Cigi board welcomes new director from Alberta


Back row: Kevin Bender, Henry Van Ankum, Randy Johner, Lawrence Yakielashek. Front row: Brent Watchorn, Murdoch MacKay, Jim Wilson, JoAnne Buth (Cigi CEO).

Back row: Kevin Bender, Henry Van Ankum, Randy Johner, Lawrence Yakielashek.
Front row: Brent Watchorn, Murdoch MacKay, Jim Wilson, JoAnne Buth (Cigi CEO).

At its Annual General Meeting on June 21, 2016 the Canadian International Grains Institute elected its Board of Directors.  New to the board is farmer Kevin Bender from Bentley, Alberta.  Re-elected members are Jim Wilson, farmer, Darlingford, Manitoba and Brent Watchorn, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Richardson International.  Kevin, Jim and Brent will serve two-year terms.

Continuing on the Cigi board with one year remaining in their terms are Murdoch MacKay, Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission; Lawrence Yakielashek, General Manager, FarmLink Marketing Solutions; Randy Johner, farmer, Estevan, Saskatchewan and Henry Van Ankum, farmer, Alma, Ontario.  The following officers were also elected:  Murdoch MacKay, Chair; Henry Van Ankum, Vice Chair and Jim Wilson, Secretary. Ron Nerland, farmer, Morrin, Alberta, retired from the board.

Kevin Bender farms full time with his father and brother in the Sylvan Lake-Bentley area in Alberta.  He has contributed significant time and effort serving on various boards and commissions over the past several years, including the Alberta Wheat Commission, Western Canadian Wheat Growers and Alberta Canola Producers Commission.  In January 2016 Kevin was elected Vice Chairman of the Alberta Wheat Commission and he represents AWC on the Cereals Canada board.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kevin to the Cigi board,” said Chair Murdoch MacKay.  “His knowledge and history of involvement in the western Canadian grain industry are important assets as the board of directors work to build relationships and a broader understanding of Cigi’s value with industry stakeholders.”

On behalf of Cigi, MacKay also expressed appreciation to Ron Nerland who joined the board in June 2014.  “As the Cigi board continued to evolve to reflect a cross section of the industry, Ron provided an important perspective on behalf of farmers. He was a thoughtful contributor to our strategy, planning and discussions.”

Cigi is an independent not-for-profit market development institute created in 1972. More than 44,000 people representing grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops industries from 115 countries have participated in Cigi programs and seminars. Cigi’s mission is to increase utilization of Canadian grain and field crops through superior knowledge, technical expertise, industry leadership and collaboration, innovative processing solutions and targeted training to 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

JoAnne Buth, Chief Executive Officer
Canadian International Grains Institute
Ph: (204) 983-4980

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