The mental health webinar was a great presentation, you really highlighted that mental health is an everyday part of our lives just like physical health is

A great "get the conversation started" webinar

Mental Health: Building Resiliency Together

Mental Health Webinar

‘Building Resiliency Together’ is a workshop designed to introduce participants to mental health in agriculture, highlight how to support ourselves and others, the importance of refilling our own cups and how to have conversations about mental health. This will be a “hands on” workshop with group exercises to engage participants and practice having conversations.

According to the 2021 study of ‘Farmer Mental Health in Canadian’ done by the University of Guelph; 1 in 4 Canadian Farmers felt that their life was not worth living, wished they were dead, or thought of taking their own life in the last 12 months.

While the needle has moved regarding mental health in agriculture it still has a long way to go before we are no longer loosing community member’s to death by suicide. It is on each and every one of us to work together to end the stigma surrounding mental health and change the culture, this starts with self education and by joining the conversation.

Megz Reynolds, Executive Director, Do More Agriculture

Megz has first-hand experience in agriculture as a former grain farmer and is personally familiar with the unique challenges the industry faces. Through grassroots advocacy and policy work Megz has been part of creating change at a provincial, federal and global level, always with a focus on the mental health of producers and the industry as a whole.

As the Executive Director of The Do More Agriculture Foundation Megz is using her background and lived experience to continue the conversation, raise awareness for mental health in agriculture, create community, build and strengthen partnerships and do more for those in agriculture, their families and rural communities.

Click on the date below to register for a Mental Health: Building Resiliency Together webinar

  • November 15 at 10 am (Mountain) / 12 noon (Eastern)
  • January 17 at 10 am (Mountain) / 12 noon (Eastern) English and French
  • March 21, 2023 at 10 am (Mountain) / 12 noon (Eastern)

Emergency Management Workshop Series

The Canadian livestock industry is taking steps to better prepare for a serious animal disease outbreak. As a leader in this process, the Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project is teaming up with industry groups across Canada to deliver emergency response workshops and resources to improve industry’s emergency readiness.

AHEM is pleased to offer a new series of engaging webinar events. Please join us virtually beginning in February as we share vital information, tips, and tools for an animal disease emergency.

A serious animal disease outbreak can occur at any time so it’s important for livestock producers to be prepared. Taking steps to improve your awareness of emergency management, including understanding where you fit in a response, can better position your operation to react effectively to an emergency as it unfolds.

The 60-minute interactive virtual webinars will provide participants with opportunities to learn about emergency management and to ask key questions that will make all the difference when an emergency strikes.

Target audience

  • Livestock producers
  • Association staff
  • Board and committee members

Webinar 1: Navigating the Unexpected – Emergency Management 101

In part one of this three-part series, livestock producers will be given a general overview of emergency management along with producer roles and responsibilities. The information is designed to boost preparedness with proactive steps and to provide insight into the knowledge and skills required during a serious animal disease outbreak.

Webinar 2: Resourced and Ready – Exploring Proactive Disease Management Tactics and Tools

Part two of this three-part webinar series explores concepts and support tools found in the AHEM resources. The hour-long interactive webinar incorporates producer specific content and resources and gives participants an opportunity to ask questions about animal health emergency management.

Webinar 3: Testing, Testing, 1-2-3 – Scenarios for producer Handbook application

While we cannot anticipate every circumstance that may take place during an emergency event, we can create scenarios to test our ability to respond. Understanding how to work together using the AHEM producer Handbook will improve emergency readiness by allowing participants to identify and address existing gaps.

In the final part of this three-part series participants will be introduced to AHEM’s producer-oriented simulation workshops, which give a practical understanding of how AHEM resources are used as guidance before, during and/or after a serious animal disease outbreak.

Participants will benefit from an opportunity to actively work through and fine tune their response as they explore numerous scenario-based exercises.

Please contact us to request a workshop

AHEM resources

For more information contact AHEM 

Great instructor, great information, good pace with a lot of information covered but not too much to overload. Thank you, well done and learned a lot.

It was good to hear all the viewpoints from various stakeholders it made you think more about the scenarios.

I appreciated the templates that can help producers better prepare in case of emergency...very helpful. The Workbook is such a helpful tool, simple to the point facts in a nice condensed format.

Incident Command System and Agriculture Training

During an emergency, all levels of government follow a formal Incident Command System (ICS) or Incident Management System (IMS) approach. The ICS/IMS structure is used for agriculture emergencies including floods, fires, or significant disease outbreaks.

Traditionally, ICS/IMS training targets fire, police, and health first responders. One of the challenges is that the framework and examples used are not geared towards the agriculture stakeholders who will work alongside first responders during an adverse event. For this reason, AHEM has partnered with industry representatives, government, and certified ICS instructors to adapt the basic content of the ICS-100 training for agriculture by adding industry specific examples and scenarios.

The goal of these workshops is to increase producer and industry awareness and understanding of the basic concepts of emergency response protocols. This will help participants ready themselves for emergencies that may impact their sector or society at large.

Target audience 

All agriculture and food supply stakeholders will benefit from ICS knowledge and skills. This includes:

  • Association staff
  • Board and committee members
  • Veterinarians
  • Transporters
  • Feed company representatives
  • Processing staff, and
  • Other service suppliers

Topics covered 

  • Emergency response planning
  • Basic features of ICS Command and general staff functions
  • Interoperability of industry and government agencies
  • Facilities and resources

AHEM is proud to partner with industry staff as we host ICS-100 and agriculture webinars throughout the fall 2021 and winter 2022. The six-hour workshops are customized by province and are by invitation only.

For more information please contact AHEM

“It was great to see examples of situations that were not only relevant to my work, but also helpful and easy to understand and remember.” – participant feedback

I appreciated that this course provided the training through an agriculture lens.

The instruction and materials were excellent and will be a valuable reference going forward.

I will be approaching senior managers in my organization to discuss ICS with them and how it would benefit our future emergency responses.