Join us on November 19 – 21 for Alberta Milk’s Annual General Meeting and Dairy Conference

AGM  (For dairy farmers only)
November 19, 11 am – 5:30 pm, resumes November 21, 9 am – noon

Come hear policy discussions, budget review, business plan overview and presentations from Lactanet, other provincial board members, and Dairy Farmers of Canada.

November 20, 9 am – 5:30 pm

Connect. Collaborate. Change.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

As our industry continues to evolve, we have the choice to change with it or be left behind. Societal pressures will aid in dictating the direction we go. We’re not alone in this journey. We need to understand our friends and equally understand our foes to own our future and set our own path. Let’s change our traditional way of thinking and make smart changes and choices to build a stronger industry.

Dairy conference speakers:

  • Session 1: Louis-Charles Roy, DFC. How Dairy and Government can Succeed Together
  • Session 2: Terry O’Reilly, Professional speaker and advertiser. If You Don’t Have A Story, You Don’t Have A Business
  • Session 3: Adelle Stewart, Do More Ag, Talk, Ask, Listen – Doing More for Mental Health in Ag
  • Session 4: Darby Allen, Former Regional Fire Chief of Wood Buffalo, Courage Inside the Fire

As always, Provincial Milk Quality Award winner will be announced, as well as the ASAA Alberta Milk Scholarship recipients. The banquet will highlight recognition of outgoing directors,  the  Dairy Industry Achievement Award and will be followed by entertainment.


Silent Auction 
This year during the banquet on November 20 after the dairy conference, we will be hosting a silent charity auction. The auction will be in memory of Pieter Ijff. Pieter was a dairy farmer, friend, leader, and board member for Alberta Milk. He tragically suffered a heart attack while working on his dairy farm near Red Deer on January 3, 2019.  All proceeds will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Please come be a part of this important event and give back to a lifesaving charity.

If you would like to be part of this important occasion, please contact Charmaine Blatz at 780-577-3328.


Tuesday, November 19 AGM - Producers Only

Time Event
9 amProducer Workshop
11 am Registration
1 pmCall to order, approval of agenda, approval of minutes
1:15 pmTom Kootstra, Alberta Milk chair
1:30 pmFinancial Report
2:15 pm2019-20 Business Plan and Budget
2:45 pmDairy Break
3:15 pmNeil Petreny, Lactanet Canada Report
3:45 pmProvincial Milk Board Updates
5:15 pmAdjourn
7:30 pmWine and Cheese Reception

Wednesday, November 20 - Dairy Conference

Time Event
8 amRegistration and Breakfast
9 amTom Kootstra, Alberta Milk Chair
9:15 amAlberta Agriculture and Forestry Welcome
9:30 amDan Wong, Western Dairy Council
9:45 amLouis-Charles Roy. How dairy and government can succeed together.
10:45 amDairy Break
11:15 amTerry O'Reilly. If you don't have a story, you don't have a business.
12:15 pmLunch
1:15 pmPresentations: ASAA and Provincial Milk Quality Award
1:30 pmAdelle Stewart. Talk Ask. Listen. Doing more for mental health in agriculture.
2:30 pmDairy Break
3 pmDarby Allen. Courage inside the fire.
4 pmAdjourn
5:30 pmCocktails
6:30 pmBanquet. Outgoing Directors, Charity Silent Auction and Presentations

Thursday, November 21 AGM - Producers Only

Time Event
8 amBreakfast
9 amWelcome
9:05 amDirector at Large Elections
9:15 amPamela Nalewajek (TBC), DFC Marketing
10 amResolutions
10:30 amRound Table Discussion
11:15 amPolicy and Open Discussion
NoonAdjourn and Lunch
1 pmCommittee Elections
2:30 pmAlberta Milk Board Meeting

Download the agenda here.

Dairy Conference Speakers

Louis-Charles Roy Director, Dairy Farmers of Canada

Working with government is a very important part of our industry. Dairy Farmers of Canada breaks down questions surrounding all things supply management and trade. With a the potential change in federal leadership, what does this mean for dairy farmers? What is current status of trade? What is the forecast for trade and support for supply management for years to come?

Terry O'Reilly

The company with the best story wins. This presentation is about the power of storytelling. The smartest, most effective marketers in the world use storytelling to persuade. We are all hard-wired to love stories and every product and service has a compelling story to tell. Learn how to build stories to start your own storytelling.

Adelle Stewart Executive Director, Do More Agriculture

Why is mental health important for farmers? This session will provide you with skills to identify warning signs around mental health and arm you with strategies to become active in positive change for yourself and those around you. This includes self care, focusing on the importance of managing mindfulness, self care, and boundaries.


The 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire was the costliest disaster in Canadian history. And through it all, from beginning to end, was Fire Chief Darby Allen. Allen is bringing the riveting inside story of the rescue operations to audiences everywhere. This keynote takes you through his day-to-day struggles against the fire, shining a light on the community—and national—trust that empowered his efforts.

Register Here

You can register online here. This year, you will need to create an account in order to register. For questions, please contact Kim at 780-577-3325.

Registration closes November 1, 2019.

Alberta Dairy Farmers Only Alberta Milk will cover the cost of one standard room for the nights of November 19 & 20 as part of the one paid registration per licensed farm. You must reserve and pay for your own hotel accommodation. After the event, you will be reimbursed for the cost of the room by submitting an expense form to Alberta Milk.

Don’t forget to book your hotel room. Click on the “Accommodations” tab above for details.


Book Your Room

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall with a special group rate of $179 per night. Please call 1-800-737-3783 to book your room. You must mention you are attending the Alberta Milk conference or provide the group code number 1094235 to receive the negotiated rate. The cut off date for hotel reservations is October 19, 2019.

When making a reservation, you will need to provide a credit card to secure the room at the contracted rate. If you do not have a credit card you will not be able to secure the room.

Alberta Dairy Farmers Only Alberta Milk will cover the cost of one standard room for the nights of November 19 & 20 as part of the one paid registration per licensed farm. You must reserve and pay for your own hotel accommodation. After the event, you will be reimbursed for the cost of the room by submitting an expense form to Alberta Milk.



Thank you to our generous sponsors. If you would like to sponsor this event, you can review the different levels of sponsorship and select one that works for you. If you have any questions please contact Kim at 780-577-3325 or at