Speakers:

   Humphrey Banack and his wife operate a 4000 acre third generation grain and oilseeds farm in the Round Hill area of Alberta.

His brother and son operate separate operations nearby and they share equipment and management resources, operating 7000 acres as a unit.  

The Banacks have a strong commitment to their community and a viable agricultural industry and as such are involved in a wide array of interests that work toward the achievement of this vision. 

Humphrey began his Alberta Federation of Agriculture experience as a regional director at that time. In 2005, he was elected to the board of directors and the following year was elected as vice president. 

He was elected president of Wildrose agricultural producers in January 2008 which afforded the opportunity to serve on the board of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Humphrey served in this role until 2011 and continues to serve on the Executive as vice-president.

gumbo_hills@hotmail.com

    Glen Blahey, CRSP, has extensive work experience in the field of agricultural safety and health. In addition to his 29 years of work in regulatory enforcement for the Manitoba Department of Labour, he has participated in many national and international farm safety and health related activities.
Glen was involved in the formation and administration of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association as well as a national data collection system for agricultural injuries and fatalities. At the international level, he participated in the development of the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks and served as a Director on both the Progressive Agriculture Foundation Board and the National Institute of Farm Safety Board.
Currently, Glen has been working for the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association for the past 7 years providing his occupational safety and health expertise on a variety of national agricultural health and safety initiatives.

gblahey@casa-acsa.ca

     Dan Demers, BSc, is Senior Manager at CannAmm Occupational Testing Services.  He is recognized as an international speaker and authority on the Canadian and international landscape of marijuana. His dedication to his community and the pursuit of a safer workplace is demonstrated by serving on the board of directors, as a member of the executive committee, for the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) and his local community Food Bank. By providing trustworthy information, tools, and best practices for occupational testing, Dan seeks to achieve his personal mission of effectively and sustainably ensuring more workers make it home to their families.
dan.demers@cannamm.com

     Russel Hurst is Vice President, Sustainability & Stewardship with CropLife Canada the national trade association representing the plant science industry whose members develop, manufacture and distribute crop protection and plant biotechnology products.

His main responsibilities include providing strategic direction and management of the industry’s suite of national stewardship initiatives ranging from product discovery through safe use to ultimate disposal, as well as a joint appoints as Executive Director of the Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association and CleanFARMS the industry’s stewardship organization where he is responsible for overseeing waste management and disposal operations.

Russel was raised on a beef and cash crop farm in southwestern Ontario where is still remains active in the family business. He holds an MBA in agriculture business as well as a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Guelph. Prior to joining CropLife Canada, he has worked in several progressing roles in agronomy, grain sales and management with several farmer owned ag-retail co-operatives in both Canada and the United States.

hurstr@croplife.ca

    Bruce James is the Product Safety and Compliance Manager for Ag Growth International (AGI), which is the parent company for many well known farm brands including Westfield, Westeel, Batco, Wheatheart, Rem, as well as several commercial grain handling brands. Bruce is originally from a family farm near Isham, Saskatchewan and studied Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering at University of Saskatchewan before starting working at AGI. In his 16 years at AGI, Bruce has worked in roles covering engineering design, production, manuals, product safety, compliance, and equipment standards.

Bruce.James@aggrowth.com

    Karl W Klotzbach, P Eng/PE is a Product Safety & Homologations Engineer for CNH Industrial America LLC.

Based in Racine, WI, he coordinates product safety reviews and export compliance activities with 12 product lines for the Case IH and New Holland brands of agricultural equipment designed and manufactured in North America.

Klotzbach is a licensed professional engineer, starting his career as a summer intern with Massey-Ferguson on the Harvest Brigade then full-time as a Field Service Representative in the northern US, followed by three years with the Service Training and Publications group in Des Moines, IA. A return to graduate school was followed by working with MacDon Industries in Winnipeg as a Product Manager for the grain harvesting product lines. He formed a private engineering practice, Spinnaker Engineering, serving smaller manufacturers of ag machinery in western Canada before joining CNH Industrial. Klotzbach holds three patents in combine header design and serves on several industry standards development and product safety steering committees. When not in the office or traveling, he can be found on his sailboat or pulling water skiers on Little Muskego Lake in southeastern Wisconsin.

karl.klotzbach@cnhind.com

  Curtiss Littlejohn has led Canarm AgSystem’s swine business unit for the past four years. A pork producer for 30 years, he is a passionate industry advocate and has been involved in Foreign Animal Disease, Trade, and animal welfare policies on provincial, national and international levels.

