Agrium’s Greg Yont elected Chairman of Canadian Fertilizer Institute Board
BANFF, AB, Aug. 29, 2013 /CNW/ – The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI)
is pleased to announce the election of Greg Yont, Vice President,
Wholesale Global Logistics at Agrium Inc., as Chairman of the Board of
Directors at the association’s Annual General Meeting today.
“Canada’s fertilizer industry is recognized worldwide for its leadership
in product stewardship and sustainability,” said Yont. “I look forward
to doing my part to help CFI explain to stakeholders the essential role
of crop nutrients in modern agriculture and the benefits of using
Over the next two years, Yont identified four key priorities to enhance
the industry’s licence to operate:
– Increase adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship on Canadian farms
– Implement an auditing program for the Agricultural Ammonium Nitrate
Code of Practice
– Work in partnership with governments, industry stakeholders and
transportation companies to ensure the safety of our communities
– Establish achievable standards for environmental performance for
reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Yont succeeds Norm Beug, retired Senior Vice President, Potash at The
Mosaic Company, as Chairman of the Board. Beug joined the board in 1998
and over the last 15 years has served as chairman twice, first with a
predecessor company IMC. As Chairman, Beug was instrumental in moving
the industry forward in the promotion and adoption of 4R Nutrient
Stewardship, the safety and security of fertilizer products including
CFI’s Codes of Practice, as well as raising awareness of the essential
role fertilizers play in feeding the hungry planet.
“Greg has the experience and dedication needed to represent the industry
as Chairman of the CFI Board,” said Beug. “I have enjoyed working
alongside him and the rest of the Board during my time as Chairman and
feel confident that CFI will continue to thrive and achieve new levels
Yont has worked with Agrium and its predecessor companies since 1988,
progressing through senior positions in Manufacturing, Business
Development, Marketing and Logistics. He most recently served as CFI’s
Beug is retiring in August 2013 after a long and successful career in
the fertilizer industry. In 2002, Beug was named as one of the ten most
influential businessmen in Saskatchewan for his work as a Business
Ambassador. In 2005, he was honoured with a Centennial Medal from the
Government of Saskatchewan.
The CFI Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from North
America’s manufacturer, distributor and retail member companies. The
2013-2014 Board members include:
Chair: Greg Yont, Agrium Inc.
Vice Chair: Steve Biggar, Richardson International
President: Roger Larson, Canadian Fertilizer Institute
Mark Auchampach, J.R. Simplot Company
Troy Bolt, Viterra
Noel Hsu, Orica Mining Services
Russ Holowachuk, CF Industries
Kathy Jordison, Yara Canada Inc.
Lindsay Kaspick, Koch Fertilizer Canada ULC
Don Kitson, International Raw Materials Ltd.
Hugh M. Loomans, Sylvite Sales Inc.
Jim MacEwen, MacEwen Agricentre Inc.
Brian Mark, PotashCorp
Andre Mercure, La Coop Fédérée
Walter Precourt, The Mosaic Company
The Canadian Fertilizer Institute is an industry association representing manufacturers, wholesale and
retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur
fertilizers. Our mission is to be the unified voice of the Canadian
fertilizer industry by promoting the responsible, sustainable and safe
production, distribution and use of fertilizers. Our industry employs
12,000 Canadians and contributes $12 billion annually to Canada’s
economy. Our products contribute to the supply of safe, nutritious food
in Canada and around the world.
SOURCE Canadian Fertilizer Institute