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Cereals Canada Announces the Appointment of New Board Chair

Winnipeg, Manitoba June 17, 2022: Cereals Canada Board of Directors announce the appointment of a new board chair, executive committee, and new members. Jennifer Marchand was elected to the position of chair at the organization’s board meeting held today in Winnipeg.   

“It’s a pleasure to announce Jennifer’s appointment to board chair,” said Chief Executive Officer Dean Dias. “Her experience, strategic thinking and genuine passion for Canadian agriculture is invaluable to Cereals Canada as we continue to support the Canadian cereals value chain with a focus on trade, science, and sustainability.” 

Marchand, government and industry relations leader, AVP, Cargill Limited, has served as a director and as vice chair for two years. Marchand replaces Todd Hames, who will remain on the board as a director. Brett Halstead of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission has been elected vice chair, Gregg Fotheringham as secretary, and Adam Dyck as treasurer.  

“I want to thank Todd for his years of service and leadership. As chair, he ushered in a new era for Cereals Canada after the merging of two heritage brands in 2020,” says Marchand. “I look forward to serving the board in this new capacity as we build on the exceptional work that has been done to ensure the continued success of Canada’s thriving wheat, oat, and barley industry. 

Today’s board meeting also saw the election of five new board members. Newly elected are: 

  • Boris Michaleski, Producer Representative, Manitoba Crop Alliance 
  • Chris Legge, Industry Representative, Syngenta 
  • Tyler Groenveld, Industry Representative, Corteva 
  • Ramzy Yelda, Producer Representative, Producteurs de grains du Québec 
  • Josh Boersen, Producer Representative, Grain Farmers of Ontario 

Departing the board are industry representatives Jeffrey Bertholet and Trish Jordan, and producer representatives Jake Leguee, Robert Misko, and Henry Van Ankum. Marchand took a moment at today’s annual meeting to recognize their years of service on the board and dedication to the organization.  

“On behalf of the board, I want to express my gratitude to the members who have concluded their terms,” said Marchand. “We have benefited from their insight, expertise, and unfaltering dedication as both board members and industry leaders.” 


For further information, please contact: 

Ellen Pruden 

Director of Communications 

E: [email protected] 

C: 204-479-0166 

About Cereals Canada 

Cereals Canada is a national, not-for-profit, industry association representing the Canadian cereal grains value chain. We value relationships and work with government and stakeholders to provide timely,  

expert technical information and deliver best-in-class customer experience. We are dedicated to  

supporting the Canadian cereals value chain including farmers, exporters, developers, processors and  

our customers around the world with a focus on trade, science, and sustainability.