Call for poster abstracts: Deadline Oct. 31, 2020

Date posted: October 20, 2020

Student science posters virtual in 2021

Student science posters virtual in 2021


Abstracts are invited for research poster displays at the 2021 Banff Pork Seminar (BPS). They must be received by Oct. 31, 2020.

"This is a popular part of the Banff Pork Seminar each year and will again be a feature in the virtual event in 2021," says Ben Willing, University of Alberta researcher who heads the BPS awards committee. "Besides shining a spotlight on the latest research results poster abstracts are an important part of connecting researchers to the pork industry."

The R. O. Ball Young Scientist Award presented at the BPS each year is named after Dr. Ron Ball, a long-time researcher and former BPS program director. A scientific committee will select abstracts from undergraduate and graduate students representing the most interesting and best science from those submitted, says Willing. Students whose abstracts are selected will be invited to give a virtual presentation of their work on January 5, 2021.

The student with the best overall combination of strong and relevant science, a well-written abstract and excellent presentation will receive a cash prize of $500. The second place winner will receive $250.

More information on poster presentations and submissions is available on the BPS website www.banffpork.ca under the Awards tab.


Registration now open for BPS 2021

Date posted: October 14, 2020

Registration is online this year

Registration is online this year


Registration details have been announced for the 2021 Banff Pork Seminar (BPS). As announced earlier on this blog, the event is free. However delegates must register ahead of time in order to participate.

"Our decision to go with a virtual conference for 2021 was based on keeping delegates safe during the COVID-19 pandemic," says Ashley Steeple, Seminar Coordinator. "However, in keeping with our history, we wanted to continue to offer the high quality experience that our in-person events have always provided."

The 2021 Seminar will be a two day event, held Tuesday Jan. 5 and Thursday Jan. 7.

Program details and the registration link are on the BPS website www.banffpork.ca. Delegates will have the option of watching speaker presentations live or watching it later at their convenience.

"This is a unique opportunity for delegates anywhere in Canada or around the world to participate in our renowned Banff Pork Seminar," says Steeple. "By providing this free of charge we are hoping to help the industry during a difficult time and at the same time ensure that this iconic event continues in the future."

The 50th anniversary celebration originally scheduled for this year has been delayed to the next in-person event with BPS partner, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, says Steeple. Hopefully that will be in 2022.


Free registration for BPS 2021, details in October

Date posted: September 22, 2020

Free registration for BPS 2021, details in October

Progress continues for Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) 2021. As program and registration details round into final form perhaps the biggest news is that BPS 2021 registration will be free, says BPS Coordinator Ashley Steeple.

"Final registration specifics are being worked out, and will be announced in October," she says. "Our organizing committee has been working hard on details and we have decided that registration will be free and that delegates will have access to all sessions on a live and on-demand basis."

Program information is already on the website and being updated as registration opening approaches, adds Steeple. Links to the conference registration page will be posted on the BPS website. Delegates can also follow BPS on Twitter and check out the Inside BPS blog to keep up with latest announcements and background information.


Banff Pork Seminar's Aherne Prize entry deadline Oct. 31, 2020

2020 Aherne Prize Winners

Ben Willing (left) and winners Gillian Greaves (center) and Tess Faulkner South West Ontario Veterinary Services

Ben Willing (left) and winners Gillian Greaves (center) and Tess Faulkner South West Ontario Veterinary Services

Winner Amos Petersen of FarrPro. Inc. (left) and Ben Willing.

Winner Amos Petersen of FarrPro. Inc. (left) and Ben Willing.

Date posted: September 15, 2020

The Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) has become a leading event in the pork industry in North America. One of the most anticipated aspects of it each year is the awarding of the F X Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production.

Entry deadline for the 2021 Seminar is Oct. 31, 2020, says researcher Ben Willing of the University of Alberta, who chairs the BPS awards selection committee. The contest is open to owners, production managers, herdspeople, consultants, or anyone who has developed an innovation relevant to the North American pork industry.

"Innovations can be big or small, simple or complex and the creativity and innovation of entries always amazes us," says Willing. "They can apply to any segment of the industry including feeding, breeding, ventilation, disease control and prevention, transportation, manure management, animal handling, facility and enterprise management and pork quality and food safety."

