The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) has named agribusiness veteran Ted Haney its Executive Director. Haney replaces part-time director Kim Shukla, who left the CHTA last May.
“Ted’s experience, insight and connections as a proven industry leader will help hemp produced and processed in Canada make its next leap forward as the industry pursues growth in food and expansion into the fibre, feed and natural health product markets around the world,” CHTA Executive Director Russ Crawford said in a statement.
Haney has 30 years’ domestic and international management and marketing experience promoting Canadian products and services. He managed the Canada Beef Export Federation for 20 years, and previously served on the board of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance for eight years. His background is in strategic planning, corporate governance, finance, government relations and international market development.
CHTA is establishing an office in Calgary, Alberta where Haney will initially be based when he takes up his duties Aug. 1, Crawford said.
The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 260 growers across nine provinces; the Alliance also represents processors, distributors, developers and researchers involved in Canada’s rapidly growing industrial hemp industry. Crawford said the Canadian hemp industry is on track to hit the $1 billion mark by 2023.