Become a member of CSTA and join an organization that has been helping members do business in Canada and around the world since 1923.

CSTA represents a broad cross-section of Canadian businesses that are engaged in all aspects of seed research, production and marketing, both domestically and internationally. Membership ranges from those who market garden seed and herbs to large western grain handlers, and from small family-run businesses to large multinational corporations.

CSTA Works for You

CSTA keeps members informed of trends in the seed industry and helps solve specific seed-related challenges. CSTA works with government on behalf of the seed industry and represents the seed industry in provincial, national and international organizations. Our knowledgeable office staff are available to provide the information and tools you need for your business.

Your International Voice

CSTA is active internationally on your behalf. CSTA is an active member of the International Seed Federation (ISF). CSTA members automatically become members of ISF and benefit from its mandate to create the best environment for the global movement of seed and promote plant breeding and innovation in seed. CSTA is also an active member of the Seed Association of the Americas (SAA) and keeps members informed on issues and trends in the Americas. Through reciprocal appointments to each other’s Board of Directors and active participation at each other’s events, we have also created a strong link with the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA).

Great Information Network

Timely communication with members is a priority. Regulatory changes, industry trends, research developments and issues affecting the seed industry are highlighted in our weekly members-only newsletter, Trade Winds, and through email blasts and CSTA Alerts. CSTA members also gain access to our members’ only website, that includes alerts on priority issues, information on committee meetings, presentations, minutes, work plans and so much more. CSTA’s Annual (July) and Semi-Annual (November) meetings provide members with opportunities to network and establish valuable business connections. Our conventions feature full agendas that include current and emerging issues, opportunities to shape CSTA’s direction, and professional development opportunities.

Membership Structure
  • Active Members are individuals, firms, research institutions and corporations and bona fide divisions of corporations whose business is dealing in or selling seed and associated plant technologies delivered in or on the seed. Active Members have full privileges of the Association.  Active member representatives can nominate candidates and seek election to the Board of Directors. Once on the Board they can also be elected to serve on the CSTA Executive Committee.  Each Active member is entitled to one vote, in general session and on CSTA committees. Active Members are further subdivided between Canadian Members, Foreign Members and Broker Members.
  • Associate Members are companies that market products, other than seed, or services to the seed industry.  Associate members may include: media, seed labs, consultants, inspection services, equipment manufacturers and human resources companies. Associate members do not have the right to vote, and individuals from Associate member companies are not eligible to serve on the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.  Individuals from Associate member companies can be elected to serve as leaders of Committees and are encouraged to do so. In all other respects, Associate members are entitled to all privileges of the Association.
  • Affiliate Members represent regional, provincial, national or international associations which have a common interest with the Association.  Affiliate members may include: regional trade associations, crop improvement associations and seed certifying agencies, associations of seed technologists, universities, educational institutions and crown corporations. Affiliate members do not have the right to vote, and individuals from Affiliate member organizations are not eligible to serve on the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee. Individuals from Affiliate member organizations can be elected to serve as leaders of Committees and are encouraged to do so. In all other respects, Affiliate members are entitled to all privileges of the Association.
CSTA Membership Provides:
  • Access to industry information and members’ only website
  • Increased domestic and international contacts in seed research, production and marketing
  • International representation
  • Government advocacy for seed industry issues
  • A coordinated voice for the seed sector
  • Arbitration services
  • Professional and personal development
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Reduced cost for OECD seed exports
  • And much more!

 

Contact CSTA for a membership application and to learn more about the current fee schedule at 613-829-9527 or ksabourin@seedinnovation.ca.

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