Organic Standards Review: Webinar Series

Did you know that the Canadian Organic Standards are currently up for review? Like all national standards, the COS must be updated every five years to ensure they remain relevant and useful to organic stakeholders. You can read more about the current Standards review here.

Throughout the review process, OCO wants to advocate for our members’ concerns to the best of our ability. Is there something about the Standards that you want to see changed, or do you feel lost in the system and in need of clarification? We want to help! In the coming weeks, we will be hosting a series of webinars that shed light on some of the more contentious issues that are slated for discussion this Standards review. All webinars will feature a Q&A period with experts in each respective field, so you will have a chance to ask questions or seek clarification about some of the finer details contained in the COS. Here’s a look at what we’ve planned so far:

#YourStandardsYourSay – Small-Scale Solutions: Sept. 5, 12-1:30pm

  • Carolyn Young, Organic Council of Ontario, Executive Director
    ~Results from the Ontario small-scale certification solutions survey~ 
  • Tony McQuail, Meeting Place Organic Farm
    ~Recommendations from the OFC working group and reactions to findings~
  • Dave Lockman, Procert Certification Program Manager
    ~Procert’s Local organic program and thoughts on national level changes~
  • Cameron Dale, Evergreen Brickworks Farmers’ Market, Project Manager
    ~Evergreen Brickworks’ farmers’ market peer-to-peer verification pilot~
  • Rochelle Eisen, BC Organic expert and COG President
    ~Experiences with small-scale certification solutions in BC~

#YourStandardsYourSay – Something Fishy About Aquaponics?: Oct. 10, 12-1:30pm

  • Justin Henry, Aquaculture Consultant and Chair of the Aquaponics Technical Committee
  • Allison Grant, Southfield Organics
  • Tyler Levitan, Canada Organic Trade Association, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Ian Ritchie, Greenbelt Microgreens, Marketing and Business Development Manager
  • Frederick Miner, Miner Aquagreens, Founder and CEO
  • Brandon Hebor, Rafterra, Founder and CEO
  • Marco DeLeonardi, Freeman Herbs, R & D Operations Manager

With support from:


#YourStandardsYourSay – Parallel Production: Oct. 24, 12-1:30pm

  • Hugh Martin, Chair of Standards Interpretation Committee
  • Joel Aitken, EcoCert Inspector Coordinator
  • Mike MacGillivray, Kirkview Farms
  • Andrew St. Jean, Beechwood Agriservices
  • Rob Wallbridge, Thompson’s Ltd.

#YourStandardsYourSay – Cannabis: Nov. 28, 12-1:30pm

  • Av Singh, Cannabis Consultant
  • David Perron, The Green Organic Dutchman
  • Adam Gibson, Canadian Health Food Association
  • David Cohlmeyer, consultant on behalf of dicentra Cannabis Consulting

#YourStandardsYourSay – Livestock Outdoor Access: Rescheduled to Feb. 12, 12-1:30pm

  • Francois Labelle, Valacta (chair of livestock working group)
  • Lynn Kavanagh, World Animal Protection
  • Gerald Poechman, Peochman Family Farms
  • Katrina McQuail, Meeting Place Organic Farm
  • Joel Aitken, Ecocert Canada

Keep an eye on this page for up-to-date information about our webinar schedule and speakers. We’d love to have you join us!

If you’d like to sponsor one or several webinars propose a webinar topic or provide input on the review, please contact us for details. 
Thanks to our part series sponsors Freeman Herbs and Cambrian Solutions.

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