Introducing The Christmas Tree Forum Speakers
Integrated Pest Management
Dr. Jill Sidebottom
Integrated Pest Management Fundamentals To Solve Tomorrow’s Problems
Jill is originally from the Midwest and received her undergraduate degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois followed by an MS and PhD in plant pathology from NC State University.
As an extension specialist with NC Cooperative Extension, she has developed and promoted integrated pest management techniques for the control of Christmas tree pests in western North Carolina for more than 30 years.
Dr. Scott White
Biology and Management of Creeping Herbaceous Perennial Weeds
Scott is a faculty member at Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture and holds the position of Assistant Professor in Weed Science. His current research program focuses on basic and applied aspects of weed science, with the ultimate goal of utilizing basic aspects of plant biology and ecology to improve weed management.
Dr. White regularly contributes to grower meetings, field days, and twilight meetings for the agricultural industry in Atlantic Canada, and has been conducting research on weed management for over 15 years.
Biology and Management of Creeping Herbaceous Perennial Weeds
Lienna is from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia and received her Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick in 2019. Currently she is working on her MS in plant science at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, and started as the Research Assistant for the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia in April. Lienna’s masters project is focused on the development of phenological models and management strategies for narrowleaf goldenrod in wild blueberry fields.
Focus on Pesticide Application, Sprayer Calibration & Labeling
Taking Care of Business
Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan
Supply Chain, Logistics, and Transportation
Dale founded DJ Thibodeau & Associates Inc. in 2006, after a successful career with major companies such as JD Irving Ltd., McCains and Purolator Courier. DJ Thibodeau and Associates Inc. helps manufacturers and distributors apply Lean methodologies to their supply chains where we focus on warehousing, inventory, and transportation costs.
Deborah Irvine Anderson
5 Tips for Engaging With Local Media
How to Handle Negative Stories
Deborah loves helping people share their stories. For more than 20 years, she worked both behind the scenes and on-air at CBC Radio from BC to PEI. In 2016, she launched Canteen Media & Communications where she has worked with a diverse clientele, from cannabis to coaching and aquaculture to education. Deborah is also a passionate adult educator, teaching communications in the School of Business, Hospitality and Tourism at the New Brunswick Community College in Saint John, NB.
The Benefits of Being a NCTA Member: A Conversation with Tim O’Connor
Dugald Kell Jr. has worked since birth in the family business, Kelco Industries, that his father, Dugald (Doug) Kell, started in 1955. Dugald Jr. has a BS in ChemE (’82) and an MBA (’89), both from the University of Maine. His tenure as an adult at Kelco Industries started in 1984. Dugald joined the Board of the NCTA in 2006, as the Director from Maine. He served for several years on the NCTA Executive Committee, and in January 2020, began a 2-year term as President of the organization.
The Benefits of Being a NCTA Member: A Conversation with Dugald Kell
Dr. Kevin Keys
Kevin is a professional forester (RPF) and soil scientist (PAg) with a BSc Forestry from UBC, MSc Forestry from UNB, and PhD Biology from Dalhousie. He currently leads the Site Productivity and Tree Improvement Group within the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry and collaborates extensively with academic, industry, and government partners on projects related to forest soil assessment and mapping, site productivity, and forest nutrition management.
Dr. David Burton
Soil Health: Our Climate Change Solution
Dr. David Burton, Ph.D, P.Ag. is a Soil Scientist and Professor in the Department of Plant, Food, and Environment, Dalhousie University. His research examines the role of the soil environment in influencing the nature and extent of microbial metabolism in soil. His focus has been on processes in the cycling of nitrogen in soils and their implications for soil fertility and environmental impact. It is the aim of this work to better understand the factors that control soil microbial processes and to use this information to developing sustainable land management systems in a changing climate.
Maximizing Soil Benefits for Balsam Fir Production
Health & Safety
Introducing: Health and Safety
Throughout his career, Stuart has come to know first-hand the impact of workplace injuries and fatalities on workers and their families. He is a true safety champion with an unwavering passion for preventing workplace injury, and helping to manage its impact when it does occur. Under his leadership, time-loss injury has declined. Today, 30 per cent fewer Nova Scotians are hurt at work than a decade ago. Stuart will talk to North American Christmas Tree growers about workplace safety.
Treasa Pauly, M.Sc. P.Ag.
Responding to Covid 19: Protocols for Everyone’s Safety
Treasa has been a professional within the Canadian AgriFood industry for over two decades but has grown up around agriculture her whole life. She achieved her formal training from Dalhousie University, acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Master of Science in Plant Physiology.
She is the President/CEO of Field to Fork AgriSystems Consulting.
Tamara MacKinnon, RN, Associate Ergonomist
Ergonomics for Tree Growers
Tamara was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and practices as both a Registered Nurse and Ergonomist. She works with the Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia preventing workplace injuries. Tamara is able to apply ergonomic principles and design to enhance safety management systems and reduce musculoskeletal injuries among organizations. Passionate about health and wellness she influences others to take a leadership stance to improve occupational environments. Tamara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Kinesiology and Nursing and two diplomas in Occupational Health & Safety and Ergonomic Program Management from Dalhousie University.
Corey Ferguson, B.A. Psychology
Mental Health and Work Life Balance
Corey Ferguson joined the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick as a Community Education Coordinator for Westmorland/Albert Counties in 2014. In September 2015 Corey took on the role of Program Coordinator for CMHA’s Moncton office, and accepted the position of Program Coordinator for CMHA’s Fredericton office in October of 2017. Her work with CMHA of NB has allowed her to use her personal experience and passion to engage and educate communities about mental wellness/illness.
Susan McIsaac, FCPA, FCA
Succession Planning: The Accounting, Legal and Personal Experience
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