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.
Vice President, Safety & Security
Currently on Maternity Leave
Giulia Brutesco is the Vice President of Safety and Security and oversees the development and promotion of industry best practices, policies and regulations. Giulia maintains good working relationships with federal and provincial regulators to ensure industry values are well represented on issues pertaining to health, safety, security and the environment. She also strives to build consensus amongst members when developing core industry values and positions.
As a board member of the Air and Waste Management Association, Giulia has demonstrated vested interest in her profession and the professional development of others.
Giulia has been a part of Fertilizer Canada’s team since 2012 and leads the sector’s development of greenhouse gas and air pollutant regulations along with the industry’s Codes of Practice which promote the safe and secure manufacturing, handling, storage and transportation of fertilizer products. Giulia’s previous roles include managing environmental issues and developing policy for the electricity sector with the Canadian Electricity Association and managing environmental compliance and reporting issues at Ivaco Rolling Mills – a steel manufacturer.
Vice President, Sustainability
Cassandra Cotton is the Vice President of Sustainability programming at Fertilizer Canada where she is responsible for directing development and implementation of sustainability programs to increase the use and adoption of fertilizer best management practices. Specifically, she directs the development and delivery of outreach and education tools to promote 4R Nutrient Stewardship through engagement with industry members and stakeholders as well as other organizations and government agencies. Cassandra attended St. Francis Xavier University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004. After spending two years in South Korea and travelling throughout Asia and South America, she returned to Toronto where she received her post-graduate degree in Public Relations at Humber College. Originally from Prince Edward Island, she currently calls Ottawa home and over the past seven years has worked with a wide range of organizations including United Way Ottawa and the Public Health Agency of Canada before joining the team at Fertilizer Canada in September 2012.
Vice President, Industry Reputation
Catherine King is Vice President of Industry Reputation 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.
Emily Pearce Rayner
Vice President, Industry Competitiveness
Emily Pearce Rayner has more than a decade of experience in government relations and public affairs. In 2018, she was appointed Vice President, Industry Competitiveness with the mandate to ensure the efficient and cost-effective production and transportation of fertilizer products in Canada.
Before joining Fertilizer Canada in 2014, Emily served as a senior government relations consultant, advocating for and providing strategic counsel to companies and associations in a variety of sectors.
Emily holds a political science degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a post-graduate certificate in public relations from Humber College.
Executive Assistant & Events
Kim Devison is a seasoned Executive Assistant 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.
Amanda Giamberardino is the Verification Manager within the broader scope of Nutrient Stewardship and Safety & Security programs at Fertilizer Canada. She joined the organization in 2012 providing support and oversight to the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program’s research, extension and training activities.
Concurrently, she was awarded a grant from ECO Canada to pursue her Environmental Professional certification, specializing in research and development, and, communications and public awareness. Amanda’s background is in Chemistry (BSc., and MSc.) with a minor degree in Physics. Her research thesis was on developing DNA biosensors for norovirus detection in food, a project funded under the Ontario Ministry of Food and Rural Affairs and has been a contributing author to various academic publications.
She also served as a teaching assistant for the first year chemistry course at Carleton instructing hundreds of students in the laboratory and was recognized for her efforts with the Donald R. Wiles Prize for Laboratory Demonstrators.
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.
Manager, Environment and Safety
Amanda Pach is the Manager of Environment and Safety at Fertilizer Canada. In this role, she is responsible for providing technical assistance and advocacy support in the development of environmental regulation including greenhouse gas and air quality policies. In addition, she also specializes in ammonium nitrate transportation, safety and security, and is responsible for the development and implementation of industry initiatives such as the Ammonium Nitrate Code of Practice and the Calcium Ammonium Nitrate Security Code of Practice.
Prior to joining Fertilizer Canada in 2014, Amanda completed her BSc. (Honours) in Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2011) and MSc. in Chemistry (2014) at Carleton University, where her research focused on the development of novel nanotechnology-based fertilizer systems and DNA-biosensor generation.
Manager, Regulatory Affairs
As Manager of Regulatory Affairs 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.
As Manager, Communications, Kelly is responsible for promoting strong public engagement among stakeholders, industry professionals and government agencies.
With an education from Algonquin College’s Multimedia Journalism program, Kelly has experience working as a community reporter in Ottawa and the surrounding valley since 2013. Her background in journalism provides her with a unique skillset that brings new perspective to the communications and industry relations environment.
Manager, 4R Nutrient Stewardship
McKenzie Smith is Manager of 4R Nutrient Stewardship at Fertilizer Canada. In this role, McKenzie works to promote the industry’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program through successful management of Fertilizer Canada’s regional agreements, 4R Research Network and programming as it relates to 4R Nutrient Stewardship.
McKenzie completed her Bachelors of Chemistry (2014) and Masters 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.
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.
Social Media & Communications Assistant
Brittany Thibaudeau is the Social Media and Communications Assistant at Fertilizer Canada responsible for the execution of the corporate social media strategy. In this role, Brittany is supporting industry reputation by executing the ongoing communications strategy, to promote program initiatives and brand management.
Brittany has attained her education from Algonquin College’s School of Media and Design with a Certificate in Media and Communications (2015) and recently received her diploma from the Public Relations program.
Safety & Security Coordinator
Shelina Akter is the Safety and Security Coordinator at Fertilizer Canada responsible for supporting the development, advocacy and management of Fertilizer Canada’s safety and security mandate.
She has a background in Environmental Science and was an Ecologist/GIS Analyst in her previous role at Anne Clements & Associates in Sydney, Australia where she was involved in the Cumberland Plain Woodland (a critically endangered ecological community) ecological restoration project. She was also a Co-Founder/Education Consultant at Australian Education Counsel where she was involved in building business relationships, developing business strategies to grow the business and consulting clients.
Shelina completed her BSc in Environmental Science (2017) at the Australia Catholic University with Distinction and was awarded an honorary membership at Golden Key Int. Honour Society for her academic excellence. In her applied science project she investigated ecology of nine native plant species across four bushland reserves in North Sydney to provide solutions to the Local Government to determine conservation and management strategies for the reserves.
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.