The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity will soon be on the hunt for a new president, as Crystal Mackay has advised the CCFI board she will be leaving the organization at the end of April. Mackay has been with organization, previously under the Farm & Food Care umbrella, and now CCFI, for nearly 10 years.
“Crystal has been a catalyst in building public trust in food and farming,” says Kim McConnell, CCFI chair. “CCFI and the Canadian public trust initiative has benefited significantly under Crystal’s leadership. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Crystal for her leadership on behalf of the board, staff and extensive network of CCFI partners across Canada’s agri-food system. She has truly been a pioneer in shaping the vision and implementing a unique whole-food system approach to earning trust.”
Prior to her role as president, Mackay was the CEO of Farm & Food Care Canada which transitioned to become CCFI back in April of 2017. In total, she’s spent more than a decade in various positions and through the Ontario and national organizations.
Though she is leaving, Mackay says she remains committed to CCFI’s vision, and is a strong supporter of the role it plays in the next phase of the Canadian food system’s trust building journey and intends to remain engaged with its initiatives.
“I have really enjoyed the leadership role I played with the Canadian Centre of Food Integrity,” says Mackay in a news release. “I am committed to support this important organization and the public trust cause as I pursue my interests and passions for public speaking, communications, and training and development.”
She will officially step down following the CCFI’s annual meeting at the end of April. The CCFI stated a search for a new president will be underway in the near future.