Seminar Series

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Seminar Series registration opens Monday, August 15th @ 8:00 am!

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General Sessions Half Day Workshops Keynote Speaker

Upcoming Sessions

Build Your Team, Grow Your Future

Half Day Workshops

Speaker(s):

Jacki Hart, CLM Consulting by Hart

Jacki is a sought-after landscape business coach, teacher, and speaker. She brings a career full of landscape business and team management experience – both as a landscape contractor and as a business coach. Just like many of you, her passion for landscapes and plants far outweighed her business management talent for many years. Fast forward 30 years, and she leverages both her hard-learned business acumen plus her passion for helping entrepreneurs and managers, in everything she does for the landscape profession. As a professional speaker, workshop facilitator, consultant, and business coach, Jacki focuses on helping others grow their businesses, their managers, and their success.

Jacki has over 200 published magazine articles to her credit and is a skilled entrepreneurial educator.

In her spare time (whenever that is) Jacki enjoys being in her kayak, on her bike or snowshoes exploring the rivers and forests near her Muskoka, Ontario home.

Topic

Build Your Team, Grow Your Future

In this 3-hour workshop, join Jacki Hart, an industry-specific consultant, on a journey through solutions for the challenges of attracting and retaining staff.  Learn a new approach to solving the root causes of low employee attendance and retention rates. Watch as Jacki reveals cutting-edge leadership thinking, directed specifically at employers who struggle with staffing and retention.

There will be four key concepts will be covered, which will include specific examples on ‘how’ to adapt to the current workforce market:

  1. Accepting that despite your best efforts, you may not yet realize that how you think toward solving your employee retention problem, is actually part of the problem.
  2. Realizing that the way in which management presents themselves on a daily basis to staff of all levels, really matters.
  3.  Understanding what you should consider changing, to better connect with various workforce demographics.
  4. Shifting your style of communication to better relate to the different demographic groups within your team.

Who Should Attend?

  • Graduates of the BCLNA Grow Your Future Program
  • Employers or HR managers looking for help to solve their labour challenges
  • Supervisors/Forepersons who are working daily with team members who seem ‘disengaged’

(In other words, anyone who either hires, fires, onboards or manages people daily.)

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesday September 13, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $150.00

Non Member Early Bird: $175.00

Member Regular: $175.00

Non Member Regular: $190.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Leading with Vision

Half Day Workshops

Speaker(s):

Brian Martin, CHRE, ACC Made to Measure

Brian Martin, CHRE, ACC is a certified business coach. His career is dedicated to helping employees, leaders, teams, and organizations realize their full potential. A change agent, organizations benefit from his unique perspective on company culture, performance, and engagement. His diverse background includes operations and human resource executive positions for well-known Canadian and U.S. retail brands.  Most recently he was the Vice President of Organizational Development for Indigo & Chapters. Previously he was the Vice President, Global Talent Development for the TJX Companies (Winners, HomeSense, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx), a Fortune 100 company based in Boston, MA. 

Brian recently returned to the Fraser Valley from Toronto and operates Made to Measure, a full circle consulting and coaching firm. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Children’s Chorus.  An advocate for childhood literacy, his company is proud to have brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to the Fraser Valley.

Topic

Leading with Vision

Leading with Vision 

In today’s competitive environment, Leading with Vision is essential to creating and sustaining high performance organizations that inspire employees and engage customers. Explore the building blocks and processes successful organizations use that enable leaders to think and act strategically, while fostering high levels of employee commitment and engagement.

Date & Time(s)

1:00pm - 4:00pm, Tuesday September 13, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $150.00

Non Member Early Bird: $175.00

Member Regular: $175.00

Non Member Regular: $190.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

The Ups and Downs of Irrigation Systems

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Martin Duyvestyn, University Sprinklers

Martin Duyvestyn has a long history as a horticultural professional, having been in the business since 1989. He began designing and installing irrigation systems in 2009 with University Sprinklers. His accreditations include:  IIABC Certified Irrigation Designer, IIABC Certified Irrigation Scheduler, Certified Cross Connection Specialist and Certified Low Voltage Electrician. He loves hiking, camping, gardening, and all things outdoors, and has a passion for business and public relations. 

Topic

The Ups and Downs of Irrigation Systems

In this engaging workshop, Martin Duyvestyn, IIABC Certified irrigation designer, scheduler, and technician, will review construction of common irrigation systems and components. Learn the dos and don’ts, the ins and outs, and troubleshoot common irrigation problems. Martin will share University Sprinklers’ ‘Wall of Shame’ and poke some fun at irrigation faux pas. This workshop is great for anyone needs to sharpen up skills, requires a quick refresh, or is looking to learn something new!

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 11:00am, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $125.00

Non Member Early Bird: $150.00

Member Regular: $150.00

Non Member Regular: $175.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Solving the Pricing Puzzle

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Andrew Gregson, Intent Financial

Andrew Gregson is a serial entrepreneur. Since starting his training as an economist at the London School of Economics he has started 5 businesses. Andrew has worked as a consultant for 15 years and in finance for almost 20 years. He now advises consultants on how to bring the pricing tool to bear on their clients’ businesses to make them more profitable.

Andrew has authored two books: Pricing Strategies for Small Business (2008) & The Dark Art of Pricing – deliberately pricing for profit (2018). The best comment he has ever received about his presentation is: “I thought this would be snore fest so I drank extra coffee. But now I am so excited to get back to my business and apply everything!”

Topic

Solving the Pricing Puzzle

Do you want to know how pricing works? To all the accountants, peace! But it is NOT about numbers. It is about marketing and learning more about your customers and about how to sell your price. Marketing is 90% psychology and Andrew Gregson has spent 3 decades researching the psychology of why people buy. He has now created a practical, usable method for setting a price that generates a profit  – ALL the time. Andrew’s expectation is that you can deploy his methods on Day 1 and that continued attention will create profit opportunities for your company for years to come.

