Rana attended University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. His professional career started when he was recruited right out of university by one of the largest fertilizer producers in Canada.
Throughout his 26 year career, Rana has worked in a variety of industries, including fertilizers, oil and gas, and agrichemicals. He’s held numerous roles, ranging from plant manager and engineering/projects manager, all the way up to President and CEO of several different companies.
Rana has held executive positions at Agrium, Iowa Fertilizer Company, Fortigen LLC, Austin Powder Company, and has been responsible for founding and leading multi-billion-dollar companies from the ground up.
- He piloted construction of the first world-scale, greenfield nitrogen fertilizer facility built in US in more than 25 years—recognized as one of the most innovative and efficient manufacturing plants in the nation.
- Developed IFC policies, EHS, HR manuals, SOPs, and benefit plans. Recruited top-performing Directors (Operations, EHS, HR, Maintenance, IT) and empowered to hire teams that met goals and thrived within culture.
- Led on time delivery of IFC plant that drove dramatic sales and EBIDTA in year one. Oversaw EPC firm and project teams working on $1.2B contract to construct plant that was safe, efficient, and reliable.
- Installed SAP and state-of-art technology to support operations across 300 acres with 6 buildings producing almost 2 million metric tons of fertilizer per year. Set up supply chain including truck and rail loading.
- Opened door to China and sourced clients and contacts. Identified company to acquire for packaging/blending operations and performed financial due diligence for $50M purchase to help future proof APC in market.
- Strategic Planning
- P&L Development
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Workforce Capital
- Leadership Acumen
- Plant/Facility Set up
- Procedure/Policy Development
- Cost/Risk Optimization
- Revenue Growth
- Supply Chain/Logistics
- Quality Systems
- Regulatory Compliance
- "Shawn Rana Speaks about Career Motivation and Focus". https://world.einnews.com/pr_news/520659727/shawn-rana-speaks-about-career-motivation-and-focus.
- Ryan, David. "Shawn Rana: Fertilizer Expert". https://world.einnews.com/pr_news/540127364/shawn-rana-fertilizer-expert.
- "Shawn Rana Discusses the Carbon Impact of Fertilizer". https://world.einnews.com/pr_news/543276337/shawn-rana-discusses-the-carbon-impact-of-fertilizer.
- "Shawn Rana Discusses Inspiration and Career Development". https://world.einnews.com/pr_news/527374004/shawn-rana-discusses-inspiration-and-career-development.
- Rana, Shawn. "Fertilizer plant will help environment, agriculture" (in en-US). https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2015/03/20/fertilizer-plant-will-help-environment-agriculture/25120805/.