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Canada's Pork Council Discussed Future Challenges

31 October 2013
Canadian Pork Council

CANADA - Canadian Pork Council’s Chair is pleased with the successful fall meeting that was recently held in Ottawa. Producers from across Canada met over two days to help shape the future of the industry and address the many challenges and opportunities for the next year.

Members had the opportunity to update participants on the status of their provincial industry, discuss strategies on the Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED), hear details on the Canada – European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in principle and review the governing and management practices being implemented by CPC’s Board of Directors. A thorough discussion took place on animal care, how the CQA program is being used to improve trade access for pork, and efforts to establish a national promotion and research agency.

CPC’s Board of Directors also held elections to choose the Chair and Vice-Chairs for 2014.Jean-Guy Vincent received the country-wide support of his peers, and will lead the Council for a third term as CPC's Chair. Mr. Vincent, a representative of Québec, is joined by two producer colleagues - Rick Bergmann from Manitoba, re-elected as 1st Vice-Chair, and Bill Wymenga from Ontario, re-elected as 2nd Vice-Chair.

"I thank you all for your support. I am pleased to take on this role once again," Mr Vincent told CPC's Board of Directors following his election by acclamation as Chair. "The Board of Directors has invested a great deal this year in all of the issues while maintaining as a priority the members’ needs, as expressed at last year’s annual meeting. The difficult economic realities within which we operate forces us to perform better and to review the way we work at all levels. Doing more with less is just as important from a global perspective where efficiencies can help us remain competitive in export markets as well as in our domestic market.”

At CPC’s AGM, CPC members also approved the revised association bylaws to enable CPC to comply with the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporation Act, which establishes an updated set of rules for federally incorporated non-profit corporations in Canada.

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