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Sept. 9-11, 2015:  63rd Annual Western Canadian District Fall Conference

Lethbridge, Alberta

The 63rd Annual Conference of the Western Canadian District was held at Coast Lethbridge Hotel and Conference Centre, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, in September.

The first activity of the three-day event was a golf tournament. Approximately 20 golfers hit the links for 18-holes of golf. The foursomes had perfect weather in which to enjoying networking on the greens.

Following golf, the opening reception featured a casino night – with prizes raffled off to some of the big winners of the night.paradise-course

The conference educational session opened with Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman welcoming attendees to Alberta. His remarks were followed by a series of presentations ranging from cylinder and screen inspection to sound enclosures for blowers. The presentations continued on valve flour packers, smart corrugations, technology improving processes and safer workplaces, hiring smart, multiwall paper bags, vacuum basics, preventative maintenance software, and maximizing legitimate Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program claims.

Kelly O’Brien, Rogers Foods, said that he always enjoys the first night of the event when the group gets together after a day of golf for the traditional casino night.

“It’s always nice to reconnect with friends in a casual environment before we get down to business at the educational sessions on the second day of the event,” O’Brien said.

A banquet was held after the educational sessions, with entertainment provided by Calgary-based comedienne Sharon Widdup. The group closed out the meeting with a tour of Sakai Spice’s nearby facilities in Lethbridge.

The 2016 conference will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The District elected a new slate of officers.

Tentative Schedule:

Wednesday, September 9th.

Paradise Canyon Golf Resort
Breakfast at Golf Course 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Golf (optional) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Coast Lethbridge Hotel (Continental Room)
Registration desk is open 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Hors D’qeuvres 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Opening reception & Casino 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
(If paid for banquet this is included)

Thursday, September 10th.

Coast Lethbridge Hotel (Continental Room)
Registration desk is open 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast on your own
Keynote address 9:00 a.m.
Technical sessions
Lunch & Technical sessions continue
I.A.O.M. business meeting

Coast Lethbridge Hotel (Continental Room)
Pre-banquet reception 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Banquet and entertainment 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday, September 11th.

Coast Lethbridge Hotel (Continental Room)
Joint buffet breakfast 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. followed by an Industry Tour: TBA


GOLF (Separate Registration)

Golfers will head to Paradise Canyon Golf course for an 18-hole tournament. Fees include green fees, electric golf cart,breakfast and dinner. Golf club rentals are extra. PRE-REGISTRATION is required on the form provided. Check out the golf course at

Coast Lethbridge Hotel (Continental Room)
Join your friends at the annual Allied Trades Opening Reception on Wednesday evening. Enjoy your favourite beverage and a few hors d’oeuvre. Later try your luck with a mini casino and auction for some great prizes.
BANQUET (Continental Room)

Thursday evening join your colleagues & friends at the Coast Lethbridge Hotel Continental Room for a pre-banquet reception and then enjoy a buffet dinner and Entertainment.

Following breakfast on Friday morning there will be an industry tour.

Upcoming Events


September 9-11 – 63rd Annual Western Canadian Annual Conference
Coast Hotel, Lethbridge, AB, Canada


April 4-8 – 120th Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
Hyatt Regency Columbus and the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA


April 10-14 – 121st Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
New Orleans Marriott and the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center


April 9-13, 122nd Annual IAOM Conference & Expo
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center


District Officers

Ian Slimmon

Grain Millers Canada Corp

Abe Ens
NutraSun Foods

Kody O’Brien
Vice Chairperson
Rogers Foods

1st Exe. Chairperson

Allen Doherty
Hood Packaging Corporation