Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan


September 28, 2015

Nominations open for CDCS directors

Nominations are being accepted for four directors of the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan (CDCS). Two positions went unfilled last year as there were insufficient nominations to fill all the open board positions.

Directors serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-election for one further term. The CDCS was constituted by the Saskatchewan Agri-Food Act in February 2006. The CDCS board consists of seven elected directors who, as representatives of all Saskatchewan canaryseed producers, direct the operations and programs of the CDCS.

Directors are not paid a salary; however, they do receive a per diem for the actual days spent on CDCS business. Expenses are also reimbursed. CDCS Directors attend approximately five regular board meetings per year and are sometimes called upon to represent the CDCS at meetings and major conferences that help shape the canaryseed industry. The total time commitment is typically fewer than six days per year.

To stand for office, nominate, or vote, a person must be a registered producer with the CDCS. A registered canaryseed producer is any producer who has had a Saskatchewan canaryseed levy deducted in the last three years. All producers selling Saskatchewan-grown canaryseed to registered buyers are automatically registered with the CDCS. A producer is no longer registered if they have requested a refund of their levy within the last two years.

A registered producer that is a corporation, association, society, or other designation is entitled to vote and to hold office through a designated representative who has been appointed in writing.

Nomination forms as well as Designated Voting Representative forms are available from the CDCS office, telephone: 306.975.6624. Completed forms must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday November 10, 2015. Forms need to signed by three registered canaryseed producers. You may want four or five signatures in case someone who signs isn't actually registered.

An election (if required) will be held by mailed ballot with election results announced at the Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon, SK, January 11, 2016.

Important Dates to Remember
November 10, 2015 - Nominations close 12:00 p.m. (noon)
November 24, 2015 - Ballots (if needed) to be mailed to registered producers
December 18, 2015 - Last day for ballots to be received
January 11, 2016 - Election results announced at the CDCS Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon

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