Soy Canada has announced Ron Davidson will be the association’s next executive director.
Davidson will begin his role in Soy Canada’s Ottawa office on November 1, taking over from interim executive director Dale Adolphe, following Jim Everson’s departure to become the president of the Canola Council of Canada in spring.
“We are thrilled to have Ron as the new head of the Association,” said Soy Canada chair Mark Huston, in a statement. “Ron has a tremendous understanding of domestic and international regulatory environments and their impact on agriculture policy in Canada. The breadth of experience he brings with him will help advance the strategic direction of Soy Canada and the soybean sector, while delivering on the issues and priorities central to our mandate.”
Davidson has been the senior vice-president for international trade and public affairs with the Canadian Meat Council since 2011. Prior to that, he was the Canadian Wheat Board’s point-person in Ottawa, serving as the CWB’s chief liaison officer for government affairs. He joined the CWB after a 30-plus year career working as a federal bureaucrat and diplomat, including serving as Canada’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Yemen; Consul General of Canada in Brazil; and other senior diplomatic positions in Japan, France and the U.S.
“I am very honoured by the opportunity to join Soy Canada at this exciting moment in the evolution of this country’s soybean industry,” said Davidson. “Soy Canada has proposed ambitious, but achievable goals for the next decade and I look forward to participation in the development of an inclusive value chain roadmap for the conversion of today’s visionary aspirations into realized achievements of the future.”
Soy Canada says Davidson will be working with its board and association staff on a transition process over the coming weeks, and that the association “looks forward to continuing its work to facilitate industry cooperation and represent the industry on domestic and international issues affecting the growth and development of the sector.”