Schedule

What’s happening during the 2017 convention?  Below is the full schedule or you can download the 2017 Delegate Book to see or print the full delegate program and schedule as well.

Feb 2, 2017

 

Best Practices in E-coli Prevention

February 02, 2017 from 1pm to 8pm
Edmonton Room
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Presenters are from the International Association of Fairs & Exhibitions (IAFE) who present this topic across North America, and is hosted by the Canadian Association of Fairs & Exhibitions.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop

Over the years there have been outbreaks of E.coli and various other pathogens at fairs and petting zoos in Canada and the US. Thankfully there have been few fatalities. Undoubtedly your ag society wants to protect its attendees from becoming sick – or worse-but you also need to protect your organization. If you find yourself in the newspaper, named as a source of an E.coli outbreak, your event will suffer from litigation….also something you can do without!
This full day workshop will provide critical information on what E.coli (and other dangerous pathogens) are, how they can affect an even kill people, how they can be transferred at a fair or livestock/animal event, how you can avoid contamination, how to protect your organization from litigation if someone does get E.coli, how to create traffic patterns at your fair to keep your guests safer, signage, etc. This workshop is usually a cost of $150 per person but is free to all those that register. Participants will go away with a binder of resources as well as an educational DVD. Light refreshments will be provided but participants will be required to provide or purchase their own dinner (an evening break will give delegates enough time to have dinner and then continue with the balance of the workshop)

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Bylaw Review Workshop

February 02, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Ridgewood Room
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Speaker: Tim Carson

This is a free workshop however pre-registration is required   
   
You can register by emailing aaas@gov.ab.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 by-laws 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.

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Feb 3, 2017

 

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days Coordinator Training

February 03, 2017 from 8am to 3pm
Lethbridge Room
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Speaker: Shari and Dave Kuther

This is a free workshop however pre-registration is required

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® are one day events, run by local communities, that teach children safety lessons that can keep them and those around them safe at home or on a farm or ranch. Each year, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation supports more than 400 Safety Days across the U.S., Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. These Safety Days reach more than 100,000 children and adults annually.

The program is designed to reach 8 to 13-year olds. However, there are separate materials that can be used to reach 4 to 7 year olds. Most Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® are planned for 100 to 200 participants. However, some that are well- planned and well-staffed have effectively reached 1,300 participants. Safety Days can be conducted for specific schools or school classes or they can be open to the entire community.

To be eligible to host a Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® in 2017 organizers must have someone from the organization take part in the training.
*Note this is not a required training program to be eligible for the AAAS Farm Safety Grant, however if the project you wish to do is a Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® then you will need to take this training


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Farmers' Market Manager Training

February 03, 2017 from 8:30am to 12pm
Ridgewood Room
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Speaker: Eileen Kotowich

An introductory course designed to ensure farmers’ market managers know the basics: Walk through the Approved Farmers’ Market Program Guidelines and annual requirements; Talk about the roles of the various players; provide information in legislation and regulations that impact markets and vendors; give an overview of vendor recruitment and developing market rules. Leave Motivated for the upcoming season.

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Can Community Help Your Ag Society Find Their Ruby Slippers?

February 03, 2017 from 9am to 12pm
Vernon Room
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Speaker: Brenda Herchmer

The work of Alberta Agricultural Societies is driven by a collective and inspiring understanding that they contribute to the quality of life in their communities by encouraging improvement in agriculture by developing educational programs, events, services and facilities. It is also increasingly clear that the resulting challenges being addressed to achieve that vision – are often reflected in a bumpy, twisting yellow brick road. And, while the issues are being addressed by dedicated staff and volunteers, there is a growing sense that heart work is hard work especially when finding the ruby slippers and solutions requires time and resources that may not always be available. However, there is also an understanding that community building might just be an essential part of the solution for ensuring the transformative change and growth that is required. Easy enough to say, but how do we actively engage those who live in our communities?