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 10:30pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $95.00

Non Member Early Bird: $110.00

Member Regular: $110.00

Non Member Regular: $135.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

From the Ground Up: Digging in to Soil Health

Speaker(s):

Tom McConkey, Terralink Horticulture

Having been involved with composting and landscape soils for over 25 years, Tom McConkey is all about the soil.  Throughout his career, he has been involved in the soil design, testing, and supply of many significant projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. Everything from Green Roofs, Urban Agriculture, Bio-Swales, rain gardens and sustainable turf grass practices pique his interest.

Topic

From the Ground Up: Digging in to Soil Health

The future will ask us to do more with the cityscapes around us. Tom’s presentation will take a look at current strategies involving beneficial microbes to enhance plant health, the BMP practices in regard to fertilizer and the use of soils to foster these objectives. This seminar will focus on resiliency and enhanced functions for all our soils and the trees, plants, and turf grass they support.

As more demands are placed on our urban environment the necessity to grow green in the city becomes more and more pressing. As the basis for everything that grows, the impact of soils and their quality and performance cannot be overlooked. More will be asked of our urban soils and what they can do for our environment, plants, and humanity. Tom will go over the latest information on how we can best approach these challenges in the urban landscape.

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 10:00am, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Solving the Staffing Dilemma

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Jacki Hart, CLM Consulting by Hart

Jacki is a sought-after landscape business coach, teacher, and speaker. She brings a career full of landscape business and team management experience – both as a landscape contractor and as a business coach. Just like many of you, her passion for landscapes and plants far outweighed her business management talent for many years. Fast forward 30 years, and she leverages both her hard-learned business acumen plus her passion for helping entrepreneurs and managers, in everything she does for the landscape profession. As a professional speaker, workshop facilitator, consultant, and business coach, Jacki focuses on helping others grow their businesses, their managers, and their success.

Jacki has over 200 published magazine articles to her credit and is a skilled entrepreneurial educator.

In her spare time (whenever that is) Jacki enjoys being in her kayak, on her bike or snowshoes exploring the rivers and forests near her Muskoka, Ontario home.

Topic

Solving the Staffing Dilemma

Never before has it been so important to manage the ‘internal brand’ experience in your company. More now than ever, what your employees experience every day at work is crucial to you being able to build an engaged team. If you want to know what the heck is going on and what to do about it, then you need to come to this seminar.

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 10:00am, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

BELGARD Canada Boot Camp

Half Day Workshops

Speaker(s):

Doug Thompson, Belgard Canada

Doug Thompson has over 15 years of experience in the industry, with extensive experience in all facets of hardscaping including installing, training, repair, and selling. Doug is well respected among the dealer, design, and contractor communities. His previous work experience includes Techniseal, Landscape Centre and Abbotsford Concrete Products. Doug is a Certified Techniseal Trainer and AquaPave Instructor.

Topic

BELGARD Canada Boot Camp

Join Doug Thomson for a hands-on half-day workshop exploring BELGARD Pavers & Hardscapes. This workshop is a great way to get newer installers trained in industry best practices and more seasoned participants up to speed on the current hardscape possibilities. If you are installing hardscapes or thinking of taking on the responsibility, you want to take part in this workshop.

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $150.00

Non Member Early Bird: $175.00

Member Regular: $175.00

Non Member Regular: $190.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Multi-Generational Workplaces

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Jacki Hart, CLM Consulting by Hart

Jacki is a sought-after landscape business coach, teacher, and speaker. She brings a career full of landscape business and team management experience – both as a landscape contractor and as a business coach. Just like many of you, her passion for landscapes and plants far outweighed her business management talent for many years. Fast forward 30 years, and she leverages both her hard-learned business acumen plus her passion for helping entrepreneurs and managers, in everything she does for the landscape profession. As a professional speaker, workshop facilitator, consultant, and business coach, Jacki focuses on helping others grow their businesses, their managers, and their success.

Jacki has over 200 published magazine articles to her credit and is a skilled entrepreneurial educator.

In her spare time (whenever that is) Jacki enjoys being in her kayak, on her bike or snowshoes exploring the rivers and forests near her Muskoka, Ontario home.

Topic

Multi-Generational Workplaces

There has never been a bigger disconnect between generations in the workplace than there is right now. This disconnect is fuelling The Great Resignation, with over 40% of your workforce planning to switch jobs in the next year. In this seminar, multi-gen expert Jacki Hart will tune you in to what’s different, why it’s here to stay, and what to do about it. In order to help solve your challenges with staffing, you’ll need this information to improve how you build your team!

Date & Time(s)

10:30am - 11:30am, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Planting for Functionality: Let’s Make Native Bees our Primary Clients

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Christine Thuring, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Dr. Christine Thuring began her career in applied plant ecology and has worked with plants in a range of applications, from ecological restoration of grasslands and peat bogs to plant selection for green roofs and living walls. She is a founding board member of the Native Bee Society of BC. Christine holds a Master’s in Horticulture from Penn State University (2005) and a PhD in Landscape from the University of Sheffield (2016). 

Topic

Planting for Functionality: Let's Make Native Bees our Primary Clients

Bees and other pollinators are in trouble. People who work with plants are uniquely positioned to determine the fate of bees, and of the biosphere as a whole. Bees are mutualist keystone species, responsible for the fertilization of as much as 90% of the planet’s flowering plants. Given the essential role that native bees play to human food systems alone, it is clearly in our best interest to do everything we can to help. This presentation makes the case, especially to anyone with agency over plant selection and vegetation maintenance, that treating native bees as our primary clients can make us a force for good in the world. Whether providing healthy fodder and nesting considerations, ensuring fire smart planting design or other, planting for functionality will have beneficial knock-on effects through time and space.

Date & Time(s)

11:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Preventing MSIs in Forest and Ornamental Nurseries

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Helen Chandler, WorkSafe

Helen Chandler has been an OHS Consultant with Consultation and Education Services at WorkSafeBC for 9 years. Helen has been employed in the field of Occupational Health and Safety for over 25 years including working as an OHS Advisor for Vancouver General Hospital, Manager of OHS at BCIT, and as an Ergonomics Consultant for the State Compensation Insurance Fund in California. She has a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from BCIT.

