Agribition posts strong 2019, show number 50 postponed

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Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) announced a successful 2019 year at its annual general meeting, reporting a net income of $325,462 from operations.

“CWA’s long-term sustainability is more important than ever right now,” says Chris Lees, CWA president. “In 2019, we invested in the show, brought in new programming and continued to put our exhibitors, visitors and partners first.”

The 2019 show welcomed over 10,000 students, more than 1,300 international guests from 86 different countries, and over 350 volunteers. 2019 also saw CWA make a $100,000 contribution to the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence and raise over $80,000 for CWA’s official charity, STARS Air Ambulance.

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CWA also elected the 2020/2021 leadership team at its AGM.

Chris Lees of Arcola, Sask., was re-elected as president of CWA. Lees has been involved with CWA since the beginning in 1971, in several different capacities. Most recently, Lees has been the beef team leader and chair of various committees including Rodeo, President’s Classic, Prospect Calves and Breed Association. He joined the CWA board of directors in 2012 and became an executive member in 2015. Lees and his wife Tina are Hereford breeders and own and operate C & T Cattle Company out of Arcola, Sask.

Members elected to the executive also include: Kim Hextall (vice-president), Gren- fell, Sask.; Levi Jackson (executive member- at-large) of Sedley, Sask.; Marty Kratochvil (executive member-at-large) of Milden, Sask.; Michael Latimer (executive member-at-large) of Calgary, Alta.; Bruce Holmquist (past president) of Kinistino, Sask.

Members of CWA also elected the following representatives to the board of directors to serve a two-year term: Kelsey Ashworth, Oungre, Sask.; Levi Jackson, Sedley, Sask.; Marty Kratochvil, Milden, Sask.; Garth Newell, Carlyle, Sask.; Ali Pike, Grand Coulee, Sask.; and Carol Poole, Edam, Sask.

Canadian Western Agribition postpones 50th show until 2021

Canadian Western Agribition (CWA) has announced that, in response to restrictions and recommendations surrounding COVID-19, CWA’s 50th show will be postponed until 2021.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but the health and safety of our exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, partners and guests is the priority,” says CWA president Chris Lees.“We owe it to every one connected to Agribition to make the best decisions we can, even when they’re the hardest ones to make.”

CWA’s 50th show that was scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 5, 2020, will now take place November 22 to 27, 2021.

“Agribition has never missed a show in 49 years so this is tough,” says CEO Chris Lane. “But we have already started making sure that CWA’s year-round work continues and we showcase Canadian agriculture to the community and to the world.”

CWA will work to create new digital experiences for exhibitors, international buyers and students. Work on mentorship, international market development, education and scholarships will also continue through 2020.

“There’s so much about Agribition that supports the industry outside of the event itself. We have an opportunity to build on that and make sure it’s as strong as it can be,” says Lane.

Planning for Agribition’s 50th show in 2021 will continue with announcements on new programs, entertainment and events to come.

“CWA’s board of directors and staff are committed to making the 50th show the absolute best it can be. That work hasn’t stopped yet and it won’t stop now,” says Lees.

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Mike Millar

As National account manager for Canadian Cattlemen, I work with all major accounts including equipment manufacturers, ad agency's and national breed associations. When I'm not busy working and promoting Canadian Cattlemen magazine, my family and I are running a purebred herd of Simmental cattle at Grandora, Sask.

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