Canola growers seek replacement for Senator Buth

The national organization representing Canada’s canola producers has spread out its executive duties while it searches for a new president and vice-president for crop production.

The Canola Council of Canada is advertising with a Feb. 14 deadline for applications for the job of president, replacing JoAnne Buth, who Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Jan. 6 to replace Sharon Carstairs as one of Manitoba’s representatives in Canada’s Senate.

Buth, formally sworn into the Senate Tuesday in Ottawa, has also been named to its committee for agriculture and forestry, and its committee for national finance.

Back in Winnipeg, the CCC’s vice-president for market development, Cory McArthur, will now serve also as its "lead point of contact" and handle the related interim responsibilities for finance, research and "external board representation," the council said in a release Friday.

Jim Everson, the council’s vice-president for corporate affairs, will now also manage the organization’s Canola Market Access Plan.

The council is also seeking a replacement for its vice-president for crop production, Denise Maurice, who died suddenly Nov. 23 in Winnipeg.

Debbie Belanger, director of communications and editor of the council’s magazine, Canola Digest, will be its interim "point of contact" for issues relating to crop production, the council said Friday.

"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," council chair Pat Van Osch said.

"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 council has named Scott Wolfe Management, an agribusiness planning firm at Headingley, Man., to conduct the searches for both president and VP of crop production.

In its advertisement for the president’s position, Wolfe seeks a candidate with post-secondary schooling in agriculture "and/or management-related disciplines" plus at least 10 years’ experience in the agrifood industry.

Related stories:

Harper names Canola Council chief to Senate, Jan. 6, 2012

Canola industry production chief Denise Maurice, 56, Nov. 25, 2011

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