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The Canadian Produce Marketing Association's Dan Dempster advised the association's board of directors at its Vancouver 2010 meeting that he would be retiring as CPMA president on May 1, 2011.

Mr. Dempster began his career with CPMA on April 17, 1977, and assumed the position of president on April 1, 1983. During his term with the CPMA, the association's membership has increased significantly to 720 Canadian and international members. The CPMA's convention and trade show has also experienced great growth, with over 3,000 visitors expected at this year's event.

"CPMA's success can be attributed to the dedication and commitment of wonderful volunteer directors supported by a hard-working and passionate staff," Mr. Dempster said in a May 12 press release. "I just happened to have been lucky to serve as the president while this has been going on. I feel it is time for myself to pursue the next phase of my life. I will miss the many outstanding people in this industry - they are what kept me going and never wanting to leave."

Adrian Abbott, 2010 CPMA chairman, said in the release, "While we are sad to see Dan leave, the good news is that Dan will continue to work with CPMA to help the new president through the transition period. He will also provide services to the association on a contract basis for at least one year after retirement."