President and CEO
Garth Whyte is President and CEO of Fertilizer Canada, joining the association in June 2015. Garth brings decades of industry association, advocacy, and government experience. Prior to joining Fertilizer Canada, he was President and CEO of Restaurants Canada. He was Executive Vice President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and has held several other senior positions over his 23-year career with CFIB. He started his career working for the Government of Saskatchewan in the Departments of Finance; Intergovernmental Affairs; and Tourism, Parks and Renewable Resources. Garth has served on several Boards and numerous Canadian and provincial government advisory committees. He is currently a member of the Fertilizer Canada Board and is on Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute Advisory Committee.
Executive Vice President
Clyde Graham is the Executive Vice-President of Fertilizer Canada in Ottawa, where he promotes the interests of the fertilizer industry with politicians and government officials. Clyde has been instrumental in the adoption of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship system – the Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place® – at the federal and provincial levels. Clyde was also involved in negotiating the adoption of the Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP) in Alberta. He is a member of the technical and management committees of the North American 4R Research Fund. As a member of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada board of directors and the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Expert Advisory Committee, Clyde supports farm practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. Clyde has worked in Ottawa since 1987, as a Canadian Press news reporter on Parliament Hill, a lobbyist for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and as a consultant for corporations and national associations. He grew up on a grain farm near Regina, Saskatchewan.
Managing Director, Corporate Services
Dan Doyle joined Fertilizer Canada and Nutrients for Life in February 2013 and serves as Managing Director, Corporate Services. He is responsible for a range of corporate services including accounting, human resources and office administration. Originally from New Brunswick, Dan has made Ottawa his home for the past 18 years. During his career, Dan has held similar positions within government and non-profit organizations. He has a keen interest in organizational development that strengthens mission-critical capacity.
Currently on Maternity Leave
Vice President, Policy & Programs
Cassandra Cotton is the Vice President of Policy & Programs at Fertilizer Canada where she is responsible for building a robust program and policy platform that forms the foundation for the organization’s advocacy work.
Specifically, she directs the development and delivery of a number of wide-ranging issues including safety and security, 4R Nutrient Stewardship, climate policy, product regulation, and transportation through engagement with industry members, stakeholders and government agencies. Proactively developing sound policy related to these complex issues helps create the business climate necessary for member success.
As a member of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada board of directors, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops, and Field to Market Canada, Cassandra supports farm practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.
Cassandra received a bachelor’s degree at St. Francis Xavier University and completed her post-graduate degree in Public Relations at Humber College. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Cassandra has worked in Ottawa for over a decade with multiple organizations including United Way Ottawa and the Public Health Agency of Canada before joining the team at Fertilizer Canada in September 2012.
Vice President, Public Affairs
Catherine King is Vice President of Public Affairs for Fertilizer Canada where she is responsible for educational programming, and international activities. Catherine has worked at Fertilizer Canada since 2006 on a variety of programs and initiatives, which helped to develop a strong understanding of the industry and its priorities.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Catherine attended McGill University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Canadian History. While attending McGill, Catherine worked at Ogilvy Renault in the Patent and Trademark Department. In 2006, Catherine completed her post-graduate degree in Corporate Communications at Seneca College, graduating with honours. Catherine worked for a Public Relations agency in Toronto prior to joining Fertilizer Canada.
Director, Executive Services & Conferences
Kim Devison is a seasoned Director with more than 15 years’ experience. Prior to joining Fertilizer Canada in 2013, Kim lived in Bermuda for six years where she worked for EY in audit and supported six Partners across three countries. Kim holds a B.A. from Carleton University.
Director, Finance & Administration
Claudia is the Director of Finance and Administration at Fertilizer Canada. Claudia joined the organization after finishing the bookkeeping program at Algonquin College and completing a volunteer accounting position with In-TAC as part of OCCSC program.
Prior to living in Canada, Claudia worked for 11 years in the accounting department at Transportes Sanchez Polo S.A., a large transportation company in Colombia. Claudia has a BA from the Autonoma University in Barranquilla-Colombia. Claudia is actively pursuing the CPA Ontario certification.
Currently on Maternity Leave
Director, Policy & Industry Standards
As Director of Policy and Industry Standards at Fertilizer Canada, Nadine Frost works to consolidate and address regulatory issues and shape government policy relevant to the fertilizer industry. Within this role, Nadine provides leadership on the anhydrous ammonia file, addressing regulatory issues and promoting safety and security through the Anhydrous Ammonia Code of Practice. Additionally, Nadine works to advance the fertilizer products sector and advocate for fair and science-based regulatory oversight.
