Current Year Plenary Sessions

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2023 Annual Meeting Plenary Session

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1. Welcome
  • Sheri Strydhorst, PGDC Executive - Chair
2. Retiree Recognitions

3. Plant Breeding Innovations
  1. Domestic and international regulatory landscape update
  2. Commercialization of PBI: Importance of stewardship and transparency
    • Jennifer Hubert, Executive Director, Plant Biotechnology, Crop Life CanadaRegulations, stewardship and transparency
  3. Enabling innovation through industry-led transparency initiatives
  4. Questions/Discussion

4. Regional vs National Registration
  1. Variety Registration: Regional Restrictions Applied to National Registrations
    • Mark Forhan, Team Lead, Variety Registration Office, CFIA
  2. CGC Variety Designation List
    • Derek Bunkowsky, Chief Grain Inspector for Canada, Canadian Grain Commission
  3. Questions/Discussion

5. An Update from CFIA to the Variety Registration Recommending Committees in Canada
  1. Heather Ryan, Program Specialist, Variety Registration, CFIA
    1. Update on Seed Regulator Modernization Initiative (2020-2024)
    2. New online variety registration application system (A brief how-to)
    3. Live Questions/Discussion

6. Adjourn for Lunch