Thursday, June 7th marked the kick-off for the 2018 Canadian Angus National Convention. Canadian Angus CEO Rob Smith lead his team to British Columbia to a warm welcome from the BC Angus Association. The anticipated coastal rain did not put a damper on the 4-day event that is only hosted in BC once every eight years.
Thursday morning, while not an open event to the public, proves to be one of the most productive and intensive days of the convention. The day known as “CanProv” is where all regional associations come together with the Canadian Angus staff and address common concerns and topics of interest. Hours are spent with the provinces asking questions and comparing ideas and platforms to benefit each provincial group. There was also a tour of a local BC salmon farm, where attendees enjoyed being out on the ocean and received an educational tour about BC’s salmon industry. The day then ended with a visit to Shelter Point Distillery for the President’s Reception, where the Angus community officially acknowledges the President’s year of service.
Friday is the official beginning of the convention where the public is invited to participate in information and education sessions. This year, the theme for convention was “The Future: Red, Black and Green”, focussing on sustainable and environmentally conscious cattle ranching. The morning and afternoon sessions alternated in order for delegates to attend both sessions during the day. One session was lead by BC Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) program coordinator, Annette Moore and focused on the program outline and the benefits of the VBP+ program. This session would have been a great first step for people wanting to become aware of VBP+ or who want to become VBP+ verified. This session proved to be beneficial not only for attendants, but also for the program as the day’s sessions ended with a few new program registrants!
Parallel to the VBP+ session ran a “Sustainable Agriculture Panel” which was chaired by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s Community Engagement Manager, Andrea White.