Canadian Grain Commission

Winnipeg, Canada

Canadian Grain Commission

Winnipeg, Canada

The Canadian Grain Commission, also known as the CGC, is a Canadian government department responsible for regulation of the grain handling industry.The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food is responsible for the Canadian Grain Commission.The Commission is governed by the Canada Grain Act which provides for the appointment of three commissioners by the federal cabinet, one of whom is named chief commissioner.Its headquarters are located in Winnipeg Manitoba. As of 2010, the commission has three regional offices which provide a full range of inspection, weighing, analytical, and entomology services, namely, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec, and Vancouver, B.C. Wikipedia.

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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Dec. 12, 2016) - Winston Gold Mining Corp. ("Winston Gold" or the "Corporation") (CSE:WGC) (CSE:WGC.CN) (OTCQB:WGMCF) is pleased to announce the results of its Annual General and Special Meeting of Shareholders (the "Meeting") held on December 12, 2016, in Vancouver. At the Meeting, the shareholders of the Corporation unanimously approved all resolutions put before them by management, including the election of directors, re-appointment of the auditor, continuation of the Corporation into British Columbia from Manitoba and the accompanying provisions, and the Corporation's 10% rolling stock option plan. At the Meeting, the Corporation's shareholders re-elected Murray Nye, Max Polinsky, Darwin Ben Porterfield, and Allan Fabbro as directors of the Corporation. In addition, the shareholders elected Stanley Stewin as a director. Mr. Stewin is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba (2007 to present) and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) - University of Manitoba. Mr. Stewin has over 20 years' experience in the agricultural industry. Mr. Stewin is currently Head of Audits at the Canadian Grain Commission located in Winnipeg, Manitoba (from 2007 to present) and is managing a staff of five professionals. Mr. Stewin was previously Head of Country Operation Eastern Region at Agricore United, Winnipeg Manitoba (from 1985 to 2007), an agricultural business with a grain handle in excess of 11 million Metric tons and with Crop Production Sales in excess of $900 million. Mr. Stewin has extensive experience in restructuring and re-organizing departments/organizations involving business analysis, developing business plans, leading negotiations and community consultations. The Corporation is also pleased to announce the appointment of Ronan Sabo-Walsh as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Sabo-Walsh's appointment is effective immediately. He replaces Mr. Max Polinsky, who has acted as the Corporation's Chief Financial Officer since September 29, 2014. Mr. Polinsky will retain his status as the President and a director of the Corporation. Mr. Sabo-Walsh holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of British Columbia and has over 5 years' experience in corporate finance. He has been employed by V Baron Global Financial Canada Ltd., a full-service merchant bank providing ongoing financial and back-office support to public companies, since 2011 and currently holds the title of Assistant Manager, Corporate Finance. Mr. Sabo-Walsh is also the VP, Finance of Novo Resources Corp., a mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Sabo-Walsh has extensive experience with public listings, merger transactions, and public company management. Winston Gold is a junior mining company focused on advancing high-grade, low cost mining opportunities into production. Towards that end, the Corporation has acquired two under-explored and under-exploited gold/silver mining opportunities, being the Winston Gold project near Helena, Montana, and the Gold Ridge project, near Willcox, Arizona. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company The CSE has neither approved nor disapproved the information contained herein.

Demeke T.,Canadian Grain Commission | Jenkins G.R.,Grain Inspection
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry | Year: 2010

