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2015 CCWG Presidents Message

I must start by thanking past president Dwayne Acres for his years of innovative leadership of our company. I also would like to mention my appreciation to our dedicated board of directors, which will now include one more person, as we’re adding a second representative from Quebec to better serve the number of sheep producers in one of our largest provinces. Our company’s many years of success could never be achieved without our loyal, hardworking management and staff. Congrats and thank you all!

The sheep industry over the last year, fortunately has seen increases of both lamb and wool prices. Therefore we have seen a substantial increase in supply sales and a very busy warehouse with large wool volumes coming in. The replacing of an aged, worn out baler, and adding another direct conveyer line should help speed up our grading process as we continue to look for ways to be more efficient.

The board, management and staff are now in the process of developing a business plan. Once in place the plan will be reviewed annually at our AGM. We look forward to shareholder input in identifying our short and long term goals as a company by having a set plan and adjusting annually. Financial and overall management discussions of our company will be made in an informative well thought out process which will lead to the continued success of CCWG.

In closing, I must say I am honoured to be named President of CCWG. As director for the province of Quebec for the last number of years, I have come to see how important CCWG is to the sheep industry. And I look forward to meeting, seeing or just hearing from many of you in the coming year.

Yours truly,
David Mastine
President

 

2015 Message du Président de la CCWG

Je dois commencer par remercier l'ancien président, Dwayne Acres, pour ses années de leadership innovateur au sein de notre entreprise. Je voudrais aussi mentionner ma gratitude envers notre conseil d'administration toujours bien dévoué et qui vais maintenant inclure une personne de plus, car nous ajoutons un second représentant au Québec, afin de mieux servir le nombre de producteurs de moutons dans une de nos plus grandes provinces. Le succès que notre entreprise a connu à travers de nombreuses années ne pourrait jamais être atteint sans notre fidèle personnel. Félicitations et merci à tous!

L'industrie ovine a connu une augmentation, à la fois de l'agneau et du prix de la laine, au cours de la dernière année. Nous avons donc vu une augmentation substantielle des ventes et un entrepôt bien achalandé avec de grands volumes de laine. Le remplacement de la vielle presse et l’ajout d’une autre ligne convoyeur directe devrait accélérer notre processus de classification. Nous continuons toujours à chercher des façons d'être plus efficaces.

Le conseil d’administration, la direction et le personnel sont présentement en processus de développer un plan d’affaire. Une fois en place, le plan sera révisé chaque année lors de notre AGA. Nous anticipons la participation des actionnaires à identifier les objectifs à court et à long terme de l’entreprise, des ajustements pourront être fait annuellement. Discussions sur la gestion administrative et financière seront réalisées par le biais d’un processus bien élaboré afin de maintenir le bon succès de la CCWG.     

En terminant, je dois dire que je suis honoré d'être nommé Président de la CCWG. En tant que directeur de la province du Québec pour plusieurs années, j’ai découvert jusqu’à quel point la CCWG est importante pour l'industrie ovine. Il me fera plaisir de rencontrer ou de simplement parler avec plusieurs d'entre vous durant l'année à venir.

Sincèrement,
David Mastine
Président

 

2014 CCWG Presidents Message

Positive financial statements along with new and improved capital assets once again indicate the successful operation of our company. Although the national sheep population has changed very little the demographics have. Flock numbers and breeds have changed with increased numbers in some areas, namely Quebec and decreased in western Canada. These changes along with others require adjustments in our operations and a need to work closely with CSBA, CSF and CFIA to serve the Canadian sheep industry in the best possible way both now and in the future.

The refurbished stockmen's supply at Carleton Place, new equipment at the wool grading warehouse, the recent initiative to replace our Lethbridge outlet with a new facility and ongoing development and increased use of electronic tools of management and communications are all indications of our commitment to maintain and improve our company's operations. New staff at St. Hyacinthe and Lethbridge brings new and refreshing approaches to our business. Once again our general manager attended the World Wool Trade Fair in China. As well we were contributors to the Prince of Wales Campaign for Wool which this year was held in Canada. The dedication and commitment to the company by our general manager and staff continues to be the strengths and reasons for our success.

