Sask. adopts blended meeting style

Saskatchewan livestock meetings will go ahead this fall virtually, in person and both.

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association postponed its annual general meeting and convention in June and has scheduled a virtual meeting for Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

The Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association intends to hold its usual fall district meetings in person and virtually.

And the annual Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference held in January will be a virtual event.

SSGA general manager Chad MacPherson said there are still details to be finalized but a decision had to be made.

“My challenge is the voting and verifying voters,” he said.

Board elections are part of each annual meeting and seven director-at-large positions are expiring. MacPherson said he is trying to work out the best way to hold elections. It’s likely there will be a slate nominated ahead of time, rather than from the floor, and there will be a way to vote ahead of the meeting as well, in case internet connectivity is an issue.

The nomination deadline, as well as final date to submit resolutions, is Oct. 1.

He said he is still looking at platforms that best facilitate discussion for resolutions, which are an important part of member engagement, and at a reasonable cost.

“We’re trying to fulfill our duties and communicate with our members,” he said.

The in-person meeting had been scheduled for Assiniboia. The 2021 meeting will be held there.

Registration for the meeting and further details are available at www.skstockgrowers.com.

SCA chief executive officer Ryder Lee said district meetings will go ahead with taped presentations and in-person attendance as long as the COVID-19 rules are met. Numbers may have to be limited.

“We want to show up in communities,” he said. “It’s an important part of accountability.”

SCA represents all beef producers in the province who pay check-off fees.

Elections were to be held in five districts this year but directors were acclaimed in four of them. Leigh Rosengren returns in District 2, Keith Day in 3B, Levi Hull in 5 and Arnold Balicki in 9A.

In District 7, long-time director and former chair Paula Larson is not running again. Two candidates are vying for the position: William Coventry and Joleen Shea.

That election will be held during the Oct. 20 meeting in Kerrobert.

Lee said he is confident that the meetings can be done with physical distancing and that the right technology for voting can be found.

The meetings begin Oct. 19 and wind up Nov. 3. The complete schedule can be found at www.saskbeef.com.

The SCA annual meeting is held during SBIC along with presentations and other association meetings, and the organizing committee has already made the decision to hold a virtual event in January. It was to be held in person in Regina.

Both MacPherson and Lee said this will require some co-ordination because attendees won’t be able to move from room to room during concurrent sessions. The agenda for this conference is still in the works.

The SBIC is scheduled for Jan. 27-28.

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