Conference & Tradeshow - 2019


NOVEMBER 20, 21 and 22, 2019 | Casino New Brunswick, Moncton NB

Steve Smith - Fertility, the key to a healthy lawn!

Maintaining adequate fertility for turfgrass is an important factor of growth quality- but it’s more than just “N-P-K.” Learn the differences between fertilizer products, technology, balanced nutrient management, organic matter, and the impact of pH.

Steve Smith - What’s Bugging You?
Chinch Bugs and White Grubs (European Chafer) are well known pests in Maritime lawns. We will examine the life cycle, treatment strategies, and products used to control these turf damaging insects. Also learn about cultural practices to help limit and repair insect damage.

Tony DiGiovanni - Rules for Success in Business and Life
In his 30 years as Executive Director of Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, Tony has observed thousands of industry members thrive and struggle (or both) through good times and bad.
He has witnessed many individuals go through all types of situations- recessions, depressions, mergers, partner conflicts, family squabbles, demographic shifts, successions, acquisitions, severe market changes and more.
When faced with the rapid pace and relentless change of business many respond with inspired leadership, incredible resilience, adaptability, prophetic vision, energizing passion and contribution. Some give up.
Tony will profile the experiences and characters of real personalities who have left their mark and their legacy on the Landscape/Horticulture sector. Many life and business lessons can be gleaned by listening to the stories of those who have shaped the profession. "

 Darby McGrath - The Ontario Landscape Tree Planting Guide
The recently released Ontario Landscape Tree Planting Guide is one of the most comprehensive tree planting guides ever developed for use by the landscape industry across Canada and likely North America. The Guide is available to all user groups, including installers, designers, arborists and specifiers.
This talk will explore The Guide which is comprised of summaries of up-to-date research and a series of corresponding field sheets that refines the information into actionable items.

 Darby McGrath - Functional Landscapes – Plants (and soil) Can do that!
The demand for functional landscapes and urban biodiversity is growing.  Plants and soils in the built infrastructure play an important role in keeping our air clean, our neighbourhoods cool and enjoyable.  Join Dr. Darby McGrath of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre as she talks about designing functional landscapes from the ground up.

Susan Yoder - Seed Your Future – Promising Practices in Recruiting More Students and Trainees
 While initial efforts from the Seed Your Future movement have focused on long-term solutions to building our green-collar pipeline of workers, in 2019, they launched efforts to focus on a second market – high schoolers and young adults.  Hosting a Summit on promising practices in recruitment of students into certification, training and higher education programs in June, the movement is gearing up for new materials and resources in 2020.  In this session, you’ll be on the ground floor learning from those promising practices of others before any of the new resources are released.  Come with your own promising practices to share as well.