AAAS Convention 2023


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Hourly Schedule

February 2, 2023

11:30am - 12:30pm
Managing Conflict in Community Settings
Working in community settings is easy to say – not always easy to do. Community members often come to the task or project with different opinions, ideas, and suggestions or ways of getting things done. These differences often become difficulties and need to be resolved. We know that groups will have conflicts. Indeed, we know that these conflicts often make a group stronger and better. However, a lot of people are uncomfortable with conflict. When people come to meetings today, they often come with an agenda of their own. Working with them may mean that you need to facilitate or even mediate the conflict that results. We are finding that is more true in our communities in this post-COVID era. Learn some new strategies for resolving conflict in community settings. Make conflict work for the community rather than against the community. Seek resolutions for positive outcomes.
Brenda Robinson
1:45pm - 2:45pm
Recruiting and Motivating Our Young Volunteers to Support Their Community
Our communities have gone through a challenging time. Our sense of community is different. What are some of the strategies needed to address the changing needs in communities? Let's look at ways to move ahead positively, proactively and productively. What can we do to get more get more young people to be motivated volunteers? Explore 10 strategies for recruiting and motivating young volunteers in this new fast paced, device driven world we live in. We can no longer just expect young people to volunteer. Let's work with them to volunteer because there are advantages to them. Our young people are our best resource. Do they know how much we value the contributions that they can make? What can we do to engage and include young people as part of their community. This is an opportunity for you to look at 10 strategies for engaging the young people as volunteers in your community. Let’s do it because it's fun and it works
Brenda Robinson
Brenda Robinson
Brenda Robinson
President,Robcan Group
Brenda is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She is the founder and president of The Robcan Group. Her Bachelor of Arts was earned at Brandon University and her Masters of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has been addressing groups for over thirty years about communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general. Her workshops and presentations are in high demand. She has authored four books and created an Audio CD set to help people to develop these skills.


Feb 02 2023


All Day
River Cree Resort & Casino


River Cree Resort & Casino
300 Chief Lapotac Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T7X 3Y3




  • Brenda Herchmer
    Brenda Herchmer
    Campus for Communities of the Future, Catalyst2030, Co-Chair Canada Chapter

    Brenda Herchmer is a passionate community builder who is committed to promoting the value of a collaborative culture and future-readiness. She is the founder and CEO of a social enterprise called Campus for Communities of the Future and Co-Chair of Catalyst2030 Canada. A speaker, trainer, and consultant across Canada, she is a former professor and director at Niagara College, Director of ACE Communities (Alberta) and worked for the City of Niagara Falls. Brenda is the author of three books, a YWCA Woman of Distinction, and a Brock University Distinguished Graduate. She and her family live in Niagara where they also own a Café and an online kite store.

  • Brenda Robinson
    Brenda Robinson
    President,Robcan Group

    Brenda is a speaker, trainer, writer and consultant. She is the founder and president of The Robcan Group. Her Bachelor of Arts was earned at Brandon University and her Masters of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has been addressing groups for over thirty years about communications, humour, laughter, positive working skills and wellness in general. Her workshops and presentations are in high demand. She has authored four books and created an Audio CD set to help people to develop these skills.

  • Carmen Andrew
    Carmen Andrew
    Director, Agriculture & Irrigation

    Carmen is the Director of Rural Programming with Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. The Alberta Agricultural Societies Program is one of the main projects in her portfolio, in addition to the Ag-Info Centre, Agri-News and other key agricultural recognition programs like the Century Farm and Ranch Award and Agriculture Hall of Fame. Carmen is based out of the Stettler office, resides in the central Alberta village of Delburne and is active with her community and family.

  • Colin Gosselin
    Colin Gosselin
    Sr. Project Coordinator

    This session will provide an overview of the Alberta Agricultural Societies Program; provide key updates; and feature mini-breakout sessions where you can discuss questions or issues one-on-one with program area staff (e.g. annual returns, grant applications, bylaws etc.).

    Colin Gosselin is the Sr. Project Coordinator for the Rural Programming Section at Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation. Colin has been focused on the agricultural societies program for the last several years, and has been involved with rural affairs more broadly for over 15 years. He “keeps it rural” with his wife and two children in Lac Ste. Anne County, and is based out of the Department’s Stony Plain field office.

  • Diane Ringuette
    Diane Ringuette
    Owner of Five Hearts Consulting

    I’m Diane Ringuette, owner of Five Hearts Consulting. I have my CPA, CMA designation and am a Certified Professional Bookkeeper. I was the Controller for a medium sized business for over 28 years and am now currently working with small to medium businesses helping them achieve their full potential by providing bookkeeping and QuickBooks® Online training so they can make sense of their numbers. I enjoy spending time with my family as well as golfing, camping, travelling, and watching my grandchildren’s hockey, volleyball, and dance recitals.

  • Jody Seeley
    Jody Seeley

    Jody Seeley has over 22 years of experience in the media, social media and radio industries.  She currently heads up Our High River and works to grow citizen engagement in High River, Alberta. She co-owns her own Media Company called LimeLite Audio and Media.  She is a Communications Specialist with the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and hosts her own podcast called The Jody Seeley Show. (available on iTunes and Spotify) Jody is also a professional emcee.  She has hosted numerous events over the years in various communities.  If you want someone who can make your event shine even brighter, hire Jody for the job. Freelance voicing is also one of Jody’s greatest skills.  She is an on-hold voice for various businesses across Canada, was the station imaging voice for over 10 radio stations across the country, plus she has voiced numerous commercials, videos, DVDs and more! Jody has a passion for community.  She was named a Flood Hero from the Alberta Government for being the voice of “hope” in the community of High River.  She is the past winner of the Okotoks & District Chamber of Commerce – Community Service Excellence Award, she won Industry Person of the Year from the Association of Country Music of Alberta – twice (made it top 5 in nominations for over 5 years) and has been nominated four times for Music Director of the Year with the Canadian Country Music Association.

