Millers meet at 65th Annual Western Canadian District Fall Conference
Harrison Hot Springs, Chilliwack, British Columbia
The Western Canadian District met from September 20-22 at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. Approximately 60 milling industry professionals attended the technical session, with 12 spouses participating in the spouse program.
The 3-day event kicked off with the annual golf outing. This year, 32 golfers played in the Wednesday golf scramble at the Sandpiper Golf Course in nearby Harrison Mills, BC. The 18-hole course is nestled in centuries-old forest and surrounded by the West Coast’s idyllic landscape in the Fraser Valley.
Socializing and networking continued at the traditional Casino Night on Wednesday. Attendees were each given poker chips to use at the various gaming tables in the room. While trying their luck at the different games, they were able to catch up with old friends. The night ended with drawings for the raffle prizes that had been donated by local companies.
Joe Girdner, president of Rogers Foods and CNMA member, led off the technical session with a keynote address on the challenges to the Canadian Milling Industry in 2017. A series of presentations on metal detection and magnetic separation audits filled the schedule, including those from Fortress Technology, Bunting Magnetics and MD Packaging. The morning session also included an informative presentation on sifter maintenance by Great Western Mfg., Co. The IMAS presentation was an overview of IMAS North America.
Kice started the afternoon session with a presentation on how to better understand air in a mill. Columbia/Okura provided an overview of its bagging and robotic palletizing technology. Buhler provided an update on its efforts to enhance customer service for its clients. Blower Engineering reviewed the basic concepts of blower operation and maintenance. Abell Pest Control shared information about its fumigation programs. To close out the session, Alapala re-introduced Henry Simon to the group of millers.
Members of the district met and elected a new slate of officers. They include:
Director Ian Slimmon, Grain Millers Canada Corp.
Chairperson David Zink, ADM Milling Company
Vice Chairman Trevor Gyoerick, Grain Millers Canada Corp.
Secretary/Treasurer Allen Doherty, Hood Packaging
The event closed with an evening reception and banquet. Entertainment included Lee Dyson presenting Magic of the Mind. Several volunteers made their way on stage to be hypnotized – with four selected to remain on stage through the end of the act.
Following a buffet breakfast on Friday, most attendees stopped by the Rogers Foods mill in Chilliwack for a quick tour before returning home.