Food In Canada

CanadaGAP announces Stakeholder Advisory Committee for 2019

By Food in Canada staff   

Regulation Business Operations Fruit & Vegetables

CanadaGAP  has announced its Stakeholder Advisory Committee members for 2019. The volunteer committee serves a technical advisory role to the CanAgPlus Board of Directors, meets annually and holds teleconferences as needed.

The Committee’s role is to:

  • Review updates to the CanadaGAP Audit Checklist
  • Review proposed revisions and updates to the CanadaGAP food safety manuals and HACCP models, as required
  • Review other technical matters related to the CanadaGAP program (e.g., self-assessment checklist and declaration of conformity, auditor training materials, etc.)

The Board elected one new member to fill a resignation and one member has been reappointed. A new chair has been selected to oversee the committee’s work. All other individuals are returning members.


Area of Expertise Appointee Affiliated Organization
Food Safety Eric Cheng Star Produce
Small Fruit, Potatoes, Vegetables Joanne Driscoll PEI Horticultural Association
Food Safety, Small Fruit Nadene Gurulé Agrifina Services
Repacking and Wholesaling, Vegetables, Potatoes Grant Hackman Peak of the Market
Food Safety Jeff Hall Canadian Produce Marketing Association
Potatoes Terence Hochstein Potato Growers of Alberta
Tree and Vine Fruit Stéphanie Levasseur Au Cœur de la pomme
Food Safety James Sefton Sefton Food Safety Consulting/Coaching
Vegetables, Potatoes Quinton Woods Gwillimdale Farms
Chair, Board liaison Cathy McKay Nature’s Bounty


Nominations to the Stakeholder Advisory Committee are accepted annually. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply through the nomination process each summer.

For more information on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, visit the CanadaGAP website at:

CanadaGAP® is a national, voluntary food safety program consisting of standards and a certification system for the safe production and handling of fresh fruits and vegetables. The program is officially recognized by the Government of Canada and by GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). Two manuals, one specific to greenhouse operations, the second for other fruit and vegetable operations, have been developed by the horticultural industry and reviewed for technical soundness by Canadian government officials. The manuals are designed for companies implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) in their fruit and vegetable production, packing and storage operations; for repackers and wholesalers implementing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and HACCP programs; and for produce brokers following supplier management and traceability best practices.

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