  • Jon Schallert
    Jon Schallert
    NSA Professional Speaker

    Jon Schallert is the only business consultant in the world teaching businesses and communities how to reinvent themselves into Consumer Destinations. Jon speaks to thousands annually on his trademarked 14-step “Destination Business” process, which he developed during the last 25 years after interviewing over 10,000 business owners in more than 600 communities.
    When Jon is not speaking around the country, he conducts his 2½ day Destination Business BootCamp in Colorado, and oversees his online class, The Destination Creation Course.
    Prior to starting his company, Jon spent ten years with greeting card giant Hallmark Cards, where his marketing strategies were publicized throughout the company as “the Schallert Method”.
    Jon’s insight is frequently seen in publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

  • Mark Mayfield
    Mark Mayfield

    Mark has one of the most diversified backgrounds in the speaking industry having owned and operated several businesses ranging from livestock production to nightclubs to golf instruction, and also spent ten years as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and in thirteen state legislatures for a Fortune 500 company. That business experience combined with his work as a nightclub performer allowed him to create truly unique presentations. His tagline is simple: Solid Business Wisdom in a Brilliant Comedic Style. He is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally adept at performing comedy shows or high content speeches.

  • Mike Labelle
    Mike Labelle

    Mike Labelle is a CPRA accredited rodeo announcer and has over 12 years of experience in this field. His career in rodeo announcing has also included freelance work for both television and radio. He has professional experience in traditional and satellite radio doing voice-tracking, hosting/creating a countdown show, and co-hosting and reporting. He is the co-owner of his own media company, LimeLite Audio, and Media. As a rodeo celebrity and spokesperson for many sponsors, he has also emceed a number of events over the years. He is professional, prepared, and well-spoken. Freelance voicing is also a passion of Mike’s. He’s voiced a number of commercials for media across Alberta. He is also the host of a podcast show called ‘The Mike Labelle Rodeo Podcast.’ (You can find it on his social media, iTunes and Spotify.) When he’s not working or on the rodeo trail, he’s trying to keep up with his four athletic daughter’s extra-curricular activities in Calgary, Alberta along with his wife Nadine.

  • Monika Warring
    Monika Warring
    Field Office Administrator at Government of Alberta

    I would like to introduce myself. My name is Monika Warring and I have been with the Government of Alberta for a little over 8 years. About 3 years ago I joined the Rural Policy and Programming Section as Grant Program Support. I process the Agricultural Societies Annual Grant and Annual Return applications and assist with the review of Bylaws. Those are just a few of the many ways I am available to assist agricultural societies. I can be found in the Stony Plain Office of Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development.  An original Eastern transplant I have lived in Alberta for over 30 years and currently live in the Lac Ste Anne County.

  • Tammy Hampel
    Tammy Hampel
    Owner, Rocking H Safety Solutions Ltd.

    Tammy Hampel is the mother of two boys, two young men whom she finds endlessly fascinating to watch grow. It never ceases to amaze her how two people of the same genetic pool can be so different.
    Tammy is passionate about farm life and animals, especially horses and goats. She has lived on an acreage for 30 years, always with some livestock or another around. She was the chairperson of the Paradise Valley and District Ag Society for 20 years and a director off and on during that time. Tammy is also an advocate of 4-H, bringing the 4-H program back to the community with strong light horse and beef projects.
    Tammy is the owner of Rocking H Safety Solutions Ltd, a firm that builds safety management systems and provides guidance on implementing those systems. She has been serving small to medium size businesses for the past 9 years in an administrative and/or consulting role. She has 15 years of field and administrative safety experience primarily in the oil and gas or construction industries. She has supplemented her field experience with education earning the NCSO designation through the Alberta Construction Safety Association. Tammy is also a First Aid, WHMIS and TDG instructor.

  • Tim Carson
    Tim Carson
    CEO, Alberta Assoc. of Agricultural Societies

    Tim has spent most of his life living, working, and playing in rural Alberta. Through the many twists and turns his career has taken, Tim has developed a deep passion for rural communities and the need for renewed success in the 21st century. For more than a decade now Tim has channeled his rural enthusiasm towards Agricultural Societies, recognizing that volunteers and their passions are the heart and soul of communities. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies and has had the opportunity to meet tremendous people from across Alberta, Canada, and the United States who are directly connected to the fair industry and rural. These connections and experiences have provided a unique perspective on the challenges facing rural communities. Tim and his wife Kim live on 80 acres outside a small community just north of Edmonton and along with their 2 sons are continuing to live, work and play in rural Alberta.

    Tim will be speaking about:
    Best Practice Bylaws Update-
    Congratulations on getting your Ag Society compliant with the current legislation and regulations. This workshop will identify what we have learned about the use of your bylaws, what gaps have been identified and possible enhancements to strengthen your organization.

  • Zack Ziolkowski
    Zack Ziolkowski
    Government Relations Professional

    Zack is an experienced government relations professional having worked in Alberta politics for 10 years including as the Director of Research and Communications for the Government Members Caucus and managing various political campaigns. He pairs this political experience with his strong policy background having worked with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association on developing amendments to the Municipal Government Act.
    Zack’s role at Alberta Counsel is to work with clients to find creative solutions to their advocacy challenges and guide them through the complex Alberta political landscape. In addition to this, Zack also hosts a variety of informational webinars, town halls, and education sessions on a wide breadth of topics.

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