CSGA’s Annual General Meeting
Join us in Clear Lake, Manitoba, July 6-8, 2016
- Week at a Glance
- Welcome Message
- List of Delegates
- Meeting Program
- Partners Program
- Seedlings Program
- Saturday Tour
On behalf of CSGA President Norm Lyster, and CSGA 2016 Annual General Meeting CoChairs, Doug Heaman, and Patti Rothenburger, we urge you to consider joining us this summer, for a very different and Invigorating, family focused CSGA Annual General Meeting. The Canadian Seed Growers’ Association will be holding its 112th Annual General meeting at the Elkhorn Resort and Conference Centre, at Clear Lake, Manitoba, in the Riding Mountain National Park July 6-8, 2016. The theme for the 2016 meeting is “Invigorate”, where we will refresh, revitalize, stimulate, rejuvenate and strengthen your outlook on the Canadian Seed Industry and our purpose in Canadian Agriculture. A National Park is an unorthodox location for a CSGA annual meeting, and the atmosphere will be very different from past meetings, as the Host Committee is planning a family oriented “week at the lake”. So bring your hiking boots, your sunscreen and your thoughts about Canada’s Pedigreed Seed System, and be ready to get Invigorated as we introduce you to the Parkland Region of Manitoba!
List of Delegates
Located approximately a 1 hour drive north of Brandon or 3 hours north west of Winnipeg, Riding Mountain National Park is an island of wilderness surrounded by a sea of farmland, boasting 3000 km2 of rugged nature just waiting to be explored.
Riding Mountain is unique in the way that it’s 1 of only 5 national parks that has a resort town site. Although small in size, the picturesque town of Wasagaming is big in charm and character. Located along the shores of Clear Lake, Wasagaming, which bustles on busy summer days, is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, beach, golf course, boat rentals and tours to name a few. The original Parks Canada Visitor Centre remains, built in the Rustic Design tradition of the 1930’s, reminding us of the early days of Canada’s National Parks system. Wildlife is abundant in Riding Mountain, and by simply driving through the park you are likely to spot a variety of species. Black bear, elk, moose, and lynx all call the park home, as well as approximately 30 plains bison that live in an enclosure by Lake Audy. An extensive trail system offers scenic routes for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and birding. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation or inspiration, Riding Mountain has something to offer everyone. One visit and you’ll quickly realize why it’s considered the jewel of the province.
Given the uniqueness of the venue, and considering the timing of the meeting is peak season for the area, accommodations have been secured and delegates will be dispersed throughout the area at the resort, local B&B’s, cabins, and hotels –
or bring your camper and experience the National Park as it should be experienced. Most of the available accommodations are within walking distance of the Elkhorn resort where the meeting will take place. We are, however, limited with space, so book early by contacting the Host Committee Convenor, Jennifer Seward (email@example.com or 204-745-6274) by June 5th. Elkhorn Resort is a timeshare property, so if you are a timeshare owner, please consider using it for this event.
Air: Westjet flies into Winnipeg or Brandon (limited arrival and departure times for both east and west travel from Brandon airport), but that will only get you part way. It is an hour drive from Brandon airport and a 3.5 hour drive from Winnipeg Airport to the Park.
Car Rentals and Shuttles: You can rent a vehicle with Enterprise booking number at both airports or contact the Host Committee Convenor, Jennifer Seward for shuttle options.
There will be shuttle services for events on site at the Resort and town with “Shuttlebug” during the meeting.
Park Pass: Anyone entering the park by vehicle is required to have a Park Pass. An annual pass for 1 adult is $39.20, Family (3-7 people) is $98.10, Senior individual (65+) is $34.30 and youth individual (6-16 years) is $19.60. Passes are available at the gates to the park or at the Resort. Please note that these passes are valid in any National Park in Canada, and will be accepted throughout 2016 and 2017 (special promotion by Parks Canada for Canada’s 150th Anniversary). You don’t require a park pass if you are just driving to the Elkhorn Resort and plan to walk to events in Wasagaming (10 minute walk from resort). Also, some of the offsite accommodations we have booked in the area provide a park pass for guests during their stay, so ask about a park pass before purchasing.
Wednesday, July 6th:
“Invigorate the Industry” The CSGA is embarking on an ambitious strategic planning process that will formally “kick off” with a half day session on Wednesday morning. The goal of the process will be to produce a 5 year Strategic Plan for CSGA for presentation at the 2017 AGM in Halifax.
“Enliven the Industry” We are pleased to be partnering with SeCan this year as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary in 2016. The traditional Meet and Greet family barbeque has been “refreshed” with the help of the good folks at SeCan and will involve dinner, dancing to the “Beatles”, and kid’s entertainment in one of the oldest halls in Manitoba. Located in the town of Wasagming, Danceland hosts concerts, weddings & events in an historic log building. Danceland has been rockin’ since 1934 and has featured big name bands, musical artists, and entertainers.
