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For Immediate Release
WINNIPEG, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008 -- The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) 2008 election of directors begins today, chartered accounting and business advisory firm Meyers Norris Penny LLP (MNP) has announced. Nominations for candidates for election to the CWB board of directors will be accepted starting today until 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT) on October 20, 2008.
Elections are held in five of the 10 CWB electoral districts every two years, ensuring continuity on the board of directors. For 2008, producers will elect a member from each of CWB Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10, to a four-year-term expiring December 2012.
“Prairie grain farmers who are interested in being a member of the CWB board of directors should seriously consider becoming a candidate,” said Ian Craven, the 2008 election coordinator with MNP. “Becoming a director provides producers with an opportunity to influence the future direction of the CWB on behalf of farmers.”
To become a candidate, a person must be: (1) a Canadian citizen; (2) 18 years of age or older as of the nomination filing date; and (3) be named in a permit book as an actual producer or be a shareholder in a corporation, a member of a co-operative or a partner in a partnership that is named as an actual producer. A person may become a candidate in an electoral district in which he or she is registered as an actual producer or in an adjacent electoral district.
A comprehensive candidate information package will be sent to all potential nominees.
For detailed information about the election process, regulations and voting districts, potential candidates are encouraged to visit the election website at cwbelection.com, or call the toll-free election information line at 1.877.500.0795. Questions may also be e-mailed to: [email protected].
The key dates are as follows:
September 2, 2008 - Election period begins and nominations open
October 20, 2008 - Nominations close at 6 p.m. CDT
November 14, 2008 - Deadline for Application to Vote at 5 p.m. CT
November 28, 2008 - End of election period and ballot postmark deadline
December 7, 2008 - Election results announced
December 31, 2008 - Elected directors take office
MNP is the seventh largest chartered accountancy and business advisory firm in Canada and provides world-class expertise, in-depth knowledge and personalized service on a full range of assurance, taxation, business and agriculture advisory services. Advising agriculture and agribusiness has been a focal point of MNP’s business philosophy since its beginnings in 1945.
For more information, please contact:
1.877.500.0795 (toll free)
1.204.788.6063 (direct line)
[email protected] (e-mail)
www.cwbelection.com (election website)
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