2014 Gail Livingstone
Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada
2014 Award Winner
2005 marked the establishment of the C.S.A.A.C. Outstanding Achievement Award. The award was created to honour C.S.A.A.C. members who promote exceptional leadership and professionalism in C.S.A.A.C. and seed testing. Our first recipient was Marie Greeniaus. In 2006 this award was renamed the Marie Greeniaus award. This year's recipient of this prestigious award is Gail Livingstone.
Gail has been in the seed testing industry for 56 years. She started her training as a seed analyst at the Department of Agriculture, Toronto Laboratory in October 1958. She left the government lab to work at her father's seed company as a seed analyst in 1964. She opened Livingstone Seed Lab in 1984 and has been running it ever since.
She joined C.S.A.A.C. in 1964 and this is her 50th year paying dues. She has held positions on all committees including Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Chair and served as President for two terms. Her father was president of the Canadian Seed Trade the same year she was C.S.A.A.C. president. This is the only time a father and daughter have held these positions together. She is currently C.S.A.A.C.'s Historian and a member the Ethics Committee. She has organized many C.S.A.A.C. annual meetings and workshops. She has also been very involved with the CSTA and initiated the Seed Analyst Liaison committee with them during Paul King's term as President.
Gail has a very unique perspective of the seed industry as she has worked at a seed company that buys and sells seed, at a government laboratory and running a private lab. Gail is a wealth of knowledge and has trained and mentored many seed analysts. She has been instrumental in helping C.S.A.A.C. become the reputable organization that it is today