Tami Perkins, WorkSafe

Tami Perkins earned her BSc in Kinesiology at SFU, where she specialized in biomechanics.  After spending a few years working in rehabilitation and worker physical/cognitive assessments, she moved into Ergonomics where she has spent the past 20 years of her career. As an Ergonomist at WorkSafeBC, Tami has worked both in the Fatal and Serious Injury department as a Human Factors Specialist as well as in her current roll as Ergonomist/Human Factor Specialist in the Risk Analysis Unit. As a Human Factors Specialist within WorkSafeBC’s Fatal and Serious injury investigation division, Tami was responsible for analyzing why an event occurred for the benefit of organizational and industry-wide learning.  In her current roll within the RAU, she continues her work in human factors and incident investigation while also working with employers to help reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury.

Topic

Preventing MSIs in Forest and Ornamental Nurseries

MSIs (musculoskeletal injuries) are the leading type of injuries in many industries, particularly forest and ornamental nurseries. In this session learn about the basics of the MSI risk management process and how to incorporate MSI management into current safety practices. In addition, learn about a new resource in development by WorkSafeBC specifically for Ornamental Nurseries and provide feedback about what you and your employees want to see in this resource.

Date & Time(s)

11:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Best Practices for Marketing and Growing your Horticulture Business Online

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Andrew Jackson, North Shore Digital

Andrew Jackson is an SEO and digital marketing professional with over 10 years’ specific experience. He teaches courses, such as Digital Marketing, SEO, SEM Fundamentals, and Google Analytics, at BrainStation, the global leader in digital skills training. Previously, he wrote and researched three digital marketing online courses for the University of British Columbia. 

Originally from the UK, he has lived and worked in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Korea, and is now settled in Canada. He has wide-ranging experience in digital marketing for the home services, trades, education, and technology industries, having fulfilled roles as diverse as Marketing Director at a high-tech start-up, Digital Marketing Manager at an international boarding school, and Digital Media Specialist for GLOBE, the international symposium on the business of the environment. Andrew has a B.A. in German Studies and a Master of Science in IT, Management & Organizational Change from the Lancaster University Management School, one of the leading business schools in the UK. He is happily married with 3 daughters and lives on the North Shore, a place he is proud to call home. 

Chris Archer, North Shore Digital

Chris Archer has been helping digital companies grow for over a decade. With experience in all areas of business and marketing, he is now the Director of Client Relationships at North Shore Digital. Chris is an expert in sales, business development and how to convert prospects into paying customers in the digital space. Chris comes from a Bachelor of Commerce & Finance academic background in his native Australia and has a proven track record in sales and marketing for QTrade, MetroQuest, PureWeb and more. 

Topic

Best Practices for Marketing and Growing your Horticulture Business Online

At North Shore Digital they are experts in online lead generation for horticulture, landscaping, and gardening companies. Andrew, Chris, and Carly will show you effective ways to generate new inquiries online using paid ads, SEO and website marketing, featuring insights and data from highly successful and profitable campaigns over the past 3 years. Their strategies and tactics work effectively to grow companies in your target services and geographical locations that enable you to generate business, even in your off-season.  

Learn about the most important online strategies for your business, what tactics you should be prioritizing, and all the key elements and tools needed to build your website and online presence into a revenue generating asset! 

Date & Time(s)

11:30am - 12:30pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

High Performance Brands and Culture

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Brian Martin, CHRE, ACC Made to Measure

Brian Martin, CHRE, ACC is a certified business coach. His career is dedicated to helping employees, leaders, teams, and organizations realize their full potential. A change agent, organizations benefit from his unique perspective on company culture, performance, and engagement. His diverse background includes operations and human resource executive positions for well-known Canadian and U.S. retail brands.  Most recently he was the Vice President of Organizational Development for Indigo & Chapters. Previously he was the Vice President, Global Talent Development for the TJX Companies (Winners, HomeSense, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx), a Fortune 100 company based in Boston, MA.   

Brian recently returned to the Fraser Valley from Toronto and operates Made to Measure, a full circle consulting and coaching firm. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Children’s Chorus.  An advocate for childhood literacy, his company is proud to have brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to the Fraser Valley. 

Topic

High Performance Brands and Culture

Becoming an employer of choice has never been more challenging.  Explore what it takes to create a compelling employee culture and brand.  Learn how to stand out from the competition and become a magnate for talent. 

Date & Time(s)

1:00pm - 2:30pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $95.00

Non Member Early Bird: $110.00

Member Regular: $110.00

Non Member Regular: $135.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Planting for Drought Resistance

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Alex Augustyniak, Minter Country Gardens

Alex grew up on a farm in Ontario with over 400 acres of cash crops, cows, pigs, chickens, ducks as well as vegetables, 15 acres of tomatoes, and a pollinator area of wildflowers; he’s been growing things ever since. Alex was General Manager of West Coast Seeds, then National Sales Manager for WCS, PineBush Home and Garden and Renee’s Garden Seed for Canada in addition to serving as Treasurer for All America Selections. Alex is currently Director and Co-owner of Minter Country Garden as well as Owner of Lucky Sun Farm where they are trialing flowers, trees, herbs, and vegetables. He enjoys growing and farming organically as well as giving back to the community, growing food for the food bank, and doing in-person talks and events to help people learn how to grow their own food in a sustainable method. 

Topic

Planting for Drought Resistance

Join Alex Augustyniak to learn about utilizing wildflowers and perennial plants to create areas that are drought tolerant and easy to maintain. This strategy is particularly great for areas with safety issues to access like boulevards in high traffic corridors, or areas with steep slopes that need to be naturalized for birds and pollinators. 

Date & Time(s)

1:00pm - 2:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Risk Management Basics

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Tami Der, WorkSafe

Tami brings over 26 years of WorkSafeBC experience to her role as an Occupational Health and Safety Consultation and Education Services Consultant. In her previous role, Tami supported the Prevention Division as an Instructional Lead with the Learning and Development Services department. In her role she developed and delivered specialty training for Prevention Officers designed to prepare them for inspecting workplaces, identifying hazards and risks, and using effective motivational skills. 

