CAAR's Choice Awards Banquet

Annually at the CAAR Conference, CAAR shines a spotlight on the best and brightest of the agri-retail industry during the CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet.

Submit an application for your facility or apply on another retailer's behalf for the 2017 CAAR’s Choice Awards! These awards highlight the achievements and dedication of CAAR members who serve their community and the agri-retail industry. Recipients are presented with a $1,000 prize and a complimentary trip to the 2018 CAAR Conference.

CAAR is currently accepting applications for the following awards:

If you are interested in submitting an application for any of the categories below, download an application form and return all required documents to Lady Gabilo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about CAAR’s Choice Awards, or to make an application via phone, contact the CAAR office at 204-989-9304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017.



Dave Hemstad

Dave Hemstad: CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet Entertainment
Wednesday Feb. 14, 9:00 – 10:00 pm

Voted 'Best Comedian in Canada', Dave Hemstad is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee who began performing on national television in 2002.

In addition to his own half hour Comedy Now Special on CTV and his Gala performance at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal he has taped appearances for both the Halifax and Winnipeg Comedy Festivals for CBC.

Dave has many acting credits to his name including having starred in the Showcase comedy series Almost Heroes. Dave is currently a regular on CBC's smash hit The Debaters for both television and radio.

In addition to his many international appearances, Dave is proud to have performed in every province AND territory in Canada.


Agronomist of the Year Award

Sponsored by J.R. Simplot AgriBusiness

Introduced in 2012, the Agronomist of the Year award recognizes a CAAR member agronomist who consistently exceeds expectations through dedication to their field and their agronomic knowledge.

Click here to download the Agronomist of the Year Award Application Form


Retailer of the Year Award

Sponsored by Bayer CropScience Inc.

The Retailer of the Year Award was established in 2008 and recognizes one CAAR member location that went above and beyond to serve its customers.

Click here to download the Retailer of the Year Award Application Form


4R Nutrient Stewardship Agri-Retailer Award

Sponsored by Fertilizer Canada

Introduced in 2013, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Agri-Retailer Award recognizes a team at one member location that has shown leadership in the adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship into their business practices.

Click here to download the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Agri-Retailer Award Application Form


Retailer Hall of Fame Award

Sponsored by Univar Canada

The Retailer Hall of Fame award was established in 2008 and recognizes an individual from one member location who has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance and dedication over time.

Click here to download the Retailer Hall of Fame Award Application Form


Chairman’s Award

The Chairman’s Award is awarded annually at the CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet to an individual who is a strong supporter of the Association and the agri-retail industry in general. They are selfless in their commitment to CAAR and the betterment of the industry. The award recipient is chosen by CAAR's Board Chair, Martin Kiefer. 



CAAR’s Choice Awards Honour Roll

Congratulations to all of the past CAAR’s Choice award winners. CAAR’s Choice awards are presented annually at the CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet held at the CAAR Conference. 

Agronomist of the Year Award

Laurie Manshreck, Paterson Grain

Sponsored by: J.R. Simplot Agribusiness

2016 Laurie Manshreck, Paterson Grain

Sponsored by: J.R. Simplot Agribusiness

2015 Troy Laforge, Rack Petroleum
2014 Duane Briand, Parkland Fertilizers

Sponsored by: CCA Examiner

2013 Dan Owen, Hudye Soil Services

Sponsored by: Monsanto Canada

2012 Chris Nordal, Paterson Grain, Arborg, MB

Sponsored by: Bayer CropScience

2011 Wendy Schatz-Leeds, Sharpe’s Soil Services


Retailer of the Year Award

Top Gro Agro Ltd.

Sponsored by Bayer Cropscience Inc.

2016 Top Gro Agro Ltd.

Sponsored by: Bayer CropScience Inc.

2015 McEwen’s Fuels and Fertilizers
2014 GJ Chemical Co. Ltd.
2013 Hetland Seeds 1996 Ltd.
2012 Shur-Gro Farm Services - Shoal Lake, MB
2011 Hudye Soil Services
2010 Sharpe’s Soil Services
2009 DynAgra
2008 B&B Ag Services

Sponsored by: Northpoint Distribution

2007 Cavalier Agrow Ltd.


4R Nutrient Stewardship Agri-Retailer Award

Agris Co-operative Ltd.

Sponsored by Fertilizer Canada

2016 Agris Co-operative Ltd.

Sponsored by: Fertilizer Canada

2015 Richardson International
2014 MacEwen Agricentre Inc.
2013 Rack Petroleum Ltd.


Retailer Hall of Fame Award

Anne-Marie Funk, accepting award on behalf of Art Funk
Anne-Marie Funk, accepting award on behalf of Art Funk

Sponsored by: Univar

2016 Art Funk

2015 David Wendland, Wendland Ag

Sponsored by: CleanFARMS

2014 David Jessiman

Sponsored by: Glacier FarmMedia Syndication

2013 Bruce Schmaltz, DynAgra Corp.

Sponsored by: Lester Communications

2012 Ron Blair, Blair’s Fertilizer Ltd.
2011 Bob Whitelaw, Agrico Canada Limited
2010 Frank Orchard, Orchard Transport
2009 Ray Redfern, Redfern Farm Services
2008 Dean Clarke, Dean Clarke Agri Service
2007 Ron Helwer, Shur-Gro Farm Services Ltd.


Chairman’s Award

David Thompson
2017: David Thompson
2016: Al Raine
2015: Greg Haney
2014 Don Pincock
2013 Nadine Sisk
2012 Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers
2012 Shur-Gro Farm Services
2012 Parkland Fertilizer
2012 Olds Fertilizer
2012 Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op
2012 Munro Farm Supply
2012 Kneehill Soil Services
2012 Double Diamond Farm Supply
2012 Andrukow Group Solutions
2011 Ron Medwid
2010 Pattie Ganske
2009 Chris Radford
2008 Dave Blackwell
2007 Ted Sutherland
2006 Marian Fernet
2005 John Berry
2004 Don Pincock
2003 Bob Evans
2002 Glenn Dickson
2001 Kevin Bates
2000 Al Petkau
1999 Bill Lawrysyn
1998 Jim Radcliffe
1997 Mert Perrin
1996 Ray Bouchard
1995 Richard Zimmer
1994 Ray Redfern
1993 Barry Anderson
1992 Allan Kroeker
1991 Rob Saik
1990 Duane Stevenson
1989 Frank Bond, Sr.
1988 Don Coombs
1987 Bob Weese
1986 Stu MacMillan
1985 Terry Gates
1984 Bill Dorgan
1983 Jim Hamilton
1982 Don Pottinger
1981 Ron Helwer
1980 Jack McLeod

AGCO Operator of the Year Award

2010 Brett Bohachewski, Aylsham Agro
2009 Carl Riben, Saskatoon Co-op Agro Centre
2008 Trevor Borduzak, Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers
2007 Arthur VanDamme, Viterra/AgPro

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