Soy Canada names executive director
By Soy Canada
Ron Davidson has officially been selected as the new executive director of Soy Canada. The association’s board of birectors recently announced that Davidson will start in the new role in Soy Canada’s Ottawa office beginning November 1st, taking over from interim executive director, Dale Adolphe.
“We are thrilled to have Ron as the new head of the association,” said Mark Huston, chair of Soy Canada. “Ron has a tremendous understanding of domestic and international regulatory environments and their impact on agriculture policy in Canada. The breadth of experience he brings with him will help advance the strategic direction of Soy Canada and the soybean sector, while delivering on the issues and priorities central to our mandate.”
Davidson has held multiple senior positions in professional organizations in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he has served as the senior vice-president, international trade and public affairs with the Canadian Meat Council.
Davidson was previously the chief liaison officer, governmental affairs with the Canadian Wheat Board and has extensive international and diplomatic experience working for the Government of Canada in various diplomatic postings including Canada’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Yemen; Consul General of Canada in Brazil; and other senior diplomatic positions in Japan, France and the U.S. Davidson also held senior roles in both the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture.
“I am very honoured by the opportunity to join Soy Canada at this exciting moment in the evolution of this country’s soybean industry,” said Davidson. “Soy Canada has proposed ambitious, but achievable goals for the next decade and I look forward to participation in the development of an inclusive value chain roadmap for the conversion of today’s visionary aspirations into realized achievements of the future.”
Over the coming weeks Davidson will be working with the Soy Canada board of directors and association staff on a transition process. With a full-time leader now in place, Soy Canada looks forward to continuing its work to facilitate industry co-operation and represent the industry on domestic and international issues affecting the growth and development of the sector.