CCA Welcomes New President, Vice President at AGM

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dave Solverson and Dan Darling were acclaimed as President and Vice President, respectively, at the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa, ON.

Solverson, a native of Camrose, AB, takes over from Martin Unrau, who moves to the position of CCA Past President. During his term as President, Unrau successfully resolved three long-standing files: a Canada-EU trade deal, Japan moving to accept under-thirty-month beef, and the expansion of the cattle price and basis insurance program. The CCA will continue to work on the fourth goal - to successfully resolve U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).

The favourable resolution of COOL is a top priority for Solverson. His goals also include obtaining free trade agreements with Korea and Japan, and to ensure the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union is implemented in a manner that enables Canada’s beef cattle producers to derive the very significant benefits that have been negotiated.

“The CCA has achieved significant progress on a number of key files and I am determined to keep that momentum going,” Solverson said. “I want to thank Martin for his leadership over these past two years and I look forward to working with Dan in his new role as CCA Vice President.”

Darling, past president of Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), brings a fresh perspective to the CCA. Darling resides in the Township of Cramahe, Northumberland County and operates a cow-calf operation with his brother Van. Darling said he is truly honoured to take on the role of CCA Vice President. “I look forward to representing the best interests of beef producers across Canada,” he said.

Solverson runs Woodwind Ranch, a 5,000 acre cow-calf to finish operation along with his brother Ken. He brings a wide range of experience to his role. He has sat on both CCA and Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) Board of Directors and served as ABP’s Finance Chair and Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance representative. He has served as chair of the CCA Animal Care and Foreign Trade Committees. He was acclaimed as CCA Vice President in March 2012.

The CCA also welcomed newly elected members to the executive committee: Pat Hayes (SK), Reg Schellenberg (SK), Matt Bowman (ON) and Doug Sawyer (AB). Appointed to the committee are Martin Rossmann (BC), Howard Bekkering (AB), Lynn Grant (SK), Ramona Blyth (MB), Bob Gordanier (ON), and Ivan Johnson (Atlantic).

 For further information, contact:

Gina Teel
Communications Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association