Search is on for new President

Friday, January 27, 2012

The search is on for the next President of the Canola Council of Canada (CCC).

The firm of Scott Wolfe Management Inc. has been retained to conduct the search, says Pat Van Osch, Chair of the CCC Board of Directors. An executive committee of the board will oversee the selection process.

The recruitment follows the departure of former CCC President JoAnne Buth, who has been appointed to the Senate of Canada.

"On behalf of the board, I want to thank JoAnne for her years of service and for her strong leadership," says Van Osch. "Her appointment is a great honour not only for her, but for the agriculture industry."

Also in process is a search for a new Vice-President of Crop Production. This follows the sad passing of Denise Maurice, who headed that department. The firm Scott Wolfe is also retained to conduct this search.

Van Osch also announced an interim plan to ensure the continued smooth operation of the CCC. In addition to his responsibilities as Vice-President of Market Development, Cory McArthur will serve as the lead point of contact for the CCC, and will assume additional responsibilities related to finance, research and external board representation. The CCC Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, Jim Everson, will continue to manage all trade issues and government relations. In addition he will manage the Canola Market Access Plan. In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Communications and Canola Digest Editor, Debbie Belanger will be the point of contact for Crop Production.

"The board has full confidence that the senior management team of the CCC will lead the activities of the Canola Council of Canada collaboratively and effectively," says Van Osch. "With this leadership and the overall strength of the CCC staff, the CCC Board is confident the organization will continue to function effectively while the recruitment for a new President is completed."

The Canola Council of Canada is a full value chain organization where seed and input companies, growers, exporters and crushers all sit at the same table to develop a common platform for growth. Canola contributes $15.4 billion annually to the Canadian economy and provides jobs for 226,000 Canadians.

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Media may contact:

Debbie Belanger, Director of Communications
Canola Council of Canada
204-982-2108