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FCC appoints their first female president and CEO

January 11, 2023
By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

On Dec. 16, Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced the appointment of Justine Hendricks as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Farm Credit Canada (FCC). Hendricks is the first woman to hold these roles with FCC.

“We have broken another glass ceiling with the arrival of Justine Hendricks at the head of Farm Credit Canada,” Bibeau said. “Her skills in finance, her expertise in sustainable development and her collaborative leadership makes her an ideal choice for this position.”

FCC has a loan portfolio of more than $44 billion and is Canada’s largest provider of business and financial services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations, with almost 102,000 customers serviced by 102 locations across the country.

FCC is an important partner for Canada’s producers facing supply chain challenges, commodity price volatility, and the rising costs of key agricultural inputs. As CEO, Hendricks will drive forward the corporation’s mandate of supporting the sector by providing financial and advisory services, expanding access to capital and enhancing its products and services.

Hendricks has held various positions at Export Development Canada (EDC) over the past 16 years. She was named EDC’s senior vice-president and chief corporate sustainability officer, sustainable business and enablement, in 2019. Her leadership in advancing the organization’s 10-year strategy ensured EDC continued to be a leader for Canada and its customers on environmental, social and governance principles. Hendricks also designed and executed EDC’s Net Zero 2050 strategy.