March 8, 2022
Over 100 people attended Landscape Ontario’s 48th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held via Zoom, Feb. 8, 2022.

Association past-president David Wright called the meeting to order, welcomed those in attendance, and introduced members of the Provincial Board of Directors.

The following recaps of the previous year’s activity were provided:
  • Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) Report, Paul Brydges
  • President’s Report, David Wright
  • Executive Director’s Report, Tony DiGiovanni
DiGiovanni mentioned the association had a record-breaking increase in new members over the past year, in part due to staff and the volunteer COVID-19 Task Force providing relevant information and programs that helped members to better cope with the added pressures of doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Treasurer Lindsey Ross presented the 2021-2022 Audited Financial Statements and the 2021-2022 Revised Budget — both were accepted. Thanks was given to the association’s controller Joe Sabatino for another job well done.

Current LO president Lindsay Drake Nightingale addressed members and thanked her predecessors, including “...Dave Wright, Warren Patterson, and Paul Brydges, as their humility, leadership and diligence to the wider membership, staff of Landscape Ontario and the Board of Directors are great inspirations for the foundation of our future.” Nightingale stated the two-year theme of her presidency as: “Defining the Future.”

Nominations for the two Member-at-Large positions were taken, with Blake Tubby returning and Toronto Chapter president David Milne joining the board for the first time. Milne felt honored to be elected to the board:  “I am at a point in my life now where I truly believe that giving back is the best that I can possibly do,” Milne said. “I see this as an opportunity to give back to an industry that’s given me a great life.”

Under new business, there was a discussion regarding the land stewardship statement which opened the 2022 Awards of Excellence ceremony. The discussion was tabled and added to the provincial board meeting that followed after the AGM. The board will continue to discuss the issue and report back to the membership with a resolution in the near future.