Brian leads the Canola Council’s public affairs activities including trade policy, market access, government relations and communications. During his time at the Council he has developed the industry’s market access strategy and used it to achieve results in China, the EU and beyond. In recent years a major focus of his role has been bringing the value chain together so that farmers can have innovative seeds and crop protection products while meeting the needs of export customers. He also serves as the president of the Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), an organization focused on improving market access through trade agreements.
Prior to joining the Canola Council, Brian was a senior consultant with the Ottawa office of an international public affairs firm. Brian also worked on Parliament Hill for the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of National Defence and an Industry Critic. He holds a B.Sc., Agriculture from the University of Guelph and M.Sc., Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.