Effective Dec. 1, 2017, Brian Douglas of Charlottetown, P.E.I. is the new general manager of the World Potato Congress Inc.
Douglas replaces John Coady, who has served as general manager for the past 10 years. Coady says he is retiring.
“I have had the honour of serving for 10 years as general manager and have enjoyed each and every day working with the board of directors, international advisors and the many, many friends and acquaintances I have made while administering this dynamic and evolving organization,” says Coady. “But there comes a point when it is time to move on and I have concluded this is the appropriate moment for my retirement. While I will miss interacting with so many committed potato industry proponents around the world, I will carry with me fond memories of good times throughout the past decade.”
The World Potato Congress has come a long way during the past 10 years, and Coady says this is due mainly to the drive, talent and commitment of an inspiring volunteer group of directors with support from an enthusiastic cadre of international advisors.
Douglas has served in numerous provincial government administrative positions including Deputy Minister of Agriculture. According to Coady, Douglas has “great knowledge of the potato industry, both regionally and internationally, and he has the added perspective of having served as a director of WPC Inc. for five years, from 2007 to 2012.
“Brian and I have been working closely together over the past few weeks to assure he is brought up to date on the myriad of initiatives requiring attention and direction from the general manager. You may rest assured he will be on top of issues and responsive to your inquiries or concerns.”