Brian Chorney Receives 2021 Canola Award Of Excellence

Feb 12, 2021

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The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) has presented the 2021 Canola Award of Excellence to former MCGA director and farmer Brian Chorney. Chorney has been actively involved within canola organizations and renewable fuel organizations, which has led to the development and growth of canola-based biodiesel demand in Manitoba and Canada.
“I was humbled to be recognized with the Canola Award of Excellence. Everything I was involved with within canola and renewable fuel organizations was a team effort. I thank all my fellow board members and association staff members for their support over the years,” said Chorney. “We may have not done everything right along the way, but I believe we have helped increase the viability of canola production in Canada.”
Chorney was a director on the MCGA board for 14 years. He held various executive positions and contributed to several committees including Biodiesel, Research, Canola Performance Trials, Communications and Member Relations. He brought a strong farmer voice to his extended board roles by sitting on the Canadian Canola Growers Association, Canola Council of Canada, Biodiesel Association of Canada and Canadian Renewable Fuels Association boards.
Chorney was instrumental in policy development for the biodiesel industry at both the provincial and national level.
“Brian was heavily involved in the development of federal government programs such as the EcoEnergy Program and the EcoABC program, and he was a strong and effective advocate in the establishment of early biodiesel mandates,” said Rick White, President and CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association. “Brian was an absolute pleasure to work with and brought the influential farmer voice to the table with knowledge, passion and professionalism. His pioneering efforts on the creation of the industry and the benefits to Canadian farmers continues to this day.”
The Canola Award of Excellence is presented annually and recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and organizations for contributions to the sustained growth and prosperity of Manitoba’s canola industry. The award was first presented in 2008 to Dr. Baldur Stefansson for his work in creating a new edible oil seed which we know today as canola.
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