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Nutrien is a local company with a global reach.
As the vice-president of brand and culture communications, Megan Fielding is focused on sharing its story.
“I joined the Nutrien team in 2020 just before the pandemic, with the task of telling a truly great Canadian success story,” says Fielding. “And that is how Nutrien plays a critical role in the social, economic and even political stability and well-being of the entire planet.”
In many respects, this is a story that’s gone largely untold despite Nutrien being the world’s largest vertically integrated agricultural company.
Formed in 2018 with the merger of Saskatchewan-based PotashCorp and Calgary-based Agrium, Nutrien has 23,500 employees globally, including 5,000 in Canada and 450 in Calgary. It’s the world’s biggest producer of potash, the third-largest producer of nitrogen and among the planet’s Top 5 phosphate producers. Nutrien is also the world’s largest agricultural retailer, providing seed, fertilizer and other ag inputs and services to growers across Australia and North and South America.
“Our contribution to the global food supply is pretty incredible when you think about it,” Fielding notes. “There really isn’t another company anywhere that’s involved in so many aspects of agriculture.”
On the retail side, Nutrien has established itself as a key partner for farmers, helping to increase yields while maintaining the long-term health of the land. In recent years, the company has also established itself as a leading provider of data analytics services to help farmers boost productivity.
With its workforce of 3,000 agronomists globally, Nutrien has fast become the go-to partner for growers seeking the latest advances in sustainable farming.
“We work side-by-side with our grower customers from planning to harvest to help them sustain strong food production for the long haul,” Fielding says.
“Farmers are feeding billions of people in an increasingly difficult environment, so we want to do everything we can to ensure we deliver the best solutions and services to help them.”
Although Nutrien is a global company, it’s also committed to contributing locally, by supporting and partnering with agencies and organizations in the communities in which it operates.
“We work with many organizations in Calgary, for example, including those promoting ag education and health and wellness. We have a long-standing relationship with Spruce Meadows and are a champion-level sponsor of the Calgary Stampede,” she says, noting the firm also has extensive employee giving and volunteer programs.
After all, doing good in the world is Nutrien’s reason for being.
“At Nutrien, we are helping to sustainably feed a growing world,” Fielding says. “It’s a purpose we’re passionate about across the company, and my team and I have the honour of telling this story — both globally and locally.”
This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.