The 2017 CAAR Conference. Enhancing Expertise. Building Trust.

Conference Overview

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.

Conference attendees mix and mingle on the tradeshow floor.
Markus Weber of LandView Drones accepts the 2017 CAAR Conference Exhibitor Award.

The Tradeshow Floor

The tradeshow floor was a hub of activity throughout the conference, where attendees networked with colleagues and visited the 41 exhibitors displaying the latest innovations in technology and service across the industry.

Speaker Sessions & Panel Discussion

The conference’s impressive lineup of speakers brought their first-hand knowledge and insight to the issues affecting the retail industry today. Agriculture journalist Kevin Hursh kicked off the conference by delivering an engaging presentation that addressed carbon tax, the public perception of agriculture and more. Three industry stakeholders shared their experience with the Canadian Field Print Calculator during a conference panel discussion on sustainability.

J.P. Gervais of Farm Credit Canada examined the industry’s economic forecast, including trade relations between Canada, the U.S. and China. Bill Keogh of Experiata helped attendees understand how to build a strong customer base through utilizing data. Capping off the conference, Michelle Ray from the Lead Yourself First Institute encouraged attendees to adopt the latest technology to further serve their customers.

J.P. Gervais
Kevin Hursh

The proud participants of the Innovation Showdown.
Markus Weber of LandView Drones and Delaney Ross Burtnack, CAAR President and CEO, are all smiles as Weber holds his award from the Innovation Showdown.

Innovation Showdown

Nine exhibitors took to the stage for the first-ever Innovation Showdown and put everything on the line, competing to win the favour of the audience with a presentation about their products or services in two minutes or less.

This friendly competition featured a variety of presentation styles, including a TV commercial-style skit acted out in real time, a pre-recorded infomercial, a guessing game called, “Can it Be Done With A Drone?” and more. The Innovation Showdown was laugh-out-loud funny and original for everyone involved. It was close, but in the end, Markus Weber from LandView Drones was declared the winner.

(From left to right): Markus Weber, Scott Duesing, Mike Loney and Martin Kiefer share a laugh as they take part in a round of “Match Game” at the CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet.

CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet

Five retailers were honoured for their impressive accomplishments and commitment to the agri-retail industry during the 10th annual CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet. An enthusiastic audience gave each winning retailer a roaring round of applause following a delicious banquet meal.

After the awards program concluded, comedian Darrin Rose took to the stage for the evening’s entertainment. He had the audience in stitches with his standup routine and later brought attendees onstage to play a hilarious round of “Match Game.”

Click here to read exclusive interviews with each of this year’s CAAR’s Choice Awards winners.

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