During a lengthy career in primary production of grains, pulse crops and oilseeds, Ted played an active role in policy development in agricultural as well as international trade through various commodity organizations. Some of his involvement included President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, founding member and Vice President of Grain Growers of Canada, President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and director on many other boards and committees.
In 2004, Ted was first elected as the Member of Parliament for the Southern Alberta federal riding of Macleod. In 2006, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade as well as to the Minister for the Canadian International Development Agency and then in 2007, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.
In 2011, Ted was appointed to the Queens Privy Council as Minister of State for Finance. Besides domestic finance responsibilities overseeing the departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Oceans, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and International Development, his role included engagement with the international development banks, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and Canada’s Governor at the annual Finance Ministers meetings at the OECD.
Ted retired from politics in November 2013, becoming President and CEO of CropLife Canada until retiring in 2017, and now has more time to promote agriculture on several national and regional boards.
Why I think Ag is Where It’s At:
The adage “what does everyone want to do 3 times a day?… Eat”, doesn’t mean to us what it does to those living in hunger. We give little thought to how fortunate we are to live in this land of plenty. We have land, we have water and we have technology. Combined, this can be built upon and shared around the globe. As the world population continues to grow, we have the added responsibility to use what we have learned, and have available to us, to produce more and better food in more sustainable ways. What we learn here can be used to help others.
Agriculture has an exciting future but we as producers need to step up and tell our story and stop letting it be told for us.
Why Ag for Life:
This organization continues to grow more relevant and effective each year. We can continue to use and grow the strength and diversity in our board to tell the good story of how farmers care for the land, the environment, the safety of the food they produce and the safety of all involved in agriculture.