Viterra Inc.

Viterra Inc.

April 21, 2009 15:54 ET

Canadian Paralympic Committee and Viterra Partner to Promote Healthy and Safe Lifestyles

Paralympians to visit students from grades 1-6 in rural communities across the Prairies

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT)

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) today announced details of a partnership initiative called "Viterra: Power of the Prairies".

Eight-time Paralympian, para-nordic skier Colette Bourgonje joined students at Regina's Ethel Milliken School to launch an initiative designed to educate youth about the importance of nutrition and physical activity. The program also emphasizes the role Viterra plays in providing quality ingredients to produce the foods that nourish people across Canada and around the world.

According the Viterra President and CEO Mayo Schmidt, Viterra and the CPC share a common commitment to performance excellence.

"Our organizations, and the individuals within, are known for surpassing our goals and turning challenges into opportunity," said Schmidt. "We are proud of our partnership, which reflects our passion to be the best at what we do. It is part of our responsibility as a leading global ingredients supplier to raise awareness and educate youth about quality food production."

Power of the Prairies will tell the story of the unique value chain that exists from the farm gate to the athlete's plate to the Paralympic podium.

"Canada's Paralympic athletes are among the best in the world and nutrition is at the core of training for a winning performance." said Brian MacPherson, Chief Operating Officer for the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Power of the Prairies will give students the opportunity to learn about the level of commitment to healthy living required by Paralympians, and change their perceptions of disability."

Over the next twelve months, Paralympic athletes will visit students from grades 1-6 in rural schools in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. They will share their stories to demonstrate the benefit of a healthy lifestyle and the role of nutrition in supporting their athletic success at the elite level.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, private organization with 42 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement by empowering Canadians with a disability through sport. The CPC is responsible for managing the team of athletes who represent Canada at Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the CPC inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by our members. For more information visit,

About Viterra

Viterra Inc. is Canada's leading agribusiness, with extensive operations and distribution capabilities across Western Canada, and with operations in the United States, Japan, Singapore and Geneva. The Company is diversified into sales and services of crop inputs and equipment, grain handling and marketing, livestock feed, agri-food processing and financial products. These operations are complemented by value-added businesses and strategic alliances, which allow Viterra to leverage its pivotal position between Prairie farmers and destination customers. The Company's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VT.


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