One of the biggest surprise announcements of last month was the unexpected resignation of Canada Beef president Rob Meijer on September 16. A press release from the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency said Meijer has resigned to spend more time with his two daughters and his wife. He joined Canada Beef in August 2011 with 16 years experience, eight of them with Cargill in Winnipeg as the manager of business development and corporate strategy. The executive staff will carry on his duties until a replacement has been named.
Young Cattlemen’s Council (YCC) president Brett McRae from Brandon, Man., made the most of his trip to Ottawa in September to attend the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association executive meeting and fall picnic on Parliament Hill. McRae chatted with Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay at the picnic and toured Parliament with his MP Larry Maguire. He also observed the meeting of the Standing Committee on Agriculture, where Beef Cattle Research Council executive director Andrea Brocklebank and chair Bryan Thiessen discussed the work being done through the beef research clusters.
There were some changes at the Canadian Meat Council last month. Executive director Jim Laws resigned after 12 years with the industry lobby group to form his own consulting company. Troy Warren of Maple Leaf Foods was elected president and board chair for 2016-18 at the annual meeting in late September. He is currently vice-president, product management, planning, and procurement for Maple Leaf Foods. Finally the council is seeking a director for beef and veal to work with government and industry to focus attention on the key areas of trade and market access, regulatory affairs and access to labour as they affect beef and veal processors. For more details contact Laurence Lavallée, communications co-ordinator at [email protected].
Martin Rice is the 2016 recipient of the Canadian Meat Council (CMC) President’s Award. He was presented with the award at the meat trade organization’s September 28 annual meeting in Ottawa. Rice retired as executive director of the Canadian Pork Council earlier this year after 30 years of service as executive secretary and executive director. He has served as a director of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council.
Macgregor “Mac” Tebbutt, from Penticton, B.C. is the 4-H member on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council, an advisory group of 15 young people to be consulted on national issues. Tebbutt has been actively involved in the 4-H Club for 11 years, holding many executive positions, and has been a 4-H Canada scholarship recipient twice — in 2014 when he received a Ram Canada 100 Scholarship for 100 Years of 4-H Scholarship and in 2015 when he received a John Deere Canada 4-H Scholarship. He has been 4-H B.C. Youth Ambassador for two years and designed and implemented a Safety Checklist for 4-H Horse members. He has travelled across the province to promote agriculture and farm safety, and started a new 4-H club for rural youth in southern B.C. He is also a competitive rodeo athlete and a third-year engineering student at UBC-Okanagan.
Kyle Rock has returned to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association as interim operations manager. The Airdrie, Alta. resident also served as CPRA rodeo administrator for a period of time earlier this year. A third-generation cowboy, Rock was a two-time Canadian Intercollegiate Bareback Champion and a many time finalist in three semi-professional associations (the FCA, LRA and CCA). He was twice FCA season leader and was named 2013 Foothills Cowboy Association Cowboy of the Year.
Calgary Stampede has been voted the 2016 Stock Contractor of the Year by members of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. The Calgary Stampede is the primary stock contractor for eight rodeos in Canada and the United States including the Strathmore Stampede, Armstrong Stampede, Pendleton Round-Up, and the Calgary Stampede itself. Stampede horses and bulls also compete year-round at many other rodeos throughout North America.