CAAR Conference

CAAR Conference Speaker Spotlight: Graham Sherman

Graham Sherman’s “disruptive behavior” helped him turn the Alberta brewing industry on its head and has made Tool Shed Brewing, the company he co-founded, one of the top craft beer brands in the country. Read more to learn what he’s bringing to the 2019 CAAR Conference and why you shouldn’t miss his presentation.

CAAR’s Choice Awards - Last Call for Applications

The CAAR’s Choice Awards recognize and celebrate outstanding members of our industry for their talent, hard work and contributions to ag retail. Apply today and tell us the name of an individual or a team who you think deserves to win! Awards will be presented at the 2019 CAAR Conference.

Hurry! The application deadline is this Friday!

Hurry! Exhibitor Deadline is Fast Approaching!

The tradeshow floor is filling up fast, but there’s still time to claim your spot. Register as a 2019 CAAR Conference exhibitor today and put your business in front of over 300 delegates and industry reps – many of whom are key decision-makers.

Don’t delay! Exhibitor registration closes Nov. 30, if we don’t sell-out first!

Roundtable Discussions – Take Your Seat at the Table

This year, CAAR is pleased to add an exciting new networking opportunity to the conference agenda – Roundtable Discussions. These moderated, collaborative discussions are a great way to kick off day-one of the 2019 CAAR Conference and a terrific opportunity to both share knowledge and gain perspective on a topic that is relevant to you.

Make Your Voice Heard

CAAR is now accepting nominations for its 2019-20 Board of Directors. Submit a nomination on behalf of yourself or another individual and make your voice heard! Read more for testimonials from Board Chair Don Kitson and Past Chair Martin Kiefer on how serving on the CAAR Board benefits both the industry and the individual.

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 2018 CAAR Conference!

2019 CAAR Conference

The 2019 CAAR Conference is coming up and the conference planning committee is hard at work making it the best it can be! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek from behind the scenes. 

Build Your CAAR Conference Sponsorship Package

It pays off to sponsor the CAAR Conference! Review the 2019 CAAR Conference Sponsorship Package to learn more about the recognition and promotion your company will receive in return for supporting the ag retail event of the year, hosted from Feb. 12-14, 2019, in Winnipeg! Hurry – sponsorship items are selling out fast.

Save the Date for the 2019 CAAR Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2019 CAAR Conference, Feb. 12-14 in Winnipeg, MB! After the success of the 2018 conference in Saskatoon, SK, the conference planning committee is already hard at work putting together the 2019 conference – and it’s one you won’t want to miss!

CAAR Conference Photo Gallery Now Online!

Relive the highlights from the Agri-retail Event of the Year – the 2018 CAAR Conference photo gallery is now online! Featuring 10 informative speaker sessions and two and a half days of networking, The CAAR Conference hosted in Saskatoon, SK, provided exceptional business development opportunities to over 300 attendees. 

Retailer of the Year: Redfern Farm Services

Hearing they had won the 2017 Retailer of the Year award took manager Lane Wanless and his team at Redfern Farm Services, Virden location by surprise, but once it sunk in, they were thrilled. The prestigious award recognizes one CAAR member that went above and beyond to serve its customers, something the team at Virden pride themselves on.

Agronomist of the Year: Barry Mankewich

The winner of the 2017 Agronomist of the Year award has worked in a variety of roles in his 40-year career, but Barry Mankewich has always been happiest when helping his customers in the field.

“I love plant nutrition, crop protection and everything to do with agronomy,” says Mankewich, who has been working as an agronomist with GJ Chemical Company Ltd. at their Arnaud, Man. location since 2006.

4R Nutrient Stewardship Agri-Retailer: Co-operative Retailing System

Trish Meyers, knowledge and innovation manager at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), believes that 4R Nutrient Stewardship allows agri-retailers to steer the conversation about sustainability in agriculture in a way that is good for their farmer customers.

“Farmers have been using 4R practices for a long time, we just haven’t had a name for it,” says Meyers. “The 4R program gives us a way to quantify what farmers are doing and lets us be in the driver’s seat to tell our good news story.”