By Amanda Brodhagen, Farms.com
Ted Menzies will soon be taking the reins as president and CEO of CropLife Canada, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Menzies recently exited public life when he announced last Wednesday, Nov. 6, that he would be resigning his seat as Member of Parliament for the Alberta riding of Macleod. He was first elected in 2004, and held several positions including, Federal Minister of State for Finance, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.
Prior to entering federal politics, Menzies was a cash crop farmer and operated a 5,000-acre farm where he grew grain, oilseeds, pules and spices. He was also involved in several farm commodity groups including, the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, Grain Growers of Canada and Western Canadian Growers Association.
“As a farmer, I have always been interested in how technology can improve operators,” Menzies said in a release. Menzies said he is “excited” to start the next chapter of his career. In the new year, he will lead the trade association, which represents the plant science industry in Canada.