The Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers honoured five Canadian ag retailers for their outstanding achievements in business, community and stewardship. The winners received their awards in the company of their peers during ag retail’s biggest night of the year: the 12th annual CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet, part of the 2019 CAAR Conference held this month in Winnipeg, MB.

“The CAAR Choice Awards program is our opportunity to recognize individuals and companies who have succeeded in making a difference,” said Mitch Rezansoff, Executive Director of CAAR. “They are among the leaders who are already, or who will become, integral in recognizing opportunities for our industry now and in the future.”

The Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) is pleased to announce its 2019-20 board of directors who will lead the association throughout the next year as CAAR works to strengthen the ag retail industry in Canada through its advocacy activities and suite of valuable services to members.

“CAAR is the only organization dedicated solely to representing retailers and their side of the business,” says CAAR Board Chair Don Kitson. “A dynamic and engaged board of directors allows CAAR to effectively aggregate retailer opinions and interests into a strong message when dealing with the external groups, producers, government regulators and the general public.”

The annual general meeting of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) takes place this Wednesday and Thursday in Ottawa, Ont. Those who are interested in the discussions, but can’t attend in person, are invited to view the meeting online.

Recently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) held a webinar for employees, fertilizer businesses and industry associations to provide an overview of key elements of proposed changes to the Fertilizers Regulations. This webinar is now available online and can be viewed by anyone wishing to gain further information about the proposed changes.

Join the Germination Retail Roundtable on March 12, 2019 to learn more about value creation and how it will benefit the industry. “Value Creation: How You Can Bust the Myths” will leave you well-informed about value creation and its benefits and better equipped to discuss the subject with customers and others.

Thank You For Another Great CAAR Conference!

CAAR extends its sincere thanks to our many sponsors, exhibitors, auction donors, planning committee members, attendees and special guests for lending their time, support and passion for their industry to the 2019 CAAR Conference. Thank you for participating in the CAAR Conference! 

Getting Disruptive

Graham Sherman’s inspiring and motivating talk was the perfect presentation to open the final day of the 2019 CAAR Conference. Sherman is the co-owner of Tool Shed Brewing Company, an Alberta brewery that took an approach to creating policy change that can truly be described as “disruptive behaviour.”

A law that was impeding the startup of new breweries, including Tool Shed was in litigation, but no headway was being made. But what couldn’t be accomplished through the courts was handled with a lot of disruption. Not only did Tool Shed’s inventive and unconventional approach to overcoming their roadblock highlight lost economic opportunity in the province, but it was something that had never been done. And in about one year, their efforts led to legislation change.