AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.

AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.

April 11, 2006 17:05 ET

AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.: Distinguished Co-op General Manager Announces Retirement

STONEY POINT, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2006) - After 36 years of employment in the Ontario agriculture co-operative system, Charles Desmarais, most recently general manager of La Co-operative de Pointe-aux-Roches, announced he will retire in August. His retirement will be from the newly formed AGRIS Co-operative Ltd., which is the merger of La Co-operative de Pointe-aux-Roches and Orford Co-operative Ltd.

Starting yesterday, he assumed the new role of business development manager for the new co-operative. He will be available to the co-operative as a project manager, as needed, after his retirement.

Desmarais started in the co-op system in 1974 and has held the position of general manager for La Co-operative de Pointe-aux-Roches for 32 years. He informed the co-operative's board of directors about 18 months ago about his retirement plans.

In communication to members and patrons of La Co-operative de Pointe-aux-Roches, Desmarais thanked all who have worked with him, the many different board members and the membership of his co-operative. "It has been a privilege serving you in a co-operative spirit during this period. I cannot be any more thankful for the great joy I had during this period of my life. Today, the passion I have to see the co-op succeed is as great as ever, however, the greatest passion I have at this time in my life is to spend more time with my family," he says.

Charles and his wife Bernadette, reside near Stoney Point and have two grown children, and four grandchildren.

AGRIS Co-operative is owned and serves more than 1,200 farmer members in 14 locations in Essex, Kent, Elgin, Middlesex and Lambton Counties. The new co-operative, with its central office in Chatham, will have total member investment of nearly $11 million and annual sales of more than $130 million. AGRIS Co-operative is a member-owner of GROWMARK, Inc. and markets products and services under the FS banner. Visit http://www.agris.coop and www.fssystem.com for more information.

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