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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. Congratulations to all of the recipients who accepted their awards at the 2020 CAAR Conference!

Click here to view application information for next year’s awards.


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

Greg Hodgins, Holmes Agro

Sponsored by Simplot
2019 Greg Hodgins, Holmes Agro

Sponsored by Simplot

2018 Taralea Simpson, Shur-Gro Farm Services Ltd.
2017 Barry Mankewich, GJ Chemical Co.
2016 Laurie Manshreck, Paterson Grain
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

Crop Management Network, Alberta

Sponsored by Bayer Cropscience Inc.
2019 Crop Management Network, Alberta


Sponsored by Bayer CropScience Inc.

2018 South Country Co-Op, Alberta
2017 Redfern Farm Services, Virden
2016 Top Gro Agro Ltd.
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

Cargill Ltd.

Sponsored by Fertilizer Canada
2019 Cargill Ltd.


Sponsored by Fertilizer Canada

2018 Nutrien Ag Solutions (Canada) Inc.
2017 Co-operative Retailing System
2016 Agris Co-operative Ltd.
2015 Richardson International
2014 MacEwen Agricentre Inc.
2013 Rack Petroleum Ltd.


Retailer Hall of Fame Award

Dennis Bulani

Sponsored by Glacier FarmMedia
2019 Dennis Bulani, Rack Petroleum


Sponsored by Univar Canada

2018 Wayne Deschouwer
2017 Pattie Ganske
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

Al Driver
2020 Al Driver
2019 Grant Larocque
2018 Bob McNaughton
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


CAAR’s Choice Awards Forms

Submit an application for your facility or apply on another retailer's behalf for the 2020 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 2021 CAAR Conference.

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 4, 2020.

 

Agronomist of the Year Award

Sponsored by Simplot

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 Glacier Farm Media

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, Don Kitson.

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