Earl Geddes is the new executive director for the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI).
Geddes has served in several capacities at the Canadian Wheat Board since 1995, most recently as vice-president of farmer service. He is a past president of Keystone Agricultural Producers and has been on the executive of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
“I am thrilled to be joining the professional team at CIGI,” he said in a release. “I look forward to bringing my farm and industry experience to CIGI to create exciting opportunities to support the marketing of Canadian field crops.”
“Earl’s background in agriculture and his obvious passion for the industry give him the vision, knowledge and drive required to continue to move CIGI forward,” says Cam Dahl, chair of the CIGI board of directors. “His skill and experience complement and build upon the existing expertise and knowledge housed within CIGI. He will help make a strong team stronger.”
CIGI is a non-profit market development organization dedicated to promoting Canada’s field crops in domestic and international markets through educational programming and technical activities. Core funding for CIGI is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Wheat Board. Additional funds and support are provided by other sectors of the agriculture industry. Since 1972, CIGI has hosted more than 30,000 participants from 114 countries.
Geddes replaces Barry Senft, who was appointed in 2002 and who left in May to become chief executive officer of the Grain Farmers of Ontario.