2018 Convention

Oct 26-28

Evergreen Park

Grande Prairie, Alberta


Tina Varughese, President, tWorks

Described as a ‘dynamic, engaging, knowledgeable and humourous’ speaker.

Tina is often rated as ‘the best speaker of the conference’. Her interactive approach is insightful and her delivery is highly entertaining. She breaks down barriers to create a comfortable and fun space where people ask the questions they might otherwise be afraid to ask.

For fifteen years Tina Varughese, B.A., B.Comm., worked with immigrants in her roles with the Province of Alberta’s immigration office as well as running her own successful relocation and settlement firm. She is a contributing writer for the Human Resource Institute of Alberta’s Network magazine, Calgary Real Estate News, Home to Home magazine and nationally syndicated Mompreneur Magazine.

Tina has been the face of diversity, literally, when she was chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity. With two kids, five fish and one husband, she resides in Calgary where she recently began hip hop classes.

Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell is a farmer, with a passion for agriculture advocacy, social media and new technology. With the farm, known as Bellson Farms, he and his family milk cows and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay in Southern Ontario’s Middlesex County. With all kinds of information available about modern farms, and not all of it being true, Andrew is keen to make sure people get the full story on what farmers do on a daily basis, why they do it and what they care about. He’s been featured on CBC, CTV, and other media outlets across Canada for his work in opening up his farm and the entire industry on social media as the FreshAirFarmer.

Dr. Michel Levy

Michel Lévy graduated with a DVM from University of Liège, Belgium.  He completed an internship in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, University of Montréal. He worked in private rural practice in France and Quebec.  He completed a Residency in Large Animal Medicine at Tufts University and University of Florida. He then worked as a clinician, teacher and researcher at Purdue University (Indiana, USA) . He joined UCVM in 2009.

Dr. Leisa Floreani

Full-time Veterinarian

Dr. Leisa Floreani grew up on Vancouver Island and moved to the Peace Country in 2007. She always had a family dog (or two) to practice her skills on, knowing from a young age that veterinary medicine was in her future. She completed high school in Grande Prairie and spent two years at Grande Prairie Regional College before being accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. During her final year, she completed an externship at a mixed practice in Three Hills, AB focusing on sheep production as well as the extensive variety of cases in rural mixed practice. She graduated with distinction as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and was the inaugural winner of the Sophie Katarynych Small Animal Care Award for client care and communication in her clinical year. She moved with her husband to Fairview to work at the Fairview Veterinary Clinic, formerly North Peace Animal Hospital, in June 2015. She continues to enjoy mixed practice and looks forward to developing the small ruminant part of the practice, as well as sharpening her skills on both large and small animals. In her leisure time, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, and camping. She is also an avid reader and an unashamed Star Trek fan.

Anne Brunet-Burgess was born and raised on a purebred beef farm in Eastern Canada. She developed a strong passion for livestock at a young age and to this day, her professional and personal life still revolve around that industry.   


After graduating from Macdonald College of McGill University in agriculture, Anne embarked on a 15-year career in the beef genetics with the Semex group where she worked mainly in the development of beef programs domestically and internationally. As a side occupation, Anne exhibited animals across Canada and in the United States and won numerous championships for clients of her custom fitting business. She has judged many cattle shows.


Anne managed the Canadian Limousin Association for 7 years, before joining the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) in 2015. As CCIA General Manager, Anne is not only involved in the day to day business, but she also contributes to several livestock traceability committees. Over the last two years, CCIA has been preparing for the proposed federal regulation amendments that are expected in 2019.

Rick and Debbie Wells