The new Cereals Canada board will be led by Todd Hames from the Alberta Wheat Commission, the organization says in a news release on June 23. Also elected to serve on the executive committee is Jennifer Marchand from Cargil as vice-chair, Robert Misko with the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association as treasurer, and Jean-Marc Ruest from Richardson as secretary.
“We are excited about the unique expertise that each individual brings to the table as we continue to evolve and lead the organization forward,” Hames says in the news release.
In April, Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) members voted to merge the two grains organizations. The new board of directors comes following the merger.
The board of directors will provide Cereals Canada with governance to steer the organization’s operations and ensure fiscal responsibility, the release notes. They will be a lead a strategic planning process that will be undertaken this summer.
“The next major step will be the appointment of a CEO for the amalgamated organization. The search process is now underway, with the executive committee serving as the search committee,” Hames says.
Other board members include Hannah Konschuh with the Alberta Wheat Commission, Brett Halstead with the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Jake Leguee with the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Glenn Tait with the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Drew Baker with the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association, Henry Van Ankum with the Grain Farmers of Ontario, Jeff Cockwill from Viterra, Darren Amerongen from Parrish and Heimbecker, Matt Bingham from G3, Trish Jordan from Bayer, Jeff Bertholet from BASF, and Adam Dyck from Warburtons.