April 17, 2013

Grain Growers of Canada congratulates Richard Phillips on his new appointment

OTTAWA, April 17, 2013 – Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) would like to sincerely congratulate Richard Phillips on his appointment as the President of the Canada Grains Council (CGC), a new position that will begin in the fall. “We are grateful for the work Richard has done over the last six years, helping build the Grain Growers into a nationally recognised, influential agriculture policy organisation,” says Stephen Vandervalk, President of the Grain Growers of Canada.

Richard’s transition as the Grain Growers Executive Director to the Canada Grains Council is expected to be a smooth one as he will be moving to the new CGC position in the fall allowing for plenty of time for an efficient changeover at the GGC.

“We thank Richard for his time with the Grain Growers where he has provided strong leadership on trade, research, sound science and transportation and many other vital agriculture policy issues on behalf of farmers across Canada,” says Gary Stanford, Vice President of the Grain Growers of Canada. “We have mixed feelings, because we hold Richard in such high esteem and appreciate his hard work, but we know that his skills and vast experience will be put towards good use in his new role representing industry and farmers on regulatory issues that affect farmers’ ability to export.”

“Richard’s agriculture expertise, coalition building skills and media savvy has helped build the Grain Growers’ into a fourteen member coalition with clout that is much sought after for advice,” says Irmi Critcher, member of the Grain Growers’ Executive committee. “He has been instrumental in getting the Grain Growers to where we are today and has worked diligently towards a better policy environment to allow farmers to be more competitive and successful.”

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Richard on many producer related files and through Grain Growers’ continuing work with the CGC on activities like our joint Grain Growers / Canada Grains Symposium held every fall,” says Vandervalk. “We wish Richard well in his new role where we know he will breathe new life into the CGC, revitalizing its work on behalf of industry and producers.”

The Grain Growers of Canada is an umbrella organization with 14 provincial and regional grower groups from across the country involved in the grain, pulse and oilseed sectors. Representing tens of thousands of successful wheat, durum, barley, canola, oat, corn, pea, lentil, rye and triticale farmers, the Grain Growers is well known as the national voice of Canadian grain farmers.

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