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About Us

The roots of the Prince Edward Island Potato Board can be traced as far back as 1920, when the first Potato Growers’ Association was formed on Prince Edward Island.  A true marketing board followed in 1950 and was restructured as a producer controlled board under the Natural Products Marketing Act in 1990. 

The PEI Potato Board is made up of 12 directors elected by their peers to serve a three year term. The Island is divided into four districts:  West Prince, Summerside, Charlottetown and Montague-Souris. There are three directors elected per district, one representing each of the three sectors of the industry - seed, table and processing. The directors are all active potato growers, and serve staggered terms so that one term expires and one new director is elected from each district each year - this helps to maintain continuity in board operations from year to year.  Board directors may serve a maximum of two terms consecutively.

The Chairman of the Board, Vice-ChairmanSecretary and Treasurer are elected from amongst these 12 directors.

Executive

 

Rodney Dingwell

 

Chairman

 

 

 

Darryl Wallace

 

Vice-Chairman

 

 

 

Jason Hayden

 

Secretary-Treasurer

 

 

 

Directors

 

Glen Rayner

 

Director - West Prince

 

 

 

David Francis

 

Director - Summerside

 

 

 

Owen Ching

 

Director - Montague-Souris

 

 

 

Harris Callaghan

 

Director - West Prince

 

 

 

Mark MacMillan

 

Director - Charlottetown

 

 

 

John Hogg

 

Director - Summerside

 

 

 

Fulton Hamill

 

Director - Summerside

 

 

 

Alex Docherty

 

Director - Charlottetown

 

 

 

Wayne Townshend

 

Director - Montague/Souris

 

 

 

Committees

The Board operates several committees to deal in detail with specific areas of the industry. These committees make recommendations on actions to be taken by the Potato Board. All final decisions rest with the full Board of Directors. The Committees are made up of a select number of Board directors, Board staff members, representatives elected from within a particular sector of the industry and/or individuals appointed to a committee to provide a particular viewpoint or expertise. The Committees of the Potato Board include:  Finance, Farm/Seed, Processing, Tablestock, and Environment/Production/Research.

 

Funding

The Prince Edward Island Potato Board is funded primarily through levy fees collected on the sale of PEI potatoes.  These levy fees help to fund the many activities of the Potato Board, including operation of the Fox Island Elite Seed Potato Farm, plant health monitoring, quality inspection, national and international marketing efforts, representing grower concerns to industry and government partners, and quality improvement initiatives.