New Interim President for Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance
(Calgary, AB) May 21, 2013 – Alberta Barley (ABC) is pleased to announce that Commission general manager, Lisa Skierka, has been named interim president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA).
Skierka fills the vacancy left by CAFTA’s departing president Richard Phillips. Phillips was recently appointed president of the Canada Grains Council, a position he will take over this fall.
“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to lead an organization that is so important to the Canadian agricultural value chain,” said Skierka. “I look forward to working closely with the rest of CAFTA’s board of directors to continue the organization’s great work to benefit Canadian agricultural producers, processors, marketers and exporters.”
ABC Chairman Matt Sawyer said Skierka’s presidency is a major boost to the agri-food industry.
“With her excellent ongoing work at the ABC, Lisa will help further develop CAFTA and increase international agri-food trade opportunities,” he said.
CAFTA is comprised of national and regional organizations united in support of increased open and fair international trade for Canadian agriculture and agri-food products. Its members produce almost 80 per cent of Canadian agriculture and agri-food exports, conduct roughly $40 billion of business annually and directly employ approximately 500,000 Canadians in production, processing and marketing.
As Canada’s only barley commission, Alberta Barley is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization directed, funded and controlled by the province’s barley farmers. The Commission co-ordinates and sponsors research, market development, technology transfer and policy development on behalf of its producers.
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