The board of directors of the Canadian Angus Association has selected a new CEO to replace Doug Fee who will retire on June 30 and end a 17-year career with Canada’s leading beef breed. Effective July 1, 2011, Rob Smith will become the new CEO of the Canadian Angus Association.
President Kirk Wildman says, “We feel Rob will be a great asset to our organization because of his exemplary communication skills, organizational and financial acumen, and outgoing personality. His experience in the Canadian cattle industry, and the Angus industry in particular, are an asset he brings to this position. His experience with government relations, board governance, and conflict resolutions are also skills he brings to our association. We, as a board of directors, are excited to begin working with Rob to achieve our goals and strengthen our association.”
Smith is an active Angus breeder with the multi-generational family operation, Diamond T Cattle Co. of Olds, Alberta. He was integrally involved in the successful World Angus Forum held in July 2009 as a volunteer executive member of the Organizational Committee, responsible for finance and communications functions. Smith has been the Government of Alberta’s 4-H specialist in the South and Calgary Regions since July 2002. Prior, he spent five years in the Republic of Kazakhstan as director, Diversified Business Group with Hurricane Hydrocarbons Ltd. and president, Karaozek Agricultural Products LLP, the largest meat producer in this Central Asian country.