Dear members of the Plant Canada,
The end of the year is a time to take stock and reflect—not just on how far we’ve come, but also on our goals for the year to come.
Some of the Plant Canada’s achievements during 2017 include: Plant Canada sponsored two cash awards for student presentations – to a graduate student (BSA and CSPB Alberta Regional group meeting) and to an elementary student for a science fair project in Lethbridge, AB; Equality and Diversity Policy for Plant Canada was developed by Plant Canada BOD; Plant Canada, which was incorporated on July 31, 2015, held its second annual meeting of members on October 19 , 2017 and Plant Canada members approved amendments to the PC by-law; in June 2017, I met with some of the members of the Executive Boards of Global Plant Council and American society of Plant Biologists in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
I represented Plant Canada and my employer at National Plant Health Network to develop a strategy for Canada. I am pleased to say that the federal-provincial-territorial ministers of agriculture endorsed the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada. This is an important milestone.
On behalf of Plant Canada, I extend my thanks to the current PC Board, the members in each of the seven societies under Plant Canada umbrella, and the previous PC board for your contributions through out the year.
Our goals for 2018 include, obtaining charity status for Plant Canada, appointment of an auditor and find ways to raise funds and promote Plant Canada and its goals in Canada.
Most Importantly, please mark your calendars, Plant Canada 2019 meeting will be held from July 7-11, 2019 at the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. I look forward to your continued support with all the initiatives.
Please take some much deserved time over the holidays to relax and recharge with your family and friends.
I wish you peace, happiness and prosperity during the holiday season and for the coming year.
President, Plant Canada