Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan


August 23, 2021

Nominations open for CSDCS Director
Nomination deadline – October 6, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Nominations are being accepted for one director position on the board of the Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan (CSDCS).

Directors serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-election for an additional two terms. The CSDCS board consists of up to seven elected directors who represent all Saskatchewan Canary seed producers and 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. Some meetings may be held by Zoom.

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, and who has not requested a refund in the last year of levy payment. All producers selling Saskatchewan-grown Canary seed to registered buyers are automatically registered with the CSDCS.

A registered producer that is a corporation, association, society, farming partnership, producer who has sold jointly with another individual or individuals, or any designation other than an individual, is entitled to nominate, vote and hold office through a designated representative who has been appointed in writing. Completion of a Designated Voting Representative Form is required.

The nomination form and Designated Voting Representative form are available from the CSDCS office via telephone: 306.975.6624. Nomination forms are also available for download below:

Completed forms must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Forms need to be signed by three registered Canary seed producers and they must provide Designated Voting Rep forms if Canary seed was not sold in the individual’s name. You may want four or five signatures in case someone who signs isn't actually registered. It is also important to send forms in well before October 6th so any issues can be addressed before the deadline.

New this year is the requirement for a bio of up to 300 words to accompany each nomination. The bio can include information on the candidate’s background, farming operation and ideas for advancing Canary seed. In the event of an election, candidate bios will be provided to voters.

The Returning Officer’s contact information including email, fax and phone number are included on the nomination form and completed nominations may be submitted by email, mail or fax.

An election (if required) will be held electronically with a mail-in ballot option. The new director officially assumes their position after the Annual General Meeting, which will be held in Saskatoon, SK on January 10, 2022.


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