The objective of this Chair is to address the problems regarding the use of regulations as international trade barriers that have the very real probability of negatively impacting food security by restricting developing country farmers from accessing the full variety of tools possible. The research undertaken in the Chair will provide the industry with research from a neutral perspective, but one that will hold industry interests as a priority.

Funding provided by industry sponsors offers Dr. Smyth, the Chair of Agri-Food Innovation, to lead research and improve the understanding of new crop genetics by focusing on the core issues of governance, regulation and trade in order to add value to the genomic sciences. 

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and us is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high-value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries.

For further information on Bayer CropScience Inc., Canada visit:

If there were one word to explain what Monsanto is about, it would have to be farmers.
Billions of people depend upon what farmers do. And so will billions more. In the next few decades, farmers will have to grow as much food as they have in the past 10,000 years – combined. 
It is Monsanto's purpose to help farmers do exactly that.

To produce more food.
To produce more with less, conserving resources like soil and water.
And to improve lives.

They do this by selling seeds, traits developed through biotechnology, and crop protection chemicals.
The Monsanto Pledge is their commitment to how they do business. It is a declaration that compels them to listen more, to consider their actions and their impact broadly, and to lead responsibly. It helps Monsanto to convert their values into actions, and to make clear who they are and what they champion.

View Monsanto's Pledge »

For more information:
 Contact Form
(204) 985-1000

Monsanto Canada Inc
900 - One Research Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 6E3


Syngenta is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture. Our ambition is to bring greater food security in an environmentally sustainable way by creating a worldwide step-change in farm productivity. We are dedicated to the stewardship of our products through the management of our solutions throughout the product life cycle. Syngenta Canada Inc. provides integrated plant solutions through our Canadian business, managing products in crop protection, seed care, seeds, flowers and turf protection.

For more information:

Contact Syngenta
 @ Syngenta

Canada Inc. 
Head Office:
140 Research Lane 
Research Park 
Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Z3 
Ph: 519-836-5665 
Ph: 888-368-4211 
Suite 300, 6700 Macleod Trail South 
Calgary, Alberta T2H 0L3 
Ph: 403-219-5400 
Ph: 800-797-5040 
15910 Medway Road, RR 1 
Arva, Ontario N0M 1C0 
Ph: 519-461-0072 
Ph: 800-756-7333 
Fax: 888-717-7122 

Past and Present

SaskCanola (Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission) is a producer-led organization, established in 1991 and supported by some 26,000 levy-paying Saskatchewan canola producers.

Its mandate is to enhance canola producers' competitiveness and profitability through research, market development, extension, and policy development. The board of directors is composed of eight registered canola producers (click to meet the Board of Directors) that are elected by registered canola producers for a 4-year term. Elections are held every second year in the fall, next in 2014.


Growing canola's future for producer profitability.


To optimize canola producers' competitiveness and profitability through a producer controlled fund which directs research, market development, extension and policy development.


A 75 cent ($0.75) per tonne levy on Saskatchewan produced canola is collected by buyers at the time of sale and forwarded to SaskCanola. Any change to the levy level requires approval at an annual general meeting following notification of all Saskatchewan canola producers. The levy is refundable upon request by the producer.

Levy Dollars at Work for You

The levy of 75 cents per tonne sent to SaskCanola, and administered by the producer led board of directors, helps your canola business:

  • further explore and secure canola markets for producers nationally and internationally;
  • continue agronomic success, by working on important research that benefits producer profitability;
  • acquire the latest crop and farm business information through communications programs and services.

Your levy dollars are often matched by federal and provincial government funds to ensure that market access programs, canola oil promotion programs and research projects to benefit crop production are continued.

For more information:
(306) 975-0262
Toll Free: 1 (877) 241-7044


CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant science technologies, including pest control products and plant biotechnology, for use in agriculture, urban and public health settings.

At Croplife Canada they strive to ensure that the benefits of plant science innovations can be enjoyed by both farmers and consumers. CropLife Canada promotes sustainable agricultural practices and we are committed to protecting human health and the environment.

They have four priority areas of focus:

  • Increasing awareness, understanding and acceptance of the benefits, safety and sustainability of plant science innovations.
  • Securing legislation, regulation and policy that encourage science and industry innovation.
  • Being world-leaders in lifecycle stewardship of pest control products and plant biotechnology traits.
  • Forging and leading alliance(s) with stakeholder groups to help achieve the industry’s vision and sound public policy.

For more information:
General inquiries: (613) 230-9881 

As the world’s population increases at a rate of approximately 200,000 people per day or 70 million per year, food security continues to be an enormous global challenge. The United Nations forecasts that by 2050 the world’s population will grow by more than two billion people. In this regard, we are all faced with the enormous challenge of addressing global food security so that ultimately all people will have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. 

A spirit of partnership and shared interest in the world’s food security challenge led to the creation of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). Through a unique public-private partnership, founding partners, the PotashCorp, Province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan, joined forces to combine their resources and expertise and help to bring Saskatchewan-led solutions to the world by establishing GIFS in December 2012. It was followed by support from Viterra as the institute’s first ‘Innovation Partner’ in November 2013. 

Situated at the University of Saskatchewan and led by Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Maurice Moloney, the institute builds on Saskatchewan’s existing strength in crop production, food systems and its natural advantages to support global food security initiatives.

GIFS’ strategic research investments will result in much-needed technological, economic, nutritional and environmental improvements to the food supply system both in  Saskatchewan and around the world. GIFS is also focused on strengthening linkages among existing Saskatchewan research institutions and businesses as well as international linkages and collaborative partnerships in the delivery of research and innovation will that address the challenges of global food security.

For more information:
(306) 966-3701