CASA Conference 2019 – Safe & Strong Farms: Build an AgSafe Canada

Canadian Agricultural Safety Association’s 24th annual conference

Hôtel Château Laurier Québec, Québec City QC.  October 8 – 10, 2019

Join us. It’s your chance to meet agricultural safety and health educators, policy directors, decision makers, and program deliverers who help farm communities thrive. Share, learn, and discuss the latest developments and trends in the field. We look forward to seeing you in Québec! 

Conference fees:

Members – $395.00 (incl. taxes)

Non-members – $420.00 (incl. taxes)

Students – $250 (incl. taxes) excluding Wednesday farm tour and social evening.

Tuesday Walk the Old Town – $15.00 (including taxes)

Thursday workshop “Helping Farm Families in Distress” – $50.00 (including taxes).

Dress for all conference sessions and social events is business casual.

The fall foliage should be peaking so consider planning a holiday around the conference! Québec City is welcoming. Check out this official tourism link to discover all the city has to offer. And to plan your Québec adventure, check out an official tourist guide.

For more information about CASA’s conference, contact Diane Wreford at (204) 930-4612

(Please note, CASA members have been emailed a coupon code to receive the conference discount. If you have not received this code, please contact CASA at 877-452-2272 or email

Display Table Registration

There is limited display space available at CASA’s 2019 conference on Tuesday, October 8 for organizations and corporations who wish to showcase their research, programs and services relating to agricultural safety and health. The tables are not intended to provide a platform for sales but rather an opportunity for learning and sharing.

You may reserve a table for $150.00, if there is space available. Set up is Monday evening and take-down is 5:30pm Tuesday. Included is internet, a draped table and two chairs. There is no power supply.

French/English interpretation is provided for all conference sessions.

CASA Conference 2019 focuses on sharing practical strategies agricultural safety and health professionals can use to enhance the wellbeing of farmers, farm families and farm workers.

Monday, October 7

5:00 – 8:00pm
Conference Registration

Hospitality Room (Business Suite)

Tuesday, October 8

Breakfast snack (Des Plaines BC) Sponsored by AgSafe BC

9:00 – 10:00am
Keynote – Mental Health, Mental Wealth… change your thoughts, change your life with Stuart Ellis-Myers (Des Plaines A) Sponsored by Bayer Canada

10:00 – 10:30am
Networking Break (Des Plaines BC) Sponsored by IRSST

10:30 – 11:45am
Mental Health Safety – First Aid plus A.N.C.H.O.R.I.N.G. with Stuart Ellis-Myers Sponsored by Bayer Canada

Lunch (Des Plaines BC) Sponsored by UPA

1:00 – 2:30pm
Building an Ag Safe Canada – an interactive workshop envisioning CASA’s future – discuss current national ag safety priorities and programs; develop initiatives together. Facilitated by Dan Trottier, Tatonga Consulting  (Des Plaines A)

2:30 – 3:00pm
CASA’s AGM (Des Plaines A)

3:00 – 3:30pm
Networking Break (Des Plaines BC) Sponsored by MacDon

3:30 – 4:50pm
Concurrent Sessions – Learn about the latest agricultural safety research, initiatives, projects, and programs from across Canada (Des Plaines A, Grand Allée A, Grand Allée B)

(Optional) Walk the Old Town – During this nicely paced two-hour walking tour, you will see the Upper Town and the Lower Town of Old Québec through its history, architecture and culture.

Dinner on your own

Hospitality Room (Business Suite)

Wednesday, October 9

Breakfast snack (Des Plaines BC) Sponsored by Les Producteurs de pommes du Québec

9:00 – 10:00am
Concurrent Sessions – Learn about the latest agricultural safety research, initiatives, projects, and programs from across Canada (Des Plaines A, Grand Allée A, Grand Allée B)

10:00 – 10:30am
Networking Break (Des Plaines BC) Sponsored by John Deere with fromages d’ici

10:30 – 11:50am
Concurrent Sessions – Learn about the latest agricultural safety research, initiatives, projects, and programs from across Canada (Des Plaines A, Grand Allée A, Grand Allée B)

Pick up boxed lunches and board buses for farm tours and social evening Transportation Sponsored by Fertlizer Canada

12:15 – 6:00pm
Farm tours
Ferme François Gosselin – This family farm crops over 300 acres and has a total of 120 employees. The farm promotes innovation through the research of new cultivars and new production techniques as well as through sustainable business development.
Ferme Onésime Pouliot – For over 25 years, the Onésime Pouliot family farm has provided high quality strawberries and raspberries grown with respect for the environment and its almost 200 employees.

