Larson Steps Down as President of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute

Jul 29, 2014

By Amanda Brodhagen,

After 16 years, Roger Larson announced that he will be stepping down as President of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute effective September 20, 2014.

“The time has come for new leadership and after 16 years as President, I can say that I am very proud of what we have accomplished together,” Larson said in a release.

The Canadian Fertilizer Institute represents the fertilizer industry, which includes manufactures, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur fertilizer products.

Larson is recognized for his accomplishments with the organization. He was instrumental in pushing for several legislative advances, including reforming the federal tax structure as it pertains to resource taxation and encouraging commercial solutions in transportation. In addition to his political efforts, he will be remembered for raising the profile of the fertilizer industry.

“His commitment to our industry has been extraordinary and unwavering and we wish to express our deep appreciation,” Greg Yont CFI Chair said in a release.

Interestingly, one of the initiatives that Larson advocated for was the creation of an exhibit at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum and establishing a partnership with the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. The exhibit is called ‘Potash: Feeding the World.’

It is unclear what Larson plans to do next, but he says that he is looking forward to what the future will bring. “I have worked hard to build an excellent organization and I am proud of our team’s accomplishments. With an association staff of 14,” he said.

The institute says it plans to announce a successor soon.