Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are reviewed on an annual basis and as necessary to fill or address gaps with in the CPMA committee structure.  Identified opportunities will be noted on CPMA’s website when available.  Volunteers can apply to serve on the CPMA Board or on the various CPMA committees.

CPMA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of CPMA is charged, on behalf of its membership, with the responsible oversight of the Association.  As such, the Board is accountable to CPMA’s members.  The Board is the highest decision making authority within the organization.  The overall role of the Board focuses on governance and stewardship of CPMA, which designates the responsibility of the Board to manage or supervise those who manage the business and affairs of CPMA.

The governance goal of the Board is to enhance executive decision making for the purpose of improving the performance of the Association.

The CPMA Board is diverse in representation of the geographic profile of the membership and representative of the diversity of the produce industry.

Criteria for Participation:
  • Strong inter-personal communications skills, able to provide facilitative leadership and enforce group discipline on board processes.
  • Strong understanding and experience with the appropriate roles, group processes and corporate bylaws and policies that form systems of corporate governance.
  • Demonstrated judgment and integrity in an oversight role.
  • The ability to creatively and strategically envision future strategy and to understand existing strategy and its implications.
  • Consideration will be given to volunteers with experience serving on a CPMA committee.
  • Experience serving on a not-for-profit board or governance committee or senior level experience working with other boards.
Time/Travel Commitment:  The Board meets twice a year at CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Semi-Annual Board & Committee Meetings. 
Ad hoc conference calls or meetings may be convened as required.
 
Corporate Development Committee
CPMA Government Issue Management (CGIM) Industry Committee
CPMA Industry Technology Advisory Committee (CITAC)
Education Committee
Food Safety Committee
Marketing & Promotions Committee
Membership Committee
North American Trade Committee

Corporate Development Committee

The Corporate Development Committee participates in CPMA donor outreach and management via the Center Plate program. Committee members are assigned a list of donor organizations to solicit financial support for CPMA programs and events.

Criteria for Participation:
  • Provide leadership and direction related to Association corporate development program.
  • Be a sound strategic thinker.
  • Understand the complexities of the produce industry and opportunities for development.
  • Willing and able to solicit industry colleagues to support CPMA and industry based programs.
Time/Travel Commitment: The Committee typically meets twice a year at CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Semi-Annual Board & Committee Meetings.  Ad hoc conference calls or meetings may be convened as required.
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CPMA Government Issue Management (CGIM) Industry Committee

Committee members will consider and provide input to resolution of barriers to trade and guidance to facilitate the marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada on issues relevant to government relations including: customs, plant health, pesticides, labelling, organic/growing methodologies, food safety, health and nutrition, sustainability, fair and ethical trading practices, and transportation.

Criteria for Participation:
  • Issue management experience within the produce industry an asset
  • Experience in government relations or advocacy and asset
  • Demonstrate leadership , analytical and critical thinking
  • Members must be responsible (specifically or broad based) for issues related to government relations as noted above.
  • Participate in the broader CGIM Working Group.
  • Be willing and knowledgeable to “champion” the issue/ask as outlined by the Committee.
Time/Travel Commitment:  The Committee typically meets four times a year in May and November in Ottawa and in conjunction with CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Semi-Annual Board & Committee Meetings.  Ad hoc conference calls or meetings may be convened as required.
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CPMA Industry Technology Advisory Committee (CITAC)

CITAC members guide CPMA efforts in supply chain technology including product identification, data synchronization and traceability.  CITAC provides a forum for strategy development to achieve sector-specific solutions to supply chain issues impacted by industry technologies.

Criteria for Participation:
  • Members must have expertise in supply chain efficiencies which impact the produce industry (e.g. produce identification, data synchronization, EDI, traceability).
Time/Travel Commitment:  The Committee typically meets twice a year at CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Semi-Annual Board & Committee Meetings.  Ad hoc conference calls or meetings may be convened as required.
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Education Committee

Committee members guide CPMA efforts to develop and deliver a quality educational program for CPMA members.  The main goal of education efforts is to address education needs and issues related specifically to the industry supply chain and CPMA membership.

Criteria for Participation:
  • Experience in education, career development or other specific skills to support industry education and training.
  • Members should be responsible for, or have input to, education for their organization.
Time/Travel Commitment:  The Committee typically meets twice a year at CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Semi-Annual Board & Committee Meetings.  Ad hoc conference calls or meetings may be convened as required.
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Food Safety Committee

Committee members consider and offer expertise on all issues impacting food safety for CPMA members guiding decisions on areas of focus, issue management and strategic engagement in other efforts including government consultations and stakeholder collaboration.

Criteria for Participation:
  • Members should have food safety expertise responsibility for food safety within their organization.
Time/Travel Commitment:  The Committee typically meets twice a year at CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Semi-Annual Board & Committee Meetings.  Ad hoc conference calls or meetings may be convened as required.
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Marketing & Promotions Committee

Committee members provide guidance for CPMA consumer outreach programs including the Half Your Plate and the Freggie™ Children’s Program.  The Committee provides strategic direction and program development support.

Criteria for Participation:
  • Members should have knowledge of marketing tools and approaches.
  • Provide leadership and direction related to program development.
  • Be a sound strategic thinker.
  • Understand or work in direct to consumer marketing, media relations, merchandising, produce sales, health and nutrition.
Time/Travel Commitment:  The Committee typically meets twice a year at CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Semi-Annual Board & Committee Meetings.  Ad hoc conference calls or meetings may be convened as required.
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Membership Committee

The Membership Committee supports CPMA growth and member retention by identifying potential new member companies and participating in outreach to current and lapsed members.  This Committee helps to define membership value and provides feedback about members’ needs and priorities.

Criteria for Participation:
  • Members must have an understanding of the global produce supply chain.
  • Be willing and knowledgeable to “champion” and promote membership as outlined by the Committee.
  • Understand the complexities of the produce industry and opportunities for development.
  • Willing and able to solicit industry colleagues to support CPMA and industry based programs.
Time/Travel Commitment:  The Committee typically meets twice a year at CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and Semi-Annual Board & Committee Meetings.  Conference calls occur between these meetings.
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North American Trade Committee

The North American Trade Committee provides a focal point for building collaborative actions to address common issues impacting trade across North America.  The Committee membership includes industry from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico with engagement/participation of federal officials as required by the subject matter/issues for consideration by the Committee.

Criteria for Participation:
  • Members must represent businesses/organizations doing business across North America.
  • Committee must encompass the North American produce supply chain.
  • Members must have issue management experience within the produce industry.
Time/Travel Commitment:  The Committee meets twice a year at the PMA Fresh Summit and CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show.  Ad hoc conference calls or meetings may be convened as required.
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