Pre-Tour and Post Tour

Pre-Tour 2018

Oct 29 Arrival in Edmonton
Oct 30 Beef Value Chain Tours (Lewis Farms– Spruce Grove, AB) (Cargill Value Added Meat Processing- Spruce Grove, AB), Lunch at McDonald’s & Jasper, AB tour including Planetarium & Dinner (Overnight at Marmot Lodge)

Description: Follow the fascinating journey of Alberta’s famous beef from the farm gate all the way to the burger joint’s plate. Then head to Jasper–the heart of the Canadian Rockies–to stargaze with the experts at the world’s largest dark sky reserve.

Oct 31 Jasper Tour including Sky Tram, Lunch at Jasper Park Lodge & optional self-guided short hike & Return to Edmonton Self hosted dinner

Description: Soak up the majestic views as you ride the Jasper SkyTram all the way to the top. At 2,277 metres, stroll the Summit Trail while enjoying 360 vistas of the Rockies. End this perfect day with a delicious meal at the historic Jasper Park Lodge.

Nov 1 Dairy & Vegetable (Rock Ridge Dairy– Lacombe, AB) (Sunfresh Farms– Edmonton, AB) & (Doef’s Greenhouse– Lacombe, AB) Value Chains Tours & Dinner at La Ronde

Description: Dairy and vegetables are the order of the day. In central Alberta, Rock Ridge Dairy milks both cattle and goats; they also process and package onsite. Doef’s 11-acre greenhouse defies Alberta’s short growing season by producing veggies year-round. Sunfresh Farms distributes locally grown produce across western Canada from their state-of-the-art facility in west Edmonton. After a day of touring, enjoy Edmonton’s night-time skyline, along with its finest dining at La Ronde.

Nov 2 Cropping Value Chain Tours (Galloway Seeds– Fort Saskatchewan, AB) (Righand Distillery– Nisku, AB) & Self hosted dinner at West Edmonton Mall

Description: Galloway Seeds is a family farm that grows pedigreed seed, and cleans, tests, grades, bags, and retails it too. Even post-harvest, this farm is a busy place with plenty to see, including a large array of cropping equipment. Righand Craft Distillery is a pioneer in the production of Alberta vodka, gin, brum, and whiskey. Their grains come straight from local farmers. Sip their exquisite spirits, while experiencing an education in distilling.

Post-Tour 2018

Nov 8 Farmfair International & International Reception
Nov 9 AgriTrade Tour (Red Deer, AB)

Description: Check out the shiniest, most innovative farm machinery at Agri-Trade Equipment Expo in Red Deer. With over 470 exhibitors, Agri-Trade is one of the hottest agricultural equipment shows in North America. While cropping is the focus, machinery from other sectors is represented too. It’s a farmer’s tech dream.

Nov 10 Farmfair International (Alberta Supreme Show of Champions) & Dinner at Craft Beer Market

Description: You’ll be awestruck by the best of the best of Alberta’s purebred beef herd at the Supreme Show of Champions. The Supreme is the highlight of the show season, bringing together the breed champions from the three top cattle shows in the province. These animals are beautiful! Feel the excitement as the winners are slapped.

Nov 11 Beef Farm Tours

Description: Three purebred beef cattle farms are on the agenda today. Get a behind-the-scenes view of Alberta’s booming seedstock industry. You’ll meet the people doing the hard work–raising the animals, developing the genetics, and making them available to the producers throughout the world.

NG, CEO and Main Programmes

Saturday, Nov 3
Time Next Generation Session CEO Session

William Hyde and Aled Jones, Honorary Next Generation Facilitators

Welcome & Introductions
13.30hrs Overview of the RASC Let’s get on the business – Leadership Challenges & How We’re Facing Them
13.40hrs Welcome – Northlands
14.00hrs Getting to know each other
14.15hrs “What has the RASC done for me?…” Regional Roundup – North America
14.45hrs Tea/Coffee Break
15.00hrs Keynote Session – Is food making the world smaller? Prof. David Hughes Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London Tea/Coffee Break
15.15hrs Regional Roundup – Africa & Australasia
16.00hrs NG Speaker Regional Roundup – UK
16.25hrs Daily Summary – William Hyde and Aled Jones
16.30hrs Depart for Chateau Lacombe
16.45hrs Daily Summary
18.30hrs NG Dinner – Culinary Experience Ernest’s at NAIT
19.00hrs CEO Dinner- Federal Building
Sunday, Nov 4
Time Next Generation Session CEO Session

Post Secondary Symposium hosted by University of Alberta in conjunction with Lakeland College & Olds College

