Winnipeg, November 24, 2010: Dean Anderson was re-elected for his second term as chair of the seven-person Board of Directors for the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association. Anderson is regional Director Western Ontario with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.

CASA Council members acclaimed to the Board during the Association’s annual meeting November 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba are Denis Bilodeau, vice-president of L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) and André Bonneau of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Bilodeau was appointed treasurer and Billy Woods, a farmer from Torbay, Newfoundland was appointed secretary.

Other CASA Board members are: Vice-Chair, John R. Gordon, PhD, director of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture; Bruce Johnson, executive director of BC’s Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Association and Lauranne Sanderson, associate professor at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College.

CASA’s 16th annual meeting was held during its conference PLAN. FARM. SAFETY. working the plan! in Winnipeg November 15 – 17, 2010. Approximately 90 farm safety professionals, researchers and farmers from across Canada took part in discussions and workshops to develop and refine techniques to positively change the country’s safety culture.

A workshop on safety in agricultural confined spaces kickstarted the conference. A short video of the workshop will be posted soon on CASA’s website www.planfarmsafety.ca. A DVD of the entire six-hour workshop will be given to all participants and will be available at cost from CASA.

Presentations by conference speakers including Kevin Kelloway, St, Mary’s University, Nova Scotia; Sue Bruning, University of Manitoba; Gerry Friesen, Signature Mediation, MB; Maria Labrecque Duscheneau, Au Cœur des Familles Agricoles (ACFA) in Quebec; Glen Blahey, CASA will be posted on CASA’s website www.planfarmsafety.ca.

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) co-ordinates, develops and leads national initiatives to help farmers, their families and workers recognize and manage safety risks. CASA is primarily funded through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial initiative Growing Forward with support from Canadian agri-business.

For more information about CASA and to access the 2009-10 Annual Report, go to www.planfarmsafety.ca

Media contact: Diane Wreford
(204) 275-8874
dwreford@casa-acsa.ca