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Canadian Farm Builders Association marks 40th anniversary this year

Angela Gismondi
Canadian Farm Builders Association marks 40th anniversary this year

The Canadian Farm Builders Association (CFBA) will celebrate its 40th anniversary at its 2020 Conference, Awards and AGM.

The conference will be held Friday, Feb. 28 in Stratford, Ont.

The purpose of the annual conference is to educate members and other stakeholders on issues of importance to the farm-building industry. The conference draws stakeholders from the agricultural and construction sectors including farm builders, engineers, government representatives, building inspectors and suppliers of farm-building related products and services.

Guest speakers are slated for much of the day. Anniversary recognition and celebrations are also scheduled. All CFBA members are invited to attend the annual general meeting at 3:30 p.m. which will be followed by networking and dinner, the 2019 People’s Choice Awards and entertainment.

Educational topics on this year’s program include National Building Code Part 2 Farm Buildings, presented by Will Teron, Tacoma Engineers; Advances in Agricultural Concrete with Bart Kanters, Concrete Ontario; Reducing the Risk of Fire in Farm Operations; Farm Electrical Safety Solution with PrevTech; Builders Risk Insurance for Agricultural Buildings presented by Jay Riegling, Cowan Group; Adjudication/Prompt Payment with Ted Dreyer, Madorin Snyder LLP; Armstrong Manor Farm with Philip Armstrong, dairy farmer; and Health and Safety Excellence Program presented by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

CFBA founding member Gary van Bolderen of Dutch Masters will also have a presentation entitled Farm Building Past and Present: Tribute to 40 Years of CFBA.

The Annual Builder Awards competition, voting and award’s ceremony will take place on the same day. The awards program recognizes and honours CFBA members with the best project in each of nine categories: Dairy, Swine, Poultry, Other Livestock, Farm Storage, Horse I (project value up to $750,000), Horse II (project value over $750,000), Hobby or Recreational and Commercial or Institutional.

All winning entries will be determined by a People’s Choice voting format by participants at the conference. The Project of the Year will be selected by a majority vote across entries received in all categories. Winners will be announced at the dinner.

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