This session will help you find your ruby slippers by:
• sharing an understanding of community development and its value;
• discussing the competencies, roles and responsibilities of staff and volunteers serving in a community building capacity;
• sharing examples and practical strategies for engaging those who live in your community


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GOAL-TRIUM - Our fun goal -achieving workshop

February 03, 2017 from 9am to 12pm
Wildrose Ballroom #1
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Speaker: Bryan Burns

Simply put, people and teams who “goal set” will produce greater positive change in their lives! This is an interactive hands on session that will create a system of goal setting techniques that are fun and provide a masterpiece on which to further strive for your future dreams and ambitions resulting in a balanced life approach. From your own personal mission statement, different goal setting/achieving methods, and to developing your own Unique Ability chart, the purpose of this session is to show you some informal habits to enhance your life.

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Lifecycle Planning

February 03, 2017 from 9am to 12pm
Elmwood Room
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Speaker: Lloyd Smith

Limited Space is available in this session and will only be able to accommodate up to 25 people.

This session will look at all aspects of facility life cycle planning; What lifecycle is, factors affecting the aging of a facility, planning for the various stages of a facility life and an examination of the options for a facility that has come to the end of its useful life.

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Positioning Your Ag Society For The Future = Responsibility Relevance Renewal

February 03, 2017 from 9am to 12pm
Edmonton Room
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Speaker: Max Fritz

At times feeling overwhelmed? Challenges and opportunities are ever apparent-this workshop creates an opportunity for you to refresh your knowledge relating to the value and impacts of the Ag Societies in the Province. Hear updates on peer work coming out of the 2016 AAAS Leadership Conference along with moderated interviews with fellow Ag Societies of how they are working through challenges and are excited about the new opportunities for the future.
It will be fun, fast paced and empowering!

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The Art of Policies Writing

February 03, 2017 from 9am to 12pm
Wildrose Ballroom #3
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Speaker: David Feldman

Policies are expectations, definitions or courses of action agreed upon by an organization’s governing members, such as the Board of Directors….it is important for nonprofit agencies to have policies that protect the agency, its staff, clients/patrons, and volunteers but also help the organization move forward in fulfilling its goals. Join David in this workshop to learn how to develop policies and how to determine what policies your Ag Society should have.

This session has three goals:
1. to give you and your policy committee a strong understanding of what good policies look like;
2. how to make them, and;
3. what presentation format makes sense for your organization


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Feb 4, 2017

 

Social Media Integration for Agricultural Societies

February 04, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
Vernon Room
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Speaker: Mike Wuchterl

This presentation will cover beginner to intermediate creative social media integration techniques and ideal platform management strategies for fairs and exhibitions

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Get Your Story Out There!

February 04, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
Wildrose Ballroom #3
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Speaker: Dianne Finstad

One way to change those ‘Greatest Stories Never Told’ is to tell them! In a rapidly changing world of communication, the methods of storytelling may look different now. But the basic elements of crafting a good story are still the same. Don’t be shy about sharing the great things your Ag Society is doing in your community and beyond! Learn what you need to cover your bases and ways to get the message about your events/facilities/opportunities spread far and wide. Join longtime farm & rodeo broadcaster and reporter Dianne Finstad for some tips on navigating the communications world. It’s a chance to discuss your successes and challenges, and do some practicing so you can go home and do some telling!

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The Times They are A'Changin….Are You?

February 04, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
Wildrose Ballroom #1
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Speaker: Brenda Herchmer

In addition to managing sound day to day operations, the best Ag Societies also invest energy and resources to deal with a rapidly changing and sometimes uncertain future. The question everyone needs to ask is, “How do we become future-focused thinkers who can build on the many existing strengths, as well the history and tradition of Ag Societies, to ensure an organization that stays “in the now and in the know”? This workshop will provide practical resources and strategies for being a trendwatcher who can help ensure an Ag Society that is meaningful, relevant, and sustainable in changing times.

