THE VOICE OF ONTARIO'S FRUIT, VEGETABLE
AND GREENHOUSE PRODUCERS FOROVER 150 YEARS

Senior Crop Protection Advisor

 

Senior crop protection advisor:

This position manages crop protection issues for the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) and supports the organization’s lobbying efforts in this portfolio. This includes conventional crop protection methods, as well as Integrated Pest Management, organic practices, and emerging tools and technologies.

The advisor reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the OFVGA crop protection section chair and the crop protection specialist at the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC). The advisor also provides support to the OFVGA Board of Directors and member organizations on crop protection issues as needed. Potential exists for future expansion of this role to encompass related environmental and other production issues.

Responsibilities and accountabilities

Issues management

  • Work with the OFVGA board and staff to manage the crop protection file on behalf of fruit and vegetable growers in Ontario
  • Lead OFVGA responses to provincial and federal policy and regulatory consultations related to crop protection
  • Establish and maintain strong reputation for quality work, critical thinking and decision making
  • Demonstrate solid understanding of crop protection and the Ontario horticulture industry
  • Develop and use policy analysis and government relations expertise, including trends, industry developments and technological innovation
  • Stay current on latest crop protection research, regulatory changes and industry developments
  • Represent OFVGA at industry events and on committees as needed, such as Minor Use, Ontario Pesticide Education Program, Canadian Pesticide Advisory Council, IR-4, NAFTA, Crop Life, Pest Management Regulatory Agency working groups and others

Government relations

  • Establish and cultivate ties to key government stakeholders relevant to crop protection in Ontario, including provincial political and bureaucratic staff in the Ministries of Labour, Environment, Finance, and Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and others as applicable
  • Federally, work in conjunction with the CHC crop protection section chair and CHC crop protection specialist to establish and cultivate relationships with key government stakeholders relevant to crop protection, including political and bureaucratic staff at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, International Trade, Finance, Environment, Health and others as applicable

Industry relations and outreach

  • Establish and maintain relationships and networks with Canada’s crop protection industry, OFVGA and CHC member organizations
  • Respond to media, grower and industry inquiries related to crop protection
  • Contribute articles and posts to The Grower newspaper and other industry sites and publications as needed
  • Maintain professional social media presence (e.g. Twitter) related to crop protection and horticulture
  • Provide regular reports to OFVGA board, CHC and others as required

Skills and experience

Core competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-initiative and ability to work independently and in a team
  • Excellent time management skills to coordinate and prioritize a large number of concurrent projects
  • Well-developed planning skills for complex and/or less well defined projects
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to effectively work with people at varying levels including board and senior management
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, including the ability to quickly identify and understand issues and opportunities
  • Strong presentation, communication and interpersonal skills

Technical

  • Degree in agriculture, biology or related scientific field, preferably Masters’ level, or combination of related education and industry training
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in the Canadian agriculture, horticulture and/or crop protection industries
  • Excellent understanding of crop protection issues facing agriculture and/or edible horticulture production in Ontario and Canada, including regulatory processes and requirements
  • Solid understanding of the Canadian agricultural/horticultural industry
  • Ability to develop and follow budgets
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (including PowerPoint)
  • Social media skills (e.g. Twitter) would be considered an asset
  • Valid passport and driver’s license, reliable and consistent access to a vehicle, ability to travel within Canada as well as to the United States and other international destinations as required

About the OFVGA

The OFVGA represents the province’s fruit, vegetable and greenhouse vegetable growers. The organization’s activities focus predominantly on government relations and lobbying in key areas including crop protection, labour, safety nets, environment and climate change, and energy, property and infrastructure. Learn more at www.ofvga.org.