November 22, 2021

Registration Deadline for CSGA’s Special General Meeting

Today is your last day to register for the CSGA Special General Meeting (SGM). The SGM is open to everyone; however, advanced registration is required. Please join us on Wednesday, November 24 at 12:30 pm EST to discuss and vote on the proposed fee schedule. Per CSGA By-laws, only Regular Members with seed production in 2021 may vote on Association business.

Following the consultation period on proposed fees, the Board reviewed all comments received and released a revised fee proposal for member approval. The Board also decided not to pursue an inflation fee adjustment policy. If you missed the November 13 communication, please click here to read the Notice to Members, the revised proposed Fee Schedule, and answers to the most common questions and comments received from the consultation.

To ensure CSGA is a strong, viable and independent organization, financial security is critical. CSGA collects fees to deliver on its regulatory mandate to provide a national program for seed crop certification. The Association has a strong vision for the future, where we step up and continue to play a leadership role in Canada’s seed regulatory system.

Members are encouraged to attend and actively participate in the direction of the Association. If you’d like to discuss the fee proposal, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our Directors or Executive Director, Doug Miller.

A reminder email will go out to all registrants on November 23 with instructions on joining the SGM, testing your audio setup, and participating in the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Participate in a Survey on Seed Variety Licensing and Production

The University of Saskatchewan is looking for insights from seed growers and seed companies in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta to learn about the licensing and production of new seed varieties. This survey asks about the factors involved in the decision to license or grow a new crop variety for seed production and sale to understand further how seed varieties are licensed, enter pedigree seed production and are adopted by producers.

The University is offering a $100 cash incentive to participants. You can take the 15-minute survey here.

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Are You Passionate About Cyber Security?

On behalf of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Deloitte Canada is conducting a nationwide study to understand the state of cyber security within sectors that make up Canada’s critical infrastructure, including Canada’s food sector.

Data security is important to CSGA, and we’ve agreed to partner with Deloitte to assist with this study. By participating, CSGA will receive a report benchmarking our organization against the rest of the sector at large, providing valuable insights and opportunities to consider as we assess our internal risks and strengthen our data security. Findings from this study will help guide the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security in supporting business growth and improving security capabilities.

This survey involves cyber security management concepts and terminology. Due to its technical nature, Deloitte recommends that only those familiar with these concepts participate. However, if you want to email comments to CSGA on data and cyber security, CSGA can collect feedback and share it directly with Deloitte Canada. All data will be kept private and confidential. You can take the online survey here

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Contact Us

CSGA staff are here to help you. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember the CSGA national office operates in the Eastern Time (ET) zone.

Telephone: (613) 236-0497
Email: communications@seedgrowers.ca
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8455, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3T1
Courier Address: 21 Florence St, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0W6

Click here for complete staff contact information.