Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New chair of Canadian Dairy Commission named

Alistair Johnston of Alberta will become the chairman of the Canadian Dairy Commission on August l.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that he will have a four-year term.

He is the first chairman to come from neither Ontario nor Quebec, the two dominant milk-producing provinces.

He came to Canada in 1988 to be director of operations for the Northern Alberta Dairy Pool.

He has been an executive team member with Dairyworld Foods and the Vanderpol Food Group.

“For the past several years he has provided technical and strategic assistance to dairy and food manufacturing enterprises domestically and internationally,” says a backgrounder from Ritz’s office.

“He has extensive board experience with the British Columbia Chicken Marketing Board and B.C. Investment Agriculture Foundation, B.C. and Alberta Dairy Associations and the B.C. Food Processors Association.”