Biotechnology-derived varieties of canola, cotton, corn and soybean are being grown in the USA, Canada and other predominantly grain exporting countries. Although the amount of farmland devoted to production of biotechnology-derived crops continues to increase, lingering concerns that unintended consequences may occur provide the EU and most grain-importing countries with justification to regulate these crops. Legislation in the EU requires traceability of grains/oilseeds, food and feed products, and labelling, when a threshold level of 0.9% w/w of genetically engineered trait is demonstrated to be present in an analytical sample. The GE content is routinely determined by quantitative PCR (qPCR) and plant genomic DNA provides the template for the initial steps in this process. A plethora of DNA extraction methods exist for qPCR applications. Implementing standardized methods for detection of genetically engineered traits is necessary to facilitate grain marketing. The International Organization for Standardization draft standard 21571 identifies detergent-based methods and commercially available kits that are widely used for DNA extraction, but also indicates that adaptations may be necessary depending upon the sample matrix. This review assesses advantages and disadvantages of various commercially available DNA extraction kits, as well as modifications to published cetyltrimethylammonium bromide methods. Inhibitors are a major obstacle for efficient amplification in qPCR. The types of PCR inhibitors and techniques to minimize inhibition are discussed. Finally, accurate quantification of DNA for applications in qPCR is not trivial. Many confounders contribute to differences in analytical measurements when a particular DNA quantification method is applied and different methods do not always provide concordant results on the same DNA sample. How these differences impact measurement uncertainty in qPCR is considered. © 2009 Canadian Grain Commission.

Shahin M.A.,Canadian Grain Commission | Symons S.J.,Canadian Grain Commission
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture | Year: 2011

Fusarium damage in wheat reduces the quality and safety of food and feed products. In this study, the use of hyperspectral imaging was investigated to detect fusarium damaged kernels (FDK) in Canadian wheat samples. Eight hundred kernels of Canada Western Red Spring wheat were segregated into three classes of kernels: sound, mildly damaged and severely damaged. Singulated kernels were scanned with a hyperspectral imaging system in the visible-NIR (400-1000. nm) wavelength range. Principal component analysis (PCA) was performed on the images and the distribution of PCA scores within individual kernels measured to develop linear discriminant analysis (LDA) models for predicting the extent of fusarium damage. An LDA model classified the wheat kernels into sound and FDK categories with an overall accuracy of 92% or better. Classification based on six selected wavelengths was comparable to that based on the full-spectrum data. © 2010.

Tittlemier S.A.,Canadian Grain Commission
Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry | Year: 2011

Polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are a relatively new and diverse set of compounds analyzed as contaminants in food. Their unique physical-chemical properties dictate the methods used for their analysis. Current analyses of the more volatile PFCs involve gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry is generally used for the less volatile PFCs. Considerations in the analysis of PFCs in foods include contamination from the widespread presence of materials that contain various PFCs, endogenous interfering compounds, and matrix effects. Future opportunities for research on PFCs in food exist, particularly in the areas of biological molecule-PFC interactions and the effects of food processing on these interactions. Future research will be facilitated by the synthesis of a wider variety of analytical standards. © 2010 Crown copyright in right of Canada.

Hung P.V.,Canadian Grain Commission | Hatcher D.W.,Canadian Grain Commission | Barker W.,Canadian Grain Commission
Food Chemistry | Year: 2011

