Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New ceo for national agr.l think tank

Dr. Donald Buckingham has been chosen the new chief executive officer of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute.

He takes over from David McInnes who held the position for eight years.

Until recently, Buckingham was the chairman of Canada’s Agricultural Review Tribunal for eight years. He was in Lyon, France, this week to speak to an international conference on law and food.

Buckingham says the institute should have a new strategic direction which is to unlock the growth potential of Canadian agri-food, while responding to the need for advancing sustainable environmental practice and improving farm income.

Last month John Scott, former chief executive officer of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, took over from Ted Bilyea as chairman of the board.

Deborah Stark, who retired last year as deputy of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, was elected to the board of directors.

Also elected was Chantelle Donahue who is the vice-president and commercial seed manager for Cargill's Global Edible Oil Solutions-Specialties (GEOS-S).