January 5, 2017, Ottawa – CropLife Canada, the trade association representing Canada’s plant science industry, will begin its search for a new president and CEO following the resignation of Ted Menzies.

Menzies, who has led the organization since January 2014, resigned in light of a serious health problem identified in late December.

Pierre Petelle, CropLife Canada’s vice president of chemistry, has been appointed acting president while an executive search to fill the position on a permanent basis is underway. Petelle has been with CropLife Canada since 2008. Having also worked for several years at Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Petelle has a strong grounding in the legislation and regulation that govern the plant science industry.

“Ted contributed a great deal to our organization and we will miss his insight and dedication to Canadian agriculture,” said Jay Bradshaw, chair of the CropLife Canada board of directors.

“CropLife Canada has a strong team of professionals who will continue, under Pierre’s interim leadership, to work with partners throughout the food value chain to enhance our industry’s ability to deliver the benefits of plant science technologies to farmers and, through farmers, to all Canadians,” Bradshaw added.

The CropLife Canada board of directors has engaged Kincannon & Reed to lead the search for a permanent replacement for Menzies.

“I look forward to working with Pierre to ensure our partners and stakeholders continue to have the access they need to our industry as we work through key priorities for an innovative and competitive ag sector in Canada,” Bradshaw said.

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