New executive director for Soil Conservation Canada

Retired soil conservationist Glen Shaw has been hired as the new executive director of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada. He will be based at Indian Head, Sask.

Shaw replaces Doug McKell, who steps down from the executive post after seven years.

Shaw started his career with Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Department, then moved to Manitoba Agriculture as a land use specialist and later as a soil conservationist. He later went to work for the federal government’s Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) as a soil conservationist in Saskatoon, and later as manager of its northern Saskatchewan region and its soil resource division, before his retirement in 2007.

SCC says Shaw has played a key role in developing a number of soil conservation and agrienvironmental programs including Save Our Soils, Permanent Cover Program, Green Plan and the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program.

As the council’s executive director, Shaw will lead a non-government organization (NGO) acting at the national level for soil conservation, working with governments, the private sector and other NGOs on projects that address the issue of soil degradation.

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