#YourStandardsYourSay 101: How to Have Your Say on the Organic Standards R...

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Our organic standards are up for review and it's time to have your say!

Is there something that really irks you about the Canada Organic Standards that you think needs changing? Do you feel lost in the system and want to know more about how it works?

Now's your chance. OCO is hosting an introductory webinar for organic stakeholders to learn more about how the process works and how to make a petition. While the review process is ongoing, the first round of petitions is due July 31st and we want to make sure you know how to put in your two cents.

But we know not everyone has the time to put in their own petition. That's why participants will also get a chance to give OCO your thoughts on priorities for this review process. The webinar will include:

  • A quick overview of the Canadian Organic Regime and how the certification system works

  • Why it's important to review and update our standards

  • An overview of the petition and decision making process

  • A Q&A with experts in the field

  • An open call for member issues to be raised as part of the review process


Simon Jacques

Simon is OCO's representative on the Organic Federation of Canada and an Inspector and Input Review Officer for EcoCert Canada. He also farms 120 acres of organic field crops, and owns an organic mushroom compost business. Simon is deeply knowledgeable of Canada’s Organic Standards, and has a particular interest in the Organic Standards as they relate to crop inputs. He has participated in the OFC’s recent Standards Review Process in the “Permitted Substances List; Crops” working group, with the aim of making the Canadian Organic Standards more sustainable.

Rob Wallbridge

Rob is the Organic Specialist for Thompsons Limited and a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA-ON). Prior to that he operated a mixed farm, selling certified organic vegetables to consumers, retailers, and chefs in the Ottawa area, and worked as a consultant in the organic sector, including over 13 years on the Member Relations Team of the Organic Meadow Co-operative, providing extension services to organic and transitional-organic farmers across Ontario. He is an IOIA-trained organic inspector, has volunteered on the Livestock Working Group of the CGSB Technical Committee on Organic Standards since 2008, sits on the Organic Value Chain Round Table, and is an elected member of the Organic Standards Interpretation Committee.

Nicole Boudreau

Nicole Boudreau is a biologist (B.S.C. Sherbrooke University) and a communicator (B.A. McGill University). She has been involved in the Canadian organic sector since 2005, working as a supervision officer for CARTV, and being the coordinator of the Organic Federation of Canada since 2007. She is the manager of the Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee and the co-manager of the Organic Science Cluster II Project with the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada. She was the coordinator of the 2 year review of the Canadian Organic Standards that led to the publication of the 2015 version of the COS and is preparing the 2020 revision of the COS.


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You can receive a refund for your tickets up to 7 days before July 18th.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For more information and questions, please contact vigne@organiccouncil.ca.

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