Raised on a family farm south of Ottawa, Ontario, Ron Davidson received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Macdonald College of McGill University.
He joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 1971 where his various positions spanned: inspection and enforcement; international market development; Parliamentary relations; and, assignments as a Trade Commissioner in Canadian Embassies in the United States and in France.
In 1991 Ron transferred to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada where he held a variety of positions as a: North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiator; Technical Barriers to Trade Officer; Director for International Trade Development; and, Director General in the Trade Commissioner Service. International assignments included: Commercial Counsellor in Japan; Consul General in Brazil; and, Ambassador of Canada to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and Yemen.
Ron departed the government in 2009 to become the Chief Liaison Officer in Ottawa for the Canadian Wheat Board. In 2011, he was appointed the shared Director of Government and Media Relations for the Canadian Meat Council, the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, and the Further Poultry Processors Association of Canada. In 2014, he became Director of International Trade, Government and Media Relations for the Canadian Meat Council.
Effective November 1, 2017 Ron became Executive Director of Soy Canada. Soy Canada is the national association that represents all segments of the value-chain involved in the development, production, handling, processing and transport of Canadian soybeans.
Targeting Regular Inclusion in Crop Rotations: Soybean Research in Western Canada
From 10,900 acres, 19.9 bushels per acre, and 5,900 tonnes in one province in 1941 to 6,320,000 acres, 44.1 bushels per acre, and 7,515,000 tonnes in nine provinces in 2018, soybeans have proven to be an enduring success story. As was the case for southern Ontario in the 1940s, Quebec in the 1980s, and Manitoba in the 2000s, Saskatchewan is identified as today’s research-enabled new frontier for soybean production.
Wednesday @ 1:30 in Gallery A