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Founding Co-Chair of United Potato Growers of Canada awarded

Mr. Ivan Noonan was recently presented with a Certificate of Appreciation as a founding Co-Chair of the United Potato Growers of Canada which was formed in 2006.

He was presented with a certificate of appreciation by Chairman, Mr. Ray Keenan, in Charlottetown, on August 2, 2019.

Ray Keenen and Alvin Noonen

Before his retirement, Ivan was the General Manager of the PEI Potato Board for 14 years from 1994-2008 and then GM of Food Trust PEI, before he fully retired this year from Mid-Isle Farms on Prince Edward Island.

Ivan was a driving force behind many initiatives that have been beneficial for the continued success of the potato industry.

One of these was the formation of the United Potato Growers of Canada. After Ivan saw the successful formation of a new producer organization in the U.S., called the United Potato Growers of America, he realized a similar organization  could be very beneficial to growers in Canada, who were at the time experiencing lower levels of profitability.

He and Garry Sloik in western Canada became driving forces behind the creation of UPGC, an organization founded on the principles of matching supply with demand. 

Canadian Potato Growers are very appreciative of his efforts and wish him well in his retirement.

Source: United Potato Growers of Canada

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