General Sessions

General sessions run from one hour to two and a half hours. These sessions provide classroom learning styles and will be sure to get you thinking!  You can view all general sessions below.

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. 

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. 

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.