Social evening – Sugar Shack supper and show at le Relais des Pins Sponsored by Novo Studio

Hospitality Room (Business Suite)

Thursday, October 10

9:00 – 12:00pm
(Optional/limited to 30 participants) Professional Improvement Workshop * – Increasing competency and confidence of agricultural frontline workers: helping farm families in distress, facilitated by Kim Hyndman-Moffat, crisis counsellor, Manitoba Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services (Du Jardin) Sponsored by CaseIH Agriculture and New Holland Agriculture

* This workshop is designed for front line safety and health professionals in the agricultural industry who work closely with producers. We will look at the impact of current influences and challenges facing farmers today on their mental health and wellbeing. Participants will gain skills to both recognize and respond to farmers who may be showing signs of distress and in need of support. The issue of suicide in the farming community will also be addressed and participants will be given basic tools to help connect farmers to appropriate resources.

9:00 – 5:00pm
(By invitation) CSA Technical Committee on Agricultural Machinery

October 8
Des Plaines A Grand Allée A Grand Allée B
3:30pm Heather Watson, Farm Management Canada

Martine Deschamps, Syneraction Management

Bronwynne Wilton, Wilton Consulting Group

Exploring the Connection between Mental Health and Farm Management (presented in French and Engilsh)


Jitendra Paliwal, University of Manitoba

From Medical Imaging to Grain Bin Monitoring: How Electromagnetic Imaging Could Help Revolutionize Safety on Your Farm (presented in English)

Bernard Geschke, Progressive Agriculture Foundation / Progressive Agriculture Safety Days

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days – Celebrating 25 years of making farm, ranch and rural life safer for children and their communities (presented in English)

3:50pm Jesse Kope, Northern Strands

Grain Bin Fall Protection: Northern Strands’ Bin Safe System (presented in English)

Jordan Jensen, Farm Safety Centre

A look at Sustainable Farm Families Alberta (presented in English)

4:10pm Marthe Rocheteau, Commission des normes, de l équité, de la santé et de la sécuritié du travail (CNESST)

Prevention squad for temporary foreign workers (presented in French)

Jess McCluer, ASHCA

Working Together to Sustain the Future of Agricultural Safety and Health (presented in English)

4:30pm Philippe Roy, Nancy Beauregard, Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal

Preventing and promoting mental health in farmers: a training example (presented in French)

Dr. Chitram Lutchman, Dr. Akula Rama, Ag-Safe Solutions Inc.

Developing a right-sized sustainable safety management system for the farming industry (presented in English)

October 9
Des Plaines A Grand Allée A Grand Allée B
9:00am Andria Jones-Bitton, University of Guelph

“My entire way of life is under attack”: Public Scrutiny of Canadian Farmers as an Occupational Stressor (presented in English)

Dean Anderson, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Root Cause Analysis in Ontario Flower Greenhouses – working at heights (presented in English)

Shelley Kirychuk, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan

Agricultural Exposures and the Lungs: What do we know now? (presented in English)

9:20am Nancy Langevin, Au coeur des familles agricoles (ACFA)

Front line workers: a psychosocial intervention adapted to agricultural realities (presented in French)

Ornwipa Thamsuwan, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan

A field study evaluating the use of a passive exoskeleton as potential intervention for mitigating low back pain risk factors in farmers (presented in English)

Caroline Jolly, IRSST

Variability of dermal exposure to pesticides: the case of Quebec apple growers (presented in French)

9:40am Briana Hagen, University of Guelph

‘In the Know’: Building Our Knowledge and Capacity Around Mental Health in Agriculture (presented in English)

Trevor Whalley, AgSafe BC

Beef Cattle Handling Facilities – Evaluation Tools (presented in English)

Damien Burlet-Vienney, IRSST

Confined space risk analysis and management with the CLOSE tool (presented in French)

October 9
Des Plaines A Grand Allée A Grand Allée B
10:30am Thea Green, Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba Farm Safety Program

Agricultural Safety for the Next Generation of Farmers (presented in English)

Karl Klotzbach, CNH Industrial; Scott Cedarquist, ASABE; Terrence Sauve, OMAFRA

Machinery Standards for Safe & Strong Farms (presented in English)

Natalie Roy, AgriSafe

Teach your Way: Open Source Ag Health and Safety Curriculum (presented in English)

10:50am Sue Freeman, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Taking Care of You and Your Farm (presented in English)

Nadine Frost, Fertilizer Canada

Anhydrous Ammonia Safety and the Farmer (presented in English)

Wendy Bennett, AgSafe BC

So You Think You Can Be An Ag Safety Advisor???? (presented in English)

11:10am Andria Jones-Bitton, University of Guelph

Burnout in Canadian Farmers (presented in English)

Dean Anderson, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Greenhouse Risk Assessment – Flower & Vegetable (presented in English)

Paul Jones, National AgrAbility Project, Purdue University

AgrAbility: Resources for Agricultural Workers with Disabilities and other Functional Limitations (presented in English)



Carolyn Sheridan and David Sullivan, Ag Health and Safety Alliance

Gear Up for Ag Health and Safety: Ag Health and Safety Program reaching international Ag students (presented in English)

Marcel Hacault, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association 

Lessons Learned with the BeGrainSafe Program (presented in French and English)

Robin Anderson, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

Strenthening International Partnerships – Translating the Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines For French Canadians (presented in English)

CASA’s 2019 conference will be held at the Hôtel Château Laurier Québec, 1220 Place George-V Ouest, Québec City (QC) G1R 5B8.

