CANTERRA SEEDS announces that Brent Derkatch has been named as its new President and CEO. Derkatch replaces David Hansen, who announced in April 2023 his intention to retire at the end of the calendar year.
Derkatch has been with CANTERRA SEEDS since 2001, and has served as the Director, Pedigreed Seed Business Unit for the past five years. Given his well-established career at the company, 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, chairman 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 been deeply involved in the company’s growth, including the company’s joint venture with France-based Limagrain in the Limagrain Cereals Research Canada (LCRC) breeding program in Saskatoon, SK. He grew up on a family farm near Russell, MB, and today volunteers his time educating the next generations through Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba.
With Derkatch’s appointment, Hansen is confident the company is in good hands.
“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.”
Both Hansen and the board believe that Derkatch’s operational and communication skills, and experience, combined with his strong leadership abilities, will position the company for continued financial growth in the future.
“I have been very fortunate to have spent over 20 years with a company and leadership team that has supported and encouraged my career every step of the way and am looking forward to taking on the responsibilities and opportunities as CEO,” says Derkatch. “I am excited for the next chapter to begin.”