Good Spirit Regional Development Corp. and Regional Planning Commission.
James is a past president of the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce(2006), and is currently the Business Development Director - Strategic Partnerships, SaskTel. He received his education at the Parkland College, University of Saskatchewan and Queen’s School of Business.
Board Member: Ken McDonald, Indian Head, SK
Ken McDonald lives on a ranch near Indian Head and operates a cow-calf operation. He is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and has been involved in agriculture most of his life. He is past president of the Saskatchewan Cattle Feeders Association and past president of the Saskatchewan Auctioneers Association.
Ken is a certified personal property appraiser and was a licensed real estate agent for several years. He currently operates his own auction company (Supreme Auction Services) and is a cattle auctioneer.
Board Member: Neil Reece, Lashburn, SK
Neil Reece lives near Lashburn, Saskatchewan. He has been involved in the family farm for 37 years and also has a family company in the oilfield that does snowplowing, grading, towing and general maintenance.
Neil has oil installations on his land and is familiar with the industry. He has been a board member since 2009.
Board Member: Don Peterson, McCord, SK
Don Peterson currently owns and operates a ranch with 200 head of cattle. He has served for 10 years on the board of the Canadian Western Agribition and the board of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Association and was a professional rodeo stock contractor for 17 years.
Don has also been an R.M. Councillor for 6 years and served as Chair for the inception of the community-owned McCord Lucky Dollar Store and the Glentworth Country Store.
The Saskatchewan Surface Rights Board is based in Kindersley, SK. The Board Office provides information to the public and the petroleum industries; receives all documentation and organizes surface rights hearings.
The Board requires that copies of agreements between operators and owners/occupants in the province are filed. The Board also reviews leases, easements and amendments in order to maintain a current status regarding the position of the industry in agreement contents and compensation rates.