Ducks Unlimited Canada has appointed six new directors to its board, including several with agricultural backgrounds.

Fawn Jackson, Colleen Dyck, John Eagle, Rob Penner, Sara Penner, and C. Ian Balfour were elected to volunteer roles during the wetland conservation organization’s board of directors meeting on Saturday.

“We’re pleased to welcome these outstanding individuals to our board. Each brings unique experience and knowledge that apply to important conservation and sustainability issues that DUC is driving forward,” says David Blom, chairman of DUC, in a news release. “They join DUC at a pivotal time, as the urgency to deliver nature-based solutions that support both the economy and the environment has never been greater.”

According to its website, Ducks Unlimited Canada’s board has 33 directors from across Canada and 16 directors from the U.S.

Backgrounds (as supplied by DU):

C. Ian Balfour is vice-president, conventional pipelines at Pembina Pipeline Corporation. Based at Calgary, Alta., Ian is a former Paralympian and a respected leader in Canada’s energy sector who brings extensive experience in sustainable industry practices and partnerships.

Colleen Dyck is an award-winning entrepreneur and international agriculture ambassador from Niverville, Man. She is the owner and operator of GORP Clean Energy Bars & Mixes, a manufacturing facility located on the family grain farm, Artel Farms. Colleen is an active community leader who is passionate about supporting emergency food assistance programs around the world.

John Eagle is a Certified Professional Accountant from Saskatoon, Sask. who has worked in senior leadership positions with publicly traded biopharmaceutical and resource companies as well as accounting firms. A returning director on DUC’s board, John is an avid outdoorsperson and community leader.

Fawn Jackson is a leading voice in Canadian agriculture with expertise in international trade and sustainable agriculture systems. She brings strong government relations and expertise within the agriculture and conservation interface. Fawn was the founding executive director of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and is currently the director of government and international relations with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Fawn resides in Chelsea, Que.

Rob Penner is the president and CEO of Bison Transport, a multiple-award-winning Canadian transport company. Based in Winnipeg, Rob is actively involved in the transportation community and is a strong advocate for efficiency and sustainability within the industry.

Sara Penner is the vice-president of information services business management for Canada Life. Sara has a professional background in accounting and a personal background that’s rooted in a passion for the outdoors. Sara is from Winnipeg, Man., and is an active community volunteer and philanthropist.

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