Canadian Produce Marketing Association Announces 2020 Produce Champion
ONTARIO, CANADA - Just as it is important to recognize those within our industry who play an integral role, so it is for those who work outside of produce and still make an impact on the industry. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is recognizing Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan–Malahat–Langford and NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-food, as its 2020 Produce Champion.
“The fresh fruit and vegetable sector is an important part of my community in Cowichan–Malahat– Langford, and I know it is an integral part of communities across Canada,” said MacGregor. “I am honored to be named 2020 Produce Champion and proud to advocate for a sector that contributes so much to Canada’s economy and food security, and to the health and wellbeing of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”
The CPMA’s annual Produce Champion Award is bestowed upon a Member of Parliament or Senator who has helped support the produce industry and has effectively brought industry issues to the forefront on Parliament Hill, according to a press release.
MacGregor will be recognized for his award on the October episode of CPMA’s "Produce Talks" podcast. In the episode, MacGregor will speak with CPMA President Ron Lemaire about his work on the agriculture file and the effects of COVID-19. MacGregor will also be featured in a video that will air at the 2021 CPMA Convention and Trade Show.
“Since his election in 2015, Alistair MacGregor has consistently shown incredible support for the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable industry,” said Lemaire. “We are truly grateful for his engagement, and particularly for his advocacy on a range of issues, including the need for a financial protection mechanism for produce sellers, which continues to be a key priority for our members.”
We here at ANUK congratulate MacGregor on his award and continue to look forward to seeing who else will receive this honor in coming years.