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Jamie Aalbers

Director of Research

Flowers Canada

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Flowers Canada

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Employment History

Research Director

Flowers Canada Growers Inc

Research Director

Landscape Ontario

Position, Development of Business Risk Management Options

Mercer Oliver Wyman


Board Member

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"The potted roses you see at ... [cached]

"The potted roses you see at your florist or at the grocery store are all grown by farmers right here in Ontario," says Jamie Aalbers, Director of Research with Flowers Canada (Ontario).

"In Ontario we're great at growing sweetheart roses, which have shorter stems and smaller heads," says Aalbers.
"There are great local products you can buy if you are at all concerned about imported flowers," says Aalbers. "With Canadian-grown flowers, you know that the labour is regulated and that only approved products and methods are being used to grow them."
And it's easier to buy local with flowers than it can be with food. All potted plants have a care tag, says Aalbers, that will identify whether they are grown in Canada or even Ontario.

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Jamie Aalbers, research director for Flowers Canada (Ontario), says the business plan and model for the GreenCHIP fund are both developed. So is the underwriting model, but it needs updating. The fund will likely be up and running within a year.

Flowers Canada (Ontario) represents any grower in the province with greenhouses bigger than 20,000 square feet and has 240 grower members.
The GreenCHIP fund "will be an industry-led risk management tool for quarantine protection for flower growers," Aalbers says, noting it will be voluntary for growers to buy coverage and pay an annual premium based on the types of plants they want to protect in their greenhouse.
It's hard to say how many growers will use it, he says. But part of the government funding will be used to see how much interest there is among growers.
Organizers are aiming to start the project slowly and build it up. "We're looking to target 30 per cent of the growers," Aalbers says, noting the GreenCHIP fund will be launched in Ontario as a pilot project and eventually it will be expanded through the national organization, Flowers Canada Growers Inc., into other Canadian flower growing regions, such as British Columbia.
"It's designed to give growers an opportunity to clean up right away and get right back into business," he says.
Aalbers says there's a need for this type of fund because when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency implements a quarantine, growers don't receive compensation under the Canadian Plant Protection Act and must shoulder the financial loss themselves. But farmers of other commodities, such as livestock, do receive government compensation when their farms are quarantined and their animals are ordered destroyed by the agency.
Agency-ordered quarantines don't happen that often, he notes. There was a big quarantine in 2005 that affected five to six Ontario growers "and it had a very large financial impact on those growers because they had to destroy their crops that were affected and then start over again."
Greenhouse flower growers could face losses of $500,000 to $1 million if an entire greenhouse is quarantined, he says.

Caring For The Land - Ontario Farmers, environmental, safe, soil, pesticides, nutrients, quality [cached]

Jamie Aalbers

Jamie breeds miniature roses in Barrie. He also works for Flowers Canada and has done extensive work on making greenhouses more environmentally friendly.

CNLA: Business risk analysis for ornamental horticulture [cached]

Rita Weerdenburg, CNLA growers' manager, and Jamie Aalbers, Flowers Canada research director, will manage the project on behalf of their respective associations.

CNLA: Industry News [cached]

Rita Weerdenburg (CNLA) and Jamie Aalbers (Flowers Canada Growers) continue to work with the consulting team at Mercer Oliver Wyman in the development of business risk management options for the nursery and floriculture industries respectively.

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