Christianson has been acting chairman in an interim capacity since Jan. 17, 2015, when he moved into the role in the wake of Jay Slemp’s retirement.
Both the Minister of Municipal Affairs and the board recommended Christianson’s appointment after a formal candidate search was completed this spring.
“Jordon’s experience and knowledge will continue to enrich the day to day operations of the board, especially as he is home-grown.
He understands the distinct challenges we face here, along with the extraordinary people who choose to call the Special Areas home.
His ability to find common ground when making decisions and his sound judgment will all serve the Special Areas in the years to come,” said Special Area Board Members.
Christianson has been working with the Special Areas since 1999, beginning in the Consort District Office in agricultural field services.
Over his career, he has provided leadership in many roles for the Special Areas, from Field Services Administrator to the Director of Property Administration.
His formal training in agriculture sciences and agrology allow for a deep understanding of sustainable land management principles guiding the Special Areas Board.
Born and raised in the town of Oyen, Christianson continues to be active in the operations of his family’s cattle ranch.
Between his work with the Special Areas Board and his ranching operations, Christianson’s strong connection to the land supports his keen appreciation of the unique features of the Special Areas.