Message To CSGA Members Regarding Recent Communications

August 17, 2020

Dear Members,

If you recently received a Seeds Canada “Vote No” message, we want you to know that this email was from some members who don’t support the proposed amalgamation and, most importantly, that this message is not endorsed by the CSGA Board of Directors.

The CSGA Board has received several requests from members about how this message, not endorsed by CSGA, was sent to CSGA members. Under Subsection 22(5) and 22(7) of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, upon request by a member, CSGA is legally obliged, under certain circumstances and subject to specific requirements, to provide that Member with a list of CSGA members. The specific requirements include a statutory declaration to CSGA which commits the member to limit use of the membership list to: i) influencing the voting of members; ii) requesting a meeting of members, or; iii) any other matter relating to the affairs of the corporation. If another member wants this option, they should submit the required declaration form via email to in order to receive the membership list. The member would then be authorized to send a message to that list, providing they abide by the restrictions in the declaration.

Regarding the accuracy of the information you receive about Seeds Canada and the proposed amalgamation, CSGA can only assure that you’re getting reliable information in Seed Synergy and CSGA communications. To ensure you’re fully informed on all aspects of the amalgamation proposal, we strongly encourage all members to read through the Seeds Canada information provided at and

With less than two weeks remaining before voting ends, we encourage you to inform yourselves, to join the online amalgamation discussion and to vote. Please read the amalgamation package we mailed you and visit our website for the most up to date information on the amalgamation. Get involved in our virtual Town Hall meetings and/or our August 27 Special General Meeting, your last chance to vote. You can also join the online amalgamation discussion 24/7 via SeedTALK, CSGA’s members-only web platform, or simply call our office for information.

On behalf of the CSGA Board of Directors,


Joe Rennick