Two organizations seeking board directors

Two organizations seeking board directors
Sep 21, 2023

Manitoba Canola and Alberta Grains have director positions to fill

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

Two industry organizations in Western Canada are looking for farmers to join their boards of directors.

Alberta Grains, the new name for the amalgamated organization of the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, is looking for two representatives from each of the six growing regions across the province.

Successful directors will serve for three years and help the organization advocate for research, government relations and policy.

“All it takes to be a director is a good head on your shoulders, and a willingness to speak up and strive for positive change, no matter how steep the roadblock,” Tara Sawyer, interim chair, said in a statement.

To be eligible, a farmer must have grown or sold wheat or barley and paid a check-off to Alberta Wheat or Alberta Barley in either the current or previous two fiscal years, and produce wheat or barley in the region they want to represent.

Nomination forms must include signatures from three farmers. The forms must be submitted by Oct. 31.

An organization in Manitoba is also looking for board members.

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) has four spots open, each for a four-year term.

Any members of the MCGA older than 18 years old and a resident of Manitoba is eligible to be a director. And directors can serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.

A nomination must have a minimum of six signatures in support. Eight or more is recommended.

“Successful applicants will have the unique opportunity to represent the canola farmers in Manitoba,” the organization’s website says. “Manitoba Canola Growers board members play a primary role in making decisions that will affect the future of canola and the agriculture industry in this province.”

The nomination period opens on Nov. 15 and closes on Nov. 30.

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