The retirement of Jim and Val Shields who had served at our Lethbridge branch for many years was recognized at our annual meeting. As well John D. Balderson was awarded a 'Knight of the Golden Fleece' in acknowledgement of his many years of service to the sheep industry and as a director and president of CCWG.

With my time as president having been terminated at the recent annual meeting I want to use this venue as a means to express my gratitude for the opportunity to serve in this capacity on behalf of all shareholders. To share in the successes and challenges of our company has been most rewarding.

Respectfully submitted
Dwayne C. Acres

2014 Message du Président de la CCWG

Les bilans fiscaux positifs, doublés d’une amélioration de nos valeurs immobilisées, indiquent encore une fois le succès de notre compagnie.  Bien que la population ovine nationale ait très peu changée, il n’en ait pas de même pour les données démographiques.  La grandeur des troupeaux ainsi que les races ont variées et nous remarquons une augmentation particulièrement au Québec et une diminution dans la région de l’ouest du Canada.  Ces changements indiquent la nécessité de faire des ajustements au niveau de nos opérations et indiquent un besoin de coopérer avec la SCEM, la FCM et l’ACIA afin de pouvoir mieux servir l’industrie canadienne ovine tant aujourd’hui que dans le futur.

La remise à neuf de nos installations à Carleton Place, l’acquisition du nouvel équipement à l’entrepôt de classement de laine, la décision récente de remplacer le point de vente à Lethbridge et le développement et l’amélioration des outils de gestion et de communication électroniques, sont tous des indications de notre engagement de non seulement maintenir mais d’améliorer les opérations de notre entreprise. 

Le nouveau personnel à St. Hyacinthe et à Lethbridge apportent de nouvelles approches innovatrices à notre entreprise.  Encore une fois, notre directeur général a participé à la Foire mondiale du commerce de la laine (World Wool Trade Fair) en Chine.  Nous avons également contribué à l’œuvre charitable du prince de Galles au Canada, la Campagne pour la laine au Canada, qui a eu lieu cette année au Canada.  L’engagement et le dévouement de notre directeur général et de notre personnel contribuent grandement à notre force et à notre succès.

Lors de notre réunion annuelle, nous avons souligné la retraite de Jim et Val Shields qui ont servi à notre succursale à Lethbridge.  De plus, John D. Balderson a été décerné un chevalier de la toison d’or, (Knight of the Golden Fleece) en reconnaissance de ses nombreuses années de service au sein de l’industrie ovine et pour son rôle de directeur et président de la CCWG.

Mon terme en tant que président ayant pris fin à la dernière réunion annuelle, je voudrais profiter de cette occasion pour exprimer ma reconnaissance d’avoir eu le privilège de servir tous les actionnaires en tant que président.  Il m’a fait un grand plaisir de partager les réussites et les défis de notre entreprise avec vous.

Respectueusement vôtre,
Dwayne C. Acres

 

2013 CCWG Presidents Message

Once again my message on behalf of our board of directors is one of appreciation and general satisfaction with the operations and financial success of our company. This continues to be the result of an energetic, dedicated staff who take pride in delivering the services of each division of our business. The constructive guidance of general manager Eric Bjergso, who heads up our team of employees is a dominate factor in our success.

Although the past year saw reduced prices for lamb and a drawback in sheep numbers, the wool volume was slightly reduced. An increase in producers benefiting from our quality and shareholders reward programs was encouraging. The establishment of a second grader and a new baler at the warehouse as well as other updates are indications of our ongoing commitment to the wool segment of the company. Attendance at the International Wool Trade Fair in China by our general manger once again continued our ongoing efforts to market the Canadian wool clip to the best advantage.

