Board of Directors 2016-17

Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
Dean received his B.Sc. (Agriculture) from the University of Guelph, Ontario. He has years of experience conducting research and project management in crop protection. Dean has worked with the major crops in the agricultural regions of eastern and western Canada and the United States. Dean has been working in agriculture occupational health and safety for over 16 years and is currently the Strategic Advisor Agriculture Initiatives at WSPS.</p> <p>WSPS provides industry-specific health and safety products, training and consulting services to 168,000 businesses and 4.0 million employees in Ontario’s agricultural, manufacturing and service sectors. Formed in 2010 when the Farm Safety Association, Industrial Accident Prevention Association and Ontario Service Safety Alliance amalgamated, WSPS brings together organizations with 100 years of history delivering industrial occupation health and safety service to Ontario workplaces.</p> <p>WSPS is a not-for-profit, which operates under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, and is the trusted advisor to businesses, large and small, seeking to boost productivity and profitability by reaching zero work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities. With the support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and rural Affairs, WSPS provides services to the rural farming communities. Dean is currently Chair of the Rural Ontario Institute, Chair of the Ontario Institute of Agriculture. He serves on numerous committees nationally and provincially, including the CSA Ag Equipment Technical Committee and Ministry of Labour Farming Technical Advisory Committee. Dean also currently serves as Chair for the FarmSafe Foundation and is currently theTreasurer of CASA’s Board of Directors.

Dean Anderson (Treasurer)

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Ontario Agri-Centre
101 – 100 Stone Road West
Guelph, ON N1G 5L3

ph: (519) 823-2828 x4030
fx: (519) 823-8880
Term ends October 2018

Thank you for considering my nomination for continued membership on the CASA Board of Directors. I have served on the Board since 2012. I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta where I was born and raised. I did my undergraduate training in Zoology at the University of Alberta and then obtained my medical degree from the University of Alberta in 1995. I completed my specialty training in Occupational Medicine (FRCPC) in 2000. I have been passionate about occupational health and safety since early in medical school training, thanks to a course in occupational medicine and an elective with physicians in that area. I have worked at the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture for over 14 years as Faculty, and during that time have been running Saskatchewan’s only outpatient occupational medicine clinic through Royal University Hospital. I have also served as the Chief Occupational Medical Officer for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety since 2000. I am the Faculty representative for the Saskatchewan portion of the Canadian Agricultural Injury Reporting program (CAIR) and most recently have had the privilege of assuming the role as Acting Director of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA) since October 2012. As a member of CCHSA I have been involved with the knowledge translation team and the Agricultural Health and Safety Network in Saskatchewan for a number of years. I am passionate about agricultural and occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, teaching and education (both graduate and undergraduate) and also have a strong interest in aviation medicine. My wife and I live on an acreage not far from Saskatoon with our rambunctious 7 year old son and 3 year old daughter and in my spare time I enjoy camping with family, photography, and aviation. It would be a tremendous privilege to continue serving on the CASA Board of Directors, and I would look forward to playing a role helping to promote and enhance the health and safety of our most important agricultural resource, our farmers and their families.<br /> Thank you,<br /> Sincerely, Niels Koehncke

Niels Koehncke (Secretary)

The Canadian Centre for Health & Safety in Agriculture
University of Saskatchewan
103 Hospital Drive, Box 120
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W8

ph: (306) 966-2387
fx: (306) 966-8799
Term ends October 2017

Dave is a fifth generation beef farmer and a father to two young children, with a civil engineering degree and a career based in consulting and management. “Dave is a director for a rapidly growing urban municipality, with thirty employees responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of physical infrastructure within the municipality.”</p> <p>Dave’s roles in senior management included ensuring employee safety while executing projects in adherence with prescribed budgets and with a focus on stakeholder satisfaction.</p> <p>Dave is a member of the Red Deer County Technical Rescue Task Force and the Canadian International Rescue Organization, volunteer search and rescue organizations that serve Red Deer County and areas around the globe where rescue expertise is requested. Dave also volunteers with Team Rubicon, a global disaster relief organization. Dave specializes in structural collapse, livestock rescue and grain entrapment rescue; in 2016 Dave attended a grain rescue course in Illinois along with CASA, first response and occupational health and safety personnel from across western Canada. Dave is extremely excited about the prospect of building a Canadian awareness and operational program for both farmers and first response personnel to help prevent fatalities as a result of grain entrapment. The issue of farm safety – and particularly grain entrapment – hits very close to home for Dave due to accidents that have befallen family members and friends, sometimes with tragic results.</p> <p>Dave’s past board service includes as a member and chairman of the Red Deer Regional Airport Authority and as president of the Sylvan Lake Soccer Association. Dave enjoys spending his spare time on the farm, horses, assisting local 4-H clubs, coaching youth sports, curling and any of his kids’ activities which fully ensure that he really has no actual spare time.

Dave Brand

Apex Land & Livestock
Eckville, AB T0M 0X0

ph: (403) 598-1760
fx: (403) 887-3660
Term ends October 2019

CASA Organizational Structure Chart
CASA Organizational Structure Chart

CASA is led by a seven-person Board of Directors elected for three year terms. The Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are elected annually by the Board of Directors.

Past Chairs

of CASA’s Board of Directors
  • Dean Anderson


  • Denis Bilodeau


  • Dean Anderson

    2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, & 2012-13

  • Bruce Johnson

    2007-08 & 2008-09

  • Glen Blahey

    2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07

  • Judy Guernsey

    2002-03 & 2003-04

  • Cathy Vanstone

    1999-2000 & 2000-01

  • Bob Allen

    1996-97, 1997-98 & 1998-99

  • James Dosman

    1993-94, 1994-95 & 1995-96:

Board of Directors 2016-17

FarmSafe Foundation

Dean Anderson (Vice-Chair)

Strategic Advisor, Agriculture with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Nick Fox

President of Prince Rupert Grain Ltd.
Marcel Hacault, Executive Director

Marcel Hacault (Treasurer and Secretary)

Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association

Paul Hoekstra

Senior Stewardship and Policy Manager at Syngenta Canada

Jim Feeny

Director of Public Affairs for CN

Shanna Groeneveld

Communications Manager with Crop Production Services (CPS)

Todd Klink

Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer with Farm Credit Canada (FCC)

Bruce Johnson