Erin Gowriluk becomes president of the Canada Grains Council after serving as executive director of the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC).

She has an extensive background in the grains sector.  During her time at the GGC she managed day-to-day operations and advanced federal policy work. She has also held senior policy roles with Syngenta Canada, and the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions., as its president. 

Gowriluk says she's honoured to lead the organization, which includes representation from the entire value chain.

"As we face unprecedented market and trade challenges for Canadian crop exports, barriers to innovation without our industry, and increasing regulatory burdens for our sector, there has never been a more important time for our industry to raise its profile and influence change through one unified and impactful voice. I am excited to work with Council members to expand the scope of our collective work and our impact."

CGC chair Rick White says there is a lot of opportunity for the Canadian grains sector at the moment, and they are confident that Erin is just the person to help the organization stay at the forefront of a rapidly shifting political, trade and regulatory climate.

"Erin’s history of strong leadership, strategic innovation and nurturing partnerships within our sector will be immensely helpful as we work to meet strategic goals."

Gowriluk replaces outgoing executive vice-president Tyler Bjornson.