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Organics Value Chain Roundtable

Consumer demand for organically grown and processed food has increased dramatically in recent years. As a result, Canada's organic market is flourishing. Any agricultural product that is labelled organic must comply with Canadian organic standards.

The Organics Value Chain Roundtable builds a shared understanding of the Canadian organic sector's competitive position and creates consensus on how to improve its performance and profitability. Members represent multiple commodities and a wide cross section of the Canadian organic value chain including producers, processors, distributors, retailers, food service and exporters, as well as provincial and federal government representatives.

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Task forces

The following task forces address challenges in the sector and develop action plans in strategic areas.

  • Data
  • Increasing Supply
  • Carbon Sequestration and Pricing
  • Organic Public Trust
  • Strategic Planning
  • Input List
  • Organics 3.0

Upcoming meeting

The next Roundtable meeting will take place in winter 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Meeting summary



  • Marie-Ève Levert - The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security
  • Alana Yuill - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


  • Allison Grant – Southfield Organics
  • Andrew Hammermeister – Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Dalhousie University
  • Marilynn Boehm – Organic Alberta
  • Tia Loftsgard – Canada Organic Trade Association
  • Connie Kehler – Canadian Herb, Specialty Ag and Natural Health Product Coalition
  • Dag Flack – Natures Path Foods Inc.
  • Jérôme-Antoine Brunelle – Union des producteurs agricoles
  • Keith Everts – Diamond Willow Range
  • Lisa Mumm – Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds
  • Ashley St Hilaire – Canadian Organic Growers
  • Marion McBride – Farmer Direct Cooperative
  • Sally Blackman – Canadian Produce Marketing Association
  • François Handfield – Ferme aux petits oignons
  • Tim Rundle – Creative Salmon
  • Jim Robbins – Organic Federation of Canada

Provincial governments

  • Dunling Wang – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
  • Laurie Adrien – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
  • Keri Sharpe – Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Laura Telford – Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
  • Nicolas Turgeon – Agriculture, Pêcheries et Alimentation Québec
  • Emma Holmes – British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
  • Anna North – British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture

Federal government

  • Valeriya Staykova – Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Marie-Claire Hurteau – Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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