SaskCanola and SaskFlax amalgamation approved
January 10, 2024 By Top Crop Manager
SaskCanola and SaskFlax are pleased to announce the successful approval of their amalgamation. This decision comes after resolutions were passed at both organizations’ annual general meetings in January 2023, calling for the two organizations to explore options for potential amalgamation over the past year.
SaskCanola and SaskFlax jointly held their annual general meetings this week to share the outcomes of feedback gathered through an online consultation survey from Saskatchewan’s canola and flax growers. The responses were overwhelmingly supportive of amalgamation.
Formal voting on the proposed amalgamation took place during the meetings and was met with widespread approval, signaling a historic moment for the canola and flax industries in Saskatchewan.
“The collaborative efforts are expected to streamline operations, enhance research initiatives and provide a more cohesive voice for oilseed growers in the province,” says Tracy Broughton, executive director at SaskCanola. “Both commissions will now work with Agri-Food Council to amend regulations as the amalgamation will officially commence at the start of the next crop year on Aug. 1.”
The SaskCanola board voted to maintain current leadership with Keith Fournier as chair and Dean Roberts as vice-chair. The SaskFlax board also voted to maintain current leadership with Greg Sundquist as chair and Patricia Lung as vice-chair. Both boards will continue to provide their respective leadership until the final audits are complete, at which point the single entity will emerge with one board and one staff.