Cigi Welcomes Alberta Farmer to Board


The Canadian International Grains Institute is welcoming a farmer from Bentley, Alberta to its board of directors.

Kevin Bender was elected at Cigi’s annual general meeting last week, replacing the retiring Ron Nerland, a farmer from Morrin, Alberta. Jim Wilson, a farmer from Darlingford, Manitoba and Brent Watchorn, executive vice president of marketing with Richardson International, were re-elected to two year terms.

Bender has served on the boards of the Alberta Wheat Commission, Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association and Alberta Canola Producers Commission. He also represents Alberta Wheat on the Cereals Canada board.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kevin to the Cigi board,” said Cigi chair Murdoch MacKay. “His knowledge and history of involvement in the western Canadian grain industry are important assets as the board of directors work to build relationships and a broader understanding of Cigi’s value with industry stakeholders.”

Continuing on the board for the not-for-profit market development institute, with one year remaining in their terms, are Murdoch MacKay, Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission; Lawrence Yakielashek, general manager of FarmLink Marketing Solutions; Randy Johner, farmer from Estevan, Saskatchewan and Henry Van Ankum, farmer from Alma, Ontario.

Cigi is funded by farmers, the federal government and industry partners.

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