Cigi amends governance structure
By Top Crop Manager
July 9, 2013, Winnipeg, MB – The Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) has approved a new governance model for the institute. The change, approved at its annual general meeting on June 18, will see board membership expand to include representation from across the value chain.
Historically the make-up of the Cigi board reflected its founding organizations with members from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Wheat Board and the Canadian Grain Commission. In June 2012 the addition of three new directors, all farmers from Western Canada, to fill two positions previously held by the Canadian Wheat Board and one vacant 'at large' position marked the first step in revamping the board.
Now Cigi is in the process of contacting industry organizations representing exporters, farmers, processors and other technical industry officials to nominate individuals to sit on the Board of Directors, which will be made up of a minimum of six to a maximum of nine members. To enable the transition from the old structure to the new structure, five of Cigi's current directors have transferred into one- or two-year terms on the board. These directors are Jim Wilson, Randy Johner, LeRon Torrie, Henry Van Ankum and Murdoch MacKay.
New directors will be selected by the current Cigi board members. The goal is to have a balance of representatives from different industry sectors. It is expected there will be a slate of directors in place when the Cigi board next meets in mid-October.