Soy industry group taps Canola Council exec as chief


Canada’s new national soy industry body has gone to Canada’s other national oilseed industry body for its new chief executive.

Soy Canada, which set up shop last month in Ottawa as a new Canada-wide organization representing the soybean value chain, on Monday appointed Jim Everson, vice-president of government relations for the Canola Council of Canada, as its executive director effective Nov. 5.

Brian Innes, the canola council’s market access manager, was named Monday to replace Everson as the Canola Council’s VP for government relations, starting Nov. 1.

Everson will be tasked with leading the new body as it “formalizes its governance and unifies the national soybean industry toward common objectives.”

The group, set up as an overarching body including soybean producers, processors, commodity and food-grade exporters and seed companies, is expected to be fully operating in November.

“Jim’s experience with the grains and oilseeds sector, and with agriculture trade and market access issues, will be a huge asset to Canada’s soybean sector,” Soy Canada chairman Mark Huston, a Chatham-Kent, Ont. soy grower, said in the new group’s release Monday.

Innes, meanwhile, “has been an invaluable member of the CCC’s government relations team, where he has been working with government to improve market access and led the development of the canola market access plan,” Canola Council president Patti Miller said in a separate release.

Soy leadership

Advancements seen in the past few years in Canada’s soy industry “have come without a national voice to speak for it,” Huston said in last month’s announcement.

“We’re hoping we can take this industry that has been maturing so well and transition it into something that has even more opportunities.”

Members of Soy Canada’s elected executive include vice-chairman Ernie Sirski of the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association and Clint Munro, representing crushers, as secretary-treasurer.

Producer directors include Ramzy Yelda of the Federation des producteurs cultures commerciales du Quebec, John Bennett of the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Association and directors-at-large Barry Senft and Edgar Scheurer.

Industry directors include Sue Robert, representing commodity exporters; Andrew McVittie, representing food-grade exporters; Mike Nailor, representing seed companies; and director-at-large Martin Harry. — Network


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