Minister MacAulay re-appoints Lonny McKague as CGC commissioner

Minister MacAulay re-appoints Lonny McKague as CGC commissioner
Mar 12, 2024

McKague will fill Doug Chorney’s vacancy

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

A familiar face is back as commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC).

Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay re-appointed Lonny McKague as the CGC’s commissioner for a three-year term.

McKague received his first appointment as commissioner in 2017.

A team of three commissioners lead the CGC.

Together they set the organization’s direction, establish policy and administer and enforce the Canada Grain Act.

The CGC works to ensure farmers receive fair compensation for their grain and maintain the country’s science-based grain grading program.

McKague, an Ogema, Sask. grain farmer, has been involved in Canadian agriculture for more than 40 years.

Lonny McKague
Lonny McKague

This includes as a founding member of Ogema Elevator Limited and a former president of the Canadian Limousin Association.

These experiences will help McKague in this role, Minister MacAulay said.

“Lonny McKague’s experience, expertise, and tireless advocacy for Canadian producers are incredibly valuable assets,” he said in a statement. “I have no doubt that Lonny will continue to guide the organization in helping to ensure the long-term success of the sector.”

Minister MacAulay also thanked Doug Chorney for his time as chief commissioner as he approaches retirement.

Chorney first joined the CGC as a commissioner in 2017 and became chief commissioner in 2020.

The East Selkirk, Man., farmer’s professional journey also includes roles with Keystone Agricultural Producers and the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I want to extend my sincere thanks to Doug Chorney for the commitment he has brought to his various roles at the Canadian Grain Commission, including as Chief Commissioner, and the lifetime of dedication he has shown to Canada’s agricultural sector,” MacAulay said in a statement. “I wish him the very best in his next chapter.”

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