Topic

Risk Management Basics

This seminar will provide the ability and knowledge to: 

  • Define hazard and risk 
  • Define Risk Management 
  • Identify hazards and risks in the workplace 
  • Assess the level of impact for hazards and risks 
  • Select and evaluate appropriate risk controls 
  • Define a risk-based inspection 

Date & Time(s)

1:00pm - 2:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Permeable Pavements: The Next Generation

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Joe Steinbach, ROMEX Canada

Joe brings over 20 years of industry experience to the ROMEX Canada team. After finishing concrete, developing new products, and introducing products from Germany to the North American market, he decided to switch gears and graduated from Algonquin College with honors in the field of Construction Project Management. He is more recently working towards the Certified Technical Representative (CTR) designation from the Construction Specifications Canada (CSC). 

Joe’s combination of experience and education allow him to creatively solve customer issues and always achieve the best possible results. He has a passion for people and enjoys designing and delivering environmentally sustainable projects. 

Topic

Permeable Pavements: The Next Generation

Are you ready for the next evolution of permeable hardscapes? This isn’t a presentation about your grandfather’s permeable pavements … it’s “Permeable Pavements: The Next Generation”. 

Come and listen to Joe Steinbach from Romex Canada give a presentation about their innovative, German manufactured products that maintain hard surface permeability through the seasons and assist with common challenges facing many urban environments like stormwater management and climate change. 

Date & Time(s)

1:30pm - 2:30pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

The Future Needs to be Green 

Keynote

Speaker(s):

Carson Arthur, Carson’s Garden + Market

Carson Arthur is a globally recognized landscape designer and a renowned figure surrounding green living. As an Outdoor Guest Expert on Cityline for the past decade, he reaches 2.1 million weekly viewers across North America focusing on eco-friendly spaces and a mantra that champions a healthier planet. Carson is the owner and founder of Carson’s Garden + Market and the author of the sold-out Garden Designs for Outdoor Living and the Amazon best seller Vegetables, Chickens and Bees. He leads by example and with integrity as the spokesperson for notable brands and accomplished over 150 unique designs for television projects.

Topic

The Future Needs to be Green 

Keynote – The future needs to be green.  Why the landscaping and horticulture industries need to proactively lead our customers to a greener future by breaking away from long held misconceptions about the way we do business.

Date & Time(s)

3:00pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $150.00

Non Member Early Bird: $175.00

Member Regular: $175.00

Non Member Regular: $190.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Reaching Greater Heights with Aerial Lifts (Aerial Lift Truck Safety Demo)

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Tom Walz, BC Plant Health Care

Tom Walz is a Professional Arborist and Tree Care Professional at BC Plant Health Care, with 20 years of experience as a tree climber and crew leader, field arborist, tree risk assessor, consultant, team leader, subject matter expert, and industry trainer. Tom is a contract instructor to Kwantlen Polytechnic University, faculty of Science and Horticulture, in the Arborist Apprenticeship Program. Tom believes that caring for the environment and our planet is a noble profession, and advocates for safety as a top priority. 

Topic

Reaching Greater Heights with Aerial Lifts (Aerial Lift Truck Safety Demo)

Aerial Lift Platforms have long been in use for the care, maintenance and preservation of trees and landscapes. Aerial Lift Trucks and Mobile Elevated Work Platforms are becoming a mainstay in the landscape trade. Attend this informative and interactive training session to become familiar with a forestry-type aerial lift truck and learn the basics about how to safely operate an aerial lift platform.  Topics that will be discussed and demonstrated include safety equipment and devices, safe working procedures, maintenance and documentation, uses and misuses, and tricks of the trade. 

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 11:00am, Thursday September 15, 2022

1:00pm - 3:00pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Rain City/Dry Summers: Collecting water using permeable surfaces to grow gardens and protect infrastructure

Half Day Workshops

Speaker(s):

Chris Knight, Site One Landscape Supply

Chris has a wide array of experience in the landscaping industry. He has owned and operated his own installation company for 15 years. He has worked as a technical Sales Representative for a local hardscape manufacturer and is currently a Business Development Manager with SiteOne Landscape Supply. He has been an NCMA certified retaining wall instructor as well as an installer, an ICPI Certified installation instructor and installer, and a BCLNA Certified Landscape Technician. 

Topic

Rain City/Dry Summers: Collecting water using permeable surfaces to grow gardens and protect infrastructure

There was a time when we could just run our sprinklers all day, any day to water our lawns and gardens. However, water has become a very scarce and sacred commodity in periods of drought. It is a resource that needs protecting and municipal regulations have restricted how much and how often we can run our sprinklers. Conversely, with new terms like “Atmospheric River” we are seeing wetter winters with peak rainfalls that overwhelm our municipal stormwater systems. There is a way to combine these two issues and collect and store water on site to use either domestically, or release back into the system after peak flooding.  In this hands-on workshop, we will look at alternate ways to collect, store and use water in our gardens and landscapes using hardscape products. 

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 12:00pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $150.00

Non Member Early Bird: $175.00

Member Regular: $175.00

Non Member Regular: $190.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Manage Your Stress to Manage Your Business

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Wendy Bennett, AgSafe

Wendy Bennett is the Executive Director for AgSafe and has been a Health and Safety Professional for more than 25 years.  She teaches with the University of Fredericton and with BCIT.  She serves as a Director on two Boards whose organizations’ focus is Agricultural Safety and Health both nationally and internationally.  Wendy believes incorporating safety into daily operations is the key to reducing injuries and illness.  Ensuring agriculture producers have the resources they need to ensure a safe and healthy working environment has been her goal since joining AgSafe.  She hopes to continue leading change in the industry in BC toward the goal of Agriculture in BC free from injury, illness, and death.  

Topic

Manage Your Stress to Manage Your Business

Good business management means making good decisions and taking the right actions to ensure a positive bottom line.  A bad decision or a series of bad decisions can have a significant impact on your business and may make the difference between growth or shutting the doors.  Unmanaged stress can have a major impact on your ability to sleep, to concentrate, to communicate and to work through tough decisions.  It can lead to anxiety, depression, and several other mental health issues.  This workshop will help you recognize when stress is impacting your business decisions and how to support your mental wellness to reduce the chance of closing the doors to your business.  

