P.E.I.'s John Jamieson named CEO of Canadian Centre for Food Integrity
3 Islanders now at the head of national groups
P.E.I.'s run of having people leading national food organizations is continuing with the appointment of the former deputy minister of agriculture to run the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity.
John Jamieson was the deputy minister of agriculture for Wade MacLauchlan's government, and also a former executive director of the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture.
"I was quite excited because I had known about the organization through both my time with the federation and in government and certainly an opportunity I was interested in," said Jamieson.
"I think that combination of being connected to industry as well as being connected to government allowed me to have some connections that may have put me over the top."
He said the move was not connected to the change in government, and Premier Dennis King had offered him an opportunity to continue working for the province.
The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity deals with all aspects of the food industry in Canada, from field to table. The centre researches consumer attitudes on food and supports the industry with that information. It is membership based, and there are farming, government, industry and retail members.
Jamieson is the third Islander now at the top of a national food or agriculture organization.
Mary Robinson is chair of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Brian Douglas is head of the Farm Products Marketing Council.
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With files from Angela Walker