February 15, 2009
Landscape Ontario’s Annual General Meeting, held on Jan. 7, reflected members’ passion for their association. A large crowd attended, despite snow in the forecast and the meeting’s early-morning start.

The message from president Bob Adams highlighted the great work of LO’s nine chapters. Adams said he was privileged to tour the province to visit the chapters and meet their fine members.

Executive director Tony DiGiovanni spoke about our softer economy in a positive light, urging green industry professionals to take advantage of its opportunities. He said, “We will always do well as long as we maintain our principles.” Treasurer Phil Charal noted LO had staged an impressive 245 events over the past year, and the association is operating with a healthy surplus. CNLA rep Gerald Boot summarized the advantages of continued strong relationships with our provincial partners.

The Prosperity Partnership remains the association’s top priority throughout 2009.

All officers currently on the Executive Board will continue serving for another year. Gregg Salivan and Jacki Hart were re-elected to the LO Board as members-at-large.

Four new business items were presented from the floor. Participants tabled a motion allowing horticultural members representing active members to vote on Provincial Board matters. Currently, horticultural members may sit on the Board as observers, but may not vote. A motion carried that asked the Board to investigate an industry defense fund, and report back within 90 days, while a motion to examine LO’s management structure was defeated. Finally, LO leaders were asked to better educate members on procedures for conducting meetings.

Caption: Landscape Ontario’s 2009 provincial board of directors.