Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

June 25, 2012 17:22 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Reappointment to the Farm Products Council of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2012) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the reappointment of Mr. John Griffin as a member of the Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC).

"I am pleased to announce that Mr. Griffin has been reappointed to the Council," said Minister Ritz. "With over 20 years of experience in the Canadian agribusiness sector, this reappointment ensures that the Council will continue to benefit from his insights and knowledge."

The FPCC has seven members and plays a key role in the supply management system for poultry and eggs. The Council supervises the operations of the four national marketing agencies that manage the supply of Canadian chicken, turkey, table eggs, and broiler-hatching eggs, ensuring they work best for both producers and consumers. These agencies implement and administer marketing plans, allocate production quotas, and generate their revenues through levies.

In addition, the Council supervises the operation of the National Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency.

Mr. Griffin's reappointment is for a term of four years and is effective July 30, 2012.

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Biographical Note

John Griffin

John Griffin is the President, a position he has held since 2000, of W.P. Griffin Inc., a family-owned and operated farming business in Elmsdale, Prince Edward Island. The company is organized in two divisions: the farming operation, which grows potatoes, grain and hay and the packaging warehouse, which comprises a state-of-the-art potato packaging facility. One of the notable achievements during Mr. Griffin's tenure as president came in 2006, when the company was named by the Business Development Bank of Canada as the first recipient of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business's Business Ownership Transition Award, in recognition of the company's successful transition from one generation to another. In addition to his extensive involvement in local community activities, Mr. Griffin is also on the Board of the Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture, chairing the organization's On-Farm Food Safety Committee and serving as Vice-Chair of the Canadian On-Farm Food Safety Working Group in Ottawa. As well, Mr. Griffin was President of the PEI Grain Elevators Corporation from 2001 to 2004, after serving as Director from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Griffin graduated from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Administration and Data Processing in 1987.

Contact Information

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

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