Bylaw Development: A RED TAPE REDUCTION EFFORT
Creating a more streamlined process, especially when it comes to regulatory procedure, is a priority for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission.
As the Government of Alberta continues to reduce regulatory red tape, there’s an opportunity for Alberta Canola to help with this. Marketing Council, the oversight body for the 20 agricultural boards and commissions in Alberta, has directed Alberta Canola to develop bylaws that will help update the Alberta Canola Producers Marketing Plan Regulation. This will improve the overall regulatory process and adaptability in a dynamic agricultural environment.
In July 2020, changes were made to the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act (MAPA) that provides authority to develop bylaws. This means that Alberta Canola can now gain approval easier if there are changes to bylaws instead of facing the task of making changes to Marketing Plan Regulations.
This was an important step for enabling a more streamlined process. Bylaws function as alternate regulatory instruments and rules that support the governance of members and regulation of affairs that help the operation of the organization. In other words, the terms of office, elections of directors, general rights of producers and overall governance of the organization can now be removed from regulation and placed into bylaws.
In the past, Marketing Council required approval from Council and the Minister of Agriculture for regulatory changes. Now, they’ll be able to consider approval of proposed bylaw changes more efficiently as they only need Council review. Any changes that Alberta Canola wishes to make to its bylaws or regulations must be presented to the members for approval at the Annual General Meeting.
Alberta Canola will be targeting creation of bylaws to present to the membership for support at the 33rd Annual General Meeting on January 17, 2023. For more details on the Annual General Meeting please visit albertacanola.com/agm.
Alberta Canola welcomes Katie Elliott as Communications & Events Coordinator
Alberta Canola Producers Commission is pleased to announce that Katie Elliott has joined our team as the new communications & events coordinator.
Katie comes to us from CAREERS: The Next Generation, an organization that works with Alberta schools to connect students to employers for paid internships, where she has been working as marketing and communications coordinator since 2019. Katie will be assisting with Alberta Canola’s communication strategies and supporting and leading event coordination for in-person and virtual events.
Her experience in communications and event management will be a great addition to the Alberta Canola team. Katie is excited to join the team and looks forward to helping achieve Alberta Canola’s goals.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies in Professional Communications, a certificate in Project Management and diplomas in Journalism, and Acting for Film and Television.