Brent Derkatch has been named as the new president and CEO of CANTERRA SEEDS.
Derkatch steps into the role as long-time CEO David Hansen announced his retirement earlier this year.
Derkatch has been with CANTERRA SEEDS since 2001, and has served as the director, Pedigreed Seed Business Unit for the past five years. Derkatch will step into his new role immediately, as Hansen transitions to an advisory role until his departure in December.
“The board did a very robust search within the seed industry and beyond, and it became clear through the process who the next leader should be,” says Lloyd Affleck, chair of the board of directors and part of the selection committee. “While Brent’s 20-plus-year tenure is a unique asset, he has proven to be a business leader with a vision for the future of the company.”
Derkatch has played a role in the company’s growth, including through the joint venture with France-based Limagrain in the Limagrain Cereals Research Canada (LCRC) breeding program at Saskatoon, Sask. He grew up on a family farm near Russell, Man., and today volunteers his time educating the next generations through Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba.
Hear Derkatch in conversation with Shaun Haney, below:
“Canterra Seeds’ culture has allowed for considerable growth and I’m proud to have been a part of Brent’s transition to CEO,” says Hansen. “He has continually impressed me with his commitment to the Canadian seed industry and his personal drive for excellence. I couldn’t be happier for him.”