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Fertilizer Canada represents manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers.

Who is Fertilizer Canada?

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.

What We Stand For

Vision 2020

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.

Strategic Plan

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.

Strategic Plan

We’re Growing Sustainability®

The fertilizer industry is a leader in sustainability, recognized as essential to a profitable, environmentally and socially responsible, abundant and healthy food production.

Fertilizer Canada’s Sustainability Principles:

  • Base our decisions and actions on sound science.
  • Promote best practice on–farm nutrient 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place).
  • Ensure products are safe, environmentally responsible and effective.
  • Set standards for the safe, secure and environmentally responsive and responsible production, distribution, handling and transportation of fertilizer.
  • Communicate openly and work in partnership with our stakeholders.
  • Encourage transparency and performance reporting.
  • Act with integrity.

Who We Represent

We represent the interests of manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizers.

President’s Message

As the foundation of Canada’s agri-food sector, fertilizer is responsible for half of the world’s current food production. From manufacturing to mining and processing, transport and storage, to wholesale and retail, the fertilizer industry keeps Canada’s economy growing. As a major employer, the industry supports over 76,000 jobs directly and indirectly throughout the supply chain and contributes over $5 billion in wages annually. We’re proud that last year’s total economic impact from the industry surpassed $23.5 billion, with $12.7 billion contributed to Canada’s GDP.

Karen Proud
President and CEO

As the foundation of Canada’s agri-food sector, fertilizer is responsible for half of the world’s current food production. From manufacturing to mining and processing, transport and storage, to wholesale and retail, the fertilizer industry keeps Canada’s economy growing. As a major employer, the industry supports over 76,000 jobs directly and indirectly throughout the supply chain and contributes over $5 billion in wages annually. We’re proud that last year’s total economic impact from the industry surpassed $23.5 billion, with $12.7 billion contributed to Canada’s GDP.

The Canadian fertilizer industry is dedicated to bettering the lives of all Canadians. 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 most significant input cost – to grow healthy and nutritious food for everyone.

Fertilizer Canada and its member companies know that it is not enough to talk about how we want the world to be; we have to take action to make that world a reality. That is why we’re proud of the dedication the industry has to reconcile sustainability and profitability through implementing programs and initiatives to protect soil, air, and water quality: increasing economic returns for Canadian growers; and supporting a safe fertilizer industry.

Fertilizer Canada is continuously invested in developing initiatives that prioritize and safe and sustainable use of fertilizer products. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship program ensures that farmers have access to science-based fertilizer best management practices that are needed to help meet the rising demand for food while at the same time minimizing their environmental footprint and increasing the profitability of farmers. 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. As the industry association representing 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 develop long-term approaches and a regulatory environment that will allow our member companies to remain globally competitive. Canada’s fertilizer industry is well-positioned to face today’s sustainability challenges and in the future while supporting the environment, the economy, and the social fabrics of Canadian life.

What Is Fertilizer?

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.

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Our Board of Directors

Fertilizer Canada relies on the leadership and dedication of the Board of Directors, representing members from across the Canadian fertilizer industry.

Brian Mark
Chair
Nutrien

Sarah Fedorchuk
Vice-Chair
The Mosaic Company

Karen Proud
President and CEO
Fertilizer Canada

Steve Biggar
Director
Richardson International Limited

Colin Braithwaite
Director
K+S Potash Canada GP

Luke Burton
Director
J.R. Simplot Company

Matt Conacher
Director
Federated Co-operatives Limited

Casper Kaastra
Director
Sollio Agriculture

Lindsay Kaspick
Director
Koch Fertilizer Canada, ULC

Greg Kennette
Director
CF Industries

Don Kitson
Director
International Raw Materials Ltd.

Cassandra Loomans
Director
Sylvite Group of Companies

Jim MacEwen
Director
MacEwen Agricentre Inc.

Gary Vogen
Director
Yara North America

Our Staff

Staff of Fertilizer Canada bring together expertise and achievement to advocate a safe, secure, and sustainable fertilizer industry in Canada.

Karen Proud

President and CEO

Clyde Graham

Executive Vice President

Dan Doyle

Managing Director, Corporate Services

Cassandra Cotton

Vice President, Policy & Programs

Catherine King

Vice President, Public Affairs

Claudia Navarro

Chief Financial Officer

Kim Devison

Director, Executive Services & Events

Nadine Frost

Director, Policy & Industry Standards

McKenzie Smith

Director, Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs

Daniel Kelter

Sr. Manager, Government Relations

Rabya Khanan

Manager, Communications *Currently on Maternity leave

Allison Watcher

Manager, Member & Partner Engagement and Events

Kelsey Hill

Manager, Nutrient Stewardship

Brittany Thibaudeau

Communications Specialist

Katherine Kennedy

Policy Analyst

Labonya Nirjan

4R Solution Project Coordinator

Tram Tran

Accounting Assistant

FAQs

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Contact

Brittany Thibaudeau

Communications specialist

bthibaudeau@fertilizercanada.ca

T: 613-786-3043

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