Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 17, 2011 09:51 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Reappointments to Farm Products Council of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the reappointments of Brent Montgomery as Vice-Chairperson and Phil Klassen as a member of the Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC).

"I am pleased to announce these reappointments to the Council," said Minister Ritz. "As highly experienced farmers with impressive backgrounds in agricultural organizations, both Mr. Montgomery and Mr. Klassen are contributing significantly to the Council's efforts. I am convinced Mr. Montgomery and Mr. Klassen will continue to use their first-hand knowledge of the industry to serve farmers effectively."

The FPCC plays a key part in Canada's supply management system for poultry and eggs. Created in 1972, the Council supervises the operations of the four national marketing agencies that manage the supply of Canadian chicken, turkey, eggs and broiler hatching eggs. These agencies establish and allocate production quota, promote products, raise funds through levies and license marketers. In addition, the Council supervises the operation of the Canadian Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Agency. Until 2009, the FPCC was known as the National Farm Products Council.

Mr. Montgomery's reappointment, which is for a three-year term, comes into effect April 30, 2011. Mr. Klassen is reappointed for a term of three years effective March 26, 2011. Biographical notes for the appointees are attached.

To learn more about the FPCC, please visit Farm Products Council of Canada.

Biographical Notes

Brent Montgomery

A resident of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Québec, Brent Montgomery was first appointed as a member of the FPCC in 2007 and designated as the Council's Vice-Chairperson in 2008. Raised on his family's turkey farm in St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Mr. Montgomery has owned the farm in partnership with his brother since 1986. As well as operating the turkey farm, he is active in the hatching business, serving as Vice-President of Quebec Turkey Hatchery Inc. and Couvoir Québec Inc. since 1991. Over a period of 18 years, Mr. Montgomery held several senior positions with the Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency: Alternate Director for Quebec, Director for Quebec, Vice-Chairman and, from 2003 to 2007, Chairman. The organization is known today as the Turkey Farmers of Canada. In addition, Mr. Montgomery occupied the post of Administrator of the Fédération des producteurs de volailles du Québec for 20 years. Before launching his career as a farmer, he worked in Québec City for 10 years as a high school teacher, high school vice-principal and elementary school principal. Mr. Montgomery continues to serve his community as the Mayor of the Municipality of St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, an office he has held since 1988. A graduate of Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Québec, Mr. Montgomery and his wife have three children.

Phil Klassen

Phil Klassen was initially appointed as a member of the FPCC in 2009. Since 1976, Mr. Klassen has operated a cow-calf, grain and hay farm near Herbert, Saskatchewan, in partnership with his two brothers. As well, Mr. Klassen and his partners ran a dairy operation for 34 years before selling that portion of the farm business in 2010. In addition to his farming career, he served as a delegate to Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd. in 1998. Soon after, Mr. Klassen was elected a Director of the Saskatchewan Dairy Foundation. He was later part of a steering committee to amalgamate the dairy organizations in the province to form the Dairy Farmers of Saskatchewan. Elected as a Director of the new provincial organization, Mr. Klassen served on many of its committees and as its Vice-President over a period of seven years. In addition, he has been a representative to the Western Milk Pool and the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee, as well as serving as a delegate to the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Mr. Klassen has also held positions as a Director of Agriculture in the Classroom and an observer with the board of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan. Additionally, he worked on the Saskatchewan BSE Advisory Committee. An avid community volunteer, Mr. Klassen and his wife have seven children.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059