International Livestock Congress – July 10

Livestock Managers – Need an Informed Strategic Viewpoint?

Despite the ravages of the flooding in Calgary this past few days, leading beef industry representatives will be on hand to give their perspective on beef industry issues and trends on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at the 11th Annual International Livestock Congress (ILC) at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary. Deerfoot is well above the water line and all plans are full on for the conference.


BEEF 2013 will focus on the topic ‘What’s Next’ by briefly reflecting on the challenges the industry has faced in the past and what was done to address them, but more importantly, will look forward and question how we prepare for new challenges and opportunities that will build our future industry.

The one-day, 350-delegate conference will feature an excellent line up of expert speakers covering topics from industry and global economy, research, food safety, and retail perspectives.

Rob McNabb, Chair of ILC, states, “as in previous years, we are extremely proud and excited about the overwhelming response to our congress and particularly our student program.”

Deerfoot Inn & Casino, Calgary Alberta
Wednesday July 10, 2013

7:00 – 8:00 am   Registration and networking;
coffee will be served
8:00 – 8:15 am    Welcome to Delegates and Speakers
Master of Ceremonies, Art Froehlich,
Agriview, Calgary, Alberta
8:15 – 8:30 am     Opening Message
Martin Unrau, President, CCA, Calgary,

8:30 – 9:25 am     Is Mediocre 2% Growth the New Normal?
Glen Hodgson, Senior Vice-President and
Chief Economist,  The Conference Board
of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

9:25 – 10:00 am    Canadian Livestock – The Big Picture
Aaron Goertzen, Economist, Economic
Research,  BMO Capital Markets,
Toronto, Ontario

10:00 – 10:20 am  Coffee Break

10:20 – 11:00 am   A Year Without the CWB – How Have
We Done?
Brant Randles, President, Louis Dreyfus
Commodities, Calgary, Alberta

11:00 – 11:30 am   Beef Sector Challenges: What is in the
Research Pipeline and How it can Help
Dr. Stephen Morgan Jones, Director
General, Prairie and Boreal Plain
Ecozone, Science and Technology Branch,
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,
Lethbridge, Alberta

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 1:30 pm    JBS – A Canadian Perspective
Dave Kasko, Vice President Operations,
JBS Food Canada Ltd., Calgary

1:30 – 2:00 pm     The Coop Views on the Beef Industry – A
Retailer’s View
Deane Collinson, Chief Executive of
Calgary Coop, Calgary, Alberta

2:00 – 2:30 pm    Beef and Food Safety Risk
Dr. Rick Holley, Food Science, University
of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2:30 – 3:00 pm Coffee Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm   How to Drive Your Profitability. Panel
– Lee Leachman, Owner/Manager,
Leachman Cattle of Colorado,
Wellington, CO
– Elliott Miller, Owner, Edgar’s Feed and
Seed, Wingham, Ontario
– Darren Bevans, General Manager,
Deseret Ranches of Alberta Ltd,
Raymond, AB
– Stuart Thiessen, Namaka Farms Inc.,
Strathmore, Alberta

4:00 – 4:45 pm    Beef 2020 – Bigger, Better and Bolder Dr.
Lowell B. Catlett, Dean, College of
Agricultural, Consumer and
Environmental Sciences, New Mexico
State University, Malibu, California

4:45 – 5:00 pm    Closing Comments
Martin Unrau, President, CCA, Calgary, AB

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, host of ILC BEEF 2013, is proud to also host Canadian and International students at the 2013 International Livestock Congress – Calgary. One of their mandates is to reach out to future leaders, in which they sponsor 20 successful students from the application process. The student program will start Tuesday July 9, 2013 and will run until Friday night July 12, 2013. The students will visit Cargill Foods Plant, Feedlot Health and Management, Livestock Identification Services, Olds College, GrowSafe Systems Ltd, Nature’s Call and SAIT Polytechnic.

This program is a great opportunity for the students to meet the leaders of the industry, hear the issues and experts’ perspectives on these issues, meet other students working in the field of agriculture and possibly meet their future employer. In the past, several program alumni pursued and obtained employment with Alberta’s agricultural industry players.

If you haven’t done so yet, get your registration in. You will not want to miss out on this great opportunity to share and learn new ideas with other industry leaders, congress speakers and ILC students from around the world.

More information is at You can register online or print out a registration form to mail at

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