09.05hrs Group Work & Plenary
10.30hrs Tea/Coffee Break
10.45hrs Group work & Plenary
12.00hrs Lunch presented by University of Alberta, Faculty of ALES Buffet Lunch
13.00hrs RASC Does TED talks In the business Session
14.00hrs In the business Session
14.45hrs Tea/Coffee Break
15.00hrs Case Studies on Canadian Agri Youth Initiatives Tea/Coffee Break
15.15hrs In the business – Panel
15.45hrs NG Understanding & Assistance Mission Report: South Africa
16.00hrs Keynote Speaker: Dr. Reinhard Grandke, CEO Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft 
16.15hrs Daily Summary- William Hyde and Aled Jones
16.30hrs Depart for Chateau Lacombe
16.45hrs Q&A and Wrap Up
All Delegates Welcome!
17.00hrs – 19. 00hrs

Meet and Greet Reception

Chateau Lacombe, Bellamy’s

Evening Self-hosted dinner
Monday, Nov 5
Time Next Generation Session CEO Session


09.00hrs Welcome
09.05hrs Ice-breaker game(s)
09.30hrs A day in the life of…
10.30hrs Tea/Coffee Break
10.45hrs The Big Chat Show
11.00hrs Main Conference – Buses depart for Edmonton EXPO Centre
11.45hrs Wrap up and close session
Main Conference Begins
12.00hrs Buffet Lunch
13.30hrs Welcome & Opening Remarks
13.35hrs Welcome
13.50hrs Welcome on behalf of Host Society – Laura Gadowsky, Deputy President, RASC
14.00hrs Opening Keynote Speaker
Robert Saik- The Agriculture Manifesto
15.15hrs Tea/Coffee Break
15.30hrs Plenary- Dr. Reinhard Grandke, CEO Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft 
16.25hrs Daily Conclusion
16.30hrs Buses depart for Chateau Lacombe
18.00hrs Buses depart for Fort Edmonton Park
18.30hrs Arrival at Fort Edmonton Park
19.00hrs Opening Reception:
Indigenous Cultural Showcase
21.30hrs Departure for Chateau Lacombe
Tuesday, Nov 6
08.00hrs Buses depart for Edmonton EXPO Centre
09.00hrs Opening of the Main Conference
Government of Alberta Welcome
09.15hrs RASC President’s Reply
HRH, The Princess Royal
09.30hrs Address by Commonwealth Secretary – General
Baroness Patricia J Scotland of Asthal
10.00hrs Coffee / Tea Break

Concurrent Sessions Theme- Leadership: Making It Happen

Bees, Berries & Beer
Lee Townsend, Andrew Rosychuk & Matt Hamill

12.00 hrs Buffet Lunch presented by Calgary Stampede

Concurrent Sessions Theme- Management: Consider This

Guest Experience from Gates to Garbage and Crowds to Cows

Innovative Agriculture

15.00 hrs Coffee / Tea Break
15.30 hrs Plenary- The Future of Special Event Security in a New World
Bud Mercer, CEO at Plenary Properites LTAP & past Chief Operating Officer for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games Integrated Security Unit
16.30hrs Conference end & Departure for Chateau Lacombe
Free Evening
Wednesday, Nov 7
08.00hrs Buses depart for Edmonton EXPO Centre
09.00hrs Plenary Speaker
10.00hrs Coffee / Tea Break

Concurrent Sessions Theme: Education: For the Young & Young at Heart

A New Age of Learning
Lindsey Verhaeghe,  Journey 2050

12.00hrs Buffet Lunch

Concurrent Sessions Theme- Engagement: Come One, Come All

Kenny Eng, Kranji Countryside Association, Singapore

Made in Canada

15.00hrs Coffee / Tea Break
15.30hrs Plenary- Turning Up the Volume
Cherilyn Nagel, Farm & Food Care
16.30hrs Departure for Chateau Lacombe
18.45hrs Buses depart for Edmonton EXPO Centre
19.30hrs Taste of Canada Gala Dinner, Edmonton EXPO Centre
22.00hrs Departure for Chateau Lacombe
Thursday, Nov 8
08.00hrs Buses depart for Edmonton EXPO Centre
09.05hrs Closing Keynote: Peterson Brothers
10.30hrs Coffee/ Tea Break

Conference Summary
John Bennett, RAS New South Wales

10.45hrs 29th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference Presentation
Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association
11.15hrs 30th Commonwealth Agricultural Conference Presentation
Agri-Expo, Western Cape, South Africa

Closing Ceremonies

Closing Remarks- The Rt Hon Lord Vestey DL.

12.00hrs Buffet Lunch
13.00hrs Delegates depart or attend Farmfair International