2017-2018 Committee Leadership Listing

Many of the issues addressed by the Canadian Seed Trade Association are driven by member representatives on CSTA committees. CSTA members help to determine the future of the seed industry through active participation. Our success depends on your involvement as we set goals, shape policy and advocate for the industry.

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Biotechnology

  • Chair – Kent Hall
  • Vice-Chair – Lucy Reed
  • Secretary – Chris Hewitt
  • Board Liaison – Doug Alderman
CSTA's Biotechnology Committee advises and informs the CSTA Board of Directors on issues of specific interest and importance to CSTA's Biotech company members. The main areas of focus are Plant Breeding Innovation, Post-Patent traits and a Low Level Presence Policy for Seed.
golden wheat field and sunny day

Corn, Soybeans and Eastern Cereals

  • Chair – Rick Van Laecke
  • Vice-Chair – Phil Bailey
  • Secretary – Sean Dawe
  • Board Liaison – Marty Vermey
CSTA's Corn, Soybeans and Eastern Cereals Committee advises and informs the CSTA Board of Directors on issues of specific interest and importance to CSTA's corn, soybean and eastern cereals seed company members. It covers a wide range of topics including: pollinator health, harmonization of provincial trials and labour shortages. A number of participants serve on a variety of crop specific and regional committees like the Manitoba Corn Committee and report back to CSTA.
countryside meadow covered with alfalfa res

Forage and Turf

  • Chair – Erick Lutterotti
  • Vice-Chair – Christian Duchesneau
  • Secretary – Joel Rey
  • Board Liaison – Darrell Dziver
The Forage and Turf Committee of the CSTA advises and informs the CSTA Board of Directors on issues of specific interest and importance to CSTA's forage and turf seed company members. It is interested in the Canadian Forage Seed Project, Incorporation by Reference, CSGA Mechanical Impurity Standards in Forage and Turf grasses and Forage Seed Regulatory Modernization. A number of participants serve on crop specific and regional committees such as the Ontario Forage Committee and provide updates to CSTA.
detail of flowering rapeseed - Brassica Napus

Hybrid Canola Seed Production
Sub-Committee

  • Chair: Rick Bannerman
  • Secretary: Chris Nish
The Hybrid Canola Seed Production Sub-Committee deals with issues specific to hybrid canola, for example, providing input for the updated draft of the Circular 6 modernization and establishing a working group for volunteer management. It reports back to the Oilseeds, Pulses and Western Cereals Committee.
Agronomist Using a Tablet in an Agricultural Field

Intellectual Property

  • Chair – Carol Saunders
  • Vice-Chair – Darcy Pawlik
  • Secretary – Vacant
  • Board Liaison – Todd Hyra
The Intellectual Property Committee of CSTA advises and informs the CSTA Board of Directors on issues related to the protection of intellectual property. Its main concerns are Plant Breeders Rights education and mechanisms of Value Creation to improve investments in plant breeding and variety development. A member of the committee is also represented on the CFIA Plant Breeders' Rights Advisory Committee.
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International

  • Chair – Alfonso Parra
  • Vice-Chair – Ellen Sparry
  • Secretary – Claire Cowan
  • Board Liaison – Ellen Sparry
CSTA's International Committee advises and informs the CSTA Board of Directors on international issues that do or can impact the achievement of CSTA's 'open trade of seed' objective. This committee is interested in international trade negotiations, non-tariff trade barriers and international phytosanitary standards. Participants are also active in international organizations such as the International Seed Federation (ISF), Seed Association of the Americas (SAA) and North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO).
Blue flax lax field

Oilseeds, Pulses and Western Cereals

  • Chair – Denise Schmidt
  • Vice-Chair – Tom Greaves
  • Secretary – Wade Stocker
  • Board Liaison – George Lammertsen
The Oilseeds, Pulses and Western Cereals Committee of the of the CSTA advises and informs the CSTA Board of Directors on matters of specific interest and importance to CSTA's oilseed, pulses and western cereal seed company members. Its priorities are the Alberta Fusarium Management Plan, Variety Registration & Wheat Classes and Canola Varietal Purity. Attached to this committee is the Hybrid-Canola sub-committee plus a variety of crop specific and regional committees such as the Alberta Regional Variety Advisory Committee.
3.4 Seed Applied Tech

Seed Applied Technologies

  • Chair – Brent Collins
  • Vice-Chair – Curtis Van Laecke
  • Secretary – Mike Verhoef
  • Board Liaison – Duane Johnson
CSTA's Seed Applied Technologies committee advises and informs the CSTA Board of Directors on issues related to the domestic and international regulation of seed applied technologies and treated seed. It looks to foster positive perception of seed treatment technology and is concerned with the re-evaluation of neonicotinoid seed treatments. In addition, it advocates for a CFIA modernization of fertilizer regulations including biologicals, inoculants and micronutrients.