CSTA names interim executive director


The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) wasted no time in filling the recently vacated role of executive director. Tyler McCann has been chosen by the board of directors to fill the position on an interim basis, replacing Dave Carey.

“CSTA is pleased to welcome Tyler McCann as interim executive director,” says Georges Chaussé, president of the CSTA. “By quickly filling the role, we are ensuring a smooth leadership transition for CSTA’s staff, board and members, and we look forward to continued progress on the issues that are important to our industry.”

McCann is no stranger to the organization, having been one of the authors of its market facilitation report, as well as supporting several other CSTA projects.

McCann is currently senior associate with T. Bjornson and Associates (B&A), an Ottawa-based consulting firm that works exclusively with agriculture and food organizations. Previously, he’s served as interim executive director for the Grain Growers of Canada, and has consulted on a variety of projects including strategy, policy, and international trade.


McCann also previously worked with the federal government, including almost ten years working for the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

In his role with CSTA, McCann will support the board of directors, provide oversight of financial issues, supervise staff and contractors, and act as the senior point of contact for the CSTA. McCann will also oversee ongoing projects, committees, advocacy, and policy work, to ensure momentum on key issues for CSTA members, including Seed Synergy, plant breeding innovation, value creation, and seed regulatory modernization.

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