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Momma Told Me There'd Be Days Like This

February 04, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
Wildrose Ballroom#2
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Speaker: Mark Mayfield

Stressed Out? Lethargic? Burned Out? This program will help you solve those ills by learning five behaviors that will help balance your life and by learning techniques to deal with your biggest stressor….PEOPLE! This keynote is high on content AND hilarity.

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Best Practices for Farmers' Markets

February 04, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
Edmonton Room
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Speaker's: Mark Shand & Eileen Kotowich

Farmers’ Markets play a critical role in connecting consumers with fresh, high-quality local food, along with providing an opportunity for entrepreneurs to test their products and incubate their business. Come learn about how Explore Local and the Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market Program assist producers, small-scale processors and farmers’ markets to capitalize on the demand for local food. This interactive session will specifically focus on best practices in farmers’ market management and governance that can be adopted by your Agriculture Society to foster a vibrant market that is professionally managed to provide safe, local food to your community.

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Quick Marketing WINS that you can start today

February 04, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
Ridgewood Room
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Speaker: Andi Dzilums & Christopher Smith

Travel Alberta Cooperative Marketing Managers Andi Dzilums and Christopher Smith will walk you through some quick WINS when it comes to your marketing strategy that can help amplify your message and engage your visitors in the online world. We will look at marketing successes we have seen Alberta partners engage with, and explore how you can utilize these tactics starting today. Let’s connect you with the Travel Alberta team and its platforms, and give some insights into how you can tell your story to create Goosebump moments for potential visitors

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Board Member Basics

February 04, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
Lethbridge Room
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Speaker: David Feldman

Boards function most effectively when everyone on the board knows what their responsibilities are and what is expected of them. This session will explore the roles and responsibilities of individual board members and boards as a group as they work to lead and represent their organizations. It will explore the differences between Board management and leadership and provide some tools for a board continued development and success.

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Rapid Evolution = Rapid Innovation

February 04, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
Red Deer Room
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Speaker: Francois Blouin, Director of Innovation & Imad Khaled, Senior Engineer; Research and Innovation

The rapid transformation of the utility and energy industry is generating new information for Albertans, Our world is changing, but with change comes a need for innovation. Join Francois Blouin, Director of Innovation and Imad Khaled, Senior Engineer, Research and Innovation with ATCO and learn how natural gas and electricity utilities are adapting and how this translates and impacts communities across the province.

Francois and Imad will demonstrate how recent energy innovations can be applied to your business – walking you through real-life examples where by incorporating current technology in new ways has increased energy efficiency and reduced costs. Come hear how some of these applications, including solar installations, combined heat and power unites and natural gas generators, can be used as you build new structures or retrofit existing ones, all while lowering your operational costs. is generating new information for Albertans, Our world is changing, but with change comes a need for innovation. Join Francois Blouin, Director of Innovation and Imad Khaled, Senior Engineer, Research and Innovation with ATCO and learn how natural gas and electricity utilities are adapting and how this translates and impacts communities across the province.

Francois and Imad will demonstrate how recent energy innovations can be applied to your business – walking you through real-life examples where by incorporating current technology in new ways has increased energy efficiency and reduced costs. Come hear how some of these applications, including solar installations, combined heat and power unites and natural gas generators, can be used as you build new structures or retrofit existing ones, all while lowering your operational costs.

Learn how ATCO is exploring new and innovative energy solutions to make life easier for customers.

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Succession Planning - the key to representing and growing your membership

February 04, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
Elmwood Room
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Speaker: Anna De Paoli & Sheila Carruthers

Finding new board members to replace retiring ones can be a challenge for Agricultural Societies. This session aims to show you why having a succession plan can help you overcome this challenge. Further, succession planning can help you to better represent your membership and not just maintain but grow your society.

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How Programming Happens...Including Tips and Tricks on Contract Management

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Rosewood Room
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Speaker: Allison Wright, Midway Programming Manager, Calgary Stampede
                Mike Sidoryk, General Manager, Lloydminster Regional Exhibition

How do you decide on what to book for your event...where to put it….and what the contract looks like?? Join us for a peek into the evaluation model and process used by the Calgary Stampede and learn from expert negotiator Mike Sidoryk, Lloydminster Regional Exhibition, on how best to structure an entertainment buy.

