Seed World

Townsend Prepares to Step Down as CSTA’s Point Person

Last week at the Canadian Seed Trade Association’s February board meeting, CEO Patty Townsend notified the board that she would resign from her position, effective July 31.
“Patty led the charge on many issues that are important to the continued success of our industry, including modernization of the variety registration system and advocacy for passage of Bill C-18, just to name a few,” says Dave Baute, CSTA president. “Patty has also been able to bring industry organizations to the table to work for a common good, time and time again.”
CSTA is working with Scott Wolfe Management Inc. to conduct a thorough and consultative executive search to fill the position of executive director.
“I’m really proud of what we have accomplished at CSTA,” Townsend says. “But change is good. It’s going to be good for me, and I am sure that someone with new ideas and approaches will be good for the association.”
Upon stepping down, Townsend says that she’s going to spend a month or so “horsing around” at her equestrian facility, and then see what opportunities are out there.