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CHC welcomes new vice president of potatoes


November 2, 2010
By Canadian Horticultural Council

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November 1, 2010,
Ottawa, Ont – Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) Potato Committee chair Keith
Kuhl is pleased to announce that Mark Drouin has been named vice president of
potatoes.

November 1, 2010,
Ottawa, Ont – Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) Potato Committee chair Keith
Kuhl is pleased to announce that Mark Drouin has been named vice president of
potatoes.

“Mark is no stranger to horticulture
and particularly the potato industry,” said Kuhl. “We look forward to further
enhancing our excellent working relationship.”

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Most recently Drouin
served as senior market development advisor for horticulture and special crops
with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). As senior advisor and portfolio
lead for potatoes and vegetables, he developed a strong knowledge and
understanding of the Canadian potato industry and will bring with him extensive
experience in promoting agricultural industries within government at federal
and international levels. He also has extensive program delivery experience as
well as knowledge of the business risk management suite of programs. In his
career, he also held the position of national marketing and economic coordinator
at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association from 2003 to 2005.

Securing Drouin was a
joint initiative between the CHC and United Potato Growers of Canada (UPGC).
Though their objectives and areas of activity are quite distinct, the two
organizations have many members in common. Together, consensus was reached to
engage an individual who could serve in an executive role with both
organizations. In addition to his role as vice president of potatoes for CHC,
Drouin will serve as the general manager for UPGC.

“Mark is joining us at a
key time for United, as we work on developing a strong program for our 2011
United Partners Program
seminars across the country early in the new year,”
said UPGC chair Ray Keenan. “He will also be building on our Canadian potato
production and marketing data and analysis, and these initiatives will result
in excellent information for Canadian potato growers and other industry
members.”

Mark is fluently
bilingual and holds a MSc in Economics from the University of Manchester (UK)
and a BA (Honours) from St. Francis Xavier University. He can be reached at
(613) 226-4880, ext. 207 or mdrouin@hortcouncil.ca.


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