Following her BSc. (Honours) in Toxicology from the University of Guelph, Nadine completed her MSc. in Chemistry from Carleton University (2015). Her research was focused on the use of synthetic DNA aptamers as recognition elements in biosensors to detect harmful agricultural mycotoxins in the field. Nadine joined Fertilizer Canada in 2015 as an ECO Canada intern, and is actively pursuing her Environmental Professional (EP) certification through ECO Canada.
Director, Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs
McKenzie Smith is Director of Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs at Fertilizer Canada where she is responsible for the development of policy and programs related sustainable nutrient management and environmental stewardship.
In this role, McKenzie works to promote and advance the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program which allows our industry to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable nutrient management. Specifically, she directs the development and expansion of Fertilizer Canada’s 4R Designation and 4R Certification programs and provides leadership on a number of files including the 4R Research Network and Fertilizer Use Survey. McKenzie continues to build upon key national and regional partnerships to ensure an increase in the awareness and adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship by Canadian growers and sustainability platforms.
Additionally, McKenzie provides technical assistance and advocacy support on environmental regulations related to greenhouse gas or air pollutants. This work helps shape polices that allow our member’s to demonstrate good environmental performance while maintaining competitiveness in a global market.
McKenzie completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry (2014) and M.Sc. in Chemistry (2017) at Carleton University, where her research focused on the development of nanoparticle-based DNA aptamer selection methods to improve biosensor detection of harmful agricultural mycotoxins in field.
Rabya Khanan is Communications Manager at Fertilizer Canada where she develops and executes the corporate communications strategy including support for program initiatives and brand management.
Before joining Fertilizer Canada, Rabya worked at the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association and prior to that, lived in the United Kingdom where she worked for the ‘Global Top 15’ law practice Eversheds Sutherland, providing communications support to the firm’s Financial Institutions sector. Rabya also interned with the Bank of Montreal’s media relations team and has also dabbled on the agency side.
Rabya has BA in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics and Area Studies (Development and Underdevelopment) and a Minor in Sociology from Carleton University (2008). She also completed Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications from Seneca College (2011).
Manager, Government Relations
Daniel Kelter is a Manager, Government Relations with Fertilizer Canada, supporting the association in policy and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Fertilizer Canada, Daniel worked on Parliament Hill for two MPs where he lead their communication and legislative agendas. He has also previously worked in the federal public service, and a government relations company where he advised companies on policy and political communication.
Daniel has an Honours Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management with a specialization in International Studies from Carleton University, in addition to a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Brittany Thibaudeau is Communications Specialist at Fertilizer Canada where she is responsible for the program communications including 4R Nutrient Stewardship, and Safety and Security. In this role, Brittany is supporting the public affairs team by developing and executing initiatives focused on championing Fertilizer Canada’s strategic plan and the stewardship pillar.
Brittany has an Honours Bachelor of Public Relations from the University of Ottawa, in addition to a diploma in Public Relations and a certificate in Media and Communication both from Algonquin College.
Membership & Events Coordinator
Allison Watcher is an experienced event coordinator. Prior to joining Fertilizer Canada as the Membership & Events Coordinator, Allison worked as an Event & Communications Coordinator in Ottawa. Allison recently returned to Canada 2.5 years ago, as she worked internationally for over 10 years in Florida, Bahamas, the Caribbean and 8 years in the Netherlands, making her bilingual in Dutch.
4R Solution Project Coordinator
Labonya Nirjan is the 4R Solution Project Coordinator assisting in the planning, development and implementation of the administration, advocacy and communications related to the 4R Solution project strategy.
Labonya was a trainee with the Environmental Immigrant Bridging Program of ECO Canada, which assist internationally trained individuals, with skills and experience that align with the Canadian environmental sector. Labonya received the prestigious Endeavour Postgraduate Award from the Australian Government for her Masters in Environment with a major in Development from the University of Melbourne.
She has lived, travelled, worked and volunteered in 10 different countries and is now settled in Canada since 2017. She has worked in number of International NGOs at the field level and worked closely with the community. Her main area of work was in disaster mitigation and preparedness; and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. However, she has also volunteered in Ghana, West Africa where she worked with children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Before joining Fertilizer Canada, Labonya was working with a Vancouver based not for profit organization that works in empowering newcomers to Canada.
Tram has joined Fertilizer Canada, taking on the role of Accounting Assistant. Tram obtained her Bachelor of Economics in Accounting and Finance at The Economics University of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam prior to moving to Ottawa. She also received her bookkeeping certificate at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
Having worked for H&R Block for numerous years, Tram has extensive experience in personal income tax preparation.
Prior to her joining Fertilizer Canada, Tram has worked for the Ontario Lottery Corporation and The Hard Rock Casino Ottawa, excelling in casino accounting practices.
As a highly motivated, well organized professional, Tram is excited to contribute her skills to Fertilizer Canada.