Flax Council of Canada Announces New President

September 8, 2014 Flax News, Media Release 0 Comments
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Winnipeg, Manitoba – September 8th, 2014 – Brian Johnson, Chair of the Flax Council of Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Don Kerr as President of the Flax Council, effective September 8th, 2014. Mr. Kerr has over 40 years’ experience in the Canadian grain industry and has been involved in all aspects of the oilseed sector including canola, soybeans and flax.

“We are extremely fortunate to have secured a person with the talents and experience that Don brings to the Flax Council”, said Brian Johnson, “He is very knowledgeable regarding the agricultural sector in general, and especially with regard to flax”.

Mr. Kerr served on the Flax Council Board as Chair of the Market Development Committee from 1996 – 2002 and Vice Chair from 1999 – 2001. Don also was involved with the Canola Council Board as well as the Canadian Special Crops Association.

“There couldn’t be a more exciting time to be involved with flax and the potential for growth is tremendous”, states Don Kerr. “We are initiating new agronomic and plant breeding research thanks to the support of the flax industry, Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission, Manitoba Flax Growers Association, and the Federal and Manitoba governments. Additionally, flaxseed has recently received the significant approval of a health claim from Health Canada”.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Kerr spent 10 years in Ontario managing a trading operation which focused primarily on the corn and soybean markets providing insight with respect to the grain industry in eastern Canada as well.

“Flax is well poised to take a leading position in Canadian agriculture,” said Brian Johnson. “Under the leadership of Don, we will be able to continue to take advantage of opportunities in the food, feed and industrial marketplace”.

The Flax Council is a national trade association that promotes flax for food, feed and industrial uses in domestic and international markets from its office in Winnipeg. The Council represents the entire flax industry, including flax producers, manufacturers, shippers and exporters.

Don Kerr can be contacted by phone at (204) 982-2116; or by e-mail at kerrd@flaxcouncil.ca.

For more information, media please contact: Brian Johnson, Chair, Flax Council of Canada; phone:
(204) 376-5228; fax: (204) 376-2201; e-mail: bjohnson@johnsonseeds.com



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