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 – $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 dwreford@casa-acsa.ca.

(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 info@casa-acsa.ca.)

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

8:00pm
Hospitality Room (Business Suite)

Tuesday, October 8

8:30am
Breakfast snack (Des Plaines BC)

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

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

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

12:00pm
Lunch (Des Plaines BC)

1:00 – 3:00pm
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 and CASA board member and CASA’s AGM (Des Plaines A)

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

3:30 – 5:00pm
Concurrent Sessions – Learn about the latest agricultural safety research, initiatives, projects, and programs from across Canada (Submit a presentation for consideration) (Des Plaines A, Grand Allée AB)

5:30pm
(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

9:00pm
Hospitality Room (Business Suite)

Wednesday, October 9

8:30am
Breakfast snack (Des Plaines BC)

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

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

10:30 – 11:45am
Concurrent Sessions – Learn about the latest agricultural safety research, initiatives, projects, and programs from across Canada (Submit a presentation for consideration) (Des Plaines A, Grand Allée AB)

12:15pm
Pick up boxed lunches and board buses for farm tours and social evening

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.

6:00pm
Social evening – Sugar Shack supper and show at le Relais des Pins

9:30pm: 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)

* 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.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) invites presentation submissions for the 2019 Annual Conference

The presentation should be relevant to farm safety and health issues. This could include research, or initiative, project or program aimed at improving the safety and health for farmers, ranchers, farm families, workers, visitors, and farming communities. Oral Presentations are accepted in the following categories:

  • Research (completed and on-going)
  • Farm Safety Initiative, Project or Program

Poster Presentations are accepted in the following categories:

  • Research (completed and on-going)
  • Farm Safety Initiative, Project or Program

Please fill out this form to be considered for the 2019 CASA Conference program.

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

The Château has set aside a block of rooms for CASA conference participants at a rate of $199.00 plus taxes per night. Book no later than Friday, September 6 to be guaranteed a room at the conference rate. The special conference rate will be available three days prior to and after the conference if there’s space. Contact the Hôtel Château Laurier Québec to book outside the conference days.

Go to www.hotelchateaulaurier.com and choose between French or English in the top right corner of the page. Then click on réservez maintenant / book now. Enter the dates of your stay and the group code: 28066. The rooms and rate available will appear for you to reserve now.

You may also reserve on the phone. Call 1-800-463-4453. Or email reservation@vieuxquebec.com.

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
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Taxi Coop Beauport
418 661-7711
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Taxi Coop Charlesbourg
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Taxi Coop Québec
418 525-5191
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Taxi Coop Sainte-Foy–Sillery
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Taxi Coop Val Bélair
418 847-2580
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Taxi Laurier
418 651-2727
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Uber is available at Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport. For more information: https://www.uber.com/info/quebec-airport/
418 627-25111

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:

Be:

  • 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 / lclark@casa-acsa.ca or Diane (204) 930-4612 / dwreford@casa-acsa.ca.

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.