WARMAN, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — After two years, Wayne Thompson will be stepping down as president of the Flax Council of Canada after taking a new position with the Western Grains Research Foundation.

Thompson’s leadership has led the Flax Council of Canada through a transition in membership and direction, the council noted in its Jan. 10 announcement. Over the course of Thompson’s tenure, the council has worked to eliminate trade barriers and build strong government relations to benefit the flax industry.

“Over the past two years, it has been a fantastic opportunity to serve the board of directors and be part of the Flax Council of Canada,” Thompson said. “I believe that Flax Council of Canada has a bright future and will continue to be an important association for the benefit of the Canadian flax industry.”

Over the next several months, the board of directors will conduct a search to find the council’s next president. Interested candidates can find more information at

Based in Warman, Saskatchewan, the Flax Council of Canada is a national organization established in 1986 to promote the domestic and international use of Canadian flax and flax products for nutritional and industrial uses.