Curtiss, his wife of 34 years and four children live in Brant County, ON. 
CLittlejohn@canarm.ca

  Amanda Pach is the Manager of Environment and Safety at Fertilizer Canada. She is a chemist by training and specializes in agricultural ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia safety as well as the development of greenhouse gas and air quality regulatory policies. Amanda completed her BSc. (Honours) in Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2011) and MSc. in Chemistry (2014) at Carleton University, where her research focused on the development of novel nanotechnology-based fertilizer systems and DNA-biosensor generation.

apach@fertilizercanada.ca

  Curtis Parks, P.Eng., M.A.Sc., is the General Manager of the Geomatics division for Rocky Mountain Eqiupment Canada Ltd, RME Geomatics. In 2011, after experience working at the R&D agency of the Department of National Defence, he co-founded and was CEO of NGF Geomatics, providing aerial survey services to the commercial sector with their own proprietary unmanned helicopter systems. In early 2015, NGF Geomatics was acquired by Rocky Mountain Equipment (TSX:RME), based in Calgary, Alberta, where Curtis was placed as General Manager to oversee the expansion of the division across Canada in multiple industries of agriculture, construction, energy, environmental and infrastructure. Curtis also sits on the board of directors of Unmanned Systems Canada, the national association that represents commercial drone operators and the development of regulations with Transport Canada.
cparks@rmegeomatics.com

    Walter J. Pavlic, Q.C., Partner, MLT Aikins LLP, has extensive experience with collective bargaining, arbitrations, human rights complaints, employment contracts, discipline issues, dismissal planning, wrongful dismissal litigation, non-competition actions, Anton Piller Orders, employee fraud and recovery as well as Labour Relations Board hearings. He routinely appears before administrative boards and arbitration panels, and has appeared before all levels of Alberta courts as well as the Federal Court of Canada.

Walter was recently recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers in The Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory – Employment Law (Management), Workplace Human Rights (Management). He is a frequent speaker at provincial, national and international seminars and conferences.

WPavlic@mltaikins.com

     Denis Roy, MBA, B.A.A., CRIC, holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from the l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and has been working at the Confédération de l’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) for nearly 30 years. The UPA brings together 40,000 members, more than 300 affiliated organizations and 1,000 employees.

He began his career at the UPA as Director of Assessment Services, and then held different administrative and financial management positions, including Director of Human Resources. He has served as treasurer and Director of Financial Services and Technologies since 1998. This position directs and follows the various financial and administrative processes of the entire UPA structure.

Among his responsibilities, he sees to:
• the supervision of various administrative services
• the financing of the organization
• the provision and selling of various administrative services
to partners
• the growing of the assets of the organization
• the management of the retirement fund
• the supervision of the portfolio of the agricultural producer
workforce and of accident prevention on the farm
• immigration consultation (CRIC): he is responsible for the
portfolio of foreign workers
He is a member of various internal UPA committees and of the board of directors of the sectoral committee AGRICarrières. Lastly, he participates in various working groups of the Labour Market Partners Board and CNESST.
droy@upa.qc.ca

   Pamela Scott (left) and Annette Wierstra (right) met in the Professional Writing program at MacEwan University. After graduation and honing their technical and professional writing skills together at EPCOR Water for several years, they decided to start Scriptorium Professional Writing Services (www.scriptoriumpro.com) in 2009. They started Scriptorium to create a business that can help companies through all stages of a documentation project from planning, development, and documentation management. They also develop and deliver customized writing and communication workshops and presentations for their clients.

Annette also has been teaching technical communication and other communications courses as a sessional instructor for MacEwan University since 2008 and more recently has been teaching communications workshops at Third Verb, the Edmonton ATB Entrepreneur Centre, and the Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI).

pscott@scriptoriumpro.com  wierstra@scriptoriumpro.com

    Roberta Smith, RN, MSPH, CIC, CIH has spent her career exploring the many facets of public health. She has over 17 years of experience in the fields of public health, occupational health, industrial hygiene, safety and infection control. She holds Bachelor of Science degrees in environmental health and in nursing. She holds a Master’s of Science in Public Health and certifications in infection control and in industrial hygiene. In her career she has helped to develop influenza immunization policies for healthcare workers in Colorado, has managed occupational health clinics, and has developed health and safety policies for a variety of industries. She currently is the Occupational Health Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In this role, she conducts surveillance for occupational health indicators in Colorado, promotes safe working practices in all Colorado industries, and provides resources to Colorado occupational health nurses and safety professionals. Roberta was the collaborating lead author on the most recent “Guide for Worker Safety and Health in the Marijuana Industry,” a comprehensive guide for marijuana workers in Colorado. She has provided safety training for workers within the marijuana industry as well as training for the Colorado agencies that help to regulate the industry. When not focusing on occupational health and safety, Roberta is the six time Colorado State Biathlon champion and races her bike for the Colorado based Naked Juice Racing team.

roberta.smith@state.co.us

     Daan Stehouwer is Regional TSS Manager North America for Lely North America.
I am sure you are already wondering…..What is TSS? TSS is Technical Service Support. This is what Daan is involved with at Lely North America.

