Dean Dias will step in as interim CEO of the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) when current CEO JoAnne Buth retires on May 24, 2019.
Since his start at Cigi in 2009, Dias has held multiple positions with the organization, including IT specialist, manager of programs, and director of value chain relations.
Currently, Dias works with the Canadian value chain and international customers contributing to the overall strategy, execution, and delivery of training and market development programs which promote and differentiate the Canadian brand around the world.
Kevin Bender, Cigi chair, says that Dias’s experience means he has a clear understanding of the needs of the organization, as well as key relationships with international customers.
“In his progressive roles at Cigi, Dias has gained the knowledge and developed the leadership skills that will serve Cigi well,” Bender says. “Dean is really a well-connected guy, and we’re quite confident that we’ve got him at the helm here.”
Dias will be interim CEO until December 31, 2019, when the position will be re-evaluated by the board.
Cigi is funded by farmers, grain handlers and exporters with support from the Government of Canada (AAFC) and industry partners.