Excellent results at our branch and wool shop retail outlets have contributed to our positive financial position. Capital improvements such as the one currently underway at the Carleton Place Livestock Supply Outlet are the result of this. The new French language catalogue distributed this year will hopefully result in increased business at our St. Hyacinthe branch.

Directors continue to be active at exploring ways to improve the wool operation from shearers to sales as well as studying shareholder representation. Our involvement in the sheep industry as a whole remains constant by cooperation with CSF, CSBA and provincial organizations.

The death of BC director Ken Mallinson and retirement of John Balderson from Alberta South will create new challenges for us in the forthcoming year. Both have contributed significantly to our past positive operations. We welcome new directors Roma Tingle and Warren Moore. As always we appreciate the support of our shareholders and welcome their input and suggestions.

Respectfully submitted
Dwayne C. Acres
President

 

 

2012 CCWG Presidents Message

Again it is my pleasure to bring you this message on behalf of our board. The recent year has seen favourable conditions for the Canadian sheep industry with increased prices of wool and relatively stable prices for lamb and breeding stock. As we look ahead to the forthcoming year we again are faced with challenges. The outlook for the wool market sees falling demand and lower prices. The increase in feed costs and land prices will no doubt affect the profit margin for all producers. Along with other industry players such as CSF, CSBA and provincial organizations we will strive to do our part to serve the industry in the best way possible.

Directors have been active during the past year serving on committees to better serve our clients. By visiting a wool grading facility in the U.S.A., examining director representation based on wool production, a comparative study of remuneration to staff and directors, and an ongoing look into company's relationship with licensed operators and wool depots, decisions regarding our company's operation are being made on a well informed basis.

With over an 8% increase of wool volume handled for each of the past two years, we have maintained a constant handling and marketing cost. The improvement in handling equipment and construction of a new storage building at Carleton Place no doubt assisted in this accomplishment. Increases in sales at our various branches, with expansions in Lethbridge and Waterloo, continue to result in the profitability of the company. All of this is due to the concerted efforts of our general manager and a team of dedicated and eager staff who take personal pride in the company's success.

We look forward to the French language version of this catalogue which is currently in the making. Please explore the products and information contained in both.

Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Respectfully submitted
Dwayne C. Acres
President

 

CCWG Presidents Message 2012 AGM

Having been elected president at our most recent annual meeting it is indeed with honour that I bring you this message on behalf of our directors. With the positive atmosphere and increased numbers in the sheep industry it is rewarding to be a player at such an exciting time. With this growth will come challenges to serve the expansion and the influx of new producers. Along with other industry players such as CSF, CSBA and provincial organizations we will continue to serve and represent all producers as best we can.

Our branch locations, wool shop and head office, under capable and dedicated staff, will continue to serve the needs of our clients. The refurbished facilities at Perlich Bros. Auction in Alberta and the new outlet at Waterloo Stock Yards in Ontario are examples of our continuing effort to better serve the industry and continue the vitality of our company. As I write this message the new warehouse in Carleton Place is nearing completion. This will provide much needed space for our ever expanding supply outlet and help to relieve congestion and improve processing through the wool warehouse. Newly acquired mechanized handling equipment in the warehouse as well as the transfer of a loading ramp to St. Hyacinthe will assist in easing the labour requirements of wool handling.

While the past year saw increases in the price of wool we realize that we are only a small player in the global industry and vulnerable to the international markets. Created for the purpose of marketing the wool clip of the nations sheep producers, this mandate will continue to be the prime emphasis of our company. By exploring ways to assist our shearers and wool depots and controlling the ever increasing transportation costs as well as providing training to producers we can continue to market the wool clip of Canadian producers in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.

Our general manager and his team of dedicated staff continue to operate the company on a profitable basis which enables us to be a rewarding part of the industry. Please take time to explore the products and information included in this catalogue. Your input and suggestions are always welcome.

Respectively Submitted
Dwayne C. Acres
President
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