Well-known grain market analyst and broadcaster Don Bousquet passed away Nov. 3 in Winnipeg after a battle with cancer.
Bousquet, who would have been 63 next month, was best known as the voice of Farm Market News, a twice-daily grain market report which has been broadcast on radio stations across Western Canada for the past 36 years.
Since the 1980s, Bousquet had also written the weekly “It’s your business” column for the Manitoba Co-operator, and more recently for Alberta Farmer Express. He was also a frequent speaker at grain marketing meetings across Western Canada.
Bousquet’s company, Resource News International, supplied Canadian agricultural news to a variety of Canadian and international publications and news services since its launch in 1975. RNI’s staff have established a new Winnipeg company, Commodity News Service Canada.
Winnipeg market analyst Mike Jubinville, a partner in the new company, recalled Bousquet as a long-time friend and mentor who in 1987 had given him “my first experience in reporting on the grain markets as a knowing-nothing kid.
“I had never been on a trading floor until that time (and) didn’t know how the futures market worked. Don coached me along in those early years… and in the ensuing years became a valued friend.”
Even in recent months following his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer, “Don was always interested to discuss the interests and the welfare of the farmer right to the end,” Jubinville wrote.
A memorial service for Bousquet will be held Friday (Nov. 12) at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Ave. in Winnipeg.