CAAR’s 2018 Year in Preview

Developing a comprehensive strategy for the future of CAAR.

With a new year comes new opportunities for CAAR to better serve its membership, craft solutions to industry challenges and reach new stakeholders across the agri-retail industry. To accomplish that goal, CAAR is calling on all members to submit their feedback, priorities and ideas to shape the association’s focus in 2018.

Celebrate Canada's Agriculture Day at the Icebreaker Cocktail Reception

Once again, the CAAR Conference coincides with Canada’s Agriculture Day, created last year by Agriculture More Than Ever to highlight the ag industry and strengthen connections between consumers and the food production chain. Join us at the Icebreaker Cocktail Reception to kick off the conference and raise a glass to celebrate agriculture in Canada – and we have a lot to celebrate!

CAAR Pro-Ag Investments Auction

It wouldn’t be the CAAR Conference without CAAR’s Pro-Ag Investments Auction! Always a conference highlight, this annual event supports programming and advocacy, while helping to keep membership fees low.

CAAR Introduces Mitch Rezansoff as Executive Director

Mitch Rezansoff has a love for agriculture, a strong personal drive and an innovative spirit.

Having spent significant early life on his family’s farm in the Swan River Valley, Man., Mitch Rezansoff began developing a passion for agriculture at a young age. “I love watching animals, crops and the industry itself develop,” he says.

CAAR’s 2017 Year in Review

CAAR represented agri-retailers on a diverse range of issues in 2017.

In 2017, CAAR continued to focus on advocacy and created positive benefits for agri-retailers on numerous policy and compliance issues. Reflecting on the past year, CAAR is proud to have delivered on its mandate to advance and defend Canadian agri-retail.

“It is CAAR’s promise to you that we will continue working to ensure the collective voice of our membership is being heard and acted upon,” says Lynda Nicol, director of member services at CAAR.

Speaker Spotlight

This year's CAAR Conference features an exceptional lineup of insightful speakers and excellent entertainment. The Communicator spoke with two of our featured speakers to get a preview of what conference delegates can expect.

Chairman's Award: David Thompson

He began his career with a stint in the department of agriculture in P.E.I., but quickly moved on to private industry where his career took off in crop protection, sales, marketing and providing technical support to producers in the Maritime provinces, Quebec and Maine.

Retailer Hall of Fame: Art Funk

Art Funk started his career in the agri-retail industry as a one-man operation, which quickly grew into a prosperous and multi-faceted business. His years of dedication to his customers, his community and the industry were recognized when he was named the recipient of the Retailer Hall of Fame award at the 10th annual CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet.

Agronomist of the Year: Laurie Manshreck

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated agronomist than Laurie Manshreck, retail manager with Paterson Grain in Melita, Man. After nearly 30 years in the industry, Manshreck has lost no enthusiasm for her work and is just as invested in her customers today as she was on day one.

Retailer of the Year: Top Gro Agro Ltd.

In only six short years, Top Gro Agro Ltd. has made a lasting impact on the small Alberta hamlet of Mallaig. That impact was recognized at the 10th annual CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet when Chris Schuh, the manager at Top Gro Agro, accepted the Retailer of the Year award on behalf of the company.

The 2017 CAAR Conference: Enhancing Expertise. Building Trust.

Nestled in the picturesque Canadian Rockies, the 2017 CAAR Conference hosted at the Fairmont Banff Springs offered an unforgettable experience for agri-retailers. The conference provided attendees with valuable opportunities to enhance their expertise and network with their peers over three days at the only national conference tailored to the business of agri-retail.

Celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day

Celebrate Canada’s Agriculture Day on Feb. 16, 2017 with friends, colleagues and CAAR! The first of its kind, this unique day was created by Agriculture More Than Ever and will coincide with the 2017 CAAR Conference.

CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet

The 2017 CAAR Conference marks the 10th annual CAAR’s Choice Awards. These prestigious awards are presented annually at the conference and recognize and celebrate the hard work, dedication and contributions of CAAR members throughout the ag industry.

CAAR Pro-Ag Investments Auction

A CAAR Conference favourite, the Pro-Ag Investments Auction supports a wide range of initiatives at CAAR that are designed to strengthen and enhance the Canadian ag industry. This year’s auction will be held on Wednesday Feb. 15 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

2016: CAAR’s Year in Review

We look back on CAAR’s accomplishments and successes throughout the past year, focusing on your association’s advocacy efforts, industry involvement, partnerships and more.

Spotlight on Speakers

This year’s CAAR Conference features an in-depth look at the changing landscape of ag from the industry’s top experts. Exploring topics like customer loyalty and the changing agri-retail customer, The Communicator caught up with two of our conference speakers to give delegates a taste of what to expect at the conference.

Speaker Spotlight

This year's CAAR Conference features an exceptional lineup of speakers, all offering their own unique and knowledgeable insight into the changing ag sector. The Communicator spoke with two of our featured speakers to get a preview of what conference delegates can expect.

Ready. Set. Network!

The Tradeshow has always been a hub of activity at the CAAR Conference and we are happy to report that all of this year's exhibition space sold out in record time!