The phenolic acid profiles of flours from two Canadian wheat classes, Canadian Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canadian Western Amber Durum (CWAD), were investigated using two different extraction mediums and analysed on an ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) system at different degrees of sprout damage. A sound (non-sprouted) control sample as well as two different sprouted sub-samples, derived from different germination protocols of the control, were prepared for both the CWAD and CWRS. Free phenolic acids were extracted from the ground whole wheat meal using three repetitive 80% ethanol extractions. Bound phenolic compounds were subsequently released from the residue by alkaline hydrolysis followed by triplicate extraction with diethyl ether:ethyl acetate (1:1, v/v). Twelve phenolic acid standards were clearly resolved and quantified using a short 5 min elution gradient. Seven phenolic acids (4-hydroxybenzoic, vanillic, caffeic, syringic, p-coumaric, ferulic and sinapic) were detected in the CWRS and CWAD alcoholic and alkaline extracts. Syringic acid was the main compound in the free phenolic alcoholic extracts of the wheat meal representing 77.0% and 75.3% of the total amount of detected free phenolic compounds for CWRS and CWAD, respectively. However, the major released phenolic compound detected in the alkaline hydrolysed extracts was ferulic acid accounting for 72.3% and 71.0% for CWRS and CWAD respectively total bound phenolics. During germination, syringic acid levels rose as the length of germination time increased, resulting in the increase in total phenolic compound and antioxidant activity of the sprouted wheat flours. There was an increase in total phenolic compounds and the antioxidant activity of the alcoholic extracts from the CWRS and CWAD wheat flours as the germination time was extended. As a result, the sprouted wheats exhibits better nutritional properties than un-germinated wheat and could be used to improve the nutrition value in food products. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Carotenoids are the main compounds responsible for the yellow colour of durum wheat semolina and flours. However, the concentration of carotenoids in wheats depends on genotype and growing environments. The total pigment and carotenoid concentration of four durum wheat varieties (AC Avonlea, Commander, AC Navigator and Strongfield) and two common wheat varieties (AC Barrie and AC Snowbird), which were grown in different locations in Saskatchewan, Canada (Taber, Regina and Swift Current), were determined using the AACC International approved method and ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC). A fast (within 6min) and sensitive method for separation of carotenoids extracted from durum wheat flours was developed using UPLC. The results show that Commander and AC Navigator varieties exhibited higher total pigments and lutein concentration than the other wheats. Wheat grown in Taber and Swift Current regions had higher total pigments and lutein concentration than those grown at Regina. Although carotenoids in wheat extracts possessed antioxidant properties there was no significant correlation between antioxidant capacity and the concentration of carotenoids in the extracts (r2=0.13). The carotenoid extracts from AC Barrie exhibited the highest DPPH radical scavenging, while AC Avonlea showed the lowest. The concentration of extracted lutein highly correlated (r2=0.93) with the yellowness, b* value, of the yellow alkaline noodles, whereas the correlation between lutein concentration and noodle redness, a*, or brightness, L*, values were not as strong (r2=0.75 or 0.58, respectively). Thus, the high concentration of lutein in the durum wheats contributes to the desirable greater yellowness of yellow alkaline noodle, an important key to making a healthy yellow alkaline noodle without artificial yellow agent. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Bellido G.G.,Canadian Grain Commission | Hatcher D.W.,Canadian Grain Commission
Food Chemistry | Year: 2011

Flours, representing the three major classes of Canadian wheat used for the production of noodles, were processed into fresh, Chinese-style, yellow alkaline noodles (YAN) with and without (1 w/w, fwb) the cross-linking enzyme transglutaminase (TG). The flours, YAN-TG and YAN + TG were sequentially extracted to remove albumins and globulins, followed by a series of 50% propanol extractions (±4% DTT) and 50% propanol +4% DTT +1% acetic acid to ensure removal of all extractable gliadin and glutenin components. Reverse-phase (RP) HPLC analyses of all propanol extracts were performed and the change in protein composition and distribution reported. Raw YAN, ±TG, were simultaneously evaluated for their fundamental rheological characteristics using ultrasound and stress relaxation testing. Significant changes in the distribution of protein within the various propanol extracts were observed when the flours were processed into YAN ± TG. The amount of unextractable protein increased by as much as ∼3-fold in YAN + TG, and ∼2-fold in YAN-TG, relative to that present in their respective source flour. Significant differences were observed within and between the YAN variety samples for the longitudinal modulus and the tan delta, when processed ±TG. Significant correlations (p= 0.05) were observed between protein composition, ultrasonic and stress relaxation parameters. © 2010.

