Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 11, 2012 14:00 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Appointment to Farm Credit Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 11, 2012) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the appointment of Sylvie Cloutier to the board of directors of Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Cloutier to the FCC Board," said Minister Ritz. "I am confident Ms. Cloutier will be a strong addition to the board, particularly with her leadership background in the agri-food industry."

As Canada's leading agricultural lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $23 billion and 18 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable-committed to serving the industry through all business cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry.

FCC is a Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Ms. Cloutier's appointment is a term of three years and is effective immediately. A biographical note for Ms. Cloutier is attached.

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Biographical Note

Sylvie Cloutier

Sylvie Cloutier of Bromont, Quebec, has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebec's Council of Food Processing and Consumer Products since 2010. Prior to taking on this role, Ms. Cloutier first served the Council as its Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs from 2003 to 2010. Between 1999 and 2003, Ms. Cloutier also held leadership positions as the Vice President of Communications for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, as well as the Executive Director of the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards. Ms. Cloutier's experience also includes working for the global public relations company Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada, as well as the federal government. Ms. Cloutier holds a BA in Communications from the University of Ottawa.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz