The province has named 12 people to its Champions of the New Rural Economy program, designed to put rural innovators into contact with key business, community and government leaders, Agriculture Minister Stan Struthers announced at the Capturing Opportunities conference in Brandon.
“It is my pleasure to recognize and announce these successful and energetic entrepreneurs who will work with Manitoba’s leaders in business and government so we can network together and come up with new ideas,” Struthers said.
“This is about the future of rural Manitoba and building relationships with business, labour and government to discuss challenges and address them to continue to grow our rural economies.”
The program was created following recommendations and advice from the premier’s Economic Advisory Council and the Agri-Food and Rural Development Council.
The new council will focus on four key areas, the green economy, building economic opportunities, improving wellness, and protecting and rehabilitating the environment.
The members are:
Major Jay Fox, president Manitoba Beef Producers,
Anndrea Hermann, sales manager Hemp Oil Canada,
Mark Myronwich, CEO of Erosion Control Blanket,
Doug Ramsey, of Brandon University,
Tanis Chalmers, development officer from Melita,
Earl McLarne, Solanyl Biodegradables,
Margaret Hughes, sales and marketing manager for Best Cooking Pulses Inc.,
Gary Halwas, president Sun Prime Extracts,
Kevin Lumb, general manager, Powerlog,
Chris Dzisiak, vice-chair, Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers Co-op,
Paul Gregory, president, Interlake Forage Seeds Ltd.,
Sabrina Schlup, owner, ANPO Bison Ranch and Tannery.