The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC) and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission (SBDC) are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Steve as General Manager of the two commissions. Both SWDC and SBDC were newly formed in June of this year.
"We are pleased to welcome Tom to help us build a platform for growth in the Saskatchewan cereals industry and enhance producers' bottom lines," said Cherilyn Nagel Chair of the SWDC Interim Board of Directors. "Tom's industry experience and contacts will be a valuable asset as we chart a course for the future."
Steve brings a wealth of experience in the grain industry to the position - most recently as Director of Customer Relations and Service with a leading Canadian agribusiness where he led programs aimed at strengthening relationships with farmer customers and advancing the corporate brand.
"Tom has an extensive background in agriculture and is knowledgeable about barley and wheat production, research and market development. His leadership will be key to the commissions' ability to reward levy payers for their investment," said Bill Cooper, Chair of the SBDC Interim Board.
Steve has also worked extensively with farmer-elected boards. He began his working career as a broadcast journalist and later held senior communications roles in government.
"I look forward to working with the two commissions on behalf of Saskatchewan wheat and barley growers who now have a direct say in innovations aimed at enhancing the profitability and marketability of these crops," Steve said.
The Ministry of Agriculture formally announced the establishment of the two new commissions on June 20, 2013. The SWDC and SBDC, which will be producer-elected and directed, will ensure producers have the resources, leadership and provincial, national and international representation to strengthen Saskatchewan's competitive advantage and to ensure producers' and Saskatchewan's interests are protected. Check-off dollars administered by the commissions will go toward research and market development initiatives that improve wheat and barley varieties, grow their marketability and provide higher value to producers.
Both commissions will be based in Saskatoon.