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CFI Announces Appointment of New President and CEO

The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) board of directors announces the appointment of Garth Whyte as president and chief executive officer. The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) represents manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate and potash fertilizers._x000D_
Whyte brings decades of industry association, advocacy, and government experience, most recently as president and CEO of Restaurants Canada. Restaurants Canada is the voice of Canada’s $72-billion food services industry, with more than 30,000 members including restaurants, bars, caterers and other foodservice providers._x000D_
Previously, Whyte was executive vice president at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) where he held several other positions in his 23-year career. CFIB is Canada’s largest business association, representing 109,000 owners of small-and-medium sized businesses. Whyte began his career with the Government of Saskatchewan._x000D_
“Garth brings a breadth and depth of experience to CFI at a time that Canada’s fertilizer industry is facing significant growth opportunities,” says Greg Yont of Agrium Inc. and chairman of CFI’s board of directors. “Garth’s proven leadership skills, relationship-building focus and knowledge of government will elevate CFI’s existing economic, social and environmental programs, while promoting the industry to decision-makers and all Canadians.”_x000D_
“Fertilizer is the backbone of the agricultural economy, in Canada and around the world,” says Whyte. “I am excited to work with members, staff, partners and government to ensure the industry can meet the challenge of feeding the world with safe and nutritious food.”