GUELPH, ON (March 17, 2020) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers today names Crosby Devitt as Chief Executive Officer as of April 1, 2020. Devitt was the successful candidate of a rigorous five-month recruitment process.
Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Board of Directors began a very extensive search in late September when Barry Senft, current CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario, announced his upcoming retirement from the organization at the September 2019 AGM.
“The CEO search brought forward remarkable candidates. The selection committee was inarguably impressed with Crosby’s vision for Grain Farmers of Ontario and his natural leadership,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “There was a pool of strong, international candidates, but Crosby was the clear, best fit to lead Grain Farmers of Ontario into its second decade.”
Devitt is currently the Vice President, Strategic Development at Grain Farmers of Ontario. Prior to this role, Devitt was Executive Director of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA). Before his leadership at CSTA, Devitt held several roles with the Grain Farmers of Ontario.
“Crosby’s unique experience gives him insight into all the teams, staff, and vision of Grain Farmers of Ontario. I am exceptionally pleased to see this appointment and Crosby is an excellent choice to lead this strong staff,” continued Haerle.
Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.