Four of our seed sector organizations have all voted in favour of amalgamating to become one new, national seed organization. Seeds Canada will become a reality on February 1, 2021.
The four amalgamating organizations are the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA); the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC); the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI); and the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA).
The vision for Seeds Canada is to become the leading voice of the Canadian seed sector, helping our members succeed and grow in Canada and around the world, according to a news release issued by the four amalgamating partners.
The inaugural Seeds Canada board includes 15 directors from across the country, representing a diverse range of experience and skills, the news release says.
“Seeds Canada has received a great deal of interest and the number of members is expected to grow, bringing new voices and perspectives to the existing membership of the four groups. The goal is for Seeds Canada’s membership to include national and provincial seed associations, as well as seed growers from across the country. Growers play an integral role in the seed system, and Seeds Canada needs their involvement to succeed.”
The Seeds Canada board has struck a transition committee to work on implementation. The priority is to have a smooth transition and ensure business continuity for members come Feb. 1, 2021, the news release goes on to say.