Thank you to everyone who attended our 2022 Semi-Annual Meeting in Ottawa this week. Were you not able to join us? No problem! Here is a recap of the meetings and discussions that took place.
A Successful Opening Session
Congratulations Dr. Istvan Rajcan on receiving the 2021 CPBI Award!
Seed Regulatory Modernization Was Front and Centre This Week
Director of Policy, Lorne Hadley and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Lauren Comin, spoke at an SRM session followed by a Q&A session with members. They gave an SRM update and presented Seeds Canada’s position on task team findings. There was discussion surrounding seed certification, variety registration, and grade tables.
Members heard the most recent updates on the CFIA SRM process, and how completed Task Team recommendations are aligning with Seeds Canada’s SRM policy principles and Functional Framework.
The Policy and Issues Committees Met
Intellectual Property Rights Policy & Issues Committee – Anthony Parker of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Office joined us to review updates on Plant Breeders’ Rights and Variety Protection Files. Following, Seeds Canada’s Intellectual Property Services Manager, Mel Reekie, provided an update on the VUA platform.
Biotechnology Policy and Issues Committee – Jennifer Hubert, from Croplife Canada, presented on Plant Breeding Innovation policy progress and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Lauren Comin, provided an update on the Seeds Canada transparency database.
Oilseeds, Pulses, & Western Cereals Policy & Issues Committee – Henry de Gooijer from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, discussed a benchmarking study on public plant breeding. Lauren Comin presented on the discontinuation of the prairie canola performance trials followed by a prerecorded video of Chris Vervaet of the Canadian Oilseed Processers Association speaking on the clean fuel policy.
Corn, Soybeans, & Eastern Cereals Policy & Issues Committee – Heather Russell of the Atlantic Grains Council presented on their new corn seed checkoff in a pre-recorded video. Georges Chaussee, of Sollio Agriculture, spoke about pesticide policies in Quebec followed by Luis Luque of CropLife providing an update on their managing resistance grower contest.
Senator Rob Black Joined the Closing President’s Reception
See you in Newfoundland!
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