November 8 & 9
BeefTech November 2016

Join us November 8 & 9 for BeefTech — a interactive beef industry learning event.

Explore and experience emerging technologies and innovative management practices. Learn how to implement technology in your beef operation to improve production and increase profitability.

  • Hands-on workshops and labs
  • Technology demonstrations
  • Technical learning sessions


Registration opens July 1.
Check back for further details.

Contact us!

Phone: 780.471.7300 or email


*Note: Schedule, sessions, and speakers are subject to change.

BeefTech Event Schedule

Wednesday, November 8

8 – 9 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9 – 9:05 a.m. Welcome to BeefTech & Housekeeping Items
9:05 – 9:10 a.m. Sponsor Speaking Opportunity
9:10 – 10:10 a.m. Keynote Address – Robert Saik, Agri-Trend – “The Agriculture Manifesto”
10:10 – 10:35 a.m. Coffee & Networking & Travel
10:35 – 11:20 a.m. Session 1
11:20 – 11:25 a.m. Travel
11:25 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Session 2
12:10 – 1:10 p.m. Lunch & Networking
1:10 – 1:45 p.m. Session 3
1:45 – 1:50 p.m. Travel
1:50 – 2:35 p.m. Session 3
2:35 – 3 p.m. Coffee & Networking
3 – 3:45 p.m. Session 4
3:45 – 3:50 p.m. Travel
3:50 – 4:35 p.m. Session 5
4:35 – 6 p.m. Happy Hour Reception – Appetizers and Cash Bar
7:30 p.m. CFR Performance – Optional

Thursday, November 9

8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
9 – 9:05 a.m. Morning Welcome and Housekeeping
9:05 – 10:05 a.m. Keynote Address – Andrew Campbell, Fresh Air – “Stand Up for Your Industry!”
10:05 – 10:10 a.m. Travel
10:10 – 10:55 a.m. Session 6
10:55 – 11 a.m. Travel
11 – 11:45 a.m. Session 7
11:45 – 11:50 a.m. Travel
11:50 a.m. – 12:35 a.m. Session 8
12:35 – 1:45 p.m. Closing Lunch

Keynote Bios

Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell is a farmer, with a passion for agriculture advocacy, social media and new technology. With the farm, known as Bellson Farms, he and his family milk holsteins and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay in Southern Ontario’s Middlesex County. With all kinds of information available about modern farms, and not all of it being true, Andrew is keen to make sure people get the full story on what farmers do on a daily basis, why they do it and what they care about. He’s been featured on CBC, CTV, and other media outlets across Canada for his work in opening up his farm with pictures on social media as the FreshAirFarmer. When he isn’t farming or travelling, you’ll likely find him spending time at home with his young family, curling at the local club or just enjoying the view from his front porch.

Robert Saik

Robert Saik, Founder of The Agri-Trend® Group of Companies (now part of Trimble Navigation) is a Professional Agrologist and a Certified Agricultural Consultant. In his capacity as Founder and now Global Business Development for Agri-Trend, Robert has been involved in the development of many new business processes and spearheaded several advancements in technology integration in agriculture including the development of The Agri-Data® Solution which was a winner of Alberta’s 2002 E-business of the Year for on-line farm data management as well as 2015 Ag Innovation of the Year Award by Agri-Trade Show.

In addition to being a keen entrepreneur, Rob’s technical strengths lie in soil chemistry, plant physiology and crop nutrition. Robert was awarded the 2014 Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Association of Agricultural Marketers.

Robert is also the author of an Amazon 2014 Best of Books, “The Agriculture Manifesto” – 10 Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the next Decade and the publisher of The AgADVANCE Journal, 2014 Western Trade Journal of the Year. He is a passionate keynote speaker addressing audiences on the importance of modern agriculture, His 2014 TEDx talk, entitled “Will Agriculture be ALLOWED to feed 9 Billion People” is a popular on-line reference and has been viewed over 90,000 times. He is also the Executive Producer of KNOW GMO the MOVIE a full feature movie project looking at the advancements of technology use in agriculture. This global, film festival quality documentary will be “an uplifting discussion about food” and is currently being filmed with planned release for 2017.

Rob serves on several boards and is a member of many professional associations. In 2006 he was recognized as Distinguished Agrologist of the Year by the Alberta Institute of Agrology.

Industry Advisory Group

BeefTech was developed based on the needs of the industry and Northlands has been working with an Industry Advisory Group to ensure the programing meets the needs of the industry and connects current technology advancements with producers. The members of the 2017 BeefTech Industry Advisory Group are:

Ryan Copithorne, Cows in Control
Melissa Downing , Alberta Provincial Coordinator for the VBP+ Program, Alberta Verified Beef
Brad Dubeau, Marketing & Education Manager, Alberta Beef
Andrea Hanson, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Beef Extension Specialist
Jim Harbidge, Regional Sales Manager, Merial
Sean McGrath, Ranching Systems
Dawn Trautman, Project Manager & Technology Translator, Livestock Gentec
Deborah Wilson, Sr. Vice President, BIXSco

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