The Barley Council of Canada has announced it will be realigning its services and operations to collaborate with Cereals Canada, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC), and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI).
“Over the past few months, we have engaged in a comprehensive review of the roles and responsibilities of our partners in the value chain,” says BCC chair, Zenneth Faye.
“As a result of this, we have concluded that our industry would benefit from greater synergies with Cereals Canada, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC), and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI).”
The process, according to a news release, will include a full-scale collaboration on the delivery of services and sharing of resources operationally in order to maximize the financial contributions of the value chain.
Details on restructuring will be announced in the coming weeks as the full process will be effective August 1, 2019.
de Kemp announces retirement
Around the same time the BCC formed, Phil de Kemp joined the organization and over the past four yeas has served as its president and executive director. Also announced, de Kemp will retire from his position and Erin Armstrong will serve as interim executive director.
“Phil has been a major part of the BCC and I am personally grateful for his service,” added Faye. “His passion and commitment to the barley and malting industry is like no other, and we wish him the very best.”
No strander to agriculture, Armstrong has spent close to 30 years within the ag industry, which includes 14 years in the malting and brewing sector. She will transition into de Kemp’s position over the summer months.