Fertilizer Canada announces Steve Biggar of Richardson International LTD. as Chair

VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Fertilizer Canada's Board of Directors today appointed Steve Biggar of Richardson International Ltd. as Chair for a one-year term.

"It is a privilege to be elected by my industry peers as Chair of Fertilizer Canada," said Biggar. "Fertilizer is the backbone of the agricultural economy. Together our industry can meet the challenge of feeding the growing world population while protecting our environmental and enhancing the economy."

With a B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba, Biggar began his career focused on fertilizer distribution and sales. He has since demonstrated expertise and leadership as Assistant Vice President, Fertilizer and Energy Products, at Richardson International Ltd.

Biggar succeeds Greg Yont, Vice President, Wholesale Global Logistics at Agrium Inc., who served as Chair since August 2013.

"Greg has been an exceptional Director and Chair, leading Fertilizer Canada through unprecedented change. The association and the industry have benefitted from his expertise, particularly regarding transportation," said Biggar.

"I would like to welcome Steve to his new position at the association and thank Greg for his leadership over the past two years." said Garth Whyte, Fertilizer Canada's new President and CEO of Fertilizer Canada, appointed earlier this year.

In addition to Biggar, Fertilizer Canada's 2015-16 Board of Directors includes: (Vice-Chair) Kathy Jordison, Yara Canada LP.; Mark Auchampach, J.R. Simplot Company; Brian Gilbertson, Agrium Inc.; Noel Hsu, Orica Mining Services; Lindsay Kaspick, Koch Fertilizer Canada, ULC; Don Kitson, International Raw Materials Ltd.;  Hugh Loomans, Sylvite Holdings Inc.; Jim MacEwen, MacEwen Agri-Centre Inc.; Brian Mark, PotashCorp; André Mercure, La Coop Fédérée; Dale Moverley, CF Industries; Walter Precourt, The Mosaic Company; and, Garth Whyte, Fertilizer Canada.

Effective August 17, Canada's fertilizer industry launched its new name: Fertilizer Canada, formerly the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. For more information, visit fertilizercanada.ca.

Fertilizer Canada represents manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers. The fertilizer industry plays an essential role in Canada's economy, contributing over $12 billion annually and 12,000 jobs. The association is committed to supporting the fertilizer industry with innovative research and programming while advocating sustainability, stewardship, safety and security through standards and Codes of Practice. Please visit fertilizercanada.ca.


SOURCE Fertilizer Canada

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For further information: Elizabeth Smith, Manager, Communications, Fertilizer Canada, esmith@fertilizercanada.ca, C: (613) 617-4974


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