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IAOM Western Canadian District Meets in Langley, British Columbia

Date Posted: September 24, 2013

by Karl Ohm

Approximately 55 members from the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) Western Canadian District attended the 2013 Annual Meeting and Technical Conference, September 18 - 20, at Sandman Signature Hotel & Resort, Langley, BC, Canada.

A golf outing was held on Wednesday morning, September 18, at the Pagoda Ridge Golf Course in Langley.

During Wednesday evening, an Allied Trades Casino and Reception was held at the hotel with a full array of appetizers.

Sponsors of this event included: Blower Engineering of Canada; Can-Seed Equipment; Carter Day Industries; Cordano Packing; Great Western Manufacturing; Meridian Manufacturing; Research Products Company; Rotary Airlock; and Nordstrong Equipment.

For the meeting and technical conference, milling company sponsors included: ADM-Calgary, AB; ADM-Winnipeg, MB; Horizon Milling, Saskatoon, SK; Grain Millers, Yorkton, SK; P & H Milling-Lethbridge, AB; P & H Milling-Saskatoon; Prairie Flour Mills, Elie, MB; Rogers Foods Ltd.-Armstrong, BC; Rogers Foods Ltd-Chilliwack, BC; and Anita’s Organic Grain and Flour Mill-Chilliwack, BC.

On Thursday, September 19, the technical program was opened by John MacKenzie, IAOM Western Canadian District chairperson, and president/owner, Anita’s Organic Grain and Flour Mill., Chilliwack, BC.

The on-time awards were sponsored by Abell Pest Control, Surrey, BC.

Just prior to the technical sessions, Danni Altman, administrative assistant, IAOM, Overland Park, KS, and IAOM vice president Damon Sidles, plant manager, Miller Milling Company, Fresno, CA, provided an overview of the 117th annual IAOM Conference and Expo, which was held April 30-May 3, 2013, in Niagara Falls, ON, as well as an update about the revamped website, correspondence courses, district meetings, upcoming events, and the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF) fund-raising efforts.

The program included several presentations, covering: State of the Canadian wheat industry, Earl Geddes, executive director, Canadian International Grain Institute (CIGI), Winnipeg, MB; enhancing workplace safety, Dennis Clark, safety manager, Mainland Machinery, Abbotsford, BC; introduction of the new Supersense purifier and revamped IMAS North America website, Diwakar Mokadam, general manager, IMAS North America, Hamburg, NY; Bob Ricklefs, sales manager, Great Western Manufacturing Company, Inc., Leavenworth, KS, spoke about the firm’s new aluminum lift out tray and two new fabricated plastic sieves.

Don Harris, sales manager/Canada, Bunting Magnetics Company, Burlington, ON, offered an overview about the importance of doing a magnet audit in a facility.

Doug Ballard, sales representative, GRIP Equipment, Delta, BC, which represents Laidig Systems in Canada, spoke about grain storage designs and reclaiming equipment for wheat middlings and bran.

Before the lunch break, Shawn Gieselman, operations manager, Anita’s Organic Grain and Flour Mill, Chilliwack, BC, made a presentation about the opportunities and challenges in operating an organic flour mill.

With the lunch break and on-time award sponsored by IMAS North America, the afternoon session was lead off by Douglas Gee, account manager, Buhler (Canada), Inc., Markham, ON, who spoke about the role of Intelligent Process Optimization (IPO) and sensor technology in milling.

Alex English, sales and marketing manager, IOTRON Industries Canada/USA, Inc., Port Coquitlam, BC, provided insights on a rather unique electron beam processing method to reduce and combat bacteria, pathogens, insects and other pests in foods and food ingredients.

Bill Michaelsen, sales manager, Progressive Ag, LLC, Pullman, WA, briefly discussed the value and unique features of 4B Easifit bolts for elevator buckets.

Rick Gergatz, vice president, product development and technical sales, ArrowCorp Inc., Winnipeg, MB, provided an overview on various reclaim equipment and their use in maximizing profits by adding value to byproducts.

Bill Byrnes, engineer, Blower Engineering, Aurora, ON, provided an overview of blowers and maintenance tips.

Attendees also were reminded by Altman and Sidles that the 118th Annual IAOM Conference and Expo, is scheduled to be held May 19 - 23, 2014, at the Omaha Hilton Hotel and CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE.

Before the close of Thursday’s sessions, a business meeting for the Western Canadian district was held for the election of officers in 2013-2014.

The results are as follows:


Rob Braaten, Horizon Milling ─ Chairperson

Adrian Pangilinan, P&H Milling ─ Vice Chairperson

Open ─ First Executive

Allen Doherty, Hood Packaging ─ Secretary/Treasurer

Kelly O’Brien, Rogers Foods, Ltd., District Director of Meetings

During Thursday evening, a banquet was held that offered a deluxe dinner buffet, which was followed by entertainment from Clinton Gray’s magic comedy show.

The banquet was sponsored by Hood Packaging and Whitelaw Machinery.

On Friday, a breakfast was sponsored by Stake Canada, which was followed by an inspirational talk by Ken Mackenzie, retired and former partner of Ritchie-Smith Feeds, Inc., and a business and leadership consultant, Abbotsford, BC.

Afterwards, attendees had the opportunity to take a tour of Anita’s Organic Grain and Flour Mill, which is located in Chilliwack.

2014 IAOM Western Canadian District Meeting

While the date and place have yet to be determined, the location will be in Saskatoon, SK.

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