OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA — Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced on Dec. 2 the appointment of Murdoch MacKay as commissioner and the reappointment of Jim Smolik as assistant chief commissioner, of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC).

"I am pleased to announce these appointments to the Canadian Grain Commission," said Ritz. "Following a long and distinguished career as a senior executive in Canada's grain industry, MacKay is well positioned to serve farmers in this role. With Smolik's reappointment, grain farmers will continue to benefit from his valuable expertise accumulated over three decades in the industry."

Smolik's reappointment, which came into effect on Nov. 25, is for a term of three years. MacKay's appointment is for a three-year term and is effective Dec. 6.