Canterra Seeds names new CEO

A marketing manager with Cargill’s Canadian grain handling, seed and ag inputs wing has been named the new CEO of Winnipeg’s Canterra Seeds.

The company announced Thursday that Richard Kieper, marketing manager for seed with Winnipeg-based Cargill AgHorizons, will be Canterra’s new CEO starting in early August, replacing Ron Gorst.

Kieper, who holds an MBA and a registration as a professional engineer in training, is president of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists and a director on the board of SeCan. He also plays an active role in his family’s farming operation at Russell, Man., about 100 km southeast of Yorkton, Sask.

Gorst plans to return to his consulting business full-time and will remain on Canterra’s board of directors, the company said.

The Canadian-owned company develops and markets crops ranging from hybrid canolas and other oilseeds to cereals, pulses and specialty crops such as canaryseed.

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