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96th Annual CANA Convention - Attendee Registration
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You're going to love your visit to the Twin Cities! In addition to their great reputation as meeting hosts, Minneapolis and St. Paul offer two very different experiences. This means that you're guaranteed to find double the fun! Whether you're seeking family outings or pure entertainment, you can take in a game or shop ‘til you drop at the Mall of America. Take the city by storm on a bike and after a long, enjoyable day, simply sit back and indulge in some fine cuisine and relax in the big city.

8/6/2014 to 8/9/2014
When: 08/06/2014
Where: Marriott Minneapolis City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States
Contact: Nanette Haase

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 Your convention registration includes:

  • Full Access to the Convention (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Continuing education credit for the sessions you attend, as applicable
  • Breakfast and lunch at the Convention  (Thursday and Friday)
  • Refreshment Breaks
  • Two Supplier Cocktail Receptions (Wednesday and Thursday)

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CANA 96th Annual Convention: Presenter Preview
Our meeting in Minnesota is shaping up to be an excellent event, with a full slate of experts ready to help you navigate the contemporary twists and turns of cremation and the death care industry. Here is a preview of our scheduled speakers and their topics: 

Wednesday, August 6

  • 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Baseball: Twins vs. Padres - Enjoy America's favorite pastime at Target Field.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Exhibitor Set-Up/Registration Open
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - CANA Environmental Focus Group
  • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Suppliers Cocktail Reception - Enjoy meeting exhibitors in a fun, no-stress atmosphere. Cocktails and heavy hors d'ouevres will be served. 

Thursday, August 7

  • 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Convention Registration
  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Convention Breakfast/Exhibits
  •  8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Convention Welcome/Opening Ceremonies
  • 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Thom Winninger - Keynote Address: Inside Out--What it Takes to Grow
    America's leading market strategist will help you discover what you need to do to take advantage of the opportunities that are coming your way.  
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Coffee Break/Exhibits
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Jason Bradshaw, Dean Fisher - Successful Models of Environmentally Friendly High Temperature Alkaline Hydrolysis in Both Funeral Home and University Settings
    An insider's look at Alkaline Hydrolysis from two experts.
  • 11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch/Exhibits
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Membership Meeting/In Memoriam 
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Chris Farmer - Third-Party Crematories and Liability: How to Protect Yourself Through Preparation and Due Diligence
    CANA's General Counsel guides you through the proactive measures you can take to avoid potential catastrophic liability.
  • 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Coffee Break/Exhibits 
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Michael LuBrant, Sandra Myers - Research to Quantify Mercury Emissions from Dental Amalgam in Crematories
    A look at current and projected mercury release from cremation.
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - David Navarrete, Nick Savage, Larry Stuart, Jr. - Cremation Fundamentals
    Industry leaders share their knowledge on a range of everyday business topics, including new trends, crematory operations, memor
    ial personalization, innovative marketing, and the shipping of cremated remains.
  • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
Friday, August 8
  • 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Convention Registration/Exhibit Hall Open
  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. - Supplier Meeting
  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. - Convention Breakfast/Exhibits
  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Robert M. Boetticher, Jr. - The Answer is in the Numbers
    A review of the CANA cremation statistics and how they impact your business and can help you remain profitable in today's market. 
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Family Breakfast and Bingo
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Coffee Break/Exhibits
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Alan Creedy, William McQueen - Overcoming Barriers to Succession Planning
    A provocative discussion on succession planning from a legal, financial, and interpersonal perspective.
  • 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Exhibit Teardown
  • 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Ron Gjerde - Lunch and Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum History and Architecture Tour
    This visit to the park-like grounds of this stunning cemetery will include a tour through the mausoleum that accommodates 3,000 crypts, several columbarium rooms, and family niches for cremated remains and the Historic Memorial Chapel, an architectural masterpiece built in 1910.
  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Jason Bradshaw - Alkaline Hydrolysis Tour
    Travel by bus for this exclusive view of the alkaline hydrolysis process inside the facilities at Bradshaw Funeral & Cremation Services in nearby Stillwater. 

Be sure to join us in Minneapolis this August.

CANA thanks our many sponsors and exhibitors:

2014 Annual Convention Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor
Facultatieve Technologies

Platinum Sponsors
Crematory Manufacturing & Service

Matthews Cremation Division

Gold Sponsors
Madelyn Co.

Implant Recycling

Silver Sponsors
Nomis Publications

Worsham College of Mortuary Science

Bronze Sponsor


2014 Annual Convention Exhibitor List

Alviti Creations

Auora Casket Company LLC

Brown-Wilbert, Inc.

Capsule Urn, LLC

Church & Chapel Metal Arts, Inc.


Cremation Metal Recycling

Cremation Systems

Crematory Manufacturing & Service

DNA Memorial

The Dodge Company

Eastman Studios

Eckels and Company

Eickhof Columbaria

Enchanted World of Boxes

Facultatieve Technologies

Funeral Home Gifts


Funeral Services, Inc.

Glass Remembrance

Granville Urns

Halo International

Implant Recycling

Kates-Boylston Publications

Kelco Supply

Legacy Touch

Live Oak Bank

MacKenzie Vault

Madelyn Co.

Matthews Cremation Division

Meadow Hill Corporation

NADCO Marble


OrthoMetals, B.V.

Pacific Traditions

Passages International


SinoSource International


Timberland Urns

United Heritage Life Insurance Co.

US Cremation Equipment