Canola Council elects new chair


The Canola Council of Canada has elected a new chair.

Jennifer Marchand, who works in government and industry relations for Cargill, succeeds Saskatchewan farmer Charlene Bradley, who finished her three-year term as chair.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Charlene Bradley as well as our outgoing board members, Garth Hodges, Dean McQueen and Kevin Serfas, for their leadership and contributions to our industry,” says Marchand, in a CCC release. “We also warmly welcome three new directors as we continue to partner across the value chain to address challenges and build canola’s success.”

The following directors are new to the CCC board for 2022/23:

  • Ryan McCann, Nutrien, nominated by life science companies
  • Justin Nanninga, Alberta Canola, nominated by grower organizations
  • Chad Popowich, Viterra, nominated by the Western Grain Elevator Association

The council also released its 2021 annual report, which can be read here and a new innovation strategy.

“It was a year of many changes and challenges, including the one of the most difficult production years on record,” notes Jim Everson, president of the CCC. “Navigating these times of uncertainty reminds us of the importance of collaboration and continued investment in research and innovation to find solutions and prepare for new opportunities on the horizon.”

The 2022/23 Canola Council of Canada board of directors

Nominated by canola grower associations:

  • Charlene Bradley, SaskCanola
  • Chuck Fossay, Manitoba Canola Growers
  • Bernie McClean, Canadian Canola Growers Association
  • Justin Nanninga, Alberta Canola

Nominated by the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association:

  • Michael Irons, Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Ryan Law, Bunge
  • Tracy Lussier, Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Jeff Pleskach, Cargill Ltd.

Nominated by the Western Grain Elevator Association:

  • Jarrett Beatty, Parrish & Heimbecker
  • Jennifer Marchand, Cargill Ltd.
  • Chad Popowich, Viterra
  • Trevor Veenendaal, G3

Nominated by life science companies:

  • David Kelner, Bayer
  • Ryan McCann, Nutrien
  • Brad Orr, Corteva Agriscience

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