Canadian Potato Council

Canadian Potato Council

Chair: John Bareman (AB)
Vice-Chair: Brenda Simmons (PE)

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The Canadian Potato Council (CPC) represents Canada’s nearly 1300 potato producers, who collectively generate farm gate value of approximately $1.1 billion annually.

The activities of the Canadian Potato Council (CPC) are supported by member provincial potato grower organizations. The CPC has elected representation from grower organizations of the eight major potato producing provinces who work to coordinate activities on behalf of the potato growers of Canada to improve the economic well-being of its members. It is the responsibility of the Canadian Potato Council (CPC) to implement the workplan of the CHC Potato Committee. The CPC meets three times annually to develop positions on issues of importance to the Canadian potato industry.

Working Groups / Committees are tasked with conducting in-depth analysis of matters affecting the industry, providing oversight on projects and making recommendations to the CPC.  The Working Groups and Committees are as follows:

  • Seed Potato Sub-Committee
  • Research Working Group
  • Marketing and Promotion Working Group
  • Quality Assurance Working Group
  • Breeding Working Group
  • Late Blight Working Group
  • Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN) Working Group
  • Potato Grade Working Group
  • Farm Records Management Working Group
  • Plant Pest Response Working Group
  • Bacterial Ring Rot (BRR) Working Group
  • Business Risk Management/Compensation

On issues affecting the potato industries in Canada and the United States, the CPC works with the US National Potato Council and meets with their representatives bi-annually in November as the Canada–United States Potato Committee.

To contact the CPC, call the National Office at (613) 226-4880 ext. 207 or email

Potatoes Canada

Potatoes Canada is a partnership of Potato Growers of Alberta, the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, Potatoes New Brunswick, and the provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, and is dedicated to the development of international export markets for Canadian fresh and seed potatoes originating in the partner provinces.

Reports and documents

Late blight

Potato promotion

Potato on-farm biosecurity



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