About PACS

Since 2001, the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society, commonly known throughout the industry as PACS, has grown and become a strong leader in organic certification across Canada. A group of health-minded individuals interested in supporting a sustainable food system were the pioneers of organics and the founders of PACS. We honour their dedication and legacy every day by actively focusing on the growth of PACS nationwide.

PACS is constantly evolving as we acknowledge the needs of our clients beyond organic certification.  Our team is continually working on ideas to diversify our certification services for our clients’ product and marketing requirements. We strive to deliver the best service, supporting our clients’ vital work by providing reputable certified organic products and services for consumers all over the world. 

PACS certifies to the Canada Organic Regime (COR) for national and international export of products,  the British Columbia Certified Organic Program (BCCOP) for certification of products marketed within BC only, and the PACS Provincial program for certification within other Canadian provinces when products are marketed provincially.

Mission: PACS is an efficient and financially viable organization dedicated to providing impartial professional certification services with affordable cost and valued transparency. PACS is motivated to be a leader in certification in Canada by finding new and better ways to service its clients whilst ensuring trust in its activities and confidence in its brand.

Vision: PACS strives to;

  • Continue the trend of being a world-renowned trusted certification body (organic and more).
  • Take pride in the services we provide that are ethical and transparent while adhering to the regulations that guide us.
  • Become a certification body that provides multiple certification branding under one trademark, PACS

PACS Core Values: The core values identified by our strategic planning, provides our team with direction and goals along with milestones that we use to measure our progress. Here are a few things PACS believes in with the delivery of our brand as we CERTIFY products and services;

  • Certify: with competence, knowledge and professionalism.
  • Ethical: our team believes in providing service with a high moral standard and integrity.
  • Reputation: continue to retain clients and consumer trust while showing growth.
  • Transparency: Our team is focused on accountability with the standards that guide us.
  • Interests: protecting our current programs while proactively diversifying.
  • Future: We never stand still as PACS is constantly looking for opportunities to improve our systems to meet our high standard of customer service.
  • You: because service should be given from our team to your team with care, professionalism, knowledge and pride.

Our clients’ hard work and dedication inspire us to continue our services as a certification body, thus promoting a healthy food lifestyle. It all starts at the farmers field, to the caring hands of our processors, to the end consumers who present these products confidently to their families and friends. Click this link to our client testimonials to see why THEY chose PACS.

Milestones:

2001: In August PACS was established, with 28 members.
2008: Had over 100% increase in membership since March of 2002 closing the year at 305 members
2015: Membership grew to 387 members. PACS improved its standard operating procedures and streamlined systems, including going paperless.
2016: Developed a custom database, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to streamline the certification cycle for our clients; from registration, inspection to receiving certification.
2017: Updated and combined all our registration forms and plans in order to reduce some of the paperwork burden on our clients.  
2018: Successfully completed a new modern look and rebranding of PACS trademark.
2019: Developed new website that reflects current standards, electronic device capabilities and offers a more robust platform for user experience and feedback.

 

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PACS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Paddy Doherty, President
Carmen Wakeling, Vice President
Amanda Turner, Secretary
Walter Makepeace, Treasurer
Ron Schneider
Bart Bounds
Charlie Lasser

PACS COABC DIRECTORS AND ALTERNATE REPRESENTATIVES

Paddy Doherty, Director
Carmen Wakeling, Director
Charlie Lasser, Director
Bart Bounds, Director
Amanda Turner, Alternate
Walter Makepeace, Alternate
Ron Schneider, Alternate

PACS IMPARTIALITY COMMITTEE

Dr. Louise Nelson, Chair
Paddy Doherty
Andrea Turner
Erica Nitchie
Sam Quinlan

PACS TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIR

Paddy Doherty

PACS DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMMITTEE CHAIR

Brody Irvine

 


 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

Verna Wagner
PHONE: 250.558.7927
EMAIL

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT:

PHONE: 250.558.7927
EMAIL

 

How Can I Get Certified:

Visit our How to Get Certified page and follow the step-by-step process to guide your path to successful organic certification.

Who PACS Certifies:

PACS certifies Canadian enterprises in the following industries: organic crop production, organic livestock production, organic greenhouse, sprouts & microgreen production, organic food & beverage production, organic cannabis production, organic and wild-harvested mushrooms, wild-harvest certification, maple and birch production, natural and agricultural health products. Follow PACS Step-by-Step Guide to Organic Certification.

Our Programs:

PACS certifies to the Canada Organic Regime (COR) for national and international export of products as well as to the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) for certification within the clients province. PACS has an in-house certification program for agricultural health products as well as the Transition to Organic program. Read more about PACS Organic Certification Programs.