Three new directors appointed to the Barley Council of Canada board


(Calgary, AB) January 16, 2017 – Barley Council of Canada (BCC) welcomes three new directors following its annual general meeting on Wednesday.

The president of Canada Malting Co., Armand Parisien, was elected to the BCC board. He takes the place of Rahr Malting Canada Ltd.’s Vice-President – Commercial, Bob Sutton.

Jim Smolik, a farmer from Dawson Creek, B.C. and former assistant chief commissioner at the Canadian Grain Commission, joins the Council as both a director and the new vice-chair. As the new Head of Canada, Corporate Affairs for Cargill Limited, Smolik takes the place of Chantelle Donahue, who formerly held the latter two positions as well.

“Armand and Jim bring decades of experience and knowledge of Canada’s barley value chain to the BCC,” said Brian Otto, who was re-appointed last Wednesday as the BCC chair. “Their dedication to the industry will help push our young Council to new heights.”

Adding to the producers’ voice at the table is Malcolm Odermatt, a farmer from the Peace Region. Odermatt was appointed to represent the B.C. Grain Producers, a position previously held by Garnet Berge.

“I believe our new directors really round out our board,” continued Otto. “We have a great group of individuals who bring both a wealth of knowledge and diverse opinions to our table—that, in my opinion, is what pushes an organization to meet its full potential.”

With a motivated board and a newly established strategic plan, 2017 looks bright for the BCC and Canada’s barley industry.

The Council’s fifth annual general meeting will be held in Ottawa, Ontario in February 2018.

The BCC’s 2017 Board of Directors is as follows:

Executive Committee

  • Brian Otto, Western Barley Growers Association – BCC chair
  • Jim Smolik, Cargill Limited – BCC vice-chair
  • Luke Harford, Beer Canada – BCC treasurer
  • Zenneth Faye, Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission – BCC secretary
  • Bryan Adam, Alberta Barley – Alberta Barley representative

General Directors

  • Aaron Beattie, PhD, University of Saskatchewan, Crop Development Centre
  • Armand Parisien, Canada Malting Co.
  • Dean Harder, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association
  • Malcolm Odermatt, B.C. Grain Producers
  • Markus Haerle, Grain Farmers of Ontario
  • Rod Merryweather, FP Genetics
  • William Van Tassel, Producteurs de Grains du Québec

For more information, contact:

Sydney Duhaime
Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Barley Council of Canada

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