Canada Grains Council Introduces New Board Leadership

July 6, 2023 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canada Grains Council (CGC) is thrilled to announce Pierre Petelle as Chair and Greg Cherewyk as Vice-Chair of its board of directors, solidifying the council’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and growth in the grains sector.

Assuming the role of chair, Petelle brings his extensive expertise in strategic direction and collaboration as a seasoned leader. In his position as President and CEO of CropLife Canada, he leads the association’s advocacy efforts for regulatory frameworks that enable innovative agricultural solutions to come to market in Canada. His unwavering dedication to advancing the shared interests of the agricultural sector is a testament to the leadership he will bring to his role as chair.

“I’m honoured to be part of an organization that represents the entire grains value chain and is a model for industry collaboration and coordination,” says Petelle, President and CEO of CropLife Canada. “The CGC represents a hugely important sector and plays a critical role in advancing our collective efforts on sustainability, food security and economic growth.”

Joining the CGC as vice-chair, Cherewyk is a highly respected leader in the Canadian pulse industry. He has over two-decades of experience at Pulse Canada, including his role as President. With a wealth of expertise in market development, trade policy and transportation, Cherewyk is well-equipped to help the CGC advance Canada’s grains industry. His leadership and commitment to advancing shared goals will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in the continued success of the CGC and the grains sector at large.

“The pulse industry is fully committed to leveraging the power of partnerships, and the forum that the CGC provides to advance common grains sector interests is unparalleled,” says Greg Cherewyk, President of Pulse Canada.

“From issues that impact our industry at home to those that affect our ability to access priority markets around the world, we get further faster when we find ways to work together. It’s a privilege for me to be part of that constructive process to identify common ground and to find opportunities to reach consensus.”

CGC extends its gratitude to outgoing Chair Rick White for his service and commitment to Canada’s grain sector. The new Chair and Vice Chair look forward to working with the entire board to advance the collective interests of the industry. The CGC will continue with its efforts to promote collaboration and champion innovation to drive Canada’s agriculture industry forward.


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