July 26, 2022 – On February 1, 2021, we officially became Seeds Canada. Over the last year, we have worked to become the leading voice of the Canadian seed sector. We represent seed analysts and labs, breeders, distributors, growers, processors, retailers, service providers and all stakeholders along the value chain. “We are proud of our dedicated team of leaders, our highly skilled staff, and our membership for the work that has been done to get us where we are today” said Seeds Canada President, Ellen Sparry.
As the national voice of the seed sector at a pivotal time for the industry, we have an enormous opportunity and responsibility. We are proud of our dedicated team of leaders, our highly skilled staff, and our membership. Our strength as an organization is the scope of our representation both geographically and across the full seed value chain.
Now, over a year later, we have brought together the four amalgamating partners, developed a strategic plan, hosted a membership fee review, hosted virtual membership meetings, and successfully hosted our first in-person Annual Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba! That is to name a few of the accomplishments we have made since our formation.
We have developed our 2021 Year in Review as a resource to highlight the work being done by Seeds Canada staff and members. Click here to view the 2021 Year in Review.
While we are proud of the work we’ve done so far, “we will continue to enhance member engagement on critical issues, work with like-minded organizations, and to develop strong relationships with policymakers over the next year” stated Barry Senft, Seeds Canada Executive Director. We have been advocating on behalf of our members on key policy files such as Seed Regulatory Modernization, the VUA platform, and Midge Tolerant Wheat programming, and will continue to push policy makers on these files.
We are proud of how far we have come in our first year. As we look forward to 2022, we are committed to engaging with Seeds Canada members across Canada. If you would like to know more about becoming a Seeds Canada member, please contact Krista Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions regarding our 2021 Year in Review please contact Lise Newton at email@example.com.
Seeds Canada is the leading voice of the seed sector in Canada, with members including analysts, breeders, distributors, processors, seed growers and other contributors to the industry, located from coast to coast. Seed is the vital first link in the agriculture value chain, contributing over $6 billion to the economy, employing more than 63,000 Canadians, and exporting more than $700 million annually.