CFGA’s Tree Seed Working Group (TSWG) has been active since 1983.  Members are from Canada, United States, Europe and several other countries. The TSWG hosts workshops in conjunction with CFGA conferences and publishes news bulletins.

Tree Seed Workshop: Monday July 10, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre, 3914 - 32nd Street, Vernon, BC V1T 5P1

Cost: $75 per person, lunch included. There is an option to register for Monday only, as well as in addition to the main conference ticket. All are welcome. Register here.


The Tree Seed Working Group has four objectives on promoting tree seed science and technology through

  • Seed research from bud initiation to seed use
  • Identification of seed problems relating to tree improvement and forest management
  • Exchange of information on seed related problems
  • Advising on implementation practices

Our all-day workshop will feature themed sessions and demonstrations on:

  • Reproductive Biology and Seed Orchard Practices
  • Seed Testing and Use
  • Genetic Conservation and Restoration
  • Low Tech Tools and Techniques

 Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dave Kolotelo, BC Tree Seed Centre, British Columbia
  • Melissa Spearing, National Tree Seed Centre, New Brunswick
  • Dr. Graham R. Powell, Professor Emeritus, University of New Brunswick
  • Dr. Patrick von Aderkas, University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Stephen Goodfellow, PRT Growing Services & IFCO Seedlings, Alabama
  • Victoria Lei, BC Tree Seed Centre, British Columbia
  • Dr. Tongli Wang, University of British Columbia
  • Kristen Sandvall, Forest Gene Conservation Association, Ontario
  • Geoff Bradley, BC Ministry of Forests, British Columbia
  • Robert Taylor, BC Ministry of Forests, British Columbia
  • Dr. Lahcen Benomar, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
  • Courtney McDonald, JD Irving, New Brunswick
  • Francis Iredale, BC Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship
  • Stephen Joyce, Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada

Please download the final agenda below.








Any questions, please contact Dave Kolotelo or Melissa Spearing.