About The Conference

We are very excited to announce that the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), in collaboration with the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA), will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, British Columbia. Both associations are working to bring you four exciting and informative days of events and meetings. Please bring your families and come ready to socialize with friends both new and old and explore the spectacular beauty of this Canadian treasure.

July will come quickly, so be sure to make your arrangements early and join us for this exciting collaboration.

Message From Our President

Fellow members,

Please join me in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia from July 7 to 10, 2019 for CSTA’s 96th Annual Meeting. Sheri and I look forward to welcoming you and your families to this charming location nestled at the foot of the Blackcomb Mountain.

CSTA and CSGA will be continuing to partner for our Annual Meetings this year and we will be working to provide a more collaborative agenda than in years’ past. Our goal is to build off the progress of the Seed Synergy Partnership and work with our collective members to foster further collaboration and developments in the industry. We can all look forward to an informative agenda with joint sessions on hot topics like Seed Synergy and Value Creation and CSTA specific meetings as well. All sessions will provide plenty of opportunity for dialogue and engagement and I look forward to the discussions to come.

The Annual Meetings will also feature a joint President’s Reception, Gala Dinner and a spectacular Fun Night showcasing the natural beauty of Western Canada.

We look forward to seeing you all in Whistler in July!

Todd

Conference Location and Hotels

CSTA will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler. This hotel is in a wonderful resort location, in close proximity to many activities, shopping and excellent restaurants. CSTA and hotel staff are looking forward to welcoming you to Whistler in July. 

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Agenda Highlights

We have a great agenda lined up for you this year including many joint sessions with CSGA and fun social activities.

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Registration Information

Registration now open.

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CSGA

We’re working very closely with CSGA for this year’s meeting. For your convenience, we’ve included a link to their website below.

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Children & Youth Program

On Monday, young attendees will have the opportunity to get outside and explore Whistler and its natural beauty in a fun-filled day, supervised by qualified staff.

Young attendees are also invited to the Sunday’s President’s Reception, the Monday’s Family Fun Night, and a pizza party on Tuesday evening while meeting participants and companions enjoy a Gala Banquet in the hotel.

ADVENTURE DAY FOR AGES 6-12

The day will begin with kids meeting their camp counsellors and walking to the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center.  Here kids will learn about First Nation culture and create their own art project to take home.

Next stop is the Whistler Gondola to mid-station for lunch!

After lunch, the group will download the Whistler Gondola to the village.  Here, they will meet their Treetrek guides, and head into the forest for a fun learning experience.

ADVENTURE DAY FOR AGES 13-17

Todays adventures begin with campers walking to Whistler Village.   Here, they will meet their Treetrek guides, and head into the forest for a fun learning experience in the trees.  After this adventure, the group will head up the Blackcomb gondola to the Rendezvous for lunch.

After lunch the group will experience the P2P gondola, and an exciting snow wall hike before heading back to the hotel at the end of the day.

Companion Program

It’s an Olympic adventure!

The Olympic Legacy Experience will have participants stepping into the shoes of an Olympian.  Whistler Sport Legacies (WSL) is a not-for-profit organization that honours the spirit of sport from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. On June 1, 2010, WSL became responsible for the operation of the Whistler Sliding Centre, Whistler Olympic Park and the Whistler Athletes’ Centre to provide active, accessible and safe opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. By participating in Olympic Legacy activities, guests are directly supporting the athletes and the future of the sports.

Guests will visit the Whistler Sliding Center and enjoy a  guided walk down the official track of the 2010 Olympic Boblsed, Luge and Skeleton competitions, learning how the athletes perform their sport along the way. 

At the Whistler Olympic Park in the beautiful Callaghan valley,  guests will view the impressive ski jumps, and learn the skills of marksmanship while shooting the rifles on the official Biathlon range.  This experience can be a stand alone shooting lesson, or a modified Biathlon by bike or speed walk to get the heart pumping, and encourage a little friendly competition.

A delicious catered lunch will be enjoyed in the Whistler Olympic Park Daylodge.

Companions are also invited to the Sunday’s President’s Reception, the Monday’s Family Fun Night, and the Gala Banquet in the hotel on Tuesday evening.

Social Events

Sunday Presidents’ Reception

This opening networking event will include the CSGA’s and CSTA’s Presidents’ opening address and a rich cultural heritage experience featuring a traditional welcome, singing and drumming from the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations first nations, the First People of the Sea to Sky Valley.

Monday Family Fun Night

Attendees will be treated to a ‘A Night in the Clouds.’ Boarding the Whistler Express, attendees will be whisked away on a gondola to the Roundhouse Lodge at the top of BlackComb Mountain.  Dinner will be served in the mountain top chalet at 4,000 feet above which captures the natural beauty of the wilderness and provide fabulous views of the coastal mountains.

 

 

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