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Fertilizer Canada is ready to meet the challenges in the future. We are well-positioned to support our members through 2025,
Fertilizer Canada represents manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers.
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 $23 billion annually and employs 76,000 workers throughout the supply chain. In order to remain globally competitive, we are committed to supporting our industry with innovative research and programming. We take pride in advocating for sustainability, stewardship, safety and security through our industry-leading standards and Codes of Practice. As the foundation of Canada’s agri-food sector, we apply innovative solutions that positively impact the environment, the economy, and the social fabrics of Canadian life.
Fertilizer Canada works to advance the safe, secure and sustainable use of fertilizer through proactive science-based programs, innovation, and advocacy – benefitting Canada and the world.
Fertilizer Canada is ready to meet the challenges in the future. We are well-positioned to support our members through 2025, to advance the safe, secure, and sustainable production and use of fertilizer, through proactive science-based programs, innovation, and advocacy. Members will continue to be our central focus as we build out our ‘Pillars of Success’ in Stewardship, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Advocacy and Communications, and Organizational Excellence.
The fertilizer industry is a leader in sustainability, recognized as essential to a profitable, environmentally and socially responsible, abundant and healthy food production.
We represent the interests of manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers.
As the foundation of Canada’s agri-food sector, fertilizer is responsible for half of the world’s current food production. You can walk into a grocery store today and have an abundant choice of affordable essentials because of fertilizer. And, to keep up with a growing global population of up to 9 billion by 2050, farmers in Canada spend $5 billion a year on fertilizer – their biggest input cost – to grow healthy and nutritious food for everyone.
As the foundation of Canada’s agri-food sector, fertilizer is responsible for half of the world’s current food production. You can walk into a grocery store today and have a choice of affordable foods, because of fertilizer. And, to keep up with a growing global population of up to 9 billion by 2050, farmers in Canada will need to continue to invest in fertilizer. Annually, farmers spend $5 billion a year on fertilizer – their biggest input cost – to grow healthy and nutritious food for everyone.
Making sure that fertilizer gets to the plant and is not lost to the environment is always in the best interest of a farmer. This is why Fertilizer Canada continues to invest in the development of programs like 4R Nutrient Stewardship to ensure farmers that they have access to the efficient fertilizer management practices needed to help meet the rising demand for food, while minimizing pressure on the environment and meeting societal expectations for sustainable food sourcing. In addition to this, our industry-leading Codes of Practice offer guidelines around the safe and secure manufacturing, handling, storage, transportation, and application of commercial fertilizers.
The fertilizer supply chain remains equipped to meet growers’ needs and as the industry association that represents the manufacturers, wholesale, and retail distributors of fertilizer in Canada, we know what a critical role our industry plays in Canada’s economy. We work closely with government officials and policymakers to ensure that our industry’s concerns are addressed and that our workers can continue doing their job in a safe and secure working environment.
We take our role in feeding the world seriously and recognize that by investing in the use of fertilizer today, we will continue to provide reliable growth of food in Canada and around the world for years to come.
Fertilizers are food for plants. Fertilizer helps farmers feed our growing population. Plants require 17 essential nutrients in the soil to survive and to grow. Fertilizers help replenish these nutrients after each harvest.
Fertilizer Canada relies on the leadership and dedication of the Board of Directors, representing members from across the Canadian fertilizer industry.
The Mosaic Company
President and CEO
Richardson International Limited
K+S Potash Canada GP
J.R. Simplot Company
Federated Co-operatives Limited
Koch Fertilizer Canada, ULC
International Raw Materials Ltd.
Sylvite Group of Companies
MacEwen Agricentre Inc.
Yara North America
Staff of Fertilizer Canada bring together expertise and achievement to advocate a safe, secure, and sustainable fertilizer industry in Canada.
President and CEO
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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, 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 the strategic communications and government relations for the association. Working to ensure the Federal and Provincial governments, stakeholders and media understand the essential role that the fertilizer industry plays in both Canadian and global agriculture.
Since joining Fertilizer Canada, Catherine has developed and executed campaigns on a variety of programs and initiatives, which have helped her 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Director, Executive Services & Events
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, 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.
Sr. Manager, Government Relations
Daniel Kelter is the Sr. 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 led 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.
Manager, Communications *Currently on Maternity leave
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, Member & Partner Engagement and Events
Allison Watcher is an experienced event coordinator. Prior to joining Fertilizer Canada as the Manager of Membership & Partner Engagement and Events, 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.
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.
Manager, Nutrient Stewardship
Kelsey Hill is the Manager of Nutrient Stewardship at Fertilizer Canada, where she is responsible for supporting the continued development and implementation of 4R Nutrient Stewardship initiatives and programs across Canada.
In her role, Kelsey works to support and promote the 4R’s of Nutrient Stewardship in Canada. She supports the Policy and Programs team through coordinating the 4R Designation and Certification programs. She provides support on Provincial working groups and the Fertilizer Use Survey.
Kelsey grew up on her family’s dairy, beef, and cash crop farm in the Ottawa Valley, where her passion for agriculture started. She holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Science with a major in Crop, Horticulture, and Turfgrass Science from the University of Guelph (2019). Kelsey is currently a CCA-Candidate and is working towards completing her hours to become a fully certified crop advisor.
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.
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