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UPDATED ON: Thursday, October 17, 2002

Agrium Inc.:

John M. Van Brunt,
Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors

From The Globe and Mail

The Directors of Agrium Inc. are pleased to announce the appointment of John M. Van Brunt as Vice-Chairman to the Board in addition to his current role as Chief Executive Officer. In this regard, Mr. Frank W. Proto continues as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

John Van Brunt has been President and CEO of Agrium Inc. (formerly known as Cominco Fertilizers Ltd.) since the Company was spun off by Cominco Ltd. and listed as a public company in 1993.

A graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering, Mr. Van Brunt joined Cominco in 1965 and has spent his entire career with the Cominco/Agrium organization.

Mr. Van Brunt is a Director of Agrium Inc.; Senior Vice President for the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) headquartered in Paris; Director and Past Chairman of Canpotex Ltd.; Director and Past Chairman of The Potash & Phosphate Institute (PPI) in the United States and Director and Chairman of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), also in the United States. He is also Past Chairman of The Canadian Fertilizers Institute (CFI); and Past Chairman of the Foundation of Agronomic Research (FAR).

Agrium Inc. is a leading global producer and marketer of fertilizer and a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in both North America and Argentina.

 

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