Sitting in her office on the 11th floor of the Scotia Centre, her back to a wrap-around view of autumn bursting along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, Susan Jones contemplates her new position as head of the world’s largest supply of potash.
It’s a big job: Jones is responsible for six of the 10 potash mines currently operating in Saskatchewan, as well as a supply chain that carries the pink-hued fertilizer from the Canadian prairies to India, China and 40 or so other countries around the world.
But Nutrien Ltd.’s new president of potash — a lawyer from Calgary who spent 13 years with Agrium Inc. before its blockbuster merger with Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. earlier this year — seems more interested in the people who actually use potash.
In a wide-ranging interview last week, she covered a broad range of topics and — perhaps not surprisingly given Nutrien’s Feeding the Future tagline — framed her upbeat answers around the farmers who fertilize their fields with Saskatchewan potash.
“We’re always looking to meet the demand of the market, and because we have the intelligence coming from our retail network we know where that demand is and we also know where we can help farmers in their application,” she said of the new combined company.
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