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Kyle Larkin New Grain Growers of Canada Executive Director

Kyle Larkin has been named as the new executive director of Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), a July 18 news release said.

He previously served as vice-president at Impact Public Affairs, a national full-service public affairs firm. Larkin also worked at key positions in various offices on Parliament Hill, including with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

“Kyle is the right person to help us seize these opportunities,’ Andre Harpe, GGC chair, said in the release. “His track record of driving impactful results, as well as his impressive experience in politics and strategic direction, will further strengthen GGC’s position as a leader in the industry.”

Larkin has a decade-long background in government relations, public relations and politic. The release noted he has expertise in developing and executing public affairs strategies for national and provincial organizations. He has earned recognition for his work from The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC, BBC and The Hill Times, along with winning the 2019 Government Relations Campaign of the Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society and the 2022 Canadian Society of Association Executives Award of Distinction for advancing climate change objectives.

“I am honoured to build on GGC’s legacy of leadership in Canada’s grain sector. Together with our members across the country, I look forward to advocating for the priorities of grain farmers and further unlocking the sector’s full potential,” Larkin said. “As the collective voice of over 65,000-grain farmers, my focus is expanding our presence on Parliament Hill, growing our national membership and enhancing our responsiveness to current and emerging issues.”

Larkin replaces interim Executive Director Tyler Bjornson, the release said.