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A wheat crop on the Prairies nears harvest in 2018.

High-quality online presentations to promote high-quality Canadian wheat

COVID-19 has sidelined Cereals Canada and the Canadian Grain Commission’s annual in-person fall new crop missions, to major Canadian cereal customers around the globe. But Cam Dahl is confident the live, online seminars starting Nov. 20, will be effective. “This is something we’re putting a lot of effort into,” Dahl, Cereals Canada’s chief strategy officer,

Britain, Canada agree on post-Brexit rollover trade deal

Tailor-made comprehensive pact expected to follow

London/Toronto | Reuters — Britain and Canada struck a rollover trade deal on Saturday to protect the flow of almost $35 billion-worth of goods and services between them after Brexit, and vowed to start talks on a bespoke agreement next year. As Britain prepares to end its transition out of the European Union on Dec.


Dean Dias has been named CEO of Cereals Canada.

Revamped Cereals Canada has new CEO, CSO

INDUSTRY | Dean Dias is the new CEO while former CEO Cam Dahl is the new chief strategy officer

Dean Dias is Cereals Canada’s new CEO. The old CEO, Cam Dahl, is the revamped organization’s new chief strategy officer (CSO). The appointments took effect Aug. 17. Dias worked at the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) for about a decade, including most recently as director of value chain relations and interim CEO, until Cigi merged

Comment: Innovation through collaboration

Canada benefits from having a co-ordinated national approach to research

Innovation is a competitive advantage for Canadian farmers. It is through ongoing innovation that Canadian wheat exports will compete with the likes of the Black Sea. In the period of 2015-18, Canada has consistently been in the top 10 wheat-producing countries in the world and within the top five wheat-exporting countries in the world. Focusing

‘New’ Cereals Canada selects Alberta farmer Todd Hames as chair

June 1 Cereals Canada and Cigi merged and held its first annual meeting June 22

Alberta farmer Todd Hames was elected the chair of the recently reconstituted Cereals Canada at its first annual meeting June 22. The ‘new’ Cereals Canada was created June 1 when it and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) amalgamated after two years of discussions and the approval of their respective boards April 13. Hames, who


‘New’ Cereals Canada names board, chair

The merged Cereals Canada/Cigi unit held its first annual meeting

Alberta farmer Todd Hames was elected Monday as the chair of the board for the recently reconstituted Cereals Canada, at its first-ever annual meeting. The ‘new’ Cereals Canada was created June 1 when it and the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) amalgamated after two years of discussions and the approval of their respective boards April

Opinion: ‘Canadian grain — it won’t hurt you’

A merged Cigi/Cereals Canada should deal with customers, not consumers

In 1935, the Canadian Wheat Board launched a promotion campaign in the United Kingdom with a film called “The Kinsmen.” It showed how British immigrants to Canada were now farmers sending wheat back to their “kinsmen” in the U.K. The film showing how their wheat was grown, harvested and shipped had high production values for

Maintaining Cigi’s brand is critical, officials from both organizations say.

Cigi joins Cereals Canada fold

The merged organization will continue to provide 
technical support to global marketing efforts

The Canadian International Grains Institute’s name and brand will carry on despite a merger with Cereals Canada effective June 1. “From a Cigi standpoint I don’t think much is going to change,” Trent Rude, Cigi’s chair and director of merchandising at Viterra, said in an interview April 14. “One of the main things we wanted


Randy Dennis (l), the former chief grain inspector for Canada, demonstrates the ins and outs of grain grading at a workshop. The Canadian Grain Commission is reviewing the grading system. While some groups want to switch to instrument-measured specifications, others warn that could create problems.


Some fear grain trade wants to kill CGC

The government body has long ensured impartial quality certification

When asked for the National Farmers Union’s view of the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) merging with Cereals Canada, Stewart Wells was succinct. “We take a dim view of it,” Wells, the NFU’s second vice-president, said in an interview April 22. “Right off the top, one of the concerns we would have is, is Cereals Canada, with all of its

Cigi, Cereals Canada vote to close merger deal

Merged body to take latter group's name; next step, naming a CEO

The proposed merger between Cigi and Cereals Canada has taken one of its final steps forward, with votes of approval from both organizations’ memberships. The two Winnipeg-based not-for-profit organizations announced Tuesday their memberships have approved “the amalgamation of both organizations under a unified governance and management structure.” Terms of the merger call for the consolidated