WINNIPEG – The Board of Directors of Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute) is very pleased to announce that JoAnne Buth has been hired as the new CEO of Cigi. She takes over from Earl Geddes who is retiring on September 8, 2014.
Buth is well known in the domestic and international grain industry, having spent most of her professional life in agriculture. She was with the Canola Council of Canada, serving as Vice President from 1999 to 2007 and President from 2007 to 2012. Under her leadership the Canola Council addressed many international trade issues, made significant contributions to canola research, and moved the industry forward by implementing a vision and strategic plan entitled, “Growing Great 2015.” Buth has also served on many agriculture advisory committees in both private industry and government. She was appointed to the Canadian Senate in January 2012 where her extensive knowledge of agriculture was a strong attribute.
Murdoch MacKay, Chairman of Cigi’s Board of Directors, says Buth brings the right combination of industry experience and vision to lead Cigi in its continuing growth and evolution. “Cigi is a key contributor to the success of the Canadian agriculture industry as a whole. JoAnne’s extensive expertise and perspective will ensure that Cigi remains an internationally respected institute that works on behalf of farmers and industry in the promotion of Canada’s field crops.”
Buth says joining Cigi enables her to return to her roots. “This opportunity represents coming home to me as I come back to work in an industry that is so critical to Canada and to Canada’s reputation internationally. Cigi is a gem in the agriculture industry and I am very excited to be leading an organization that is in a growth phase.”
Cigi is an independent market development institute created in 1972. More than 39,000 people representing grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops industries from 115 countries have participated in Cigi programs and seminars. Cigi’s mission is to create a global advantage for Canadian field crops through the delivery of technical expertise, support and customized training to the domestic industry and customers around the world. Cigi is funded by farmers, the Government of Canada (AAFC) and industry partners.
For more information please contact:
Chairman, Board of Directors, Cigi