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What's 90 minutes!

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Red Deer Room
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Speaker: Max Fritz

This session affords you the incredible opportunity to participate in a summary of the valuable conversations that have taken place during the conference and the prior year leadership conference, share learnings and reflect on items of importance that you feel will drive change within your distinct ag society identities. Key outcomes and take a ways will assist the group with greater cohesion as you return to your societies.

What a great motivating way to end the conference!


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Attitude and Gratitude

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Wildrose Ballroom #1
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Speaker: Brenda Herschmer

Volunteers are the backbone of Agricultural Societies but can we improve our attitude and gratitude to do more to Recruit, Recognize, and Retain the best? This fun and interactive session will make you rethink volunteering by providing an overview of volunteer trends and issues as well as key resources and tools that can be used to engage and support volunteers in today’s increasingly complicated environments.

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Social Media Measurement - How to measure your success

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Vernon Room
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Speakers: Mike Wuchterl

We do social media....so how do we know it's working for us or worth the time and effort? Join Mike as he covers the analytical measurement techniques for intermediate to advanced social media managers and get the traction you need!

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Farm Safety Resources and Ideas

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Edmonton Room
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Speaker: AAAS, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry – Farm Safety Program, Agriculture for Life, Progressive Farm Safety Days

This panel will talk about the different programs and resources each of them offer, as well as provide ideas and examples of the types of Farm Safety program your Agricultural Society could do in your community. AAAS will also be there to answer questions and provide information on the Farm Safety Grant program that is available for Agricultural Societies.

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Ag Societies Grant Program - Stripped Down

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Ridgewood Room
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Speaker: Fred Young
   
Fred Young, Program Grant Manager for the Ag Society program will host this informative session designed to provide detailed insight into the reporting requirements for Agricultural Societies. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of the programs funding criteria and best reporting practices.

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Momma Told Me There'd Be Days Like This

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Wildrose Ballroom#2
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Speaker: Mark Mayfield

(Repeat Session from the Morning)

Stressed Out? Lethargic? Burned Out? This program will help you solve those ills by learning five behaviors that will help balance your life and by learning techniques to deal with your biggest stressor….PEOPLE! This keynote is high on content AND hilarity.

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Marketing Guru…NOT!....but here are the ABC's

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Lethbridge Room
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Speaker: Bryan Burns

This session will provide some proven tips and tricks, the ABC’s of marketing including advertising vs marketing, public relations, contests, how to create buzz, interactive ideas, behind the scenes concepts, 4 important creative events that agricultural societies can utilize to increase your attendance and earn more revenues for your agricultural society especially with limited budgets. Lots of takeaways including the top 10 Fun marketing ideas to implement right away!

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Get Your Story Out There!

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Wildrose Ballroom #3
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Speaker: Dianne Finstad

(Repeat Session from the Morning)

One way to change those ‘Greatest Stories Never Told’ is to tell them! In a rapidly changing world of communication, the methods of storytelling may look different now. But the basic elements of crafting a good story are still the same. Don’t be shy about sharing the great things your Ag Society is doing in your community and beyond! Learn what you need to cover your bases and ways to get the message about your events/facilities/opportunities spread far and wide. Join longtime farm & rodeo broadcaster and reporter Dianne Finstad for some tips on navigating the communications world. It’s a chance to discuss your successes and challenges, and do some practicing so you can go home and do some telling!

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Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan & the NEET funding program

February 04, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Elmwood Room
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Speakers: Mike Hittinger, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
                  David Dodge, Board Chair of Energy Efficiency Alberta

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Energy Efficiency Alberta will provide a brief overview of the Climate Leadership Plan and how farms are impacted.  You will also hear about what resources and programs exist to assist producers and non-profit organizations with the transition to a lower carbon economy, such as the Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Program that provides funding to help non-profit and volunteer groups determine the efficiency of their current lighting, heating, cooling and hot water systems.

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