November 15, 2012
Excitement is building for Congress 2013. The trade show will take place from Jan. 8 to 10 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Attracting close to 13,000 industry professionals, Congress is the opportunity for them to come together under one roof to see what’s new, renew old friendships and build new ones and to build their business.

The event will include the ever-popular New Products Showcase, student gardens and the green infrastructure area.  

Before the trade show even opens, there are three great events to consider: The IPM Symposium for lawn care and grounds management operators will run all day, on Mon., Jan. 7, including an exciting keynote presentation and networking reception for attendees.  

The Landscape Designer Conference takes place the same day at the Doubletree Hotel, across the street. This is a key event for learning about what’s coming down the pipe and trending products; not to mention the value of networking with your peers. The day of sessions concludes with a reception for all attendees, and time to meet suppliers.

The third event for Monday is new! We are excited to announce the Effective Management Short Course.  

New favourites and old friends

New for 2013, conferences at Congress will begin each day at 9:30 a.m. in the big ballroom with a featured keynote speaker. Everyone will be in one room at the same time; what a start to the day. Frank Ferragine — aka Frankie Flowers — will open on Thurs., Jan. 8 with his thoughts on social media and how to use it in your business. Sessions will also run at 10:45 a.m., 12-noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Included in that schedule is a newly formatted lunch session.
Each day has a unique twist on some of the primary issues affecting our industry; Tuesday’s lunch will be Job-Costing Smackdown, featuring Mark Bradley, Charles Vander Kooi, Mike Beadle and Jim Huston.

The Wednesday line-up is equally exciting. The morning keynote Communicate with Strength will be delivered by Nevada’s Karen Purves. The lunch session will focus on some big goof-ups. Our panel of highly reputable contractors will highlight some doozies and share (legal!) solutions. Hear from Alistair Johnston, Chris Heiler, Mark Bradley, Karen Purves and Jody Shilan.

The final day of the conference will welcome back Roy Prevost, as he shares his outspoken views on Customer Service Activism. The theme will continue with the lunch panel of Prevost, Phil Harwood, Chris Heiler, Andrew Wall and Jeffrey Scott tackle Customer Service...PLEASE!

The education, networking and entertainment value makes the 2013 Conference at Congress the professional development event of the year. Register before Dec. 7 to save money on admission at