After a calculated decision-making process that included “a number of factors,” Bayer has chosen Calgary, Alta., as its new Canadian headquarters.
Since the acquisition of Monsanto was completed in the summer, Bayer had yet to decide on a headquarters, and begin the process of finalizing its new corporate structure. Bayer spokesperson Trish Jordan indicated to RealAgriculture that the organizational structure will be finalized in the next month or two, at which time roles will start to be offered and filled. Employees selected for these roles will not be required to relocate to Calgary until the summer of 2019.
Monsanto’s Canadian headquarters and canola breeding business is currently based at Winnipeg, Man., employing just over 90 staff at the Winnipeg location. It is too early to know how many roles will be re-located to Calgary at this time, the company says.
The Monsanto Canola Breeding Centre, which is housed at the same location of the Winnipeg head office, is not part of this decision at this time. Final decisions on other western Canadian Monsanto locations and staffing have not yet been made public.
Bayer Canada is one of the first country operations outside of the U.S. to define its head office for the new combined company. The U.S. headquarters was already selected as the legacy Monsanto campus in St. Louis Missouri.