Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 06, 2011 12:00 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Appointment to Farm Credit Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2011) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the appointment of Dale Johnston to the Board of Directors of Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

"I am pleased Mr. Johnston has agreed to join the FCC Board," said Minister Ritz. "As a longtime farmer and an active leader in his community, Mr. Johnston has both the passion for agriculture and the skills necessary to be a solid addition to the FCC Board."

As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $20 billion and 17 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to farmers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations.

FCC is a Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

The appointment is for a term of three years and is effective immediately. A biographical note for the appointee is attached.

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Biographical Note

Dale Johnston

F. Dale Johnston is a farmer from Alberta's Crestomere District and a former member of Parliament for Westaskiwin (1993-2006). During this time, Mr. Johnston served as Vice-Chair of Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs as well as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Prior to his career in Parliament, Mr. Johnston held the position of both councilor and reeve for the County of Ponoka (1989-1992), while also serving as Chairman of the County of Ponoka's Board of Education (1989-1992) and Member of the Board of Directors at Ponoka General Hospital (1986 -1992).

Today, he continues to serve as a member on a variety of organizations, including the National Firearms Association, Rural Crime Watch, Loyal Order of the Moose and Royal Canadian Legion Branch #66. Mr. Johnston and his wife, Dianne, have two daughters and three granddaughters.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz