Board Structure and Committees

Following the Annual General Meeting, the Manitoba Canola Growers Board of Directors meets to elect their Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, National Representatives, and Committees.

MCGA President: Warren Ellis

MCGA Vice President: Jackie Dudgeon-MacDonald

MCGA Secretary/Treasurer: Nicolea Dow

MCGA Past President: Chuck Fossay


Governance & Finance/Advocacy

The Governance and Finance Committee is responsible for all aspects of board governance, training, and succession planning for the board and the General Manager. Policy manual review is the responsibility of this committee.

Committee Members: Jackie Dudgeon-MacDonald, Warren Ellis, Nicolea Dow and Chuck Fossay

Staff on Committee: Delaney Ross Burtnack, Oksana Taran and Leanne Campbell (youth)



The Research Committee is responsible for selecting projects and directing research funds to find better ways ways to grow canola, and find better ways to control pests. The committee directs research funding through a number of national and provincial partnerships that allow them to leverage grower dollars. Representation to the Western Canadian Canola/Rapeseed Recommending Committee (WCC/RCC) comes from this group.

Committee Members: Chuck Fosssay, Nicolea Dow, Evan Gillis and Jason Kehler

Staff on Committee: Amy Delaquis


Grower Engagement and Communication

The Grower Engagement and Communication Committee is responsible for ensuring growers have access to agronomy, marketing and farm management information through its communications, programs, events, and sponsorships. The committee is also committed to ensuring canola growers, the agriculture industry, and partners are informed of Manitoba Canola Growers goals, objectives and activities.

Committee Members: Jason Kehler, Evan Gillis, Darren Nykoliation and Jay Derkach

Staff on Committee: Corina Lepp and Leanne Campbell


Market Development

The Market Development Committee is responsible to share information that will expand consumers awareness and knowledge of agriculture, canola production and its role in society. The goal is to maintain and work to expand canola customers and overall use of canola oil.

Committee Members: Jackie Dudgeon-MacDonald, Warren Ellis, Jay Derkach and Darren Nykoliation

Staff on Committee: Jennifer Dyck



The Sustainability Committee is responsible for shaping Manitoba Canola Grower’s position on sustainability issues and communicating between other subcommittees to allow for inclusion in all areas of the association.

Committee Members: Chuck Fossay, Nicolea Dow, Warren Ellis and Jason Kehler

Staff on Committee:  Delaney Ross Burtnack, Leanne Campbell and Jennifer Dyck


Provincial and National Representatives

Canola Council of Canada: Chuck Fossay

Canadian Canola Growers Association: Clayton Harder, Warren Ellis

National Canola Marketing Program Committee: Jackie Dudgeon-MacDonald, Warren Ellis

KAP Advisory Committee: Warren Ellis

Grower Communications Advisory Team (GCAT): Jackie Dudgeon-MacDonald

Western Canadian Canola/Rapeseed Recommending Committee: Nicolea Dow


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