Millers Convene at 66th Annual Western Canadian District Fall Conference
The Western Canadian District met from September 12-14 at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Approximately 76 milling industry professionals attended the technical session, with 3 spouses participating in the spouse program.
The three-day event kicked off with the annual golf outing. This year, 40 golfers played in the Wednesday golf scramble at the Silverwings Links Golf Course in Calgary. Built in 2006, Silverwing Links has been the talk of the city for some time now. With 27 holes, the course is challenging for all levels of golfers. Breakfast for golfers was sponsored by Meridian Manufacturing
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.
Thomas Malinowski, Green Cat renewables, led off the technical session with a keynote address on the on-site renewable generation opportunities for the food processing facilities in Western Canada. A series of presentations on blower maintenance, energy management baghouse basics and packing technology filled the morning schedule, including those from Electro Sensors, Blower engineering, EMW, Kice Industries and Fawema. Lunch was provided by Bühler.
Grip Fix America started the afternoon session with a presentation on economic stabilizing of pallet loads for safe storage and transport. Gardner Denver provided an overview of the evolution of blowers. Bühler provided an update on its vertical pearler, Osiris. CETEC wrapped up the technical presentations with a look at their HTX grain heater.
Members of the district met and elected a new slate of officers. They include:
Director Ian Slimmon, Grain Millers Canada Corp.
Chair Shayne Salmond, Grain Millers Canada
Vice Chair Norbert Cabral, Canadian International Grains Institute
1st Exec Officer Bernie Moberly, P&H Milling
Secretary/Treasurer Allen Doherty, Hood Packaging
The event closed with an evening reception and banquet. Entertainment included comedian Tom Liske. Liske managed to include almost everyone in the room in his barbs and jokes.
Following a buffet breakfast on Friday, most attendees stopped by Hood Packaging in Calgary for a quick tour before returning home.
Major sponsors of the three-day event included Abel Pest Control, Bühler, CODEMA, Corbion, EMW Ltd., Hood Packaging, Meridian Manufacturing, Sefar, Sperling Industries, Tundra Mech, Welock Paper Converters and Whitelaw.
Allied Trades sponsors were Arrow Corp, Blower Engineering, Carter Day, CETEC, Cordano Packaging, Design Corrugating, Great Western Manufacturing, Kice Industries and Lewis M Carter.
Milling sponsors included ADM Mills of Winnipeg and Calgary, Ardent Mills, Grain Millers, Nutrasun Foods, P&H Milling of Saskatoon and Lethbridge, Prairie Flour Mills, Richardson Milling Ltd. and Rogers Foods of Chilliwack and Armstrong.