Speaker Bios

The Power of Partnerships Panelists

On Monday afternoon we will hear about the important of partnerships in delivering ag health and safety programs.

Niels Koehncke

“The Saskatchewan Agricultural Health and Safety Network”

Dr. Niels Koehncke is a specialist in occupational medicine and Director of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. He has been a faculty member at the University and CCHSA since 2000 and has served as CCHSA Director since 2012. His interests include medical and post-graduate education, industrial hygiene, exposure assessment and agricultural health. His current research is in the area of agricultural injuries and health and safety in the veterinary profession.


Sandy Miller

“Stop think act: A behavioural based approach to farm safety awareness” 

Sandy Miller is the Account Manager, Agriculture for Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) in Ontario, Canada. Sandy works with partners and volunteers to extend WSPS reach in providing health and safety solutions to workplaces, family farms, young and new workers, children and vulnerable populations in Ontario’s Ag/rural sector.



Mental Health in Canadian Agriculture Panelists

On Wednesday, we will hear about the current research on mental health in Canadian Agriculture and the programs and support organizations have put in place to support the agriculture community.

Andria Jones-Bitton, DVM, PhD

“The Human Side of Farming: Mental Health in Canadian Agriculture”

Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton is a veterinarian and Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Her research largely centres on the epidemiology of mental health and resilience in the agricultural and veterinary sectors. She uses a mixed research methods approach
(quantitative and qualitative) to achieve her research objectives. Andria loves Canadian agriculture and the veterinary profession, and is proud to work with Canadian farmers, veterinarians, and students.

Kim Hyndman-Moffat

Farmers Are Talking, Are you Listening?”

Kim Hyndman-Moffat has worked as a phone line crisis counsellor for the Manitoba Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services for the last 18 years. With a background in Psychiatric Nursing, she has been working in the field of mental health for the last 25 years. She was raised on a small family farm north of Brandon, Manitoba. Upon marrying a farmer, they happily operated a mixed farm with grain, cattle, chickens, turkeys while raising 3 children. Life on the farm was both beautiful and full of ongoing challenges. With the onset of BSE and mounting financial pressures, Kim and her partner made the difficult and painful decision to  leave farming in 2006. Through this experience she learned a great deal about herself, the industry and what farm families need to feel supported in their times of struggle. Today her partner enjoys a challenging career as a Paramedic and she continues to counsel farmers and their families through her work at the Farm, Rural and Northern Support Services.

Carolyn Van Den Heuvel

“Farm Family Support Line, Is It Enough?”

Carolyn Van Den Heuvel, P.Ag., is the Manager of Farm Safety Nova Scotia and is responsible for the delivery of programs and services to the agriculture community including oversight of the Farm Family Support Line, a member assistance program.   Growing up on a beef farm in Antigonish County, Carolyn developed a passion for agriculture at a young age.  Involved in the farm operation the moment her feet hit the ground, Carolyn attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture) graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. With a love of farming, Carolyn spent a number of years working as a herdsperson on dairy farms, expanding her knowledge of farming and agricultural business.  In 2012, Carolyn began her career in agricultural health and safety with the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.