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June 01, 2015 14:37 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Appointment to the Canadian Dairy Commission

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 1, 2015) - Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC)

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today the appointment of Alistair Johnston as Chairperson of the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) Board of Directors. Mr. Johnston's appointment is for a 4-year term effective August 1st, 2015. Biographical notes are attached.

Quick facts

  • The CDC is a Crown corporation established in 1966 to coordinate federal and provincial dairy policies and create a control mechanism for stabilizing milk production and revenues.
  • The CDC Board of Directors is appointed by the Government of Canada upon the recommendation of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.


"I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Alistair Johnston as CDC's Chairperson. Mr. Johnston will be a tremendous asset at the CDC having dedicated his working life to the dairy industry."

- Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

Additional links

Canadian Dairy Commission

Biographical Note - Alistair Johnston

Alistair is a career dairy industry leader serving this sector globally, in technical and management positions during his 40 year career.

Arriving in Canada in 1988 he joined the Northern Alberta Dairy Pool as Director, Operations, subsequently holding leadership roles within Dairyworld Foods and the Vanderpol Food Group. For the past several years he has provided technical and strategic assistance to dairy and food manufacturing enterprises domestically and internationally.

He has extensive Board experience with the BC Chicken Marketing Board and BC Investment Agriculture Foundation, BC and Alberta Dairy Associations, BC Food Processors Association.

He regularly presents to industry gatherings on dairy topics and brings an in-depth understanding of Supply Management through his experience in the Canadian dairy, egg and chicken industries.

Alistair and his wife Arlene have 5 grown children and 7 grandkids and make their home in Langley, BC.

Contact Information

  • Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
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