Cigi appoints Dave Burrows as Director, Client Relations and Communications

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The Canadian International Grains Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Burrows as Director, Client Relations and Communications. He joins Cigi effective September 24, 2012.

Dave brings over 30 years of marketing, client relations, branding and strategic planning experience to his new role. He is familiar to farmers and industry members for his development of branding campaigns domestically and in international markets to promote Canadian wheat while working at the Canadian Wheat Board where he was employed for eight years. Prior to his experience with the CWB, Dave held senior positions in strategic planning, client services, branding and marketing for McKim Communications, Palmer Jarvis DDB, the Winnipeg Free Press and Hershey Canada Inc. 

“We are thrilled to bring someone with Dave’s depth of experience to Cigi,” said Earl Geddes, Cigi Executive Director. “His expertise and knowledge in managing client relationships and building crop promotion plans will ensure that Canadian field crops are positioned at the top of the demand list in the global grain processing industry.”

As Director, Client Relations and Communications, Dave’s responsibilities include developing strategic business, marketing, branding and communications plans that will support industry and farmers in the promotion of Canada’s field crops as well as managing Cigi’s growing list of commercial business relationships and partnerships.

“The combination of Cigi’s international renown in customer service and the leadership role it plays in the Canadian agriculture industry make this a tremendous opportunity for me to serve farmers and industry alike,” said Dave. “I am very excited to be joining such a dynamic team.”  

Cigi is an independent market development institute created in 1972. Its 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.

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For more information contact:

Earl Geddes                                                                                       
Executive Director                                                                        
(204) 983-4980/cell: (204) 955-1191                                   
egeddes@cigi.ca                                                                              

Dave Burrows
Director, Client Relations and Communications
(204) 983-2032
dburrows@cigi.ca