Cigi adds two new industry members to its Board of Directors


WINNIPEG – The Board of Directors of Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute) has appointed two new industry representatives as directors. Brent Watchorn, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Richardson International Limited, and Lawrence Yakielashek, President, Alfred C. Toepfer, were recently named to the Cigi board following a process that saw nominees submitted from a number of industry organizations.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Brent and Lawrence to the board,” says Murdoch MacKay, Board Chair. “They each bring a wealth of experience to their roles as well as ensuring the board is more representative of the different sectors that Cigi serves.”

In June the Cigi board approved a new governance model enabling board membership to expand to include representation from across the value chain. Prior to this change the Board of Directors consisted of members from Cigi’s founding organizations: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Wheat Board and Canadian Grain Commission.

The current Cigi board now has seven members from a cross section of the industry including farmers, marketers and exporters:  Murdoch MacKay, Chair; Henry Van Ankum, Vice Chair; Jim Wilson, Secretary; Randy Johner, Director; LeRon Torrie, Director; Brent Watchorn, Director; and Lawrence Yakielashek, Director.

“This is an exciting time to be part of the Cigi board,” says MacKay. “Like the industry as a whole, Cigi is evolving and as board members we are all committed to providing the strategic direction needed to position Cigi for continued growth and success.”

Cigi is an independent market development institute created in 1972. More than 37,000 people representing grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops industries from 115 countries have participated in Cigi programs and seminars. Cigi’s mission is to create profitable opportunities for Canadian field crops through the delivery of technical expertise, support and customized training to the domestic industry and customers around the world. Cigi is funded by farmers, the Government of Canada (AAFC) and industry partners.


 For more information contact:

Murdoch MacKay, Board Chair
Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission
(204) 983-2732

Earl Geddes
Chief Executive Officer
Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute)
Ph: (204) 983-4980

Ellen Goodman
Communications Specialist
Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute)
Ph: (204) 983-1145