Patti Miller to lead Canola Council

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) is pleased to announce that an individual with deep experience in agriculture and a strong record of leadership will be the next CCC President.

Patti Miller will join the CCC effective April 30, 2012.

“We are tremendously fortunate to have someone of Ms. Miller’s caliber join our organization,” said Pat Van Osch, Chair of the CCC Board of Directors. “Our board has every confidence that she has the expertise to lead our industry toward our 2015 strategic goals and beyond.”

Ms. Miller comes to the CCC following a varied career in government and industry. She will be leaving her position with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Winnipeg where she managed large scale program delivery for several years. During her career with AAFC she was responsible for working with Canadian grains and oilseeds producers and industry on policy, trade, market development and research issues in order to facilitate sustainable, profitable market growth in the sector.

Prior to her executive work with AAFC, Ms. Miller was Communications Manager with a multi-national agri-food company in Winnipeg where she provided leadership and advice to senior managers on all aspects of corporate and employee communications.

“I could not be more excited to be joining the Canola Council of Canada at this point in the industry’s development,” said Ms. Miller. “The canola industry is close to achieving its goal of 15 million tonnes of sustainable production and demand by 2015, and I am looking forward to leading the organization toward this goal and to providing leadership in planning our strategy beyond 2015.”

Ms. Miller holds a M.Sc., Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.

Canola is Canada’s most valuable crop, generating over $15.4 billion in economic activity in Canada each year. It is responsible for 228,000 Canadian jobs. The CCC is a full value chain organization representing the entire canola industry, including growers, seed developers, crushers and exporters.

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Ms. Miller will be pleased to give media interviews once she joins the CCC. In the meantime, media may contact:

Debbie Belanger, Director of Communications
Canola Council of Canada
(204) 982-2108
belangerd@canolacouncil.org