Schedule

2020 Tentative Schedule – Condensed

Condensed Schedule

*Subject to Change

Jan 30, 2020

 

Bylaw Review Workshop

January 30, 2020 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
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Speaker: Tim Carson, Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies

This is a free workshop however pre-registration is required.

You can register by emailing info@albertaagsocieties.ca or by calling 780-427-2174

If your organization has not reviewed or updated your bylaws recently this workshop will assist you with both the review and updating. During the workshop participants will be using their existing bylaws as a discussion document and comparing it to best practice bylaws (that have been developed by AAAS in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry). We will also give an overview of the differences between bylaws and policies, and review what the Agricultural Societies Act mandates for Ag Societies. A template will be provided to participants and by the end of the day participants should leave with an understanding and templates that will assist you and save you time when revising your own organizations bylaws.

Jan 31, 2020

 

Ice Arena Maintenance (Pre-registration required)

January 31, 2020 from 8am to 12pm
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Speakers: Stuart Ray, Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel

This course is ideal for the frontline, grass roots Arena Operator who is looking to upgrade their skills in ice facility operations. The following areas will be covered in this course: changing the blade and levelling, preventative maintenance on the resurfacer, safety concerns, proper shaving techniques, proper flooding techniques, proper use of an edger, hand edging, line repairs, board repairs, changing glass, and janitorial concerns. Participants are encouraged to bring warm clothing and a CSA approved hockey helmet for on-ice sessions. Successful candidates will receive the Arena Maintenance certificate.*Note: There will be a registration cost associated with this session. Spots are limited to first 20 registrants and up to 2 delegates per Ag Society. If there are open spots availalbe on January 1st, 2020, an Ag Society may send more than 2 members.
 

Farmers' Market Manager Training

January 31, 2020 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
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Speaker: Eileen Kotowich, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Do you manage an Alberta approved farmers’ market? Is your Ag Society interested in starting a farmers’ market in your community? Then this session is for you. Join us for a half-day introductory workshop explaining the basics needed to manage an Alberta approved farmers’ market. Attend this workshop if you are an Alberta approved farmers’ market manager who has not completed this mandatory training or if you are interested in learning more about the responsibilities and role of a farmers’ market manager. Bring your experiences and questions for a morning of sharing and learning!
 

Bylaw Review Workshop (Pre-registration required)

January 31, 2020 from 9am to 12pm
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Speaker: Tim Carson, Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies

This is a free workshop however pre-registration is required.

You can register by emailing info@albertaagsocieties.ca or by calling 780-427-2174

If your organization has not reviewed or updated your bylaws recently this workshop will assist you with both the review and updating. During the workshop participants will be using their existing bylaws as a discussion document and comparing it to best practice bylaws (that have been developed by AAAS in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Forestry). We will also give an overview of the differences between bylaws and policies, and review what the Agricultural Societies Act mandates for Ag Societies. A template will be provided to participants and by the end of the day participants should leave with an understanding and templates that will assist you and save you time when revising your own organizations bylaws.
 

Telling your story for Volunteer Recruitment

January 31, 2020 from 9am to 12pm
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Speaker: Randy Ritz

Feb 1, 2020

 

Diversifying offerings

February 01, 2020 from 10:30am to 12pm
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Speakers:  Pierre & Keleigh Cormier, Clearthink Group

Explore and discover other offerings or programs that your Ag Society could be offering to your community.
 

Content Development in Marketing

February 01, 2020 from 10:30am to 12pm
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Speaker: Brian Siddle, Strong Coffee Marketing

Learn the basics on content creation and how to use it with your marketing
 

AGLC Rules - What to know for your Events and Facilities

February 01, 2020 from 10:30am to 12pm
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Speakers: Sandra Froehlich & Kate Whelpton, AGLC

Kate and Sandra will provide an overview of Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission liquor licensing information, including special event licences, and charitable gaming licensing (casino, raffle, bingo, and pull ticket) and use of gaming proceeds. Bring your questions.
 

