CSGA’s Annual General Meeting

© Alison Slattery

Join us in Montreal, Quebec!

Attend the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association Annual General Meeting
July 10 to 12, 2018

Welcome Message from President

I am pleased to invite you to Montreal, Quebec from July 10th to 12th for this years’ Annual General Meeting. We have a stimulating business program that keys in on major issues affecting the seed sector today, and a social program that provides opportunity to engage and share with fellow seed growers.

Our partners at the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) will be wrapping up their own Annual Meeting as we begin ours, and this will be giving us the exciting opportunity to co-host business sessions about how Canadian businesses create value in the seed industry. That’s something you don’t want to miss!

Our meeting hotel (The Sheraton Centre Montreal Hotel) is in the downtown area of this 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 program that will surely mesmerize you and your family.

-Kevin Runnalls

Accommodations Seed Growers Meeting in Montreal

The Sheraton Centre Montreal Hotel

Hotel Reservations:


Program at a Glance


Delegate Program


Tuesday, July 10



Wienstein & Gavinos’s

We invite you and your family to join us for an opening reception to kick-off our time in Montreal! Located in the heart of Downtown Montreal, Wienstein & Gavino’s is bursting with great energy, great food and wonderful people. W&G is constantly exploring new and creative dishes as trends evolve, all while respecting the classics like mac n’ cheese. Pastas are homemade from scratch every day – just like they do in Italy!


Wednesday, July 11



Seed Synergy Collaboration Project – Joint CSTA-CSGA Session 

Join us to discuss the Seed Synergy Collaboration Project’s latest developments in the articulation of a broadly supported vision for the next generation seed system.


President’s Address

Join us for a delicious lunch, including an address from the President of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association, Kevin Runnalls, to attendees.


Circular 6 Modernisation and Opening Business Sessions

Join the staff of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association as they explain the ongoing modernization of Circular 6 – Canadian Regulations and Procedures for Pedigreed Seed Crop Production.



Join us for a family event at Ambroisie. Nestled in the heart of Chateau Saint-Ambroise, the Canal room offers a surprising view on the banks of the Lachine Canal. Industrial chic decor, located in a building classified as historic patrimony, this unique venue will make you forget you are close to the city centre. It boasts one of the most beautiful waterfront terrace (3000sq feet) on a very cosmopolitan background.


Thursday, July 12



Emerging Issues Session and Continuing Business Sessions

Continuing business sessions.


Feature Speaker

Join us for a lunch with a featured speaker.


Regulatory Partners Forum and Closing Member Sessions

Final business sessions.


Closing Awards Dinner

Join us for a dinner that celebrates the achievements, hard work and dedication of your fellow seed growers.


Youth Program


Wednesday, July 11


Pirate Ship Adventure!

© Tourisme Montréal – Madore – Daphné CARON

It’s the 18th century. In the port of Montréal two ships are anchored: the Royal ship and a Pirate’s ship. Both ships are more than 100 feet long. The Pirate’s ship is 3 stories high, flies three sail, and it has an impressive climbing wall. MAJESTIC!

It’s time to board! Which boarding party will you join? Who do you stand for? The King? The fierce pirates? CHARGE!

You can hang onto one of the 10 aerial adventure courses, ranging from 1m to 10 m high, climb the Pirate’s Ship wall or enjoy the inflatable playground.  Kids of all ages will enjoy Voiles en Voiles!


Pointe à Caillière Museum

© Pointe-à-Callière, Caroline Bergeron

You are invited to become a witness to time, to the history uncovered at the archeological and historic site of Pointe-à-Caillière, right here, where Montreal was founded.

Travel through time, from the ice age to today. The journey will take you through more than 1000 years of human activity through the examination of architectural remains.  The path will take you from the settlements of our Indigenous People to the present day.

Live a rich and unique experience. It promises to meet, and exceed your expectations!


Thursday, July 12


La Ronde Amusement Park

© La Ronde (Member of the Six Flags Family)

Have fun at La Ronde, the largest amusement park in Quebec!

The park has 40 rides and attractions where young and young at heart visitors create unforgettable memories.  Or is a more mellow pace your preference? It’s at LA RONDE that you will create lasting memories. La Ronde is for EVERYONE!


Companion Program


Wednesday, July 11


Montréal Sightseeing Tour on an Electric Scooter

Hop on an electric scooter for a guided tour specially designed for you.  Once you have practiced the scooter-driver-basics, and received instructions from your guide, let’s go! First, it’s the Quartier des Spectacles where summer festivals, such as the Montreal Jazz Festival take place. You will then head toward the Old Port, traveling by Place d’Arme, a true digest of Montreal’s architectural history, and Notre-Dame Basilica, placed 4th as North America’s most renowned and visited religious building. Your return will take you through Place Émilie Gamelin, a park where families, artists, students and business people meet to relax and enjoy activities all year long. Your frantic escapade will end at La Fabrique, a trendy French restaurant located between the Latin Quarter and the Plateau facing St. Louis Square, for a well-deserved meal.

A scooter ride is not your cup of tea? Then let your guide take you in the comfort of a mini-bus to discover some of Montreal’s most renowned and historic places.


Thursday, July 12


Cooking Class

Are you a foodie?  From the beginner to the most experienced cook this cooking class will delight you as Chefs, including Jonathan Garnier, share their knowledge, techniques and skills in helping you make a delicious lunch made with local products. After lunch browse the shop for some new kitchen ware to take home from La Guilde Culinaire.

Friday Tour

Farm Tour 

Join us for an optional farm tour, exploring production in the Montreal area. More details to follow.


By June 15 After June 15
Full Registration member  $495 $595
Companion Program $200 $250
Children and Youth Program Complimentary Complimentary

More Information

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


Interested in sponsoring our 2018 AGM? You can communicate directly with Glyn Chancey or Gaye O’Bertos to discuss sponsorship opportunities.


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.