Cigi announces upcoming retirement of CEO Earl Geddes


geddes_screenExecutive search process underway to recruit new CEO

Winnipeg – Today the Board of Directors, Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute), announced the retirement of Earl Geddes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective September 8, 2014. 

Cigi is a not-for-profit organization recognized for its independent market development programs and activities specializing in the delivery of high-quality technical expertise, support, and customized training in Canadian field crops to customers around the world. 

Since 2009, Geddes has led Cigi through an exciting and challenging period including a transition in marketing from the Canadian Wheat Board era to an open marketing system for wheat and barley in Western Canada. Also, during this period, production of oats, oilseeds, pulses, and specialty crops has become increasingly important to farmers. New business partnership funding arrangements have been secured, and Geddes has been instrumental in expanding the scope of Cigi and positioning the organization to capture opportunities for growth and advancement of its programs and services on behalf of farmers, industry partners, and the Government of Canada (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada).     

“We are very proud of the international reputation and recognition that Cigi has as a quality provider of independent technical and product knowledge,” Murdoch MacKay, Chairman of Cigi’s Board of Directors, said. “Cigi, now and into the future, is a critical part of our Canadian advantage, where collaboration, vision and technical market support will be paramount to the whole industry’s success.”

Geddes said, “I have loved my time at Cigi, working with the dedicated team of world-class highly qualified professionals, and the successful relationships we have built in Canada and throughout the world. Together, we in many regards are well on our way to achieving Cigi’s vision of being recognized as the leader of Canadian field crop product applications around the world through education, research, and innovation.” 

The opportunity to serve and support farmers, industry partners, and customers domestically and globally has been a privilege and very rewarding, he said. “I am excited for the future of Cigi as the organization continues to strategically build and grow in support of the Canadian industry and international customers.

“I have had a lifelong commitment to family and agriculture, and to having fun. Now the focus will be more on family and fun, although you can’t take the farmer out of the farm kid.”

On behalf of the Cigi Board of Directors, MacKay said, “We thank Earl for his significant contributions to Cigi and the industry and wish him the very best.”

The Cigi Board has engaged Scott Wolfe Management Inc. to immediately begin the search for a CEO. 


Cigi’s Mission is “Creating a global advantage for Canadian field crops” with a core deliverable of “Creating a competitive advantage for Canadian field crops by imparting Cigi’s technical and market knowledge to customers ensuring optimal application to their products that results in market opportunities for our partners.” Cigi’s partners, together with farmers, exporters, governments and commercial businesses expect Cigi to provide crop promotion and technical market assistance all over the world.

For more information please contact:

Murdoch MacKay
Chair, Board of Directors, Cigi
C: 204-292-5569

Laurel Hyde
Scott Wolfe Management Inc.
C: 204-791-1780