Subject to member approval, the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA); the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC); the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI); and the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) will amalgamate to create Seeds Canada.

The vision for Seeds Canada remains the same – to become the leading voice of the Canadian seed sector, helping our members succeed and grow in Canada and around the world.

This is your guide to the Seeds Canada Ratification Package, which has been
updated to reflect one less amalgamating partner and to incorporate member feedback.

The value of Seeds Canada:

  • A streamlined national organization;
  • Best-in-class member and client services;
  • Excellence in professional development for members;
  • Strengthened industry competitiveness; and
  • Shaping a globally recognized industry that grows and innovates in every region and all segments of the value chain.

Benefits to members:

  • Access to increased staff resources;
  • Expanded IT platforms and member services;
  • Larger, more inclusive networking events;
  • A stronger lobbying voice;
  • More opportunities to engage, shape policies and improve public communications; and
  • Opportunities to participate in committees in both your area of expertise and other committees where you can expand your knowledge of the seed industry.

What’s Changed?

The biggest change is moving from five amalgamating partners to four.

Seed Certification services, which are offered by the Canadian Seed Growers Association, are no longer included.

The Board governance structure has been adjusted. Set Board positions and provincial representation have been removed.

Membership Structure

Membership in Seeds Canada will be voluntary and offered in three classes:

Seed Sector
Business Class Members

  • Members that derive revenue from activities along the seed industry value chain (i.e., seed companies, seed growers, distributors, developers, service providers, seed labs).
  • One membership per business entity.
  • This Class has voting rights and will adhere to the principle of “one member, one vote.”

Seed Sector
Affiliate Class Members

  • Public and not-for-profit institutions that represent segments or regions of the seed sector (i.e., provincial seed associations, universities, international associations).
  • This Class has access to membership services.
  • Candidates for governance positions may be drawn from this class.
  • No voting rights except in exceptional circumstances (same as in the original Seeds Canada proposal).

Seed Sector
Professional Class Members

  • Members that are individual professionals who provide support and/or quality assurance services (i.e., seed analysts, LSCI, graders, etc.).
  • This Class has access to membership services.
  • Candidates for governance positions may be drawn from this class.
  • No voting rights except in exceptional circumstance (same as in the original Seeds Canada proposal).

What’s Changed?

Even though the national seed grower association is no longer an amalgamating partner, the goal is still to have Seeds Canada’s voluntary membership include national and provincial seed associations, as well as seed growers from across the country.

SERVICE DELIVERY

Seeds Canada will continue to offer all original services offered by the four founding organizations:

MEMBER-BASED SERVICES

Services exclusive to members of Seeds Canada such as communications, regulatory affairs, professional development programming and advocacy.

CLIENT-BASED SERVICES

Services associated with seed industry regulation or operation and non-seed services such as organic certification. Services will be provided on a cost-recovery basis, paid for by the user (i.e., not subsidized by membership fees).

CORPORATE SERVICES

Services including human resources, financial services, Board governance and IM/IT.

Client-based services, such as audit services, will be a staff function at arm’s length from the Board.

Client-based services will be provided on a cost-recovery basis, paid for by the user.

GOVERNANCE: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Seeds Canada Board of Directors will emphasize the importance of democracy, diversity and inclusion. Its makeup will be based on a skills matrix that includes diversity in crop types, value chain segments, regions and governance skills. For example:

  • Seed sector experience
  • Value chain segment (seed grower, processor, distributor, breeder, analyst, etc.)
  • Commodity (corn, forage, soybean, canola, cereals, garden, vegetable, specialty, etc.)
  • Business model (exporter, broker, input supplier, service provider, etc.)
  • Region (East, West)
  • Skills and attributes (financial and accounting, governance, etc.)
  • Professional designation (seed analyst, etc.)
  • Language skills

There will be an inaugural 15-member Board of Directors with the future option to adjust the Board size to between 11 and 15 members.

What’s Changed?

The Board will not have set positions representing regional or value chain segments. Directors will be elected by Business Class Member voting.

A skills matrix will be used to ensure the broad, overall representation of the industry.

GOVERNANCE: COMMITTEES

Under the Board of Directors, there are three types of committees: Operating Committees, which oversee governance and finances; Steering Committees, strategic committees that meet regularly to review member & client services and provide advice on operations; and Policy & Issues Committees, which are the direct route for members to bring specific issues forward to Seeds Canada staff and Board.

What’s Changed?

The new structure clearly demonstrates the importance of member participation
and engagement.

Committees have been revamped to demonstrate the direct connection between members and the Board of Directors.