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 10:30am, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $95.00

Non Member Early Bird: $110.00

Member Regular: $110.00

Non Member Regular: $135.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Rethinking Weeds – weeds that belong in your garden

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Andrew MacLellan, BC Plant Health Care

Andrew MacLellan is a professional plant health care practitioner and educator whose practice spans arboriculture, urban forest management, horticulture, plant pathology, and soil health. He is a Consulting Arborist & Training Assistant Manager at BC Plant Health Care, ISA Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessor, and Organic Master Gardener with a background in forestry. Andrew connects people with plants, educating individuals and communities on the principles of plant care, soil health, organic practices for maintaining healthy ecosystems, climate adaptability, and diverse plant uses. Working from the belief that healthy ecosystems support healthy plants, and healthy plants are healthier for both us and the environment, he takes a holistic, soils-first approach to plant health care and low-intervention ecological plant management. 

Topic

Rethinking Weeds - weeds that belong in your garden

A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation. To many of us, as we garden, we are unsure of which plants are weeds and which ones are not. Some of the ‘weeds’ we find in our gardens are superfoods, traditional medicines, pollinator buffets, predatory insect attractors, and much more! Join in a discussion with Andrew on exploring the idea that ‘weeds are a state of mind,’ while getting to know some indigenous and invasive plants in a new way. 

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 10:00am, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

The Value of a Tree

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Carson Arthur, Carson’s Garden + Market

Carson Arthur is a globally recognized landscape designer and a renowned figure surrounding green living. As an Outdoor Guest Expert on Cityline for the past decade, he reaches 2.1 million weekly viewers across North America focusing on eco-friendly spaces and a mantra that champions a healthier planet. Carson is the owner and founder of Carson’s Garden + Market and the author of the sold-out “Garden Designs for Outdoor Living” and the Amazon best seller “Vegetables, Chickens and Bees”. He leads by example and with integrity as the spokesperson for notable brands and has accomplished over 150 unique designs for television projects. 

Topic

The Value of a Tree

Understanding the dollars and cents behind our urban tree canopy and why homeowners need to be replacing trees on their property. From energy savings, to watershed, to fertilizer generation … our trees provide more than just shade in the backyard. 

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 10:00am, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Interacting with Urban Nature for Health

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Johanna Bock, UBC Urban Forestry

Johanna Bock is a PhD student in Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia where she examines benefits of urban green space use for human well-being. With an MS in health and ecopsychology, her interest lies in the mechanisms that keep persons living in diverse urban environments healthy and happy. Johanna’s research combines different types of data – public participation GIS, traditional survey formats, census and landcover data. She is a member of the Urban Natures Lab at UBC and am also part of a research collaboration between UBC and Rogers communications Inc. that explores the application of new technologies in the context of urban forest management, and how these are perceived and used by the public. 

Topic

Interacting with Urban Nature for Health

This seminar will provide an overview of my PhD and project work so far, starting off with an overview of the different approaches to thinking about human health in nature and the benefits we derive from interacting with nature. I will then present some of the findings from our green space user survey in the City of Vancouver, as an example of how urban residents use their surrounding nature with implications for human health.  

Date & Time(s)

9:00am - 10:00am, Sunday September 11, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Botany of Native Trees – place, purpose, and problems

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Andrew MacLellan, BC Plant Health Care

Andrew MacLellan is a professional plant health care practitioner and educator whose practice spans arboriculture, urban forest management, horticulture, plant pathology, and soil health. He is a Consulting Arborist & Training Assistant Manager at BC Plant Health Care, ISA Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessor, and Organic Master Gardener with a background in forestry. Andrew connects people with plants, educating individuals and communities on the principles of plant care, soil health, organic practices for maintaining healthy ecosystems, climate adaptability, and diverse plant uses. Working from the belief that healthy ecosystems support healthy plants, and healthy plants are healthier for both us and the environment, he takes a holistic, soils-first approach to plant health care and low-intervention ecological plant management. 

Topic

Botany of Native Trees - place, purpose, and problems

The Lower Mainland is full of beautiful and intriguing treed landscapes. The trees that define our places and identities, shade our yards and parks, and frame the context of our lives are complex living beings with fascinating and intricate life processes. Andrew will explore and connect us to some of our region’s native trees by looking at where and how they grow, what their role is in their communities, how they behave, as well as common problems and current threats.  

Date & Time(s)

10:30am - 11:30am, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

All Aboard! Recruiting and Onboarding for Success

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Ruth Eden, Engaged HR

Ruth Eden is the Director of Talent Acquisition Services at Engaged HR and has 20 years of experience in HR and recruitment across a variety of industries. She has held the CPHR designation since 2008 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC with a specialization in HR. Ruth was the General Manager of a recruitment company and has led large scale fast-paced recruitment projects focused on recruiting top candidates within Canada and internationally. She supports executive leaders with everything from day-to-day people challenges, to creation, execution and implementation of projects related to areas such as performance management, onboarding and training.

Topic

All Aboard! Recruiting and Onboarding for Success

Organizations are under more pressure than ever to attract and hire high-quality talent as quickly as possible.  When you finally hear “yes” to your job offer, you want to be sure that the candidate will succeed at your organization! Candidates have an abundance of choice in the job market today; so you need to work hard to get your postings noticed, and then do your utmost to help new employees feel welcome and supported by your company’s culture. Join us as we review practical tips to find the talent you need now and explore opportunities and strategies to onboard them effectively. 

Date & Time(s)

10:30am - 12:00pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $95.00

Non Member Early Bird: $110.00

Member Regular: $110.00

Non Member Regular: $135.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Social Media 101: How to adapt and evolve your business in the ever-changing digital space

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Claire Henwood, kin

Claire is a born communicator who leads with focused intention in her life and work. She joined Vancouver-based digital + PR agency kin (formerly Reformation) in 2017 after graduating with distinction from Capilano University with a Bachelor of Communications. During her five years at kin, she has steadily moved up the ranks from account coordinator to account director, successfully partnering with countless clients. In her day-to-day she manages a team, 10-15 accounts, executing everything from traditional PR to digital, social media management, influencer and brand engagement, experiential event planning, visual content creation and more. She has managed and grown social media accounts for national brands, developing them from fruition, through strategy and leading execution. 
Before gaining a strong foothold in the communications field, Claire spent over five years as a floral designer, teaching workshops, designing bouquets and nurturing her lifelong love of plants.  

