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Champions are the people that have made the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative what it is today – and we would love to introduce you to some of them.

What are Champions?

Champions are the people that help to make the organic sector a vibrant, robust and thriving community for producers, industry and consumers alike. Champions are the people that have made the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative what it is today – and we would love to introduce you to some of them.

Dag Falck

Organic Program Manager, Nature’s Path Organic

A true organic champion, leading through example.

Marla Carlson

Executive Director, SaskOrganics

An active and involved leader, structuring discussions and creating consensus within teams.

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Ward Middleton

Certified Organic Grower, Morinville, Alberta

An astute and insightful champion, generous in sharing both time and insights gleaned on the frontlines of organic farming.

Laura Telford

Organic Sector Development Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture

A visionary leader with a big-picture perspective of farmers, industry and the environment.

Andy Hammermeister

director of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) at Dalhousie University

A dedicated and collaborative researcher and leader.

Cody Straza

Certified Organic Grower, Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan

A savvy organic farmer whose voice is highly valued around any table.

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becky lipton

Organic Alberta executive director (2008-2019)

Becky provides an articulate and thoughtful voice that has helped draw attention, resources, and credibility to the movement.

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SCOTT BEATON

CERTIFIED ORGANIC GROWER, Rosser, Manitoba

An innovative farmer and leader who thinks outside the box.

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Grain Millers

The Grain Millers team leads – and cheerleads – both out front and behind the scenes.

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Marie-Eve Levert

founder, Levert Organic Strategy

Marie-Eve’s intimate knowledge of the organic sector brings an invaluable perspective to the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative.

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Stuart McMillan

Chair,  International Organic Inspectors Association

Stuart has worked as an organic inspector, and sits on the board of the International Organic Inspectors Association.

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Keri Sharpe

Organic Business Development Specialist

A quiet force in organics, a tireless behind-the-scenes advocate.

Kate Storey

KATE STOREY

CERTIFIED oRGANIC GROWER, GRANDVIEW, MANITOBA

A champion for her fellow Manitoba farmers

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GARRY JOHNSON

CERTIFIED oRGANIC GROWER, SWIFT CURRENT, SASKATCHEWAN

The ultimate cross-pollinator, never shy about speaking up for his style of farming.

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Tom Rabaey

Sr. ITQ Manager, Agronomy Sciences, General Mills

Tom has championed POGI and its tools on both sides of the border.