November 15, 2011
A collaborative effort between the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and the George Morris Centre, an independent think tank, the Landscape Industry Executive Program (LIEP) was developed specifically for executives, managers, and owner-operators in the landscape, nursery, retail garden centre sectors.

Unfortunately, LIEP 2011 was postponed as the number of registrations did not warrant running the program this year. It was close, but not close enough, but there will be one more opportunity to implement the program in 2012.

The program’s developers ask, “Do you spend too much time putting out fires running the day-to-day activities in your business?” They say LIEP will resolve problems of not having time to work on your strategic business plan, recruiting and retaining good people, and helping to resolve issue such as competition from big box stores.

Funding opportunities are available for those members with a Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN) in Ontario’s Growing Forward Program. The link to the policy and procedures manual of the Growing Forward Business Development for Farm Businesses program is Eligibility criteria are on page 4 of the document.

Included in the LIEP are training for strategic planning, succession planning, operations planning, and information systems management.

New dates for the fall 2012 program will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch for updates in LO’s e-newsletters.

For more information on the program, contact Karen Bilton, education coordinator, George Morris Centre, 519-822-3929, ext. 205, or