CCA’s board committees make recommendations to the board of directors on how to best support Canadian beef producers. The committees are structured to deal with key issues affecting Canada’s beef cattle industry and are comprised of directors, at times industry representatives, plus a CCA staff representative.
Issues the committees address include animal health and care, sustainability and environment, foreign trade, domestic agriculture policy and regulation, and adding value and increasing competitiveness within the Canadian beef industry.
Animal Health and Care Committee
CCA’s Animal Care Committee merged with the Animal Health Committee in 2014, forming the new Animal Health and Care Committee. This committee is responsible for monitoring current issues and trends in animal health, care and welfare including federal legislation and regulation, activism, research and international bodies such as the OIE and the International Meat Secretariat. The CCA plays a prominent role at the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council; the National Farm Animal Care Council; and the Canadian Animal Health Coalition with representation on these respective Boards and Executives. The Animal Health and Care committee debates and recommends CCA policy and relays concerns regarding animal health and care issues to industry and government. The general objectives are to manage disease risk with the Canadian Beef Cattle On-Farm Biosecurity Standard and promote the production practices backed by the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle. For both animal health and animal care, the committee advocates for regulations that are based on sound, current science and do not unnecessarily impede trade. CCA staff: Jill Harvie and Rob McNabb.
Domestic Agriculture Policy and Regulations Committee
The Domestic Agriculture Policy and Regulations Committee deals with non-trade-related regulatory issues, including general government policy, safety nets and other regulations affecting cattle production. This committee also makes representation to the government and works with other committees or groups on issues of mutual interest. CCA staff: Brady Stadnicki.
The Environment Committee works to encourage environmentally sustainable production practices, appropriate government regulations/policy in the environmental field and communicating to the public that producers are responsible custodians of the natural resources they manage. The Environment Committee participates in many research and joint initiatives between industry, government and international groups. Another fundamental responsibility includes activities related to the promotion of The Environmental Stewardship Award (TESA). CCA staff: Fawn Jackson.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the general oversight of the management of the affairs of the association which includes developing and submitting the annual budgets for the CCA and its divisions (Canfax, Canfax Research Services and the Beef Cattle Research Council). The Executive is responsible for communications on industry issues and positions and establishing standing and ad hoc committees. Under the bylaws, the President in consultation with the officers, appoint the chairs and members to committees. The Executive can create the committees. CCA staff: Rob McNabb.
Foreign Trade Committee
The Foreign Trade Committee focuses on expanding and defending international market access for Canadian beef. The CCA wants to ensure that the Canadian beef industry has favourable access to international markets and is not exposed to unfair competition. This committee also works towards eliminating programs, measures and subsidies around the world that distort trade. CCA staff: John Masswohl, Mark Klassen, Dennis Laycraft.
Value Creation and Competitiveness Committee
The mandate of this committee is to seek out technologies, goods or services that create a more profitable business climate from birth to processing. The committee reviews issues related to competitiveness and adding value within the beef production chain. The committee also seeks to work with industry partners to recommend policy and relay concerns regarding meat inspection and food safety issues to industry and government. The general objectives are to ensure consumer confidence in the Canadian meat inspection system, and be recognized by trading partners as outstanding in the area of food safety relative to production practices. CCA staff: Mark Klassen, Terry Grajczyk.