Who We Are

The principal in AJL Consulting is Art Lange. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. (Ag) with an Animal Science major. Art has worked in many facets of the agriculture and food industry in Alberta and B.C. for almost 40 years. Those include stints in the farm machinery industry, feed industry, inspection work with the federal government, living and working on a hog farm, and selling veterinary medicines for a multi-national drug company.

Art worked for Alberta Agriculture for 20 years in the pork production area. For his last two years with the department Art coordinated groups of agri-industry people that were part of the Ag Summit process.

In April of 2004 Art started his own consulting business called AJL Consulting. From 2004 to 2009 he was a rostered farm financial consultant for the Canadian Farm Business Advisory Service (CFBAS) which was administered by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Under that program, Art completed about 100 farm business plans. Since 2009 he has been concentrating on developing business plans for food processors and preparing farm succession plans.  In total Art has completed over 200 farm business and succession plans and thus has a wide variety of experience in addressing most farm business opportunities and challenges.

Art's Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • B.Sc. (Ag.) in Animal Science from the University of Alberta (U of A)
  • Course in Accounting for Non-accountants from U of A, Dept of Extension
  • Course in Consulting Skills, U of A, Dept of Extension
  • Certificate in Supervisory Development, U of A Department of Extension
  • Face-to-face Leadership Certificate, in-house training with Alberta Agriculture
  • Project Management Training - short course from the Organization for Project Advancement and Leadership (OPAL) at the University of Calgary
  • Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE), U of A Department of Extension
  • Certificate in Project Management 101, in-house project management training course with Alberta Agriculture
  • Three courses in an MBA program in Community Development 
  • Various short courses to learn the ABA (Agricultural Business Analyzer), COBRA (Commercial Business Return Analyzer) computer programs and business consulting skills
  • Professional Agrologist, (P.Ag.) registered with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA), website
  • Certified Agricultural Farm Advisor (CAFA) with the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA), website

Art's Community Involvements

  • Vice President - Programs for the Edmonton-Leduc Chapter of the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) since 2004
  • Communications Director for the Edmonton Branch of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) between 2002 and 2008
  • Public Member on the Strathcona County Agricultural Services Board (ASB) between 2002 and 2005
  • Chairman of the Strathcona County ASB in 2005
  • Former director on the board of the United Conservative Party, Strathcona-Sherwood Park Constituency Association (provincial)
  • Former director on the board of the Conservative Party of Canada, Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan Constituency Association (federal)
  • Strathcona County public representative on the Community Futures - Elk Island Region board of directors 2006-2009 and again January of 2015 to December of 2017
  • Former usher and Sunday School assistant at Sherwood Park Alliance Church
  • Driver for the Sherwood Park Meals on Wheels program since 2010
  • Member of the board of directors for the Ardrossan Recreation and Agricultural Society (ARAS) since 2017 and president starting in 2019