CSGA’s Annual General Meeting

Join us in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Attend the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association Annual General Meeting
July 10 to 13, 2017

Welcome Message

Credit: Mark Tyler

I am pleased to invite you to Halifax, Nova Scotia from July 10th to 13th for this years’ Annual General Meeting. We have an exciting program that includes updates and working sessions on our new strategic priorities, including Circular 6 Modernization, the Seed Grower Professional Development Project, Phase 2 of the Seed Synergy Collaboration and other important initiatives, both planned and underway.

In addition to hosting a joint welcome reception and dinner with the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), the CSGA has planned an interlocking business program with the CSTA, ensuring that those registered for both events are able to participate fully in the best that both programs have to offer.

This said we will also be having fun! Halifax is a very easy city to explore on foot, with its extensive boardwalk which starts close to our meeting hotel (Westin Nova Scotian) and winds along the waterfront to the downtown area. It is also a city rich with history, with many attractions and our program is designed to allow you to experience the best it has to offer.

So please, come join us at this year’s CSGA summer meeting, mingle with fellow CSGA growers and others from the Canadian seed industry family and take in a fun East Coast program that will surely enchant you and your family!

Kevin Runnalls
CSGA President


Westin Nova Scotian
Hotel Reservations: book your guest room online or call (888) 627-8553.

Program at a Glance

Delegate Program

Monday, July 10
Family Fun Night – East Coast Style
Everyone is invited

Bring your family and join CSGA and CSTA members for a wonderful evening of unique Halifax experiences that are guaranteed to be fun. The evening will kick off with an opening reception at The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 on the Halifax waterfront; a perfect choice as we celebrate Canada’s 150th! Pier 21 is steeped in both immigration and wartime troop deployment history and has lots of aspects to enjoy, whether participating in a formal tour or exploring casually while taking in the breathtaking view overlooking the Halifax Harbour. Of course, to follow up the reception, there is no better place to enjoy a traditional lobster dinner (with an alternative) than right on the ocean. We guarantee this evening’s entertainment extravaganza is one you will not soon forget!

Tuesday, July 11
The CSGA Annual Meeting Opening Business Session will be held from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and will include the President’s and Executive Director’s Annual Reports to members as well as the 2016-2017 CSGA Financial Report and 2017-2018 budget update. This session will be followed by lunch and an open afternoon.

Wednesday, July 12
The day’s program will begin with a special  Seed Synergy Collaboration Project stakeholder meeting open to registrants and non-registrants alike. This session will run from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

CSGA Annual Meeting (Second) Business Session begins at 10:30 am. It will include a panel discussion on End Point Royalties, followed by lunch and the presentation and discussion of a new CSGA Strategic Plan and Implementation Priorities, concluding at 4:00pm.

Guest Speaker Luncheon: Bill Carr Communication Expert/Award Winning Humourist. Open to attendees and companions.
For over 30 years, Bill Carr has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and offers his audiences a fresh perspective on what they face every day. Conference attendees and their companions are invited to hear Bill’s unique take on life on Wednesday, July 12. After he speaks, guests will have an opportunity to have a photo taken with him.

Credit: Scott Munn

SeCan’s Annual General Meeting (4:00 pm to 5:15 pm)
Following the SeCan business session, we’ll board buses for a lobster (or alternative) dinner and entertainment at The Shore Club in Hubbards. If you attended the CSGA meeting in July 2013 you’ll remember the great fun – don’t miss this year’s event!

Thursday, July 13
CSGA Annual Meeting (Final) Business Session will run from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and feature presentations from AOSCA, CSAAC, CSI and  CFIA  and debate and passage of resolutions. The CSGA Annual Awards Lunch will follow from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

The Awards Gala luncheon will celebrate the achievements, hard work and dedication of your fellow seed growers. Join delegates and their companions at this prestigious “down east” event, as CSGA honours this year’s Robertson Associate (Jim Baillie of Nova Scotia, and Grahame and Kathy Hardy of Ontario) and Honorary Life Membership Award recipients (Dale Adolphe, Peter Boswall and Dr. Richard Martin).

