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Introducing CHC’s new President and Board of Directors

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Back Row: (left to right) Andrew Lovell, NB; Fred Steele, BC; Robert Purton, SK; Brian Gilroy, ON; Jocelyn St-Denis, QC; Adrian Huisman, ON.

Front Row: (left to right) Bar Hayre, BC; Beth Connery, MB; Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director, ON; Alvin Keenan, President, PEI; Keith Kuhl, MB; Stephanie Levasseur, QC; Peter Swetnam, NS.

Photo: Jody Mott.

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) is pleased to present its new President and Board of Directors for 2017-2018. President CHC’s Board of Directors has appointed Alvin Keenan, of Prince Edward Island, for the 2017-2018 term. Alvin started working with CHC in 1983. Since that time, he has advocated on a wide range of issues, including…

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Gary Linkletter receives 2017 Doug Connery Award for leadership excellence

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From left to right: Paulette Connery (wife of the late Doug Connery), Gary Linkletter, Keith Kuhl (outgoing CHC President). Photo: CHC

Keith Kuhl, outgoing President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), presented Gary Linkletter with the 2017 Doug Connery Award for leadership excellence during CHC’s annual general meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gary is a seventh-generation potato farmer from Prince Edward Island who has been advocating for the potato industry at a national level for many years.…

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AAFC announces $1M to support international bodies

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The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, recently announced a contribution of $1 million to support international bodies that develop standards for food safety and plant and animal health. The contribution of $1 million is allocated to eight (8) initiatives and projects as follows: CAN$325,000 to support accelerated delivery of scientific advice…

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IFPS launches mobile app for PLU codes

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The International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) has launched a user-friendly app to help users from across the supply chain to source PLUs. The launch of the app comes at a time when the demand for the voluntary codes, used for price identification at retail point of sale for fresh produce items that are sold…

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Have Your Say: Consultation on proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently launched a 90-day consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The current consultation follows a preliminary consultation that took place in 2015 that led to a reduction of regulatory burden, based on feedback from small businesses. If you import food or prepare food to be exported…

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CFIA cost recovery consultation

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing to streamline and update its cost recovery program. Currently, hundreds of sector-specific CFIA fees are in place, which creates complexity and inconsistencies in how fees are calculated. In addition, most of the CFIA’s fees have not changed since the organization was created almost 20 years ago, but the…

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CHC hosts greenhouse sector research strategy workshop in preparation for Cluster 3 funding proposals

Khalid Boulhrazioui, Director of Research and Development for Les Serres Stéphane Bertrand Mirabel, participates in a strategy workshop hosted by CHC. Such workshops are essential to the development of proposals under Canada’s Agri-Science Cluster funding stream.
Khalid Boulhrazioui, Director of Research and Development for Les Serres Stéphane Bertrand Mirabel, participates in a strategy workshop hosted by CHC. Such workshops are essential to the development of proposals under Canada’s Agri-Science Cluster funding stream. Photo: David Folkerson

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) has begun to host research strategy workshops for its commodity sectors. These workshops are essential in developing strategies that will form the backbone of CHC’s proposal under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Agri-Science Cluster 3 funding stream. As part of this initiative, CHC recently hosted a workshop for greenhouse representatives. Participants…

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CHC greenhouse representatives discuss national carbon pricing with key advisors to Minister of the Environment

CHC Executive Director provides organizational update at OFVGA Annual General Meeting

From left to right: Rebecca Lee, Executive Director, CHC; Alison Robertson, Executive Director, OFVGA; Jan VanderHout, Incoming President, OFVGA. Rebecca Lee provided an update on CHC activities at OFVGA’s 2017 AGM. Photo: CHC
From left to right: Rebecca Lee, Executive Director, CHC; Alison Robertson, Executive Director, OFVGA; Jan VanderHout, Incoming President, OFVGA. Rebecca Lee provided an update on CHC activities at OFVGA’s 2017 AGM. Photo: CHC

Rebecca Lee of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) provided an update on CHC activities at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). Rebecca’s presentation included an update on new staff, recent government relations activities, progress on key files, an overview of CHC’s governance structure, and relationships with key…

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Organizational strategy, mission, and vision developed by CHC governing body and staff

Strategic planning session in Ottawa. Photo: D. Folkerson
Strategic planning session in Ottawa. Photo: D. Folkerson

Organizations need to occasionally check what direction they are moving in to make sure they’re still going where they want to go. With this in mind, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and staff recently participated in a planning session to discuss the organization’s high-level strategy. The group discussed CHC’s mission…

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