Thursday, July 7th:
Breakfast at the Resort followed by the first segment of the CSGA annual meeting.
“Revitalize the Family Farm” After lunch, we will hear from Lawrence and Chris Warwaruk from the Farmery Estate Brewery.
Hear about their success in reinventing and saving their family farm by diverging into a 4-star restaurant and then a gastro pub (first in Winnipeg), and how they have gone full circle back to rural Manitoba and are about to open up their own Estate Brewery (first in North America) on property purchased in Neepawa, Manitoba (a 1 hour drive from Clear Lake). They have had nationwide coverage in MacLean’s Magazine, The Readers Digest and have entered into a successful partnership with the Dragons David Chilton and Arlene Dickinson from CBC’s Dragons Den.
“Stimulate Opportunities” Eduardo de la Sotta will address the meeting on his work with contra season nurseries in Chile. Eduardo is the General Manager of Curimapu, and under his guidance the company runs four subsidiary businesses including the processing, production and exportation of field crops, production and export of vegetable seeds, delivering agricultural services to the subsidiaries crops and corn and raps commercialization under the license of the French brand Limagrain. The contra nurseries run in Chile are imperative to Canadian plant breeders, and an integral link in the development of our varieties.
We will then adjourn for the day in preparation for the Awards Banquet where we will honour the 2016 CSGA Award winners, with entertainment following from the renowned magician and illusionist Dean Gunnerson.
Friday, July 8th:
Breakfast again will be served at the Resort and we will move into the conclusion of the CSGA Annual Meeting.
“Energize the Industry” We will conclude our meeting with a special presentation from Jon Montgomery. As an Olympic Gold Medal-winning Skeleton racer and host of The Amazing Race Canada, it’s safe to say that Jon Montgomery knows a thing or two about high speed. A gifted and inspiring athlete, Jon also brings charm and Canadian pride to his job as a de facto national ambassador, using his curiosity and conversational gifts to connect with people all over the country. Whether he’s tearing head-first down an icy track, or guzzling a pitcher of beer as fans cheer him on, Jon’s zest for life is constant as it is contagious. Jon hails from Russell, Manitoba, which is an hour and a half drive from Clear Lake, and his story about earning a gold medeal in skeleton at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver is not what you would expect.
Thursday, July 7th:
Breakfast at the resort
Bring a small sample of your farms soil or seeds and under the guidance of Marla Riekman encase your farm in epoxy and sterling silver jewellery. Marla works for Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development as a Land Management Specialist, and has been making jewellery with Manitoba’s official soil (Newdale Clay) as a fundraiser for the Manitoba Soil Scientist Society. Her jewellery has been a popular sell in the province. As your jewellery sets, jump on the shuttle and spend the day at Clear Springs Hutterite Colony. The colony will welcome you and show you a day in the life of one of the most progressive and successful colonies in the province. The partners will then return back to the resort in time to decompress and relax before the Annual Meeting Awards banquet with entertainment afterwards provided by Dean Gunnerson, world renowned magician and illusionist.
Friday, July 8th:
Breakfast at the resort, followed by a morning on the lake in paddle boats, or kayaks. Join the Growers at 10:30 for Jon Montgomery, Olympian and host of Amazing Race Canada. The meeting adjourns at noon and stay around afterwards for a cruise around Clear Lake on the Martese (cost not included in registration).
We are pleased to offer a FREE Kids program under the leadership of Friends of Riding Mountain National Park. “Friends” is a non-profit organization, committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of Riding Mountain National Park. Through innovative
programming in partnership with Parks Canada and other like-minded organizations, Friends of Riding Mountain National Park provide valuable educational opportunities that inspire environmental stewardship. Licenced and trained staff will take your little “seedlings” on fun tours of the park, and projects with a focus on nature and sustainability. Kids are welcome on Wednesday night for SeCan’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, and will have a night in at the Resort consisting of movies and swimming during the Awards Banquet on Thursday night, and then join parents for the Dean Gunnerson Magician and Illusionist show. Please note, that in order to participate in the Kids Program offered by “Friends”, children must be at least 5 years old and/or potty trained.
An optional visit to the Farmery Estate Brewery and Regional Variety Trials tour is planned. Lunch included.
Online registration is now open! Complete your registration before June 5th to get the Early Bird Rate. Registration fees for the 2016 Annual General Meeting are $275 for the Growers Program, and $150 for the Spouses Program. We are happy to offer complimentary registration for children! You may also submit a hard copy registration form to the CSGA office.