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May 29, 2014
On behalf of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), I would like to correct misinformation that appeared in “Expect to fork it over for red meat” on May 28, 2014.  
It’s a shame that every year around BBQ season, the same critics come forward and try to blame ethanol for potential increases to food and meat prices.  Like clockwork, Canadian ethanol and grain producers have come to expect attacks from the George Morris Centre, which regularly misinterprets the connection between clean-burning, renewable ethanol and the livestock and meat markets.
Price changes for any commodity cannot be reasonably attributed to a single industry – and ours is no exception. Canadians need to remember that grocery costs are largely driven by energy costs and do not significantly increase with the price of corn.  Ethanol produced from corn only uses the starch from the grain, the rest is returned to the animal feed market as distillers grains and help make animal feed less expensive. 
Much of the modern world’s agriculture and food transportation is reliant on oil and is driven by oil costs.  Ethanol helps extend our oil supply and is on average less expensive than gasoline making energy less expensive, including lower gas prices for consumers at the pump.  Despite what Mr. Grier suggests, reducing ethanol production would not meaningfully lower corn or food prices.  What it would do is take revenue and jobs away from farmers who grow crops that supply our feedstock and feed our families.
W. Scott Thurlow
President, CRFA

October 29, 2014

Andrea Kent Appointed CRFA President

Canada’s Leading Advocate for Renewable Fuels Announces New Leadership

OTTAWA – October 30, 2014: The Board of Directors of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), today announced the appointment of Andrea Kent as its President. 

"We are extremely pleased that Andrea is growing her role within the CRFA and has accepted this new challenge," said Scott Lewis, Chairman of the Board of the CRFA.  “Andrea has been an instrumental part of our team over the last several years and her vast knowledge of our industry will serve our membership well.  I look forward to Andrea's leadership helping us ensure that Canada’s renewable fuels industry continues to grow and flourish.”

As President, Ms. Kent will act as the principal representative for renewable fuels in Canada, as well as the main national media industry spokesperson.

Prior to her appointment as CRFA President, Andrea Kent held several senior roles in communications, media relations and issues management, including Vice President of Communications at the CRFA.  Andrea brings with her almost a decade of leadership experience in numerous federal departments and crown corporations.

Ms. Kent’s appointment follows the recent departure of W. Scott Thurlow. "We thank Scott for his service and dedication to the renewable fuels sector in Canada,” said Mr. Lewis, “We wish him every success as he embarks on the next stage of his career.”

About the CRFA 

Founded in 1984, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of value added products made from renewable resources through consumer awareness and government liaison activities.