Manitoba Bulletin

Manitoba Bulletin

Welcome Delaney

Delaney Ross

Manitoba Canola Growers (MCGA) are pleased to welcome Delaney Ross Burtnack to the canola team. She has taken over the leadership role from retiring executive director, Bill Ross.

Delaney comes to the organization with a strong background rooted in agriculture. Growing up in Winnipeg, Delaney spent many hours during the summer months on the family farm in Swan River, Manitoba, which inspired her to pursue an education in agriculture and science from the University of Manitoba focusing on crop protection and agronomy. Her career has focused on agricultural communications, applying her education to research, innovation and agronomy publications with Cargill, Lester Group of Companies and Issues Ink. She has spent the last 10 years working for the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers, the last six of those years as President and CEO.

Delaney brings a broad and extensive network including industry, researchers and both provincial and national government connections. Her leadership experience combined with a strong passion for agriculture and desire to work on behalf of farmers should assure MCGA members that the future of canola is in good hands.

Bill Ross

“It has been a pleasure to serve Manitoba canola farmers over the past 15 years. I am excited to watch the organization continue to thrive and I know that MCGA will be in good hands with Delaney as executive director.”

—Bill Ross, outgoing executive director

Help shape the future of the canola industry

Election Ballots

Manitoba Canola Growers are seeking members to stand for election to fill four positions on its board of directors.

The canola and agriculture industries need direct farmer representation to ensure that the farm voice is heard on key issues affecting farmers both in the field and beyond the farm gate.

Nomination forms will be accepted no sooner than October 13 and no later than October 31 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information on election procedures, board duties or how to become a director, visit

MCGA recognizes five students with scholarships

Manitoba Canola Growers are proud to announce their 2017 scholarship winners. Five $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to these deserving high school students from across Manitoba.

This year’s recipients are:

Naomi Best

Naomi Best

Planning to attend the University of Saskatchewan to take animal bioscience.

Kate Letexier
Kate Letexier
Fisher Branch

Planning to attend the University of Manitoba to take agriculture and food science.

Carrie Livingston
Carrie Livingston

Planning to attend the University of Manitoba to take part in the Asper School of Business.

Ashlyn Pizzey

Planning to attend the University of Saskatchewan to take agriculture and bioresources.

Cole Thomas
Cole Thomas
Planning to attend the University of Manitoba to take arts.

The $1,000 scholarships are available to students who are from an MCGA-member farm and are planning to attend post-secondary education in any field within two years of graduating. Students submitted their applications. An independent panel judged the applications based on academic standing, canola connection, references, essay submission and school and community involvement.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! We wish you the best of luck as you pursue your chosen careers.

Save the Date:

Crop Connect

February 14 & 15, 2018
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
Winnipeg MB

Mark Your Calendar

Farm and Food Awareness Week
September 18-23, 2017

Great Tastes of Manitoba
Airs September 9 and October 28

Farm Women’s Conference
November 19-21, 2017
Brandon, Manitoba

Farm Management Canada
November 21-23, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

Grain Grading 101
December 7, 2017
Brandon, Manitoba

Manitoba Ag Days
January 16-18, 2018
Brandon, Manitoba