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

Thank you for joining us! We look forward to seeing you next year. 

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

Heather Watson, Farm Management Canada

Martine Deschamps, Syneraction Management

Bronwynne Wilton, Wilton Consulting Group

Exploring the Connection between Mental Health and Farm Management



Jitendra Paliwal, University of Manitoba

From Medical Imaging to Grain Bin Monitoring: How Electromagnetic Imaging Could Help Revolutionize Safety on Your Farm

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


Jesse Kope, Northern Strands

Grain Bin Fall Protection: Northern Strands’ Bin Safe System


Jordan Jensen, Farm Safety Centre

A look at Sustainable Farm Families Alberta


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

Prevention squad for temporary foreign workers

Available in French only


Jess McCluer, ASHCA

Working Together to Sustain the Future of Agricultural Safety and Health


Philippe Roy, Nancy Beauregard, Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal

Preventing and promoting mental health in farmers: a training example

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

Developing a right-sized sustainable safety management system for the farming industry


Des Plaines A Grand Allée A Grand Allée B
Thea Green, Keystone Agricultural Producers, Manitoba Farm Safety Program

Agricultural Safety for the Next Generation of Farmers

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

Machinery Standards for Safe & Strong Farms


Natalie Roy, AgriSafe

Teach your Way: Open Source Ag Health and Safety Curriculum


Sue Freeman, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Taking Care of You and Your Farm


Nadine Frost, Fertilizer Canada

Anhydrous Ammonia Safety and the Farmer


Wendy Bennett, AgSafe BC

So You Think You Can Be An Ag Safety Advisor????

Andria Jones-Bitton, University of Guelph

Burnout in Canadian Farmers

Dean Anderson, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Greenhouse Risk Assessment – Flower & Vegetable

Paul Jones, National AgrAbility Project, Purdue University

AgrAbility: Resources for Agricultural Workers with Disabilities and other Functional Limitations


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

Marcel Hacault, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

Lessons Learned with the BeGrainSafe Program

Robin Anderson, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

Strenthening International Partnerships – Translating the Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines For French Canadians


Thank you to the 2019 Conference Sponsors!

Safety Supporters

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