150 people gather for a prosperous Canadian pork industry

October 26, 2017, OTTAWA – Influential pork producers and industry leaders were in Ottawa this week to take part in various meetings to further the success of the pork industry.

Strategic planning and business plan development were at the core of these meetings. Producers from across Canada shared input to contribute to the mandate of several key pork organizations: Canadian Pork Council (CPC), Canada Pork International (CPI) and Swine Innovation Porc.

CPC members also expressed their vision and their needs for the successful roll-out of updated on-farm programs expected later in 2018.

“It is crucial for the board of directors to understand the perspective of our members and of pork producers who all farm according to different realities. This allows us, as a board, to guide the activities of the CPC and ensure it can represent all producers at the national level, in such important matters as trade, business risk management, and so many others” said Rick Bergmann, CPC Chair.

A celebratory reception was held on Tuesday that brought together over 150 producers, Members of Parliament, departmental staff, embassy personnel and other stakeholders. Together, this team has helped Canada develop into a world-leading pork producer.

2018 CPC Board of Directors

During its Annual Meeting of Members, the Canadian Pork Council confirmed its directors for 2018, welcoming new members Yvan Fréchette and René Roy from Québec, Doug Ahrens and Oliver Haan from Ontario, Dan Majeau from Alberta and Casey Smit from Saskatchewan. They will be joining Hans Kristensen from the Maritimes, Jack DeWit from British Columbia, Rick Bergmann, Claude Vielfaure and Scott Peters from Manitoba on the Board of Directors as of January 2018.

According to John Ross, CPC Executive Director, the active involvement of producers from coast to coast is absolutely essential if the CPC is to continue to represent the interest of pork producers. “We are privileged to be able to count on the wisdom of pork producers to help guide our activities and to ensure the vitality and prosperity of the pork sector in Canada.”

CPC Chair Rick Bergmann was quick to thank all board members who have been involved with the Canadian Pork Council over the years. “Without the commitment of these experienced producers, the Canadian pork industry would not enjoy the excellent reputation it has today.”

The Canadian Pork Council is the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations representing 7,000 farms, the organization plays a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.


Media Contact:

Gary Stordy
Manager, Public Relations
Canadian Pork Council
613 263-9239 ext. 277

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