Kurt Kinnear

ex officio

As CEO of 4-H Alberta, Kurt Kinnear is responsible for managing all facets of the operations. He has a proven track record with 16 years of senior leadership experience driving growth in community and youth programming.

After moving off the family farm, Kurt earned a diploma in Leadership and a degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and later a graduate certificate in Leadership. Kurt’s passion for leadership, business efficiency, and innovation brought him to the University of Calgary’s Outdoor Centre where he became a senior leader, implementing many new initiatives, such as the Outdoor Council of Canada, which now trains thousands of leaders across Canada to take youth safely into the backcountry. His commitment to impacting communities and turning around organizations earned him Calgary Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40.

Kurt led the new  4-H Alberta through the merger of 3 separate entities in 2020 while finding a way to continue to serve the community during the global pandemic. This team effort has helped 4-H Alberta maintain over 90% community participation rates which are the highest community participation rates in 4-H across Canada as well as most community-based non-profit organizations.  Kurt has a passion for working with youth and truly believes that investing in our youth is investing in a better future.

Kurt’s pride and joy are his wife Maddy and their three children, Liam, Declan, and Jane.