CropLife Canada has started looking for a new president and CEO, as Ted Menzies has stepped down due to a “serious health problem.”
Menzies, a long-time Alberta farmer and former Member of Parliament, has led the plant science industry organization since January 2014. The health issue was identified in late December.
“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, in a statement on Thursday.
Pierre Petelle, CropLife’s vice-president of chemistry, will serve as acting president while the search for a new president and CEO takes place. Petelle has worked with CropLife since 2008, and previously worked for Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
“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 continued.
Kincannon & Reed have been hired to lead the search for a replacement for Menzies.