Companion Program

Credit: Scott Munn

Tuesday, July 11
No visit to Halifax is complete without exploring this century’s most significant marine disaster, the sinking of the Titanic. This tour will enable attendees to explore the history of this significant disaster. Lunch included.

Wednesday, July 12
Guest Speaker Luncheon: Bill Carr Communication Expert/Award Winning Humourist. Afterwards, enjoy dessert and coffee at Yuk Yuks, and have your photo taken with Bill (see delegate program).

SeCan Family BBQ lobster feast (see delegate program).

Thursday, July 13
Awards Gala luncheon (see delegate program).

Youth Program (ages 6 to 17)

Credit: Len Wagg

Tuesday, July 11
Board the Harbour Hopper. What’s a Harbour Hopper you ask? It’s an amphibious vehicle originally built for military purposes in the 1960s, designed as a boat that is capable of being driven on land as well. This voyage will give youth a chance to check out the city from both a harbour and street view. Lunch included.

Wednesday, July 12
The Museum of Natural History is a great way to be introduced to Nova Scotia. Youth will be able to explore galleries on archeology, geology, mammals, aquatic life and more. The museum is also home to numerous live specimens that make Nova Scotia their home, including Gus the Tortoise, one of Halifax’s most visited and beloved citizens. Lunch included.

SeCan Family BBQ lobster feast (see delegate program).

Thursday, July 13
A separate youth lunch will be held at the hotel, while the adults are enjoying the awards gala.

Friday Tour

Friday, July 14
Join us on a full-day tour of working seed, dairy, and blueberry farms. The tour will start at 9:00 am when participants board a bus in Halifax at the Westin Nova Scotia and making their way to neighbouring Scothorn Farm to learn more about the Nova Scotia dairy industry, it’s history, and how to maximum milk production and profits. Afterwards, the tour will head to Grant Holdings, where you’ll learn about the importance of rapidly advancing applied technology and science based decision making in production agriculture. Finally, you’ll visit the Courthouse Hill Farm, a wild blueberry operation to learn about the importance of diversification and building a business that is designed with Agri-Tourism in mind. Don’t miss out on an action-packed day that includes transportation, refreshments, and lunch.

Don’t miss out on an action-packed day filled with transportation, refreshments, and lunch. Spaces are limited, please register to secure your spot.


Registration rates are:

By June 1 After June 1
Full Registration member (no non-member category) $495.00 $595.00
Companion Program $410.00 $460.00
Children and Youth Program $190.00 $230.00
Register for the CSGA Program Register for the CSTA Program

You can also register for the Wednesday program seperately.

More Information

For more information regarding the AGM, please contact Gaye O’Bertos (CSGA), 613-236-0497 ext. 221.


Interested in sponsoring our 2017 AGM? You can communicate directly with Glyn Chancey or Gaye O’Bertos to discuss sponsorship opportunities.


Thank You To Our Sponsors








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Have YOU participated?

We are looking to members to provide feedback on our draft Strategic Plan. Once endorsed, the plan will shape CSGA policies and member services. Please take a few minutes to register and complete a short survey.

We are looking for YOUR opinion on Circular 6 Modernization, a Seed Grower Designate Program, Plant Breeders Rights, Inspections, CSGA services and many more. Join the conversation online today and hurry! This engagement ends Friday!


Avez-VOUS participé?

Nous sommes à la recherche de membres pour nous donner leur rétroaction sur l’ébauche de notre Plan stratégique. Une fois entériné, le plan façonnera les politiques et les services aux membres de l’ACPS. Veuillez prendre quelques minutes pour vous inscrire et répondre à un court sondage.

Nous aimerions connaître VOTRE opinion sur la modernisation de la Circulaire 6, un programme de désignation de producteur de semences, la protection des obtentions végétales, les inspections, les services de l’ACPS et bien d’autres. Joignez-vous à la conversation aujourd’hui même. Faites vite! Cette consultation prend fin vendredi.