Lely North America is a manufacturer of robotics for the Dairy Industry. This includes the Astronaut milking robot, the Vector feeding robot, and plenty of other automated pieces of equipment you would find on the modern dairy farm. TSS is really only a piece of the technical puzzle as Lely also provides software solutions for the farmer to manage the farm. There are massive amounts of information and technical infrastructure that take modern farming to the next level.

Daan grew up in farming in The Netherlands; studied Physics and combined this when he started working at Lely Industries in The Netherlands, where our products are developped. After a career in The Netherlands supporting ‘the world’ on a technical level he moved to Alberta to take on North America.

Daan lives in Alberta, and he manages the TSS team across North America. Daan’s responsibilty includes all mechanical, electrical, and software related items to the Lely sytems that are in operation in the field. The mandate of TSS is customer centricity. We inspire innovation through continuous improvements in our products which stems from our customer experiences. Lely creates products including everything from the milking robots we all talk about to feeding robots, to barn cleaners, and feed pushers. The Lely DNA is consistant in that we are motivated to help the farmer improve their financial and family balance.

Daan’s career started at a Research Centre developping sensor technology and went on onto the offshore industry to optimize Pipe Laying operations.
Technology is his passion; The application of top-of-the-line technology in Farming is where it all comes together.

Daan then went into the service Industry to work closely within the field. This is where he enjoys his current role at Lely North America. This role allows him to have a close connection with the customer and their requirements on the farm.

DStehouwer@lely.com

   Trevor Tapp is a cattle producer and AgSafe BC safety consultant. After serving 25 years with the RCMP, Trevor started working for AgSafe in 2000. Trevor’s vast region of the Central Interior stretches from Prince George to Haida Gwaii and north. This area has a growing farming community with many cow-calf operations.

Trevor is an active member of the local cattlemen’s association and he and his wife also raise registered Polled Hereford cattle on their ranch called Copper T near Fraser Lake.
trevor@agsafebc.ca

    Catherine Trask, BSc, PhD, is a Canada Research Chair in Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Health (Tier II), and an Associate Professor in the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture within the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

She was trained as an Occupational Hygienist with a focus in Ergonomics at the University of British Columbia. Her research spans ergonomics, musculoskeletal injury surveillance, exposure assessment and sampling strategies, as well as evaluation of workplace interventions.

As Director of the National Agricultural Industrial Hygiene Laboratory's Ergonomics Lab, she leads injury prevention projects in several industries, with particular focus on agricultural environments such as grain farming and intensive pork production.

http://research-groups.usask.ca/ergolab/index.php
@ergo_trask

catherine.trask@usask.ca

  Dan Trottier is currently President of Tatonga Inc. and specializes in providing industry with safety management strategies for their operations.

Dan is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), and Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC).

In recent years, he has been actively involved with numerous agricultural safety initiatives including the Alberta FarmSafe program and hopes to improve safety at the farm gate while assisting the agriculture industry to adopt risk management strategies that make sense.

 dan.trottier@tatonga.ca

  Donna Trottier is the Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Coordinator for AgSafe Alberta. With direction from the Working Group, Donna is developing and delivering practical farm and ranch safety programs, materials and educational tools to Alberta’s farm and ranch community. The program also aims to create a model of farm safety education to become the foundation of long-term, effective, and stable programming.

Donna’s passion for agriculture started on the grain farm where she was raised, near Colonsay, Saskatchewan and she has been continually engaged in the agricultural industry since leaving the farm. Donna is a Professional Agrologist and holds her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. After university, Donna worked in several agricultural capacities including crop input agrologist, sustainable agricultural extension coordinator, appraisal agrologist, ag-tour coordinator, and environmental consultant. In recent years Donna has been immersed in farm safety projects, developing commodity-based tools and courses on hazard identification and risk assessment, farm employee safety orientations and other programs to help farmers and ranchers embrace a culture of safety.

Donna looks forward to further work with agricultural producers who want to manage their farm safety risks and protect everyone on the farm.

donna@agsafeab.ca