December 23, 2015

Grain Growers of Canada announces President and Vice President

OTTAWA, December 23, 2015 – The Grain Growers of Canada today announced its Executive Committee for 2015/2016, elected at its recent Annual General Meeting. Gary Stanford has been re-elected to lead the organization as President, while Jeff Nielsen is GGC’s new Vice President.

Mr. Stanford, who was first elected to the position in December of 2013, represents the Alberta Wheat Commission on the Board of Directors, while Mr. Nielsen, who re-joined the Board last year, represents the Western Barley Growers Association.

Each member organization appoints a farmer director to the Grain Growers’ Board, from which a five person Executive Committee is elected. The Grain Growers of Canada’s Executive for 2015/2016 is:

  • President – Gary Stanford (Alberta Wheat Commission)
  • Vice President – Jeff Nielsen (Western Barley Growers Association)
  • Executive – Michael Delaney (Atlantic Grains Council)
  • Executive – Art Enns (Prairie Oat Growers Association)
  • Executive – Jack Froese (Canadian Canola Growers Association)

“I am honored that our members have again placed their confidence in me to serve as president of the Grain Growers,” said Gary Stanford, a farmer from Magrath, Alberta. “I consider it a great privilege and I am looking forward to the year ahead, with many important files on the go,” he added.

“We are entering a crucial year for agriculture policy in Canada,” said Jeff Nielsen, newly-elected Vice President of the Grain Growers. “We have important trade deals on the table, results of the Canada Transportation Act Review, consultations on safety nets, and a new emphasis in Ottawa on research and sustainability. I am happy to serve and eager to roll-up my sleeves and get to work,” concluded Nielsen.

The Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 14 provincial and regional grower groups. Our mission and mandate are to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.

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