Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has named the CEO of an inland grain terminal in his constituency to the board of Farm Credit Canada.
Jason Skinner, the CEO of North West Terminal at Unity, Sask., about 90 km southwest of North Battleford, was named Monday to a three-year term on the Regina-based federal farm lender’s board, effective immediately, Ritz announced Monday.
Skinner’s “20 years of experience in the agricultural industry, focusing on marketing, policy and management, will be a major asset to the board,” Ritz said in a release.
Skinner also currently serves as a director on the boards of the Inland Terminal Association of Canada and of Alliance Grain Terminal Ltd. in Vancouver.
Skinner’s resume prior to his arrival 10 years ago at NWT includes a master’s degree in ag economics from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a stint as marketing manager, Asia Pacific in the sales and market development department at the Canadian Wheat Board (1997-98).
Skinner’s previous work at the CWB included positions as a transportation co-ordinator, a policy, trade and industry analyst and a corporate policy advisor.
Skinner lives at Wilkie, about 30 km east of Unity, and was a founding member and marketing advisor at Skinners’ Jade Farms Ltd., which grows and markets crops at Wilkie.
During his studies at the U of S, Skinner was also a research assistant (1992-93) and held a graduate teaching fellowship (1993-94).