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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:44

New chief commissioner appointed to Canadian Grain Commission

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Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) announced Jan. 4 the appointment of Patti Miller as chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), beginning on Feb. 13.

 Miller has a diverse background in grain agriculture, having most recently served as president of the Canola Council of Canada, as well as high-ranking positions at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and with grain companies. She possesses strong experience in marketing and has participated in many international trade missions, promoting Canadian grain around the world.
“Patti is highly respected across the agriculture and agri-food industry”, said Jeff Nielsen, GGC president. “Her extensive experience and strong understanding of the needs of farmers helps provide some reassurance that the Commission will remain a reliable organization during this time of transition.”
 Miller’s appointment fills only one of three commissioner vacancies at the CGC which have been open since last year. The organization plays an important role for farmers and is relied upon for grading, marketing, and licensing, among other services.
Proposed modernizations to the Canada Grain Act, which provides the CGC’s mandate, were included in a recent Bill that died on the Order Table when the 2015 election was called. These changes, in addition to the completion of commissioner appointments, were long overdue and would have helped create a Commission that will serve farmers far into the future. The CGC’s Mandate Letter from Minister Lawrence MacAulay includes instructions to complete the updates to the Act and to ensure the Canada Grain Regulations meet sector needs.
“We urge Minister MacAulay to push to fill the remaining two vacancies as early as possible, before the next crop year,” continued Mr. Nielsen. “It is going to be particularly important that we have a strong CGC when the Next Agricultural Policy Framework is put into place in 2018. We look forward to working closely with Patti when she takes on her new role in February.”
The Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for more than 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers.

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