Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan


September 28, 2015

Nominations open for CSDCS directors

Nominations are being accepted for four directors of the Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan (CSDCS). 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 CSDCS was constituted by the Saskatchewan Agri-Food Act in February 2006. The CSDCS board consists of seven elected directors who, as representatives of all Saskatchewan canary seed producers, direct the operations and programs of the CSDCS.

Directors are not paid a salary; however, they do receive a per diem for the actual days spent on CSDCS business. Expenses are also reimbursed. CSDCS Directors attend approximately five regular board meetings per year and are sometimes called upon to represent the CSDCS at meetings and major conferences that help shape the canary seed 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 CSDCS. A registered canary seed producer is any producer who has had a Saskatchewan canary seed levy deducted in the last three years. All producers selling Saskatchewan-grown canary seed to registered buyers are automatically registered with the CSDCS. 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 CSDCS 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 canary seed 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 CSDCS Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon

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