OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA — Lonny McKague has been reappointed as commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) for a three-year term, effective Feb. 13, 2021.

“The Canadian Grain Commission plays an integral role in supporting Canada’s reputation as a consistent and reliable source of high-quality grain,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “With over four decades of experience in the industry, I am confident that our hardworking grain farmers will continue to benefit from Mr. McKague's valuable expertise.”

In 2016, the Canadian government implemented an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, to search for Canadians who reflect public sector values of respect for democracy, people, integrity, stewardship, and excellence.

Lonny McKague, commissioner of the CGC. Photo courtesy of the AAFC.

McKague was first appointed as commissioner of the CGC in 2017. In his role as commissioner, together with farmers, exporters and technical experts, he has represented the Canadian government in international trade missions with key customers of Canadian grain.

Prior to joining the Canadian Grain Commission, McKague was a director and a founding member of Ogema Elevator Ltd, a provider of grain elevator products and services in Ogema, Saskatchewan. He is also former president of the Canadian Limousin Association and the local Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.

McKague studied vocational agriculture and agriculture business management at the University of Saskatchewan.

The CGC regulates grain handling in Canada and establishes and maintains science-based standards of quality for Canadian grain. Its research, programs and services work to support Canada’s reputation as a consistent and reliable source of high-quality grain.