OTTAWA — The Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) has named Kyle Larkin as its Executive Director. Larkin brings extensive advocacy, political and association experience to the organization and is poised to elevate the discussion around relevant policy issues at a national level.
GGC believes Larkin is the ideal leader to navigate the shifting political and regulatory climate. His appointment comes at a critical juncture, as the Canadian grains sector faces a rapidly evolving political and regulatory landscape.
“Kyle is the right person to help us seize these opportunities,” says Andre Harpe, GGC Chair. “His track record of driving impactful results, as well as his impressive experience in politics and strategic direction, will further strengthen GGC’s position as a leader in the industry.”
With a decade-long background in government relations, public relations and politics, Larkin has consistently achieved impressive results. His expertise lies in developing and executing public affairs strategies for national and provincial organizations. Throughout his career, Larkin has earned recognition from media publications such as The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC, BBC and The Hill Times. Additionally, he has been honoured with the 2019 Government Relations Campaign of the Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society and the 2022 Canadian Society of Association Executives Award of Distinction for his work advancing climate change objectives.
“I am honoured to build on GGC’s legacy of leadership in Canada’s grain sector. Together with our members across the country, I look forward to advocating for the priorities of grain farmers and further unlocking the sector’s full potential,” states Larkin. “As the collective voice of over 65,000-grain farmers, my focus is expanding our presence on Parliament Hill, growing our national membership and enhancing our responsiveness to current and emerging issues.”
Prior to joining the GGC, Larkin served as Vice-President at Impact Public Affairs, a national full-service public affairs firm. Prior to this, he held key positions in various offices on Parliament Hill, including with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.
Larkin’s arrival marks an exciting transition for GGC, as he replaces interim Executive Director Tyler Bjornson. GGC extends its gratitude to Bjornson for his valuable contributions during his time with the organization.