For Immediate Release
November 28, 2019
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance:
Annual Meeting and National Convention
“The energy from our members is incredible,” said Ted Haney, Executive Director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) as the Canadian Hemp Conference was wrapping up in Calgary, AB. “At a time when many industries are facing challenges, the hemp industry continues to grow year on year.”
The CHTA’s annual conference had over 490 participants from across Canada and around the world, coming from Europe, the USA, China, and Australia. Keith Jones, General Manager & CFO, Rowland Seeds Inc., and the newly elected President of the CHTA pointed out that “We are gratified with the number of participants at this convention. Each year the numbers get larger and the interest is growing. The CHTA represents all aspects of the industry: food, fibre, feed and fractions. We like to say we are ‘Firing on All Four Cylinders.’”
According to the association’s website, Canada’s hemp sector is growing and providing secure supplies of hemp seed, chaff and raw fibre and many processed and value-added products for domestic and international markets. The industry is highly regulated creating quality, safety and accountability across the entire industry. Together with a supportive scientific research community the hemp industry continues to develop new and innovative consumer products.
“This industry is based on the hard work of many people,” continued Jones. “Each year we honour a person who has led our industry - some in the forefront - some behind the scenes. This year we were thrilled to give the ‘Dr. Ernest Small Industry Leadership Award’ for 2019 to Russ Crawford, the out-going President of the CHTA.” Crawford, a long time industry stalwart was recognized for his work in both building the industry and the association. His award was greeted by a standing ovation from the assembled members at the convention banquet Tuesday night.
Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) is a national organization that promotes Canadian hemp products: food, feed, fractions and fibre, globally. Established in 2003, the Alliance represents those involved in Canada's hemp industry. Members include farmers, processors, manufacturers, researchers, entrepreneurs and marketers.