December 11, 2020
Congress Connect Conference schedule 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

IPM Symposium
Speakers include: Eric Lyons, University of Guelph; Nancy Cain, Cain Vegetation; Guillaume Grégoire, Université Laval; Scott Olan, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks; Jen Llewellyn, OMAFRA, and John Bladon, The Chimera Group.

Designers Conference
Speakers include: Ron Koudys, Ron Koudys Landscape Architects; Danée Marie Lambourne, Eden Projects; plus two panel discussions and a closing keynote by Mark and Ben Cullen.

Cost: $50 until Dec. 18, then $75 after. Student, $50.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Get New Clients and Retain Them With Effective Marketing, Catherine Luzena-Hall, Practical Marketing Group
Eat that Yard: Edible Home Landscapes, Steven Biggs, Food Garden Life Media
Strategic Planning for Your Landscape Company, Mark Bradley, LMN

11:00-12:00 p.m.
Collaboration Between Trades, Paul Brydges, Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc.
MTO Facility Audit — What You Need to Know, Ian and JoAnn Walters, Ian Walters, Commercial Vehicle Consultant
Details to Make Wood Last Longer, Yuill McGregor, North on Sixty

12:30-1:30 p.m.
KEYNOTE: Embrace the Unexpected, David Bastedo, Photographer for the Tragically Hip

1:45-2:45 p.m.
If Only Trees Could Talk, Jennifer Llewellyn, OMAFRA
Open Book Management, Grant Harrison, Nextra Consulting
Building a Lean Landscape Co., Mark Bradley, LMN

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Specialist Fruit Tree Pruning, Susan Poizner, Orchard People
Professional Sales for the Professional, Rob Redden, in-lite Outdoor Lighting
Sustainability: Leading Your Team, Clients and Community to a Better Way, Paige Parker and Scott Wentworth, Wentworth Landscapes

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

9:45-10:45 a.m.
The Accountability Fix, Jacki Hart, CLP, Consulting by Hart
2020 Trial Garden Results, Rodger Tschanz, University of Guelph
Mental Health in the Workplace, Dana Hurst, People Corporation

11:00-12:00 p.m.
How to Increase Your Profit per Employee by $1,000 Per Year, Domenic Richichi, EIO Solutions
Stories That Sell, Alyssa (Twist) Light, The Profitable Innovator
Landscaping for Crime Prevention, Amy Boudreau

12:30-1:30 p.m.
KEYNOTE: Why What You Do and Who Your Are Matters, James Orbinski, York University

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Building a Landscape Empire — How It’s Done!, George Urvari, Oriole Landscaping Ltd.
Marketing Systems for Attracting Homeowners, Vanessa McQuade and Robert Murray, Intrigue Media Solutions Inc.
Coordinating Supply & Demand of Local and Ethically Sourced Native Plants, Stefan Weber, Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance

3:00-4:00 p.m.
The Construction Act, Josh Winter, JD, Kennaley Construction Law
Landscape Lighting — Another Layer of Creativity, Carl Hastings, Moonstruck Lighting Ltd; Ken Martin, Ken Martin Landscape Lighting and Design; Jamie Riddell, SiteOne Landscape Supply
Developing a High Performance Team Using a Career Ladder, Mark Bradley, LMN

Thursday, January 14, 2021

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Why Some Companies Rise to the Top, Peter Guinane, Oriole Landscaping Ltd.
The ‘Unfair Advantage’ of Using Augmented Reality for Landscape Projects, Mansoor Ma, LANDinc
How To Impact Your Performance in Real Time, Laura Cole, Your Latitude

11:00-12:00 p.m.
Using Ecological References in Planting Design, Jonas Spring, Ecoman
The Stormwater Management Crisis in Ontario, Kyle Vander Linden, Credit Valley Conservation
Which Comes First? The Disengaged Employee or the Frustrated Employer?, Jacki Hart, Consulting by Hart

Cost: $199 until Dec. 18, then $225 after. Student/Educator: $50.
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