The prize is significant. Since the 2021 Seminar is a virtual event the 2021 winner will receive complimentary registration to the 2022 Seminar Jan. 11 to 13, 2022, accommodation at the world-renowned Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and travel assistance. That's a value of approximately $2,000.

"For winners the chance to spotlight their innovation and be recognized as an innovator by their peers, the pork industry and the Seminar attendees is very satisfying," says Willing. "The prize is named after Frank Aherne, a long-time industry research leader."

Best place to find all contest details is on the Seminar website www.banffpork.ca.


New BPS logo: Fresh look for fifty years

Date posted: August 16, 2020

New BPS logo

If you have a special anniversary it's a good time to freshen up your look.

That's what Ashley Steeple and her team at the Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) have done with an update to the BPS logo.

"While we have delayed our actual 50th anniversary celebration until we are able to meet in person again, this is still a special year for us," says Steeple.

"The new logo helps celebrate that. It brings together a visual reminder of the strong positioning the Seminar has gained in the pork and general agricultural industry across North America and around the world. It also acknowledges the extraordinary world renowned physical beauty of the Banff area that has become an important part of the Seminar experience.

"Our partners and sponsors often use our seminar logo in their communications," says Steeple. "We are happy to provide appropriate electronic files of the new logo upon request."


Inside BPS: The place to find the latest on BPS 2021, Jan. 5 and Jan. 7

Ashley Steeple

Ashley Steeple

Date posted: August 16, 2020

Welcome to the Inside BPS Special Meeting Report for Banff Pork Seminar 2021.

Each year this report is produced to take you "inside" the events and help you keep on top of developments. It's produced by Meristem editors in partnership with BPS.

This year will be a different experience for the Seminar and the delegates who participate. COVID 19 has forced changes around the world it may not be surprising that BPS has made the decision to go virtual. The 2021 seminar will be held Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Thursday, Jan 7.

While the seminar delivery will change many other things will remain the same says Seminar coordinator, Ashley Steeple. As always the seminar will feature an outstanding group of speakers. The seminar design of plenaries and breakout sessions will continue in the new format.

The information in this Special Report – including blog items and news features – will continue to be a good place to follow developments, says Steeple. The information is designed to be available for use by media and industry, with credit to the source.

Here are key things Steeple wants delegates to know as they plan for this event.

The BPS hub. The Seminar website www.banffpork.ca will have the latest program and participation details for the 2021 Seminar. You can also sign up for e-news advisories from Seminar coordinator, Ashley Steeple.

Inside BPS blog. These blog items will provide key information and perspective prior to, during and immediately following the 2021 seminar. Blog items are designed for use by media, industry communications specialists, producers and others in the industry. Simply provide a credit line to the Inside BPS Special Report and a live link to the Report.

News releases and news features. While these articles are primarily designed for media and industry communications specialists, they are available for anyone to use and are available for reprint. News releases can be used without requirement to provide credit. News features should be credited to the Banff Pork Seminar 2021 and linked to the Special Report.

Photos. Selected speaker photos are available for use. Credit Banff Pork Seminar.

Media assistance. As in past years, media assistance is available. Contact information and other key details can be found under the "Media Assistance" link.

Social media. Information and links to stories on BPS 2021 will also be featured on social media. Watch for regular updates under the #BanffPork hashtag. Follow the Banff Pork Seminar at Twitter handle @BanffPork and on the BPS Facebook Page. Follow Meristem at Twitter handle @NewStreamTweets.


It's official: Banff Pork Seminar 2021 goes virtual, Jan. 5 and Jan. 7

Date posted: August 16, 2020

North America's pork industry will meet at Banff Pork Seminar 2021

The Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) has announced its 2021 event will have a different look, a virtual one.

"With the COVID-19 pandemic our decision to move virtual to help keep our delegates safe was clear," says Ashley Steeple, Seminar Coordinator. "Our 2021 Seminar will be an online experience over a two day event, held Tuesday Jan. 5 and Thursday Jan. 7, 2021.

"More details are coming in the weeks ahead," says Steeple. "Program information and registration details will be available by September and registration will open officially in October. We have some innovative ideas for sponsorship, and those details will be announced in September."

The 2021 Seminar was to be a milestone 50th anniversary one, says Steeple. "However, we will save that official celebration for the next time the Seminar can be held in person at our partner, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

"In keeping with the history of our seminar we have very strong speakers and related activities planned for the virtual event and we are confident these will a rewarding experience for our delegates."