Members of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) went to the polls to elect four Directors from the five candidates vying for the positions.
Results were announced by Returning Officer, Réjean Vermette with Avenue 4 Communications.
The successful candidates were as follows:
|Warren Ellis||Our family has owned and operated a pedigreed seed farm and seed business for a century at Wawanesa MB. Karen and I were married in 1984 and have one son and two daughters. Some of my education includes an AG Diploma from U of M, Certified Crop Advisor (past), various business management classes, futures and option trading, and human relations.
Some past involvement on boards includes, Manitoba Seed Growers Assoc., SeCan Assoc., Manitoba Provincial Exhibition, and Manitoba Canola Growers Assoc. I really enjoy being part of a board and industry whose focus is to add to the good work already completed. One area that could be improved is the producer’s ability to take advantage of high prices without having to make unrealistic production guarantees. The Canola industry will continue to grow, and through grower boards like the MCGA, producers will be a part of its success.
|Charles Fossay||I operate a fourth-generation grain farm in partnership with three of my brothers and a nephew four miles north of Starbuck. On our farm we grow wheat, barley, oats, flaxseed, canola, soybeans and corn. I have been a director with Manitoba Canola Growers for eight years and I am looking to serve one more term as a director. I have been involved with several provincial farm organizations and have served on various committees over the last forty years. I have a wealth of experience in representing Manitoba grain producers on issues of agricultural policy, in dealing with board governance and with board finances. Currently, in addition to serving on MCGA’s board of directors I represent Manitoba canola producers on the Canola Council of Canada and represent Manitoba’s crop commodity groups on Keystone Agricultural Producer’s board of directors. I look for your support in becoming a director of MCGA.
|Pam Bailey||I am Pam Bailey, and I’ve had the honour and privilege to serve on the board for the last 4 years. I am a grain farmer alongside my husband on his family’s farm in Dacotah, and recently we became entrepreneurs and new parents. I hold a degree in horticulture from Dalhousie University and am a Professional Agrologist with the MIA. During my time on the board, the canola industry has had its fair share of challenges, though, I’m proud of what the board and staff have accomplished in that time. Some of my personal highlights are seeing the creation of a National Canola Marketing Program while being a part of that steering committee, being the first female board member, representing MCGA at Ivey School of Business’ Leadership at Its Best program, and being able to utilize my knowledge and skills to help farmers and better serve Manitoba’s canola industry.
|Jackie Dudgeon||I grew up in Morden MB and my dad runs a grain farm near Darlingford Manitoba. My husband and I are currently in the transition process with my dad and we just recently bought our own farm. Growing up I wasn’t as involved as other farm kids but after high school I fell in love with the Ag Industry and working with farmers. They are the most resilient people I have ever met and I have been working in the seed industry for about 10 years, dealing with many different suppliers, retailers and farmers. I also am the MB/SK/YT Director for the Canadian Young Farmers Forum and am involved with the MB Young Farmers. I am looking forward to providing an industry perspective to the Manitoba Canola Growers!
Ballots were mailed out on December 14, 2021 giving members the option to vote by mail-in or electronic ballot using a preferential voting system, allowing members to rank the candidates in order of preference. Election closed on January 15, 2022 with ballots being counted on January 21, 2022. You can view the full detailed tabulation results here.
For more information on this election or if you are interested in running in future election please reach out to:
For information about becoming a director please contact:
Delaney Ross Burtnack