Canadian International Grains Institute


Our Vision

Global recognition of Canadian grain and field crops as the preferred choice for end-use product application.

Our Mission

To increase utilization opportunities for Canadian grain and field crops through superior knowledge, technical expertise, industry leadership and collaboration, innovative processing solutions, and targeted training.

Board of Directors

Cigi is governed by a board of directors representing a cross section of the Canadian grain industry including farmers, marketers, exporters and regulators.

Murdoch MacKay

Henry Van Ankum
Vice Chair
Alma, Ontario
Jim Wilson
Darlingford, Manitoba
Kevin Bender
Bentley, Alberta
Randy Johner
Estevan, Saskatchewan
Brent Watchorn
Executive Vice President, Marketing
Richardson International Limited
Lawrence Yakielashek
Director of Corporate Services
FarmLink Marketing Solutions


A multi-disciplinary Cigi staff team combine industry knowledge and experience with specialized training to offer a unique variety of capabilities and expertise. Click here for a list of staff.


Cigi is funded by farmers through the Western Canadian Deduction (15¢/tonne of wheat), the Government of Canada (AAFC) and industry partners.

The Western Canadian Deduction (also known as the Western Wheat and Barley Check-off) will automatically sunset on July 31, 2017. The Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to absorb the responsibilities and financial obligations of the Western Canadian Deduction (WCD). For more information please read the news release: Provincial wheat commissions sign MOU to collaborate on continued support for variety development and the Canadian International Grains Institute when WCD sunsets July 2017.