Welcome to CSTA’s Semi-Annual meeting! Each year, this meeting rotates between the East and the West and I am very pleased to host you in Calgary this year and experience the best of the West!

Since the success of our Annual Meeting last July in Whistler, British Columbia, CSTA has continued to make progress on key items. The Seed Synergy Partnership is moving forward with the transition team, led by Strategy Corp, to create the seed industry of the future. We will continue to keep our members informed as this journey continues. There is also continued momentum on the value creation discussion. Our objective is to garner support for the Seed Value Use Agreement (SVUA) as the Government of Canada decides on the best model.

We have worked hard to bring you several informative days of programming at this year’s Semi-Annual Meeting. The agenda includes meetings for committees and working groups, as well as some time for networking with our President’s Reception and Delegate Reception. We are also pleased to be hosting another Nourishing Diversity Breakfast.

Once again, CSTA’s Semi-Annual Meeting falls just ahead of the GrowCanada Conference which takes place in the same location later in the week. At GrowCanada, CSTA is delighted to sponsor the Future Influencers program again in 2019. This program provides a unique opportunity for participating students to meet the leaders of some of the world’s most important agriculture and food companies and organizations, take part in industry discussions, and provide an important youth perspective.

On behalf of the CSTA Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your attendance. We hope that this meeting will provide a useful update on our mid-year progress and some time to catch up with colleagues old and new.

Sincerely,

Georges Chaussé
2019-2020 President