AgSafety – Make it a record year!
Tuesday, October 3 - Thursday, October 5, 2017
Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel and Edmonton Expo Centre

English/French interpretation is provided for plenary sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Note for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals: The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals has previously awarded CM points for this event. The current event contains 8.5 technical hours and may be eligible for BCRSP CM points. See BCRSP website at for CM point criteria.

Monday, October 2

12:00 - 5:00pm: Canadian Standards Association Ag Equipment Technical Committee (by invitation only) Elk Island Room

Tuesday, October 3

7:30 - 11:30am: Canadian Standards Association Ag Equipment Technical Committee (by invitation only) Elk Island Room

9:00am - 1:00pm: CASA Board of Directors meeting (by invitation only) Wood Buffalo Room

1:00 - 1:30pm: FarmSafe Foundation AGM (by invitation only) Wood Buffalo Room

12:00 – 7:00pm: Registration

CASA Conference begins:

2:00 – 3:00pm: Welcome to CASA’s 23rd conference and AGM – Make it a record year! Chair - Wendy Bennett Turner Valley Room

3:00 – 4:45pm: On the Record: working safety on the farm. Farmers share why they can’t always practise what they preach and safety experts offer safer work practices! Confirmed to date - Trevor Tapp, farmer from Fraser Lake, BC; Humphrey Banack, farmer from Camrose, AB; Bruce James, Product Safety & Compliance Manager, AGI – Ag Growth International; Donna Trottier, Farm & Ranch Safety Extension Coordinator, AgSafe Alberta; Russel Hurst, VP, Sustainability & Stewardship, CropLife Canada; Amanda Pach, Manager, Environment and Safety, Fertilizer Canada Chair - Niels Koehncke

5:00 – 7:00pm: Welcoming Reception featuring Alberta ag safety initiatives  Glenora Room

Dinner on own

9:00 - 11:00pm: Hospitality Suite Room 2217

Wednesday, October 4

7:30 - 9:00am: Registration

8:00 – 8:30am: Pick up a breakfast snack including coffee/tea/milk Turner Valley Room  Coast guests receive vouchers for complimentary early breakfast.

8:30 –9:45am: For the Record: Working with Marijuana - managing workplace use in the ag industry with Dan Demers, Senior Manager of Strategic Business Development at Cann//Amm Occupational Testing Services and exposing key occupational health and safety consideration for safe marijuana production with Roberta Smith, RN, MSPH, CIC, CIH, Occupational Health Program Manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Chair - Dave Brand                           

Health Canada has introduced changes allowing broader legal access to marijuana for medical purposes and legalized marijuana is expected by July 1st 2018. The agricultural industry has many questions about how to safely produce, safely handle and safely manage the duality of marijuana production and prevention of on the job use. This session is aimed at shedding light on newly published and emerging international research related to occupational exposure, review of “the lessons learned” from our U.S. neighbors, safety implications of use on or off the job, and to help clarify for employers the do’s and don’ts of industrial production.

9:45 – 10:15am: Networking Break Sponsored by G3

10:15 – 10:45am: Meet CASA Board nominees

10:45 – 11:45am: CASA on the Record – past, present, future lead by Marcel Hacault, CASA's executive director 

11:45 – 12:50pm: Lunch Sponsored by Monsanto

12:50 – 1:00pm: Greetings from Christina Gray, The Minister of Labour for Alberta.

1:00 - 2:15pm: On the Record: Employer/Employee. Safety partners for life. A panel explores the why and how of responsible, productive and safe ag work relationships. Plus a cross country safety regulations checkup. Walter J. Pavlic, Q.C., Partner, MLT Aikins LLP;  Denis Roy, UPA   Chair - Jeff Shaw

2:15 – 2:45pm: Networking Break Sponsored by John Deere

2:45 – 4:45pm: Set New Records: Manage Evolving Safety Risks. A panel explores the occupational safety and health needs of emerging ag technology such as robotics, drones, autonomous machinery, open animal housing and high-speed tractors. A panel featuring - Curtis Parks, General Manager, RME Geomatics; Catherine Trask, Canada Research Chair in Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Health at the University of Saskatchewan; Daan Stehouwer, Lely North America; Karl Klotzbach, Product Safety & Homologations Engineer, CNH Industrial America; Curtiss Littlejohn, Swine Products Manager, Canarm AgSystems  Chair - Carolyn Van Den Heuvel 

5:45pm: Get on the bus! For dinner and fun at Fort Edmonton Park. Optional horse-drawn tour of the Park followed by dinner in the 1920’s on-site Hotel Selkirk. Entertainment by GhostBoy. Bus will leave the Fort at 9:15pm to return to the conference hotel. Dress:  casual   Dinner and Entertainment sponsored by Esso. Transportation sponsored by MacDon.

9:30 - 11:00pm: Hospitality Suite Room 2217

Thursday, October 5

7:30 – 8:30am: CASA Board restructuring meeting with breakfast (by invitation only) Acadia Room

8:30am: Meet in the hotel lobby to board bus immediately for the Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands

9:15 – 11:30am: Emergency Preparedness Workshop – a professional safety development workshop and practical short course in preparing emergency plans for farms, with particular emphasis on grain safety. Presented by CASA's ag safety and health specialists and Dan Trottier, Tatonga Consulting. Hall A

OR concurrently

9:15 - 11:30am: Beyond the AgSafe Family -  a workshop to plan themes and messages for Canadian Ag Safety Week 2019-21.  Everyone's invited to brainstorm!  Facilitated by Pamela Scott and Annette Wierstra of Scriptorium Professional Writing Services ( Room 108

11:45am - 1:00pm: Be GrainSafe Mobile Unit Demo plus Lunch and introduction of CASA's 2017-18 Board of Directors  Sponsored by Syngenta  Hall A

CASA’s 2017 conference ends! Bus departs at 1:15pm to arrive at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel by 1:45pm.