Ottawa, Ontario-April 17, 2023: The Canada Grains Council (CGC) is pleased to welcome Erin Gowriluk, as its President. As the newest member of the team, Gowriluk will bring her extensive experience in raising the profile of Canada’s grain, oilseed, pulse and special crop sectors and elevating the discussion around relevant policy issues at a national level.
“There is a lot of opportunity for the Canadian grains sector at the moment, and we are confident that Erin is just the person to help us stay at the forefront of a rapidly shifting political, trade and regulatory climate,” says Rick White, CGC Chair. “Erin’s history of strong leadership, strategic innovation and nurturing partnerships within our sector will be immensely helpful as we work to meet strategic goals.”
Most recently, Gowriluk served as Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada, where she managed day-to-day operations and advanced federal policy work on behalf of 65,000 grain farmer members from coast to coast. She has also held senior policy roles with Syngenta Canada, and the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions.
Gowriluk was drawn to the CGC because she believes the organization’s track record shows that there is more that unites the Canadian grain industry than divides it, she says.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead this truly unique organization, which includes representation from the entire value chain and unprecedented levels of industry collaboration,” Gowriluk says. “As we face unprecedented market and trade challenges for Canadian crop exports, barriers to innovation without our industry, and increasing regulatory burdens for our sector, there has never been a more important time for our industry to raise its profile and influence change through one unified and impactful voice. I am excited to work with Council members to expand the scope of our collective work and our impact.”
Gowriluk replaces outgoing Executive Vice-President Tyler Bjornson.
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