I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to the eleventh meeting of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the committee on Monday, January 31, 2022, the committee is meeting to study the state of Canada's supply chain.
Today’s meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House Order of Thursday, November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room or remotely using the Zoom application.
Based on the Board of Internal Economy directive of March 10, 2022, all those attending the meeting in person must wear a mask, except members when seated in their seats during parliamentary proceedings.
I'd like to make a few comments for the benefit of our witnesses and members.
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I remind everyone that all comments should be addressed through the chair. For members in the room, if you wish to speak, please raise your hand as always. For members on Zoom, please use the “raise hand” function. The clerk and I will manage the speaking order as well as we can, and we appreciate your patience and understanding in this regard.
Colleagues, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada's economy has been impacted, as you know, by global supply chain disruptions. This has only been exacerbated by recent natural disasters, including forest fires and flooding in British Columbia. While Canada's supply chain does remain strong, these challenges have exposed some vulnerabilities and some areas to improve resiliency and efficiency. That is why the study we begin today is so important for Canadians.
On behalf of the committee members, I want to thank the first witnesses for this study who are appearing today. Witnesses include the Canadian Canola Growers Association, represented by Dave Carey, vice-president, government and industry relations; and Steve Pratte, manager, policy development. We also have the Canadian Produce Marketing Association with Guy Milette, chair of the board of directors; and Ron Lemaire, president. As well we have Supply Chain Canada, with Christian Alan Buhagiar, president and chief executive officer.
We will now begin the opening remarks with the Canadian Canola Growers Association for five minutes.
Go ahead, please. The floor is now yours.