Topic

Social Media 101: How to adapt and evolve your business in the ever-changing digital space

The digital space is constantly changing and as a business it’s a challenge to stand out in the online crowd. In this 1 hour seminar, Lower Mainland based digital and PR specialist Claire Henwood of kin agency will share the ins and outs of social media today. Your business might already be actively engaged on social media but with the ever-changing digital space it can be tough to keep up with all the changes. From sharing which platforms you should be on today to driving engagement, growing your audience, and utilizing digital marketing and analytics you’ll learn the basics of where to start and some of the new innovations that can help you and your business thrive in the digital age. 

Date & Time(s)

10:30am - 11:30am, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

The Long Grass Movement: Long Grass Management in Passive Turf Areas

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Egan Davis, City of Richmond

Egan Davis is the Manager of Parks Operations for the City of Richmond. His background includes horticulture education, managing botanical collections, nursery and greenhouse production, and landscape construction. Organizations that Egan has worked with include the UBC Botanical Garden, the City of Vancouver at VanDusen Botanical Garden, the City of Saskatoon, City of White Rock, Park & Tilford Gardens, BCRPA and HortEd.ca. Egan has international horticulture experience which includes working at Gothenburg Botanical Garden and Klinta Gardens in Sweden, and botanical expeditions in North America, Eurasia, and New Zealand.   

Topic

The Long Grass Movement: Long Grass Management in Passive Turf Areas

It is a current trend in landscape horticulture to allow passive turf areas to grow long. Initiatives like Now Mow May embrace the ecological benefits of long turf grass that include providing food and habitat for beneficial insects, birds, snakes, and other urban wildlife. Images of wildflower meadows come to mind, but the reality is often not palatable to the general public. How can professionals make this idea work so that it is legible to the average person? Join Egan Davis to explore this question. He will provide visual examples of successful long grass meadows and discuss key elements that make them work. Egan will discuss a range of ideas that include wildflower meadows, long grass management and rotational mowing. Learn how ecological principles of plant succession, plant adaptation strategies, nutrient cycling and competition apply to successful programs.  

Date & Time(s)

11:00am - 12:00pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

What is it? How do I get rid of it? What is wrong with my plant?

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Conway Lum, [email protected]

Conway Lum has extensive experience in the horticulture industry, with a special focus on retail and pest management. A valued member of the team at [email protected] since 1988, he conducts many of their in-house seminars and workshops. He has received several industry awards, including “Environmental Star Award” from the City of Burnaby (2005), “Garden Communicator of the Year” from the BCLNA (2006 and 2012), and “Together in Action Innovation and Leadership Award” from the Invasive Species Council of BC (2021). As a Professional Agrologist, Certified Horticultural Technician for Retail Garden Centre, and Landscape Industry Certified Technician, he has a breadth of knowledge to share.  

Topic

What is it? How do I get rid of it? What is wrong with my plant?

This seminar will cover how to identify some common (and not so common) insects, diseases, weeds, and other quirks hiding in the landscape. Actual live samples (preserved) will be displayed. During this “show and tell” style presentation, Conway will review some of the horticultural practices used to deal with these situations with less use of chemical sprays. Conway will also share tips on how to diagnose plant problems. 

Date & Time(s)

12:30pm - 2:00pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Free Event

Living among Medicine – folk remedies from city trees

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Andrew MacLellan, BC Plant Health Care

Andrew MacLellan is a professional plant health care practitioner and educator whose practice spans arboriculture, urban forest management, horticulture, plant pathology, and soil health. He is a Consulting Arborist & Training Assistant Manager at BC Plant Health Care, ISA Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessor, and Organic Master Gardener with a background in forestry. Andrew connects people with plants, educating individuals and communities on the principles of plant care, soil health, organic practices for maintaining healthy ecosystems, climate adaptability, and diverse plant uses. Working from the belief that healthy ecosystems support healthy plants, and healthy plants are healthier for both us and the environment, he takes a holistic, soils-first approach to plant health care and low-intervention ecological plant management. 

Topic

Living among Medicine - folk remedies from city trees

Ethnobotany defines the interface between people and forests. For tens of thousands of years, traditional cultures have used local plants for food, fibre, and medicine across a variety of regions. As people move around the world, so too do the plants and traditions with which they are connected. We bring plants that enrich our lives to areas we live. Recognizing how communities indigenous to these lands interpreted plants as medicine and hold traditional plant knowledge, today our urban forests represent many different plants from dozens of vibrant cultural traditions. Join Andrew for a survey of our modern urban forest and learn about ethnobotanically important plant species among which we co-exist. 

Date & Time(s)

12:30pm - 1:30pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Essential Hardscape Skills

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Kevin Wilson

Kevin brings 18 years of hardscape installation experience to every class he teaches. He aims to bring a complete picture of hardscaping to anyone looking to seriously improve their skill set and gain knowledge on how to be more precise, professional, and competitive in this modern age of landscape construction. Working alongside the best our industry has to offer, he has been very lucky to be in a position to have such a wide range of useful experience to share with you. Kevin holds a post at the Pacific Horticulture College, where he teaches “Hardscaping” and “Grading and Drainage” in their RED SEAL horticulture program. 

Topic

Essential Hardscape Skills

Starting with essential skills like string line setups and laser levelling, this seminar will build upon the themes that tie the landscape together from the “bones” of the landscape aka Hardscaping, to planning for irrigation, lighting, and plantings. The seminar will finish up with techniques and philosophies geared towards utilizing the beauty of natural stone in the landscape.  

