Crane and Hoist Canada

CRAC celebrating milestone in Winnipeg

May 15, 2018  By Andrew Snook

At the 2017 CRAC conference

The Crane Rental Association of Canada is celebrating its 20th anniversary at The Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg from June 6 to 9, 2018. The milestone conference and annual general meeting will feature the first-ever CRAC Safety Awards; the Boom Dolly Research Committee Report; a presentation on the future of EN13000; a review of the latest update of the CSA Z150; and the latest developments at Manitex.

There will also be several keynote speakers including bestselling author, insurance expert and financial adviser Jane Blaufus; and, Dr. Grant Cool, chief operating officer of Hybrid Enterprises, who will present on the Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airship.

The conference will also feature a tour and presentations on the construction of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights; the CRAC’s annual golf tournament; and a guided tour of the City of Winnipeg.

The annual festivities will also take place in the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. In the heart of the exhibit is the Gateway to the Arctic, which is the main viewing point for polar bears and seals. This is where CRAC will host its 2018 annual Get Together!

For information on the 2018 CRAC conference, or to register, visit

CRAC AGM & Conference Agenda

Wednesday, June 6

7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Board of Directors’ meetings

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Welcome! The pre-registration for the Crane Rental Association of Canada’s 2018 Conference is now open.

8:00 p.m.
The Spreader Bar – Concert Hall
The traditional Spreader Bar will be hosted at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

Thursday, June 7

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast – Provencher Room

7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The 2018 annual golf event
Departure: 7:30 a.m. Tee-off: 9:00 a.m.
Registration fee is $185. Departure is from the front of the Fort Garry, arriving at Glendale Golf and Country Club approximately at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast, buffet lunch, power cart, bottle of water, sleeve of golf balls, and personalized cart plates, GST and provincial taxes, gratuities, and transportation are all inclusive. Golf club rentals will be available at a cost of $45 per set. No shoes available.

9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Winnipeg City Tour
Registration fee is $130. The Winnipeg City tour includes an overview of Winnipeg’s rich culture and history, with a professional guide who will provide stories and anecdotes along the way. The fee includes transportation, lunch, all type of taxes and gratuities.

6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
The Get Together – Journey to Churchill
Registration fee is $150. In the heart of Assiniboine Park Zoo is Journey to Churchill, and in the heart of Journey to Churchill is the Gateway to the Arctic where CRAC will host its 2018 annual Get Together! This is the primary viewing point for polar bears and seals. Interpretive media helps visitors learn about physiological adaptations to life on and under the sea ice. Underwater viewing tunnels, known as Sea Ice Passage, give visitors the rare opportunity to view these amazing creatures swimming from below the surface of the water. With only a clear wall bisecting the two species’ habitats, the polar bears and seals see and smell each other, creating a dynamic and enriching environment. This interaction between the seals and polar bears will be part of what puts this exhibit at the forefront of Arctic zoo experiences. Attire: Business Casual.

10:00 p.m.
The Spreader Bar – Concert Hall
The traditional Spreader Bar will be hosted every night at 10:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall, due to Journey to Churchill.

Friday, June 8

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast – Provencher Room

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Ted Redmond – Opening remarks

9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Jane Blaufus – Crystal Ballroom
Courageous conversations
Suddenly widowed after the tragic death of her husband, Jane knows first-hand how important it is to have a solid plan in place. Join her as she shares tips and strategies to have the ‘courageous conversations’ with your loved ones, your business partners and other important people in your life. Blaufus is the bestselling author of the book, “WITH THE [STROKE] OF A PEN: Claim your life,” that has become recognized as one of the most comprehensive, actionable, personal and financial planning resources available today for families, individuals and business owners alike. She brings to the table more than 25 years of insurance expertise as a financial advisor, sales manager and executive. Today she is the principal of The Blaufus Group Inc., based in Ancaster, Ont.; and is a highly sought after international keynote speaker, a frequent guest expert on both national and local TV and radio, and a contributor to the Huffington Post.

10:10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Andre Brisson – Crystal Ballroom
Review of the latest update of the CSA Z150

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Health break

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Klaus Meissner, Terex Cranes – Crystal Ballroom
Future of EN 13000
Under the title “Future of EN13000,” the current status of the European safety standard for mobile cranes and its future version is discussed. Root causes of crane incidents are analyzed and discussed to determine appropriate countermeasures for design and use. The presentation includes a number of simple experiments demonstrating the background.

12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Lunch – Provencher Room

1:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR)
The Friday afternoon program will move from the Fort Garry Hotel to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Delegates and spouses will attend a presentation on this project from inception to completion by architect Grant Van Iderstine (MAA, OAA, SAA, MRAIC Practice Leader, Architecture 49), and post-construction project manager John Kozlowski (1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). These presentations will be followed by tours (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) of this fascinating building and will end in the Garden of Contemplation with a cocktail reception (4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Creating this world-class showpiece of architecture and construction presented unparalleled challenges.
The complex nature of the building form – an intricate integration of concrete, steel and glass – pushed the boundaries of the conventional design process, application technologies, and construction delivery. The use of technologies including 3D modeling will forever change the way complex projects are designed, managed and built.

8:00 p.m.
The Spreader Bar – Concert Hall
The traditional Spreader Bar will be hosted at 8:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

Saturday, June 9

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast – Provencher Room

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Annual General Meeting – Crystal Ballroom
Annual General Meeting will include the presentation of first-ever Safety Awards and the Boom Dolly Research Committee Report.

9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Tami Helgeson – Threads of Life
Threads of Life, is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to supporting families after a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease. Tami will speak of her experience following a tragic workplace accident that impacted her life.

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Health break

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Randy Robertson – Manitex
Latest developments at Manitex.

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Keynote speaker #3 – Crystal Ballroom TBA

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Grant Cool – Chief operating officer, Hybrid Enterprises
No roads, no problem
The Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airship introduces the next revolution in affordable transportation for heavy lift cargo to remote operating sites around the world. Dr. Cool is the chief operating officer of Hybrid Enterprises. Prior to the establishment of Hybrid Enterprises, Dr. Cool was the operations subject matter expert for Lockheed Martin on the Hybrid Airships program. Dr. Cool is a professional engineer, holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering in spacecraft design, and a BASc in metallurgy and materials engineering.

6:00 p.m.
Closing banquet – Concert Hall
Cocktails will be served in the Concert Hall at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served in the Crystal Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Attire: Formal attire

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