Connie Kehler has been leading and supporting the medicinal herb and non-timber forest product industry for the last 25 years across Canada. She was program manager for the development of the Canadian on farm food safety programs (COFFS) and was Vice President of the development of the national traceability model (Cantrace). She has taught programs and presented on farm food safety, traceability and quality assurance in Peru, China, Guatemala, Africa, France, Italy and across Canada.
Connie and her team developed the Good Agriculture and Collection Practices (GACPs) in collaboration with the World Health Organization, American Herbal Product Association, Enviroment Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and Agriculture Canada. GACP training has been delivered to farmers and wild crafters coast to coast with over 1200 people trained to date.
Connie was also part of the industry liaison committee for Health Canada in natural health product regulatory development.