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January 2022
A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Greetings!

As always, the beginning of a new year brings us closer to our Annual General Meeting and all the preparations that make it a success. The still constantly changing health context has led more adaptations on the part of everyone over the last two years, and has again required us to consider the implications, despite provinces gradually reopening, of holding an in-person event. The safety of our members and their workers is our primary concern, and while we had been looking forward to seeing you all this year in person, we have made the decision to proceed with a fully virtual format. While the AGM is still scheduled to take place the week of March 7, 2022, we will be working quickly to adjust the schedule. Please keep an eye out for updates on preparatory meetings, AGM agenda and virtual registration details as they become available in the coming days. 

In the meantime, I would like to draw your attention to the three awards presented each year at our AGM. If you know someone who has made a positive impact on the Canadian horticultural industry in the past year, please be sure to nominate them. See details below for further information and criteria.

 
We continue to meet with key members of parliament to address ongoing North American supply chain issues that have been affecting fruit and vegetable growers. Addressing these issues is a top priority for us at CHC and we will remain diligent in gaining support from our federal government. 

To this point, we have met with several key MPs, and have raised the impacts these disruptions are having on our growers. We have received positive reactions to our request for a Supply Chain Commissioner to help bring together the necessary government decision-makers and will continue working with the relevant Committees to provide support.

We are optimistic that 2022 will be a strong year for our sector, and we look forward to working with the Canadian agriculture industry and federal government to ensure positive results for Canada’s fresh fruit and vegetable industry. 

 


Rebecca Lee
Executive Director
Canadian Horticultural Council 

 
IMPORTANT INDUSTRY UPDATES
New report reiterates the importance of protecting Canada's farm plants

Protecting Canada’s plants will be imperative to sustaining the health and wealth they provide, according to a new report from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA). This is especially important right now as our native plants, from farms to forests, face increasingly complex threats, the report concluded. 

Climate change has further exacerbated existing risks, such as extreme weather events, disease, and predators, while the increasing global movement of people and goods and evolutionary processes add to the threat, demanding a change in Canada’s approach to protecting plant health. 

Read more

 
CanadaGAP announces new options for non-GFSI-recognized certification

CanadaGAP is introducing two new non-GFSI-recognized certification options in response to stakeholder requests. Effective April 1, 2022, these options are available to operations whose customers do not require a GFSI-recognized certification. Learn more about the features of the new certification options here
 
Government of Canada launches call for nominations for new Science Advisory Committee on pest control products
 
Canadians have high expectations with regards to the transparency and sustainability of the pesticide review process, and the Government of Canada is committed to meeting these standards. On January 27, 2022, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, officially launched a call for nominations to create a new Science Advisory Committee on Pest Control Products in Canada.
 
Read the full news release here.
ASSOCIATE OF THE MONTH

Bayer CropScience Canada

Health for all, Hunger for none. This drives us towards a better tomorrow. Bayer believes human ingenuity can shape te future of agriculture. For 150+ years, we’ve used science and imagination to advance health and nutrition. We are committed to improving lives through a food system that is better for farmers, consumers and the planet. For more information visit www.cropscience.bayer.ca

GET TO KNOW YOUR INDUSTRY


Jocelyn Gibouleau
President, Les Productions Margiric Inc.

 

As an innovative company, Margiric continues to incorporate cutting-edge techniques into its processes, including plasticulture, drip irrigation and transplant production, to maximize the yield and quality of its fruits and vegetables. Over the years, Margiric has been able to adapt to market demand thanks to the determination and sense of innovation of its managers.

With 16 varieties of fruits and vegetables and more than 3,300 acres of cultivated land on Canadian and American soil, Margiric is one of the largest market gardeners in the industry. Its products are distributed throughout Quebec, Ontario and several American states.


Tell us about your job - what do you do day to day and what are your long-term goals? 

As the President of Margiric Group, I work with the company’s bank account manager, accountants and notary/lawyers. Most of my time is devoted to estimating the future production volumes for each crop, planning the planting schedule and phytosanitary treatments and fertilizer application on all production locations in Quebec, Ontario and Florida.  

My other responsibilities include being in charge of the purchase of all production inputs, and large-scale discussions with all major chain stores to decide annual volumes and prices. I keep Margiric‘s business competitive and innovative. 

Why did you choose to work in this industry? 

I have been working in it since I was very young.

What do you most respect/admire about Canadian growers? 

I admire their resilience when disaster strikes.

How has the pandemic affected your operation/organization? 

The pandemic has affected our business at all levels including labour shortage, input shortage and transportation of our products.

What do you see as a future challenge for the industry? 

Staying competitive with globalization 
and overcoming ongoing supply chain disruptions.

What is your favourite dish with Canadian fruit and veg? 

Almost all of them are my favourite!

UPCOMING EVENTS AND DEADLINES
 
Register now for Seed Summit 2022
 
Join Seed Summit 2022 for three virtual, free-of-charge sessions – Feb. 7, 14, and 23 – of engaging discussion to explore solutions for meaningful change. Organizers are welcoming all stakeholders and users of seeds. The Summit addresses crops in Part I of the Seed Regulations including vegetable seeds other than seed potatoes. Results from the summit will be documented and offered as a resource to inform the Seed Regulatory Modernization (SRM) process, which is ongoing.

The SRM process is a once in a generation occasion – a unique opportunity to shape the future of seeds in Canada. Now is the time to influence changes to how seeds are grown, processed, certified, and distributed in Canada.  Join fellow stakeholders for three days of discussion at Seed Summit 2022. Registration is free and open now – www.seedsummit.ca

 
Canadian Horticultural Council’s 2022 Annual General Meeting (Now Online Only!)

Our 2022 AGM, scheduled for the week of March 7, will now feature a fully virtual format. We look forward to this opportunity for leaders in fruit and vegetable production, business, and federal government to come together to discuss priority issues and decide on a course of action for addressing these issues in the coming year. 

Agenda and registration information is coming soon!
 

Award Nominations
 
Do you know someone who has made a positive impact on our industry and whose hard work and knowledge over the years have contributed significantly to horticulture?
 
Each year, CHC recognizes outstanding people in our industry through three awards, to be presented at our March AGM. 
 
The Doug Connery Award celebrates leaders who demonstrate exemplary passion, commitment and dedication to advancing the interests of Canada’s horticultural industry.

 Doug Connery award nomination form

The Honourary Life Member and Outstanding Achievement awards celebrate individuals who have made significant marks on our industry. Typically, these are granted based on merit in a particular year. We are currently welcoming nominations. Following are the criteria used in making the selection: 
 
HONOURARY LIFE MEMBERS 
 
Recognizing individuals that have demonstrated untiring efforts to improve the field of horticulture within or outside Canada through leadership, innovation, cooperation and hard work. The individual will have shown dedication, long term commitment and an outstanding contribution of time and effort.
 
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 
 
Recognizing dedication and service as a member of the Canadian Horticultural Council.
 
Please forward any candidates to admin@hortcouncil.ca  by February 11, 2022.

 
Future of Food Conference
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Join Farm Credit Canada (FCC) on Canada’s Agriculture Day for a virtual conference that will explore the path toward a resilient, vibrant and innovative Canadian agriculture and food industry.

The event will feature a panel of speakers and special guests including the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Mary Robinson, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

This event is free, register here

 
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