There is no I in team (Unless you’re a really bad speller)

February 01, 2020 from 10:30am to 12pm
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Speaker: Marlk Mayfield, Professional Speaker and Commedian

This is NOT a motivational speech. We won’t be joining hands and singing “Kum Ba Ya”. Mark will show you how to build stronger relationships by using his offbeat, observational sense of humor. It’s practical, yet hilarious, behavior changing modifications that will make your teams stronger despite their generational and personality differences. People don’t stop playing because they grow old, they grow old because they stop playing. So get a little younger as Mark teaches you solid principles of partnership and collaboration.
 

Board Succession - Planning to Grow your Membership

February 01, 2020 from 10:30am to 12pm
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Speakers: Anna De Paoli & Sheila Carruthers, DPA

In this workshop delegates will review their current board makeup, identify needs for their Ag Society board, and develop an action plan to approach and engage people and organizations to fill the gaps. The workshop will be hands-on, and delegates will work in teams to leave the workshop with tools they can return to their boards to further develop an actionable succession plan for implementation. If possible, it is encouraged to have multiple delegates attend this interactive workshop.
 

Ag Societies Grant Program - Stripped Down

February 01, 2020 from 10:30am to 12pm
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Speaker: Colin Gosselin & Monnika Warring, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
 

Content Development in Marketing

February 01, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3pm
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Speaker: Trevor, Strong Coffee Marketing

Trevor Tessier will educate on how to effectively build a strategy to help maximize your marketing efforts.
 

Finding Grants for your Ag Society

February 01, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3pm
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Speaker: Klay Dyer, Business Consultant and Funding Specialist

Make the most of the grant and sponsorship opportunities available to your not-for-profit! Learn to find the best matches for your current and future goals and write winning applications that clearly communicate your organization’s need and value. Finally, build long-term relationships to avoid the “one-and-done” funding scenario. You’ll leave with ideas for a fundraising platform that’s both strategic and sustainable.
 

Working with Municipalities and Other Partners

February 01, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3pm
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Speaker: Max Fritz, Non-Profit Advisor

Municipalities, key stakeholders and other influential organizations are continually playing a stronger role in shaping the landscape in rural Alberta for the future. Setting aside time at the conference to better understand the merging situations and appreciate the opportunities that are present with these key stakeholders has never been of greater importance. The session will dedicate time talking about the "why" it is important to work with your municipality, provide real examples of how other ag. societies work to date and then also focus on the "how". A resource template has been developed by AAAS to train and assist your society in the key messages and information that will be of value to share it with their municipalities or other organizations. Each delegate will leave the session either with this document filled out or at least started on. This session is also wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your strategic plan as it will support your ability to share your organizations overview and impact to the community.
 

There is no I in team (Unless you’re a really bad speller)

February 01, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3pm
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Speaker: Marlk Mayfield, Professional Speaker and Commedian

This is NOT a motivational speech. We won’t be joining hands and singing “Kum Ba Ya”. Mark will show you how to build stronger relationships by using his offbeat, observational sense of humor. It’s practical, yet hilarious, behavior changing modifications that will make your teams stronger despite their generational and personality differences. People don’t stop playing because they grow old, they grow old because they stop playing. So get a little younger as Mark teaches you solid principles of partnership and collaboration.
 

Board Succession - Planning to Grow your Membership

February 01, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3pm
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Speakers: Anna De Paoli & Sheila Carruthers, DPA

In this workshop delegates will review their current board makeup, identify needs for their Ag Society board, and develop an action plan to approach and engage people and organizations to fill the gaps. The workshop will be hands-on, and delegates will work in teams to leave the workshop with tools they can return to their boards to further develop an actionable succession plan for implementation. If possible, it is encouraged to have multiple delegates attend this interactive workshop.
 

Improving your Events

February 01, 2020 from 1:30pm to 3pm
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Speakers:  Pierre & Keleigh Cormier, Clearthink Group

This session will examine ways you can improve your events, with a focus on revenue generation.