Shahin M.A.,Canadian Grain Commission | Symons S.J.,Canadian Grain Commission | Hatcher D.W.,Canadian Grain Commission
Food and Bioprocess Technology | Year: 2014

Mildew growth on wheat kernels reduces grain quality due to gray discoloration of kernels that has negative impact on the resulting flour color. Higher levels of mildew damage equate to lower levels of quality. In this study, grain spectra in the 400-1,000 (visible-shortwave-near-infrared) and 1,000-2,500-nm (near-infrared) wavelength ranges were investigated for their ability to quantify mildew damage in Soft Red Winter (SRW) wheat grown in eastern Canada. For each wavelength range, partial least squares (PLS) regression models were developed for various commonly used data pre-treatments. Spectra in the 400-1,000-nm region with a mean-centering pre-treatment were optimal for quantification of mildew damage in SRW wheat. A PLS model using this approach predicted mildew damage in an independent test sample set accurately achieving a root-mean-squared-error of 0.69 and ratio-performance-deviation of 3.84 with the classification accuracy of 96 % for predictions within ±1 level against the trained inspectors' visual assessment of mildew damage scored on a nine-level scale. © 2013 © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada.

Barley cell walls are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Despite variations due to genetic and environmental factors within cereal grains, generally the content of total dietary fiber in whole barley grain (17.3%) is higher than in other cereal grains. Arabinoxylans and mixed linkage (1→3)(1→4)-β-D-glucans are the major nonstarch polysaccharides present in various tissues of barley, but other polysaccharides such as cellulose, glucomannans, and arabinogalactans also occur, although in much smaller amounts. Depending on the genotypic or cellular origin, both polymers exhibit variations in molecular features. The molecular structures of β-glucans and arabinoxylans are important terminants of physicochemical properties and may affect physiological functionality in the gastrointestinal tract. Barley β-lucans have been associated with lowering plasma cholesterol, reducing glycemic index, and reducing the risk of colon cancer. Furthermore, arabinoxylans offer nutritional benefits of soluble and insoluble fiber and, because of phenolic moieties bound to arabinoxylans, they may also have some antioxidant properties. © 2010 AACC International, Inc.

News Article | February 15, 2017

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, was in Winnipeg today to provide remarks at the 4th Annual CropConnect Conference, where he announced more than $2.27 M in funding for the crop sector. The federal government is investing nearly $675,000 to support the market development activities of Manitoba's crop sector. This includes support to the Canadian Special Crops Association to promote Canada's pulse and special crops to buyers in Canada and around the world. The CSCA funding will go towards marketing activities such as farm tours, industry-to-industry advocacy, market research, product promotion, education and events like the Pulses 2017: The Future of Food convention. The federal government is also supporting the Cereals Canada to develop and disseminate new promotional material for their Keep it Clean campaign, and to assist with producer and supply chain participation in international market development and missions, including New Crop Missions for wheat. In addition, the Minister announced support for 4 small- and medium-sized crop-related Manitoba food businesses to help them tap into new markets. These investments are part of the federal government's plan to help Canadian farmers expand their customer base, at home and internationally. Minister MacAulay also joined Manitoba Agriculture Minister Eichler to announce more than $1.6 million of joint provincial-territorial funding for eight research projects to deal with a wide range of issues facing Manitoba crop producers. Following the announcement, the two Ministers toured the CropConnect tradeshow to meet industry representatives. After the CropConnect conference, Minister MacAulay will take the opportunity to meet with the newly appointed commissioners of the Canadian Grain Commission, including Chief Commissioner Patti Miller, to discuss key priority areas for maintaining a competitive and efficient grain sector. "Canadian farmers produce the best crops in the world and our Government is committed to helping them develop new markets, both at home and abroad. The funding announced today will increase global demand for Canadian cereals, pulses and special crops, which will put more money in the pockets of our farmers, create good jobs and help grow the middle class." "Growing demand in existing markets and creating new demand by delivering products that align with consumers' interest in healthy, sustainable and affordable foods are top priorities for the industry. AgriMarketing funding is central to our efforts to expand markets and to connect and collaborate with buyers, sellers and processors of pulses and special crops from around the world." "The Keep it Clean - Cereals program and the New Crop Missions are tools to better connect farmers with their customers, both here at home and abroad. The funding helps increase understanding of what farmers can do to protect the Canadian brand and keep critical markets open while at the same time promoting the high value of Canadian cereals to our customers." Like us on Facebook: CanadianAgriculture

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