Jacques Laforge appointed CEO of dairy commission

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced on Feb. 7 the appointment of Jacques Laforge as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC).

“I’m very pleased to announce Mr. Laforge’s appointment to the Canadian Dairy Commission,” said Ritz.

“As both a farmer and a former president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, Laforge has established himself as a driving force in the Canadian dairy industry.

“I am certain that his knowledge and passion for the industry will continue to serve our dairy producers and processors well as he takes on this important new role.”

Laforge will work with producers, processors, the restaurant industry, and consumers to build a long-term vision for the CDC and its stakeholders that will include innovative ways to continue to build a sustainable dairy industry.

The CDC is a Crown corporation established in 1966 to coordinate federal and provincial dairy policies and create a control mechanism for stabilizing milk production and revenues.

The CDC plays a key role in shaping dairy policy in Canada and provides a framework for the effective management of the industry as a whole, which is a jurisdiction shared by the federal government and the provinces.

Laforge’s appointment is effective immediately for a term of three years.