Last week, Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced the reappointment of Lonny McKague as commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) for a three-year term, effective February 13.
McKague was first appointed as CGC commissioner in 2017, as part of the transparent and merit-based appointment process implemented by the Government of Canada in 2016. The knowledge gained through his 40 years of experience as a primary producer informs his understanding of current social and economic issues facing producers and their businesses. In his role as commissioner, he has represented the Government of Canada in international trade missions with key customers of Canadian grain.
“The Canadian Grain Commission plays an integral role in supporting Canada’s reputation as a consistent and reliable source of high-quality grain,” Bibeau said in an official statement. “With over four decades of experience in the industry, I am confident that our hardworking grain farmers will continue to benefit from Mr. McKague’s valuable expertise.”
Prior to joining the CGC, McKague served as a director and founding member of Ogema Elevator Ltd., a provider of grain elevator products and services in Ogema, Sask. He is also a former president of the Canadian Limousin Association and the local Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.
The CGC works to deliver grain quality and quantity assurance programs for exports of Canadian grain, carry out scientific research to understand all aspects of grain quality and grain safety, establish and maintain Canada’s science-based grain grading system, and ensure farmers receive fair compensation for their grain.