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Commission Welcomes New General Manager

 New GM brings a new level of experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to the organization.

(Calgary, Alberta) – On the first anniversary of the launch of the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), and following the retirement of Rick Istead from the position, the AWC is pleased to welcome Doug Cornell as the new General Manager. 

Having developed and honed his skills in both start-up and corporate environments, Doug is an entrepreneurial manager with an extensive background in agricultural production and management, commodity marketing and stakeholder/customer relations. He also has a passion for identifying and putting emerging technology to work for the agriculture industry.

"Doug is a great new addition to the AWC," says Kent Erickson, Chair of the AWC Board of Directors. "He’s a natural leader who believes in and supports team work. We are excited about the wealth of industry experience and the network of connections Doug will put to work for the Commission in the coming years."

As General Manager, Doug will be responsible for all aspects of the development and implementation of AWC’s strategic initiatives including its marketing, research and producer engagement programs. Eager to put his senior management skills and experience to work for the AWC, Doug offers, "I’m looking forward to doing my part to ensure this organization does everything it can to help Alberta’s wheat producers thrive and be profitable."

Although he’s just started, Doug’s passion and enthusiasm for the industry and the AWC is clear, and he looks forward to advancing the important work begun by the AWC Board of Directors and his predecessor.

Doug can be reached at

For more information please contact:

Doug Cornell General Manager, Alberta Wheat Commission
P (403) 279-1602

The Alberta Wheat Commission is a producer-directed organization representing the interests of and serving as a single voice for all of Alberta’s wheat producers.
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