March 2, 2020
CNLA News March 2020
Board of Directors (l-r): Scott Wentworth, Susan Ellis, Alan White, Bill Hardy (Treasurer), Paul Brydges (Chair), Bob Lewis, Darlene Kalawsky, John Lohuis (Vice Chair) and Rene Thiebaud.

CNLA unites with Communities In Bloom

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) held a two-day symposium in Ottawa, Oct. 23-24. The symposium, Preparing Youth for Careers in the Skilled Trades, addressed the realities surrounding apprenticeship in Canada and how it pertains to youth.

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) is pleased to announce an agreement to acquire Communities in Bloom (CIB) has been reached; governance and ownership of the CiB Program is now under the CNLA umbrella. This strategic alliance will deliver an orderly succession of directors and staff, sustain the integrity of the CIB Program, and will provide exciting new opportunities for the future. CIB and CNLA share many of the same values that promote the greening of cities and foster environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits to Canadians.

The new CIB Board of Directors is comprised of five Directors from CNLA and four Directors from the former CIB Board. Bob Lewis, Susan Ellis, Darlene Kalawsky and John Lohuis (Vice Chair) are the former CiB Directors on the new Board. CNLA members on the Board are Paul Brydges (Chair), Bill Hardy (Treasurer), Rene Thiebaud, Alan White, and Scott Wentworth.

“As Chair of CIB I hope to further develop a strategic alliance between CNLA and CIB to help municipalities and private individuals create and enhance greenspace of all sizes and further educate the public on the value of protecting our environment,” said Paul Brydges. CIB Founding President and Ambassador Raymond Carriere said, “On behalf of all those involved in the Communities in Bloom program over the past 25 years, let me thank CNLA for its commitment to the sustainability of the program and the support of the dedicated volunteers, elected officials and municipal staff throughout the country, in making our communities a better places to live in, to work in, to visit — and to face our environmental challenges.”

The CIB board will review the program and develop new strategies while maintaining the important relationships with communities, provincial organizations, existing sponsors and other partners. More information will be available as the program rolls out over the upcoming year.

New endorsed supplier program with Wacker Neuson

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) and Wacker Neuson have partnered to create a new, mutually endorsed supplier agreement offering CNLA members a savings program across Canada. CNLA members are now entitled to a five per cent discount off MSRP.

CNLA members are to contact the CNLA Member Services Team at 1-888-446-3499 or or more information.
The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association is the federation of Canada’s provincial horticultural trades associations. Visit for more information.