In July 2016, the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association launched a one year project to develop a new strategic plan. Central to the success of this project is engagement with membership, which until now has occurred primarily through face to face meetings. However, CSGA will shortly be reaching out directly to you through a new platform. This platform will allow for structured and progressive online engagement with you on the key issues shaping the development of our Strategic Plan.
To help you prepare for this exercise, which will begin next week and continue into early March, we are providing links to several reference documents. They include:
- Excerpt from Seed to Succeed on the Strategic Plan;
- CSGA’s Draft Strategic Plan;
- Canada’s Seed System – a Summary Description; and
- A Vision for a Next Generation Seed System.
As you will note when you read our draft strategic plan, it puts significant emphasis on partnerships. In fact, potential changes to the seed regulatory system and these key partnerships was the main reason for the CSGA’s Board’s decision to launch a strategic planning process in the first place. It was also the main reason why CSGA is coordinating its strategic planning process with another project, the Seed Synergy Collaboration.
The Seed Synergy Collaboration is a joint undertaking of six seed sector organizations (the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association, the Canadian Seed Trade Association, the Canadian Seed Institute, CropLife Canada, the Canadian Plant Technology Agency, and the Canadian Seed Analysts Association of Canada) in the early stages of developing a potential proposal to government on a Next Generation seed system. The reference documents that we have provided links to include a description of the current seed regulatory system and a draft vision. A number of the questions that we will be asking you in the upcoming online engagement relate to these documents and your answers will help inform CSGA’s strategic plan and our approach to the Seed Synergy Collaboration.
This is an important time for the Association and the seed industry and we are counting on your active participation in this upcoming engagement.
Kevin Runnalls, President
Glyn Chancey, Executive Director