Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 07, 2011 15:28 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Reappointments to the Canadian Wheat Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2011) - Agriculture Minister and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board Gerry Ritz today announced the reappointments of Ian White as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and David Carefoot as a Director of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB).

"I am pleased Mr. White and Mr. Carefoot have agreed to continue serving western Canadian farmers," said Minister Ritz. "As President and CEO, Mr. White has drawn on his background as a senior agribusiness executive in providing skilful leadership to the CWB. For his part, Mr. Carefoot has contributed his substantial expertise built over many years in senior financial positions in the agriculture industry." 

The CWB is a shared-governance corporation operating under the Canadian Wheat Board Act. The CWB's 15-member Board of Directors is composed of 10 elected farmers and five appointees of the Government of Canada. The President and CEO is appointed by Order in Council after consultation with the CWB. The CWB is incorporated with the objective of marketing wheat and barley grown in Canada in an orderly manner, inter-provincially and for export. 

Mr. White's reappointment is for a three-year term effective March 31, 2011. Mr. Carefoot's reappointment is for a term of three years and is effective May 8, 2011. Biographical notes for the appointees are attached.

Biographical Notes

Ian White

Ian White became President and CEO of the CWB on March 31, 2008. He came to the CWB with a comprehensive understanding of the agriculture industry accumulated during the course of his extensive career as a senior agribusiness executive in Australia, Canada and the United States. For the eight years before he joined the CWB, Mr. White occupied the position of Managing Director and CEO of Queensland Sugar Ltd., an industry-owned raw sugar marketing company. He has held senior executive posts with a number of agribusiness companies: Queensland Cotton Ltd., Defiance Mills Ltd., Grainco Ltd., AgPro Grain (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool) and Elders Grain. Mr. White's wide-ranging professional experience has included responsibilities for international and domestic commodity marketing, customer relationships as well as grower relations, in both statutory and non-statutory marketing environments in Australia and North America. He is a member of CPA Australia, which is a professional accounting body, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada). Mr. White graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree.

David Carefoot

A resident of Oakbank, Manitoba, David Carefoot has a strong background in agribusiness. Before his appointment to the CWB in 2008, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Viterra Inc., which was formed in June 2007 when Agricore United was acquired by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Inc. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Carefoot spent six years with Agricore United, where he occupied the positions of Chief Financial Officer; Vice-President – Corporate Finance and Investor Relations; and Director of Finance. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Carefoot worked as Corporate Controller and Manager Finance with United Grain Growers Limited. In addition, he held a series of progressively senior posts with Price Waterhouse from 1984 to 1996. Mr. Carefoot possesses a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Manitoba, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants as well as the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary