Canola Award of Excellence

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of individuals and organizations who contribute to the sustained growth and prosperity of Manitoba’s canola industry. At MCGA, we have developed an annual award to be given to an individual who has made a contribution to the canola industry. Any individual or organization involved in the growing, production or marketing of canola is eligible to be nominated. Researchers and educators of canola, as well as chefs and media personalities who promote canola are also eligible.

2021 RECIPIENT

Brian Chorney

Each year, the Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) recognizes the accomplishments of an individual or organization for their contributions to the sustained growth and prosperity of Manitoba’s canola industry, with the Canola Award of Excellence. Former MCGA director and farmer Brian Chorney has been presented the 2021 Canola Award of Excellence.

Brian has been actively involved within canola organizations and renewable fuel organizations, which has led to the development and growth of canola-based biodiesel demand in Manitoba and Canada.

“Brian was instrumental in policy development for the biodiesel industry at both the provincial and national level,” says Rick White, President and CEO, Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA). “He was heavily involved in the development of federal government programs such as the EcoEnergy Program and the EcoABC program, and was a strong and effective advocate in the establishment of early biodiesel mandates. Brian was an absolute pleasure to work with and brought the influential farmer voice to the table with knowledge, passion and professionalism. His pioneering efforts on the creation of the industry and the benefits to Canadian farmers continues to this day”.

In 2003 Brian was appointed to the first board of directors for the Biodiesel Association of Canada where he appeared as a witness in front of several government committees advocating for canola-based biodiesel legislation and program development.

The recent biodiesel requirement increase from two to five percent raises the floor on biodiesel inclusion in Manitoba. “For canola farmers this is a good news story. It points the future direction nationwide for higher minimum canola demand,” says Clayton Harder, Chair, MCGA. “Brian’s strong analytical approach and focused efforts have helped steer this outcome in the canola farmers favour. Through Brian’s efforts at the Council and multiple provincial and federal meetings with officials this new higher biodiesel mandate is a win for Manitoba farmers.”

Brian was a director on the MCGA board for 14 years holding various executive positions and contributing to committees including Biodiesel, Research, Canola Performance Trials, Communications, and Member Relations. He brought a strong farmer voice to his extended board roles sitting on the CCGA, Canola Council of Canada, Biodiesel Association of Canada and Canadian Renewable Fuels Association boards.

 

“I was humbled to be recognized with the Canola Award of Excellence. Everything I was involved with within canola and renewable fuel organizations was a team effort. I thank all my fellow board members and association staff members for their support over the years,” says Chorney. “We may have not done everything right along the way, but I believe we have helped increase the viability of canola production in Canada.”

Brian earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is the Farm Manager near East Selkirk and farms with his wife Brenda, son-in-law Kyle, his cousin Murray and his nephew Brad. In the winter Brian enjoys snowmobiling, and spending his summers at the cottage fishing, boating, water skiing, and enjoying dock time with family and friends.

The Manitoba Canola Growers would like to thank Brian for his contributions to the biodiesel industry and the sustained growth and prosperity of Manitoba’s canola industry.

Previous Award Recipients

Dr. Don Flaten

2020 Recipient

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Dr. Cynthia Grant

2019 Recipient

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Murray McConnell

2018 Recipient

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Dr. Carla Taylor

2017 Recipient

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Mairlyn Smith

2016 Recipient

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Bruce Dalgarno

2015 Recipient

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Dave Hickling

2014 Recipient

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Ken Edie

2013 Recipient

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Chef Feeke

2012 Recipient

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Dr. Rachael Scarth

2011 Recipient

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Charlie Froebe

2010 Recipient

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Jim Green

2009 Recipient

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Dawn Harris

2009 Recipient

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William Max Polon

2009 Recipient

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Dr. Baldur Rosmund

2008 Recipient

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Any individual or organization can make a nomination. The process is simple - obtain a nomination form through the MCGA website or by calling 204-982-2122. Each entry must include:
  • Completed nomination entry form
  • Short biographical sketch of the nominee
  • Statements detailing the nominee’s dedication and/or contribution to the canola industry
  • Additional background information which may prove helpful to the judges
  • High quality photograph of the nominee
  • Presentation of this award will take place at the MCGA Annual General Meeting.
For additional information on the Manitoba Canola Growers Association or the Manitoba Canola Growers Award of Excellence, please feel free to contact us by phone (204-982-2122) or email ([email protected]).
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