Representative of the grain handling firms, exporters and processors, from Viterra
Since April 2013 Mr. Wansbutter has been a consultant to Viterra – primarily providing support in the area government and commercial relations and reports to the Chief Executive Office, Kyle Jeworski. On behalf of Viterra, he sits is a director on the Cereals Canada Board and the Canada Grains Council as well as the Chair of the Western Grain Elevator Management Committee and is a member of the Grains Roundtable. Prior to this move, Richard was Vice President Government & Commercial Relations responsible for representing and advancing Viterra’s commercial interests within the business community as well as being responsible for government relations and regulatory matters.
Mr. Wansbutter has extensive experience in the grain marketing and transportation industry. In 1973, he became a Policy Analyst with the Province of Manitoba. He later joined the Grain Transportation Agency of the federal government, holding several positions before becoming Executive Director of Operations.
In 1992, he joined CN Rail as System Market Manager Grain, where he was involved in strategic planning related to the method of payment changes.
He joined Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and its affiliates in 1992 as Vice-President Marketing, AgPro Grain Ltd. In 1994, he was appointed to the position of Vice-President of Marketing and Transportation - Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Mr. Wansbutter assumed the role of Vice President Commercial Relations in October of 2001. His role was expanded in October, 2002 to include responsibility for government relations. On June 21, 2007 Mr. Wansbutter was appointed Vice President Government & Commercial Relations with Viterra.
Richard was a director and chair of the Canola Council of Canada and the Canada Grains Council, Canadian Grains and Oilseed Exporters Association and director of the Flax Council of Canada. He was also Co-Chair of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Grains Round Table.
Mr. Wansbutter has an Economics degree from the University of Manitoba and is also a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation.