CAFTA hires Taylor as interim executive director

Cargo ship at port (B. Martin, RealAgriculture, 2023)

The Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance has hired a new interim executive director.

Adam Taylor joined the national organization that represents trade-dependent sectors of Canadian agriculture, effective February 20.

Taylor is the president and co-founder of the Ottawa-based trade consulting firm Export Action Global, and was a senior advisor to federal cabinet ministers, including former trade minister Ed Fast, during negotiations on the Canada-EU trade deal, the original Trans-Pacific Partnership, and on other market access files.

“We are confident Adam’s experience and skills will help ensure a seamless transition as we continue to advance CAFTA’s key priorities,” says CAFTA president Dan Darling.

“I look forward to working alongside my CAFTA and federal government colleagues alike, as we advance our numerous shared priorities including implementing Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, ongoing trade negotiations with several partners and ensuring rules-based trade continues to underpin the global trading system,” says Taylor.

He’s filling the role left vacant by the departure of Claire Citeau, who had been CAFTA’s executive director since 2014.

“Claire’s leadership over the past 8 years has been exceptional and incredibly beneficial to the agriculture and agri-food sector. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours,” says Darling.

The CAFTA board is planning to soon launch its search for a permanent executive director.