CSTA recognizes and honours individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the Canadian seed industry, the seed trade and CSTA, and through those contributions, to Canadian agriculture and the economy of our country. At CSTA's 96th Annual Meeting, three prestigious awards were presented at the CSTA Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon.

2019 Plant Breeding and Genetics Award: Dr. Pierre Hucl

The Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award is co-sponsored by the Canadian Seed Trade Association and Germination Magazine and is presented to a public or private sector researcher who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of Canadian plant agriculture through research in plant breeding and genetics. Individuals are nominated by their peers and are selected by the CSTA Board of Directors.

Dr. Hucl is the current senior spring wheat and canary seed breeder at the Crop Development Centre in Saskatchewan. He is an internationally recognized, innovative plant breeder, having released over 50 cultivars of wheat, canary seed and pulse crops.

2019 CSTA Seed Achievement Award: Brian McNaughton

The CSTA Seed Achievement Award recognizes and honours significant contributions to the Canadian seed industry. It is presented to an individual engaged in a private seed business or public institution based in Canada. Individuals are nominated by their peers and are selected by the CSTA Board of Directors.

Brian has been active in the Canadian seed industry since the mid 1980’s, starting his career with Conti Seed in Carman, Manitoba and starting HyTech Production Ltd. in 1998. Brian was a founding member of the CSTA Hybrid Canola Committee, in which he remains engaged to this day.

2019 CSTA Honorary Life Membership Award: Patty Townsend

The CSTA Honorary Life Membership Award is presented to an individual in honour of his or her significant volunteer contribution to the Canadian seed trade and to the Canadian Seed Trade Association. Honorary Life Members have the same privileges accorded to CSTA Associate Members.

Patty originally joined CSTA as Vice-President and became CEO in 2011. Patty focused on creating collaboration and consensus with producer organizations across the country. Her efforts in this area were highlighted by the formation of Partners in Innovation, bringing together grower and industry organizations in support of investment and innovation in plant breeding to support the future of Canadian agriculture. Note: This award was received by video presentation.