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March 18, 2011 - It’s official. Starting in 2011, the “Industry Division” becomes the official name of Equine Canada’s Breeds & Industry Division. With the goal of clarifying its role within the national federation and within Canada’s equine industry overall, the “Industry” designator captures the broader scope of the Division’s activities and emphasizes that its areas of work and responsibility affect all stakeholders regardless of their sport, discipline or breed affiliation. The Industry Division represents the equine industry in all of its facets.

Along with breed registries, breed members and breeders, stakeholders include sport competitors, service providers, educational institutions, small businesses and corporations, agricultural organizations, humane societies, veterinarians and an infinite list of others with ties to the industry. The common dominator is the horse.

The Industry Division provides a structure for stakeholders to unite under Equine Canada. It provides a forum from which to seek and exchange information between stakeholders themselves as well as between Equine Canada, foreign entities and many branches of the Government of Canada including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. The Industry Division works to promote and assist a vibrant equine industry and to affect policy in Canada. Partners share resources and expertise with unity of purpose to increase the long-term profitability of Canada’s equine sector to ensure its future viability.

The 9-member Industry Council has a broad range of responsibilities including developing a national identification and traceability system for horses, promoting and marketing the development and sale of Canadian-bred horses, genetics and expertise, representing the equine industry to the federal government,  facilitating herd health, supporting equine improvement research, advocating for skills development and certification for industry employees, and representing the equine industry at various farmed animal industry organisations.

In 2011-2012, the Industry Council is comprised of:

•    Al Patterson, Ontario Equestrian Federation
•    Bernard McCormack, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society
•    Dean Leifso, Standardbred Canada
•    Edward Kendall, Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association
•    Gary Gushuliak, Manitoba Horse Council, Canadian Arabian Horse Registry
•    Gerald Wismer, Clydesdale Horse Association of Canada
•    Michael Boyd, Canadian Hanoverian Society
•    Orville Smith, BC Horse Council
•    Richard MacKenzie, American Saddlebred Horse Association of Canada

Representatives to the Equine Canada Board of Directors are Al Patterson and Marnie Somers (Canadian Quarter Horse Association).

In 2010-2011, 35,362 members of 12 organizations were affiliated with the Industry Division. As Equine Canada enters a renewed membership structure, an Industry Division affiliate membership strategy is being developed that will identify potential member organizations and the services Equine Canada can offer them in 2011 and beyond.