Ritz reappoints three CWB directors

Three of the federal government’s appointees to the Canadian Wheat Board’s board of directors are back for another term.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on Tuesday announced the reappointments for Alberta farmer Ken Motiuk, cattle producer and former Manitoba ag minister Glen Findlay, and ex-Saskatchewan Wheat Pool executive Bruce Johnson, all first appointed to the board in 2006 by then-agriculture minister Chuck Strahl.

Motiuk’s reappointment took effect Sept. 15, Johnson’s takes place Oct. 30 and Findlay’s Nov. 27, the government said.

Ten of 15 CWB directors are elected by Prairie farmers; the remaining five are federal appointees.

The three “will continue to address key issues regarding the direction of the CWB and the services that it provides, to serve the best interests of Western Canadian farmers and farm families,” the government said.

Motiuk’s resume includes stints on the boards of UGG, Agricore United (now merged with Saskatchewan Wheat Pool as Viterra), the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange (now ICE Futures Canada) and the Farm Debt Review Board. Apart from his grain and cattle operations at Mundare, Alta., he also currently sits as a director of the Alberta Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corp.

Johnson, who works as a agribusiness consultant in Regina, previously served stints as CEO of SaskPool’s AgPro Grain business, and later as executive vice-president of SaskPool’s grain group, a post from which he was fired in 1999 as the company spun into financial troubles ending in major reorganization. He later served as CEO of FarmGro Organic Foods.

Findlay, who served as Manitoba’s agriculture minister (1988-93) under Tory Premier Gary Filmon, raises beef cattle at Shoal Lake, Man. His resume includes a professorship in pesticide toxicology at the University of Manitoba (1970-77) and stints on the boards of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba Cattle Producers Association and Western Barley Growers Association.

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