Awards

The following are awards given out to distinguished individuals who have contributed to the betterment of Canadian Agriculture. The CSGA Honorary Life Award is presented to persons who, by distinguished services to the Association, have contributed to the betterment of Canadian agriculture. The Robertson Associate Award is awarded to those members who have fulfilled with utmost fidelity and success their obligation to the Association. The Clark-Newman-Clayton Award is in recognition of a person who has made an exceptional contribution to pedigreed seed production in Canada and to agriculture. The recipient is to choose a Canadian University who will be requested to name a suitable post-graduate student to receive a $2,500 grant from CSGA. The post graduate student must be personally involved in a seed related project of value to seed growers.


2018 Award Recipients

Cécile Tétreault

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Cécile Tétreault is from Saint-Valérien-de-Milton, a small municipality located on the border of Québec’s Montérégie and the Eastern Townships. She grew up on a mixed farm and participated in fieldwork during her childhood and teen years. During her studies at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire in Saint-Hyacinthe, she did a summer internship in genetic improvement of spring wheat. Although ornamental horticulture was her primary focus, in 1974 she accepted the position of technician for the same improvement project. She worked all her career in the field of genetic improvement and seed production.

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David Akister

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Dave Akister was born at Elrose, Sask., and raised on a farm in a town called Kyle. For more than 27 years, he has served as the executive director of the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association. Dave’s company was hired by the board of directors in 1991 to conduct an evaluation of the association’s administration, operate the organization for a short term and find a new executive director. Although he narrowed a list of 40 applicants down to five, the board hired Dave instead. During that time, he has been in on the formation and design of Crop Production Week; built prototypes of the Canadian Seed Institute Quality Assurance manuals; and helped design CSI’s original board of directors structure.

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Ellen Sparry

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Ellen was born and raised on a mixed family farm near Fergus, Ont., where she could most often be found out in the field with her father, picking up his passion for agriculture. Ellen joined C&M Seeds in 1994 as genetics manager, leading the company’s genetics and research program. She was appointed to the role of general manager in June 2015 and today continues to direct C&M Seeds towards its primary focus of providing industry-leading and innovative cereal genetics to Eastern Canada. Over the past 20 years, she has registered over 26 cereal and eight soybean varieties, and obtained Plant Breeders Rights on 14 varieties on behalf of C&M’s breeding partners.

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Daniel Lanoie

CSGA Robertson Associate Award

Born in Saint-Hugues, Quebec, Daniel has always lived at the same address. He loves his hometown and portions of his land have been in the Lanoie family for five generations. Since buying his farm in 1983, Daniel has produced certified seed and quickly became a Select plot grower. Daniel farms his 675 acres with his wife Danielle, cousin Dominique and son Olivier. They are also proud pork producers. Daniel took part in all the Seed Sector Value Chain Round Table discussions in Canada up until 2015. He has also been a member of the board of Quebec Grain Growers. He’s also a founding member of the board of directors for the Quebec Grain Research Centre (CEROM). He also sits on the board of the Saint-Hyacinthe pork producers association.

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Marc Bercier

CSGA Robertson Associate Award

Marc and his wife Chantal are equal partners of Marc Bernier Seed Cleaning Inc., located in St-Isidore, Ontario. Marc is an Ontario-based farmer, businessman, environmentalist and mentor for many young farmers. He currently produces 2,700 acres of seeds. Marc has built a natural habitat on the farm, as well as made it a pollinator-friendly site. This natural habitat has become a research location for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural affairs (OMAFRA), and university students conduct research there throughout the year.

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2017 Award Recipients

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Robertson Association Award

 


2016 Award Recipients

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Clark-Newman-Clayton Recipient

Robertson Association Award

 


2015 Award Recipients

CSGA Honorary Life Award

Robertson Association Award


Previous Recipients (as of 1931)

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