Registration for our 2018 National Convention is now open! Click the link below to register for Convention in Comox Valley, BC from June 7-10. The 2018 National Convention is presented by the Canadian Angus Association and the BC Angus Association. To download a copy of the registration form click HERE.
|Tentative 2018 National Convention Schedule|
|Thursday June 7||1pm||Optional tour||A tour of a local BC Salmon farm. Suitable for anyone who would enjoy getting out on the ocean, beautiful scenic views of the Johnstone Strait, and an educational tour about BC’s salmon industry.|
|Friday June 8||7am||CAF Breakfast Meeting|
|9:30am||Educational Session A||
This 2-hour VBP+ program training session is fully interactive with lots of practical and real producer examples. You will be shown how key industry standards have been incorporated into VBP+ requirements (for food safety, biosecurity, animal care and environmental stewardship) and how it will help you easily demonstrate the great things you do on your operation. Real producer experiences of the program’s benefits and audit process will be shared as well as how VBP+ fits in with other programs like the Canadian Beef Sustainability Pilot and the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Should you wish, by the end of the workshop you will have walked through the first 2 steps of the 3 step process to becoming a fully qualified VBP+ operation.
|9:30am||Educational Session B||
Keynote Speaker: Bruce Vincent
Bruce Vincent is a third generation logger from Libby, Montana. He is co-owner of the public relations firm Environomics, volunteers as Executive Director of Provider Pals, and is a board member of the Evergreen Foundation. Bruce speaks throughout the United States and the world, testifies on resource issues before Congress and has appeared on several news programs such as “60 Minutes”. Bruce has been named Timberman of the Year in Montana, National Forest Activist of the Year, received the inaugural Presidential Preserve America Award from President Bush, has been named ‘Keeper of the 10th’ by Women in Farm Economics and received American Agri-Women’s Veritas Award. He recently co-wrote a book named ‘Against the Odds: A Path Forward for Rural America’. It is a powerful firsthand account of life in rural America that offers a broad, probing look at the environmental tensions surrounding the collapse of many of our rural resource communities. Bruce and his wife of 40 years, Patti Jo, have four children and 11 grandchildren. His current activities represent a family commitment to responsible environmentalism.
|11am||Educational Session C||VBP+ session resumes.
Educational Session C begins:
This session on sustainable agriculture in action, will be chaired by Andrea White, Community Engagement Manager, Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). The CRSB’s objective is to promote sustainability across the Canadian beef industry through three pillars of focus: environmental, social and economic performance. Andrea will be joined by Jeff Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, Senior Manager, North America Engagement, Strategy and Innovation Global Sustainability, McDonald’s Corporation, Hubert Lau, Co-President, BIXSco Inc. and ViewTrak Technologies Inc., and Gurneesh Bhandal, Sustainability Manager, Cargill Protein, to discuss the Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration (CBSA) Pilot. The CBSA creates a certified sustainable Canadian beef supply chain. It will help Canada become the first country to deliver beef from certified sustainable sources, establishing Canadian beef as synonymous with sustainability in the global market.
In addition, a Canadian Angus producer will also join the panel to present his/her view on these initiatives and the benefits for getting involved.
|12:30pm – 5:00pm||Optional Tour||Includes tours to Manatee Holdings (Geoduck Clam Fishery), Deep Bay Marine Field Station and the Wayward Distillation House. Participants will NOT be returning to the hotel prior to supper at Heart of the Valley Farms.|
|1:30pm||Educational Session A||See above.|
|1:30pm||Educational Session B||See above.|
|3:00pm||Educational Session C||Sessions resume. See above.|
|5:00pm||Supper||Supper at Heart of the Valley Farms|
|Saturday June 9||8am||Breakfast with BOD|
|9am||BOD/CEO Town Hall|
|9:30am||Launch of Strategic Plan Session|
|11am||Red Angus Anniversary Presentation|
|11:30am||Junior Ambassador Speech Competition|
|5:00pm||National Banquet Cocktails|
|6:00pm||National Banquet Supper|
|7:30 pm||National Banquet Awards|
|8:30 pm||Legacy Sale Banquet|
|Sunday June 10||8am||Breakfast|
|9am||EPDs and ILR2 LIVE Workshop|| Information workshops:
Demonstration on our new online system: scheduled for release this fall, our new Online system is mobile friendly, fast, and live. You can register your calves instantly, process your weights, run your own performance reports, access invoices, pay your fees, renew memberships, generate DNA testing requisition paperwork, and transfer your own animals. Come see our first demonstration of this very exciting program.
Presented by Delta Genomics: what happens when you submit a DNA sample for the lab, what makes some animals disqualify to their sires or dams, what can members do to ensure hassle free DNA testing.
Kajal Devani would like to update you on some advancements and changes in our genetic evaluations, a panel discussion on EPDs: let’s talk about what is working and what isn’t.
|Afternoon||Optional Tours||Visit to old growth forest, Little Qualicum Falls, wine & cheese farm and supper at Fanny Bay Inn.|
|8pm||Return to Hotel|
Convention 2018 is being hosted at the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community. Please call directly to reserve your room at 250-703-5050 or visit their website at www.crownisle.com
Additional rooms are also available at:
Old House Hotel: 1-888-703-0202 or www.oldhousevillage.com
Holiday Inn Express: 1-877-660-8550 or www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/courtenay/yqqca/hoteldetail
Best Western Hotel: 250-338-7741 or www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-courtenay/best-western-the-westerly-hotel/propertyCode.62116.html
Watch to see this year’s upcoming Convention location!