May 10, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced today three
appointments to the Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC). Brian Douglas begins
a four-year term as the newly appointed Chair of the FPCC, effective June 11; Yvon
Cyr joins the Council for a four-year term, effective immediately; and Maryse Dubé
returns for her second three-year term, which began on April 30.
These appointments were made following an open, transparent, and merit-based selection
Minister MacAulay expressed his gratitude to Mike Pickard for all his hard work
and leadership as Interim Chairperson of the FPCC, as he returns to his role as
"I am pleased to announce the appointments of Brian Douglas, Yvon Cyr and Maryse
Dubé to the Farm Products Council of Canada. All three appointees bring valuable
and diverse experiences to their respective roles, as well as a strong understanding
of the agriculture sector. I offer them my congratulations and wish them continued
success in their new roles." - Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
- The role of the FPCC is to ensure that the supply management system for poultry
and eggs as well as the promotion and research activities for beef cattle work in
the balanced interest of all stakeholders, from producers to consumers.
- Council members are appointed to hold office at pleasure, by the Governor in Council
upon the recommendation of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, for terms
of varying lengths. At the time of their appointment, at least half of members,
not including the Chairperson, must be primary agricultural producers.
Farm Products Council of Canada
A graduate of the University of Guelph, Mr. Douglas has enjoyed a public service
career spanning over 37 years. His career has provided him with an appreciation
and an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing Canadian producers.
From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Douglas was the Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary
to Cabinet for the Government of Prince Edward Island. Previously, he held other
senior-level positions in the Prince Edward Island government, including Deputy
Minister, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Deputy Minister, Agriculture.
Mr. Douglas spent most of his career at the Department of Agriculture where he served
as Director of the Agriculture Resource Division and Manager of the Farm Extension
Services. Throughout his career, he also served as a member and representative for
the Province of Prince Edward Island on various boards and committees related to
agriculture, transportation and infrastructure at the provincial and national levels.
Mr. Douglas remains active in the agricultural community as the General Manager
of the World Potato Congress Inc.
Mr. Cyr has a strong background in agriculture. A poultry producer from Saint-Francois-de-Madawaska,
New Brunswick, Mr. Cyr is a manager and founding shareholder with the Groupe Westco
Inc., one of the largest poultry businesses in Atlantic Canada. He is also very
active in his community and the poultry industry, serving on the boards of both
the Chicken Farmers of New Brunswick and the Chicken Farmers of Canada. He is also
a past chair of the local chamber of commerce.
Mrs. Dubé completed her law degree at Laval University in 1996 and was admitted
to the Quebec Bar in 1997. A partner of Sylvestre & Associés since 2004, Mrs. Dubé
works as a lawyer in commercial and food law representing several financial institutions.
She also practices real estate law and handles collection cases. Mrs. Dubé also
represents small to medium-sized enterprises in security law, bankruptcy, commercial
litigation and corporate law (manufacturing and agricultural components). She is
very active in her economic and social milieu and serves on numerous corporate boards
and community organizations. She was President of the Bar of the Richelieu Division
in 2014 and served on the Executive Committee of the Quebec Bar until 2015. Mrs.
Dubé has been a member of the Farm Products Council of Canada since April 2015.