The hotel is ideally located on Parliament Hill, nestled between the Plains of Abraham and lively Grande-Allée Street. Hôtel Château Laurier Québec is a ten-minute walk from the historic district of Old Québec, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985 and the cradle of French civilization in North America. On that walk, you’ll pass through fortifications built in the 17th century on your way to Québec City’s landmarks, restaurants, and shops.

Book your room today

As of Tuesday, September 4, the Château’s block of rooms set aside for CASA conference participants is full. The Château may still have rooms available however, so contact them as soon as possible.  Call the Château’s reservation department at 1-877-522-8108.

If you need to cancel your reservation, notify the hotel before 4:00pm on your arrival date and you will not be charged for the room.

Check-in is 4:00pm on the day of arrival. Check-out is no later than noon on the day of departure.

Château guests have unlimited in and out parking privileges. The rate is $20.00 for overnight until 1:00pm each day until departure. If a meeting runs until 5:00pm on the departure day, there will be no extra charge.

CASA has booked The Business Suite as a Hospitality Room Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The room is a large loft style with a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence and the Plains of Abraham.

There is free WiFi in every guest and meeting room. There’s room service, a restaurant, a fitness centre, spa and a pool.

Getting there!

The Hôtel Château Laurier Québec is a 35-minute drive from the Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB).

There is no shuttle to or from the hotel but public transport and taxi services are available.

Public Transportation

Bus route No. 78 offered by Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) serves the Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport in the early morning from the terminus Les Saules and in late afternoon to the terminus Les Saules, Monday through Friday.

Exact change: $3.50 1-day pass: $8.60

NOTE: Rates are subject to change without notice. Contact the Réseau de transport de la capitale (RTC)

The taxi rate from the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) to downtown is $35.10.

Hypra Taxi
418 525-8294

Taxi Coop Beauport
418 661-7711

Taxi Coop Charlesbourg
418 626-5252

Taxi Coop Québec
418 525-5191

Taxi Coop Sainte-Foy–Sillery
418 653-7777

Taxi Coop Val Bélair
418 847-2580

Taxi Laurier
418 651-2727

Uber is available at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport. For more information:

Photo Courtesty of Guy Lessard

Sponsor CASA Conference 2019

Safe & Strong Farms: Build an AgSafe Canada

Québec City, Québec
October 8 to 10, 2019

Safe & Strong Farms. The backbone of your business. You can help ensure they stay that way by investing in the 24th annual conference of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association to be held at the Hôtel Château Laurier Québec in Québec City, QC.

This year’s focus is on ag safety education, research projects, and solutions that have worked, are working or are being developed across the country. All sessions will be practical and experience-driven.
You can make it all happen. And we’ll make sure your clients know you made a difference. Here’s how:


  • A SAFETY INVESTOR ($7,500 – $10,000)
  • A SAFETY SUPPORTER ($5,000 – $7,499)
  • A SAFETY HELPER ($2,500 – $4,999)

Please call or email if you’d like to discuss conference sponsorship opportunities or check for more details. We appreciate your support. And of course, we are totally flexible.

Contact Liz (204) 275-8874 / or Diane (204) 930-4612 /

And now – you need to plan a holiday around CASA’s conference! Québec City is amazing any time of year but it’s magic in the fall. That’s when the Québec City area comes alive in a breathtaking blaze of autumn colour. Check out the many tours you could book before or after the conference.

But just in case you can’t linger in La Belle Province, we’ve built in time for you to discover Quebec City during the conference before and after the scheduled discussions, workshops and social times! Join the optional City walking tour on Tuesday evening and/or slide out on your own.

Take a look at the map. The Chateau Laurier Québec City is a ten minute walk from Old Québec, a designated UNESCO World Heritage treasure and the only walled city north of Mexico. As the cradle of French civilization in North America, it’s a living history lesson with a remarkable mix of architecture, heritage, art, and culture.

Start at the hotel and walk the Plains of Abraham or stroll through the gardens on Parliament Hill and toss a coin in the mesmerizing Fontaine de Tourny. Hike the boardwalk around the Chateau Frontenac and slide down to the Old Town on the funicular of Old Québec that connects the terrace Dufferin at the top of Cape Diamant with the Petit Champlain in the Lower Town.

Linger in the City where chefs combine fine local products to create unforgettable meals. From the comforts of poutine and tourtière to the richness of foie gras and sweet maple treats, Québec City is a foodie’s heaven.

Check out this official tourism link to discover all the city has to offer. To plan your Québec adventure, contact the city’s Tourism Office at 1-877-783-1608.

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