Date & Time(s)

12:30pm - 1:30pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

2023 Garden Trends: Free to be Me

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Katie Dubow, Garden Media Group

Katie Dubow is president of Garden Media Group, a second-generation women-owned and run public relations firm specializing in the green industry. Author of the annual Garden Trends Report, Katie presents the report world-wide – from Italy to Chicago. Katie is also a guest host on QVC for Cottage Farms, judge at the Philadelphia Flower Show, the inaugural recipient of the Emergent Communicator Award from GardenComm, president of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association, and a member of the Forty Under 40 from Greenhouse Product News.  

Topic

2023 Garden Trends: Free to be Me

Why should you care about trends? It’s simple. Trends drive consumers and consumers drive sales. In September, the Grow West Coast Horticulture Trade Show continues to be the place to spot emerging trends.  Join Katie Dubow, global trendspotter, president of Garden Media Group and QVC guest host, in this lively session. Katie will outline each of the seven 2023 Garden Trends, including the color of the year, and offer tips on how to apply each trend to your own business. Learn how new research can help you stay relevant and grow your business. 

Garden trends are more important than ever to guide us in uncertain times and give us hope. When you’re ahead of the curve, your company becomes a trendsetter and you become the go to place for what’s new – whether you are a breeder, grower, or retailer. 

Date & Time(s)

1:00pm - 2:30pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $95.00

Non Member Early Bird: $110.00

Member Regular: $110.00

Non Member Regular: $135.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Sub-Irrigation: Self-Watering Gardens and Urban Agriculture

Half Day Workshops

Speaker(s):

Wesley Hooper, LifeSpace Gardens

Wesley Hooper is the co-founder of LifeSpace Gardens. Over the last 10 years he has built, planned, or been a part of the construction of over 3000 urban veggie gardens. With a dedicated focus on local food, water sustainability, and food security; he specializes in helping people balance their modern lifestyles with the challenge of growing food in urban environments. His LifeSpace Gardens can be found on yards, rooftops, balconies, and public spaces across Southwestern BC, Canada, and abroad. He actively works with architects, builders, landscapers, schools, and municipalities to help integrate veggie gardens into everyday urban infrastructure to drive engagement and connect people with their food and how it grows. Wesley is the inventor and patent holder of an innovative self-watering system that combines the best of hydroponic principles with traditional organic growing techniques, and is the proud recipient of the 2016 North Vancouver Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Some of his most notable projects include: The Balcony Garden Exhibit for Science World, The Shipyards Garden District for the Lower Lonsdale BIA, The Food Eco District for the City of Victoria, and the Open Streets Project for the City of North Vancouver. When not in the garden, he can often be found in the forests of the North Shore with his wife, two children, and two dogs. 

Topic

Sub-Irrigation: Self-Watering Gardens and Urban Agriculture

Want to grow your own food, but droughts and water restrictions got you down? Have projects that require Urban Ag, and looking for best practices? Want to just save water and reduce maintenance for your planters, raised beds and future garden projects? This seminar is for you! 

In this 3-part half day seminar, Wesley Hooper, Co-Founder of LifeSpace Gardens, will draw on his 10+ years of urban gardening experience to discuss strategies and best practices that have helped him, and his team utilize sub-irrigation to transform thousands of residential, commercial, and municipal spaces into thriving self-watering veggie gardens. 

This seminar will be highly valuable for: 

  • Professionals who are looking to better support and educate their customers to help them grow food through droughts and water restrictions. 
  • Municipalities and Community Organizers looking to reduce maintenance and water consumption while integrating more sustainable and successful veggie gardens into community spaces. 
  • Landscapers, Designers, and Landscape Architects looking to fulfill this growing demand and bring their projects to the next level of water sustainability and garden success. 

Date & Time(s)

1:00pm - 4:30pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $150.00

Non Member Early Bird: $175.00

Member Regular: $175.00

Non Member Regular: $190.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Rockstar Teams

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Mark Bradley, LMN

Mark Bradley co-founded LMN in 2009 based on his company’s need for landscape software that simply didn’t exist. Now the industry’s best business management software, he credits LMN as a catalyst for helping him scale TBG Landscape from backyard business into one of the Top 100 landscape contractors in North America. Since his first lawn care customer in 1999, Mark has been passionate about educating the industry on best practices for building better businesses. 

Now a sought-after speaker and business coach, he regularly shares his insight at events including GIE+Expo, Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, to name a few. Having recently completed the transition from landscape business owner to tech entrepreneur, Mark is committed to transforming talented landscape professionals into better business owners through industry-leading software and learning opportunities. 

Topic

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Rockstar Teams

In this seminar, join Mark to learn proven strategies for hiring and growing a high-performance team. 

  • How to develop a proven system to attract and win better candidates. Learn key strategies to better filter the best candidates into your hiring funnel, along with how to get the most out of their first three months working with you. 
  • How to unlock the power of proper onboarding. Learn the fundamentals to successful first impressions with your new hires. Plus, learn how to leverage clear career paths to keep the best talent. 
  • How to build consistently high-performing teams. Learn how to develop systems to eliminate waste through staff training and actionable audit processes. 

Date & Time(s)

2:00pm - 3:00pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Bio-Control: Common Industry Pests

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Brad Vandermey, Bioline AgroSciences

Coming from a multi-generational background in horticulture, Brad Vandermey has been working with plants all his life. As a head grower he developed bio control programs for ornamental and spring bedding crops reducing the dependency on chemical controls needed in greenhouse production. He has been with Bioline Agrosciences as a Technical Sales Rep for the last 4 years working closely with growers to develop strategies in IPM (Integrated Pest Management). 

Topic

Bio-Control: Common Industry Pests

This seminar will overview biological pest control applications used in Ornamental and Perennial production in BC and will cover the top pests that growers face year to year. 

Date & Time(s)

2:00pm - 3:00pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Building Bridges to Better Engagement

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Ruth Eden, Engaged HR

Ruth Eden is the Director of Talent Acquisition Services at Engaged HR and has 20 years of experience in HR and recruitment across a variety of industries. She has held the CPHR designation since 2008 and completed a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC with a specialization in HR. Ruth was the General Manager of a recruitment company and has led large scale fast-paced recruitment projects focused on recruiting top candidates within Canada and internationally. She supports executive leaders with everything from day-to-day people challenges, to creation, execution and implementation of projects related to areas such as performance management, onboarding, and training. 

