This year’s Annual Meeting agenda features many exciting events. Please consult below for full details. CSGA's Annual Meeting Agenda can be found here.

July 6, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm CSTA Executive Committee Meeting
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm CSTA Opening Board of Directors Meeting
July 7, 2019
6:30 am – 3:00 pm CSTA's Annual Golf Tournament:

At one of Whistler's top rated golf courses, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club.
Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 6:30 am.
9:00 am - 11:00 am CSTA Annual Walk/Run (with walking and running guides)
    Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 8:50 am.
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Registration Desk (near lobby elevators)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Registration Desk, Woodlands Terrace
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Family Icebreaker Reception, Woodlands Terrace

An opportunity for kids and parents to come out, socialize and make friends ahead of the Children and Youth program and the Fun Night on Monday.
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CSGA and CSTA Joint Presidents' Reception, Woodlands Terrace

Featuring a traditional welcome, singing and drumming from the Squamish and Lil'wat Nations First Nations.
July 8, 2019
7:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration Desk, Macdonald Foyer
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast (meeting attendees only), Woodlands Terrace
8:00 am - 10:00 am Joint CSGA-CSTA Session: Seed Synergy, Macdonald Ballroom

This facilitated joint session will help determine the direction of the Seed Synergy initiative; with a focus on governance of a future National Seed Organization, and Seed Regulatory Modernization (SRM).
8:30 am - 3:00 pm Children and Youth Program, MacDonald Room F

Drop-off is available starting at 8:00 am. Continental breakfast available at 8:00 am for participants. Children 6-12 years will be departing at 8:30 am and Youth 13+ will be departing at 8:45 am. Both groups will be returning to the hotel around 3:30 pm for pick up.

Note: A waiver for the day needs to be signed by an adult.
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Companion Program, Empress Ballroom

Continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 am for Companions to sign-in and mingle before embarking on the day's activities. Bus will be departing at 9:15am sharp.
10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break, Macdonald Foyer
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Joint CSGA-CSTA Session: Seed Synergy continued, Macdonald Ballroom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (meeting attendees only), Woodlands Terrace
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CSTA General Session, Macdonald Ballroom
  • Welcome and President’s Address
  • Executive Director Report
  • Government Relations Update
  • Annual Business Meeting
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Refreshment Break, Macdonald Foyer
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Fireside Chat

The fireside chat will feature bestselling author Justin Kingsley. Named one of Canada’s most creative people by Marketing Magazine, Justin has turned the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises into global museum exhibitions, put a McDonald’s into the side of a mountain at a snowboarding competition, and developed award-winning communications strategies for UFC champ Georges St-Pierre and slogans for the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.
6:00 pm + CSGA and CSTA Fun Night - Everyone Welcome!

Celebrate the evening’s theme by wearing plaid for the Lumberjack and Lumberjill show. It can get chilly on top of the mountain so please come prepared for the weather. Please meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00 pm. It will take about 15 minutes to walk to the gondola and a shuttle will be available for those who prefer not to walk. Don’t forget your gondola ticket!
July 9, 2019
7:00 am – 4:00 pm Registration Desk, Macdonald Foyer
7:00 am – 8:00 am Nourishing Diversity Breakfast, Woodlands Terrace

Please join us for breakfast to raise awareness and explore the benefits of inclusion and diversity for the seed industry. Remarks will start at 7:20 am and conclude by 7:50 am. Please come early to ensure you have enough time to grab your breakfast and coffee before the speakers get started.

All meeting attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend.
8:00 am – 9:30 am Oilseeds, Pulses and Western Cereals Committee, Macdonald Room AB
9:30 am - 10:00 am Refreshment Break, Macdonald Foyer
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Joint CSGA-CSTA Session: Value Creation, Macdonald Ballroom

After 6 months of public and political attention, value creation remains in focus for the seed industry. This session will summarize the initial public consultations, discuss the Seed Variety Use Agreement pilot program and include a panel of industry experts to highlight the difference between the three value creation models.
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CSTA Awards Luncheon (delegates only), Macdonald Room CD
  • Dr. Pierre Hucl - Plant Breeding and Genetics Award
  • Brian McNaughton - Seed Achievement Award
  • Patty Townsend - Honorary Life Membership Award.
    Accepting award at the 2019 Semi-Annual meeting in Calgary

  • CSTA outgoing Board of Directors will also be recognized during lunch.
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Forage and Turf Committee, Macdonald Room AB
    3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Refreshment Break, Macdonald Foyer
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Seed Applied Technologies Committee, Macdonald Room AB
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Children's Dinner and Entertainment, Empress Ballroom

    Guests 6-12 years registered in the Children's Program are invited to attend a special Pizza Party with games and more.
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm CSGA and CSTA Joint Gala Banquet, Macdonald Ballroom
  • 6:00 pm - Cocktail Reception
  • 7:00 pm - Doors Open

    After dinner, this year’s Gala Banquet will feature keynote remarks from Jamie Clarke, an internationally acclaimed adventurer and business CEO. Jamie brings audiences on a unique journey on which he demonstrates the power of teamwork, innovative thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit to conquer any goal.
  • Wednesday
    July 10, 2019
    7:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Desk, Macdonald Foyer
    7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast (meeting attendees only), Woodlands Terrace
    8:00 am - 10:00 am Corn, Soybeans and Eastern Cereals Committee, Macdonald Ballroom
    10:00 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break, Macdonald Foyer
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm Joint CSGA-CSTA Session: Plant Breeding Innovation, Macdonald Ballroom

    This session will inform CSGA and CSTA members of the important work being completed by the Industry-Government Technical Working group to improve Canada’s Plants with Novel Traits system and provide updates on recent developments relating to transparency initiatives and global regulatory frameworks for plant breeding innovation.
    12:00 pm - 5:00 pm CSTA Closing Board of Directors Meeting