Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the requirements to become a member?
A: In order to become a member of the IMSI, an individual, company or group must have an interest in the maple syrup industry and pay the annual dues, which are appropriate to their membership category. Commencing in 2011, all IMSI members are required to abide by the IMSI’s Code of Ethics. A copy of the Membership Application Form can be accessed on the IMSI’s website or obtained from the IMSI’s Executive Director at any time.
Q: When and where are IMSI meetings held?
A: The IMSI convenes quarterly meetings of their Board of Directors.
The most recent Board of Directors and Annual meetings of the International Maple Syrup Institute were held in Moncton, New Brunswick on October 23rd, 2013 and October 24th respectively. These meetings were held in conjunction with the Annual meeting of the North American Maple Syrup Council.
The 2014 Annual Meetings both the International Maple Syrup Institute and the North American Maple Syrup Council will be held from October 22nd-24th at the Old Orchard Inn, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also access information on this website when it is made available to the IMSI office of the Executive Director.
Summaries from IMSI's Board of Director meetings and a copy of the official Minutes from both IMSI Board and Annual meetings can be obtained upon request by Institute members from the IMSI’s Executive Director or accessed on this website.
Q: What is the difference between the IMSI and the NAMSC (North American Maple Syrup Council)?
A: The North American Maple Syrup Council is comprised of representatives from state/provincial maple producer associations in Canada and the United States. This organization focuses primarily on issues of concern to maple syrup producer groups and actively supports maple research.
The International Maple Syrup Institute is comprised of state and provincial maple associations, maple equipment manufacturers and other maple businesses and individuals. The Institute focuses its efforts on international standards for pure maple syrup, product quality assurance and marketing in the international marketplace. The two organizations often work together in helping resolve issues of importance to the maple syrup industry