Topic

Building Bridges to Better Engagement

Do your employees seem disengaged with each other or their daily tasks?  Do you worry about giving constructive feedback to your staff, for fear that they will simply turn around and quit?  Have you ever been challenged with poor communication patterns between team members, claims of bullying, or just a general lack of positivity in the air? Employee engagement really is the “secret sauce” to organizational success.  A positive workplace culture boosts performance, drives retention, and fosters better interactions between team members at all levels of an organization. Join us in a conversation about the practical techniques you can utilize to create a place where your staff will want to come to work and do their best every day. 

Date & Time(s)

2:30pm - 4:00pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $95.00

Non Member Early Bird: $110.00

Member Regular: $110.00

Non Member Regular: $135.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Looking into Trees – a non-invasive look at the cross-section of a tree using Sonic Tomography

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Kin Cho, BC Plant Health Care

Kin Cho is the Consulting Arborist of BC Plant Health Care Inc. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist with the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, and a Registered Professional Forester in British Columbia. He holds a master’s degree in sustainable forest management from the University of British Columbia, a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Resource Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has extensive work experience in the urban forestry and arboricultural industries in Hong Kong and the Lower Mainland. He provides consulting services to individuals and municipalities including tree protection specifications, tree risk assessments, and tree inventories. He utilizes new tools and techniques to promote the use of science and technology in arboriculture. 

Topic

Looking into Trees - a non-invasive look at the cross-section of a tree using Sonic Tomography

Tree risk assessors assess tree risk as accurately and consistently as possible and recommend measures to achieve an acceptable level of risk. However, it is often difficult to determine the location and extent of internal wood decay during most basic assessments. Advanced assessments with decay-detection devices can provide additional information that may make the difference between recommending tree or branch retention or removal. This presentation will introduce the use of two different advanced methods for investigating internal wood decay. The IML PowerDrill is a resistance-record drill which digitally presents the wood quality by measuring the drill’s needle resistance through the core of the wood. The PiCUS Sonic Tomograph is a sonic wood assessment instrument which measures the velocity of sound waves in wood to detect decay and cavities in trees less invasively. This presentation will review the operational theory of these devices, and their applications in assessing internal wood decay with case studies. 

Date & Time(s)

3:30pm - 4:30pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Training Resources and Programs that will Increase Skills, Productivity, and Team Retention

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Jeff Foley

Jeff FoleyPara, Space Landscaping

Jeff Foley is the Director of Human Resources and Professional Development with the Canadian Nursery
Landscape Association. He was proud to be honored with the BC Landscape and Nursery Association’s

Topic

Training Resources and Programs that will Increase Skills, Productivity, and Team Retention

In this era of workforce shortages, it is challenging to train new staff and necessary to increase the skill
and productivity levels of your team. Your association membership gives you access to many training
resources and programs. In this session, Jeff will outline all the various programs, who they are geared
towards and how to take advantage of them. There are resources for all sectors of the industry
(retailers, growers, and landscapers). The programs have been proven to increase staff retention, skill,
productivity, and safety awareness. Special emphasis will be made on the new Landscape Horticulture
Certification Program, which has been recently streamlined and been made more accessible than ever.
The registration fee for this seminar can be applied in full towards the exam fee for the LHCP.

Date & Time(s)

3:30pm - 4:30pm, Sunday September 11, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

The Changing Dynamics of Today’s Garden Consumers and How Inflation, Supply Chain Issues and a Possible Recession Could Affect Next Year’s Sales

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Brian Minter, Minter Country Gardens

A recipient of the ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’, the provincial ‘Small Business Excellence Award’, the ‘Order of Canada’, the ‘Order of B.C.’ and an ‘Honorary Doctorate of Technology’, Brian Minter, B.A., is a horticulturist, entrepreneur and co-owner of an innovative destination garden center and greenhouse growing operation in Chilliwack, BC.  Brian is well known from his magazine and syndicated newspaper columns, and TV and radio programs.   Brian is in demand internationally as a speaker by industry and by gardening and tourism groups.  He continues to be actively involved with community organizations, from his two-term role as Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley to his presidencies of the Kinsmen and Rotary Club and to being a former vice-chair of BCAA and the current chair of Tourism Chilliwack. 

Topic

The Changing Dynamics of Today's Garden Consumers and How Inflation, Supply Chain Issues and a Possible Recession Could Affect Next Year’s Sales

After three years of COVID-related issues and a record cold, wet spring season, we are all revising our forecasts for next year. Added inflationary costs, from fuel to most consumer goods, as well as higher interest rates on homes, are further clouding our vision for 2023.  This session is about bringing clarity and clear thinking regarding next year’s sales. 

Date & Time(s)

3:30pm - 4:30pm, Thursday September 15, 2022

Pricing

Member Early Bird: $75.00

Non Member Early Bird: $95.00

Member Regular: $95.00

Non Member Regular: $110.00

Early bird seminar rates will available until Friday, September 2nd. 

Truck & Trailer Safety Demo

General Sessions

Speaker(s):

Terry Betts, Advantage Fleet Services

Terry has been working with Advantage Fleet Services since 2007. His experience working for the RCMP as an operational police officer, tasked with traffic law enforcement and crash investigation, exposed him to the day-to-day situations that occur on the roads. Terry brings his expertise to Advantage Fleet Services Inc., a company dedicated to helping organizations address driving issues. They assist clients in managing their fleet while reducing or eliminating vehicle incidents.

Topic

Truck & Trailer Safety Demo

 

Hauling a trailer full of equipment can be challenging, and when you add the stress of getting to a job on time, carelessness can take over. Keep your crew and yourself safe on the roads and avoid any serious business liability issues. This session will cover the key safety checks you need to perform before towing a trailer, including proper load placement, hitch set up, calculating how much weight a truck can tow, licensing requirements, and the importance of due diligence.

Date & Time(s)

11:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday September 14, 2022

Pricing

Free Event