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Canola Council to manage crushers' association

Council VP becomes COPA executive director

The association representing Canada's oilseed processors and crushers has set up a service agreement which will see its day-to-day operations now handled by the Canola Council of Canada.

The Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA) "already works very closely with the Canola Council and we have overlapping membership," COPA chairman Ken Stone, Cargill's manager for Canadian canola processing, said in a release Tuesday.

The new arrangement, effective "immediately," is expected to ensure a "tighter alignment of operations and better value to both associations' memberships."

The Canola Council, based in Winnipeg, is the overarching industry body representing canola growers and their provincial organizations as well as crop input suppliers, grain handlers, exporters, processors and food and feed manufacturers.

COPA, meanwhile, represents the operators of the country's seven major oilseed crushing businesses, including ADM Agri-Industries, Bunge, Cargill, Richardson Oilseed, Glencore's Viterra arm, LDM Yorkton (the joint crushing venture between Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Japan's Mitsui) and Bunge ETGO (the joint crushing and refining venture between Bunge and Twin Rivers Technologies/Enterprises de Transformation de Graines Oleagineuses du Quebec).

Under the agreement, Winnipeg-based COPA "secures the requirements of its association management from the CCC" -- including the services of Canola Council vice-president Jim Everson as COPA's new executive director.

Everson, who will continue to work in Ottawa and oversee government relations activities for both COPA and the CCC, replaces Bob Broeska, who will retire as COPA's president.

Broeska, who was executive director of the Canola Crushers of Western Canada before that organization was replaced by COPA in 1992, "will remain with the organization during a period of transition."

"Our two associations have many objectives and issues in common and I believe this will strengthen our ability to move forward," Everson said.

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