Canada Country Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Country Leadership Team

The Canadian Country Leadership Team is the highest level of governance for Bayer in Canada. They lead the overall Bayer vision by nurturing a trusted, customer focused, collaborative and innovative culture that positively amplifies the Bayer impacts across Canada to sustain its success.This includes safety, compliance, human resources, sustainability, and country-wide policies.

The Country Leadership Team is comprised of the heads of the divisions (Pharmaceuticals, Crop Science and Consumer Health), as well as Finance, Human Resources, Legal, and Communications.



Alok Kanti

President & CEO, Bayer Inc.

Senior Bayer Representative for Canada

Alok Kanti is the President & CEO of Bayer Inc. in Canada and was appointed to this role in August 2015. Alok has a dual role as head of the Pharmaceutical division and Senior Bayer Representative in Canada.



Al Driver

President & CEO, Bayer CropScience Inc.

Al Driver is the President & CEO of Bayer CropScience Inc. in Canada and was appointed to this role in January 2015. Al is responsible for the leadership and management of the Crop Science division.



Elizabeth Beemer

Senior Vice President, Canadian Division Head, Consumer Health Division

Elizabeth (Liz) Beemer is head of the Consumer Health division and was appointed in December 2013. Liz is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to the division to grow its position as a leading consumer healthcare company in Canada.



Eric Ruggirello

CFO & Head, Business Administration and Partnering

Eric Ruggirello is the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Administration & Partnering and was appointed in September 2015. Eric is responsible for providing management, leadership and strategic direction for law, patents & compliance, IT, procurement, HSEQ, controlling & supply chain, finance and accounting.



Lynda Newcomb

Vice President, Human Resources

Lynda Newcomb is the Vice President of Human Resources and was appointed in August 2014. Lynda is responsible for all employee-related policies, programs, and initiatives across Canada.



Derrick Rozdeba

Vice President, Communications and Public & Government Affairs

Derrick Rozdeba is the Vice President of Communications & PGA and was appointed to this role in April 2016. Derrick is responsible for the internal and external communications as well as government relations as it pertains to the Bayer corporate image and reputation.



Jacqueline De Gagné

Head, Law & Patents

Jacqueline De Gagné is Head of Law & Patents, Compliance Officer, Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary. Jacqueline leads and is responsible for legal compliance, legal governance, privacy, and law & patent services company-wide.