The CAAR Communicator sits down for a Q&A with Cathi Douglas to learn about her journey through the ag retail industry and involvement with the CAAR Board.
Q: What is your current role in the agriretailer sector, and can you give us a little background on your agri-retailer journey?
A: I am the Senior Manager, Operational Support for Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL) with responsibilities servicing over 145 local co-ops in the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) in Western Canada. I have a bachelor’s degree in business operations (surprise: I am not an agronomist!) and I started my professional career in agriculture. Following commencement, I spent some time with Bourgault Implements, and then joined a fellow co-operative named Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in the late 90s.
Nearly 20 years in variously progressing roles taught me the diverse aspects of the retail agriculture sector. In 2017, I excitedly joined the team at FCL, where I continue to learn alongside a team of intelligent, dedicated and engaged people in providing ag solutions to Western Canadian growers.
Q: What does working in the agriculture sector mean to you personally?
A: I take pride in doing my small part in the noble calling of agriculture. Canada feeds the world.
Q: If you had the power to change one thing about agriculture in Canada, no questions asked, what would it be?
A: Dispel the myths of modern farm practices and reinforce the grower’s position as stewards of the land. They are dedicated to long-term sustainability and their daily practices reflect their commitment to their families and fellow community members.
Q: From your perspective, what is the role of CAAR in today's agriculture environment?
A: Champion the grower, and his/her retail partners by providing advocacy. CAAR can help that partnership navigate the regulatory landscape so Canadian farmers and retailers continue to have freedom to operate through smart self-governance.
I take pride in doing my small
part in the noble calling of agriculture.
Canada feeds the world.
Q: Why did you join the CAAR board and how do you apply your industry expertise to the work you do with the board and committees?
A: CAAR has been challenged to find its ever-changing value to retails. As the needs of retailers shifts, I hope to lend my expertise to the conversation.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your role on the board?
A: Help CAAR to dispel the myths of modern farm practices and reinforce the grower’s position as stewards of the land. Showcase that their retail partners are dedicated to long term sustainability and their daily practices reflect their commitment to their families and fellow community members.
Q: Outside of your work in agriculture, what are you passionate about?
A: I have spent countless hours supporting the Girl Guides of Canada and continue to mentor that cause.
Q: Do you have any other personal details you’d like to share with your fellow members – family, fun facts, etc.?
A: I have two daughters with the same genetic inputs, but the output is radically different. One likes the colour pink, perfume and princesses. The other likes camo, hunting, fishing lures and Princess Auto." I love them both to the moon and back.
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