March 7, 2019
Landscape Ontario’s annual Irrigation Conference returned to Lionhead Golf and Conference Centre in Brampton on Feb. 1. Organized by LO’s Irrigation Sector Group, over 100 people related to the irrigation profession attended the full-day, information-packed event.

Alyssa Light, The Profitable Innovator, started off the day with an informative session titled, Attracting and Retaining Amazing Employees. A very relevant topic for all professions in attendance, one attendee called the session “enlightening” and listed it as the most memorable/valuable thing they heard that day.

Next, Justin Comacchio, Region of Peel, provided an update on the Water Smart Irrigation Professional (WSIP) program. A panel comprised of Ryan Murphy, Augusta Green Sprinklers; Daniel Domingues, Aquaman Irrigation; and David Longo, DJ Rain & Co; joined Justin for a panel discussion that shared experiences and achievements from involvement in the WSIP program, providing new perspectives to the audience.

Al Saunders, Vanden Bussche Irrigation, provided two essential technical sessions: Irrigation and Lighting Electrical System Troubleshooting, and Using Test Equipment.

The last session of the day included two ‘Speaking from Experience’ panelists: Steve Macartney, Raintree Irrigation & Outdoor Systems and Kees Govers, LiveRoof Ontario. Macartney shared his experience with buying and selling a company and/or customer list, offering insights on increasing customer base, increasing income and creating new contacts for new projects and service contracts. Govers offered insights on green roof irrigation over the last decade, highlighting building, climate, green roof system type and planting-related factors influencing irrigation design and installation.

The LO Irrigation Sector Group would like to recognize event partners: Rain Bird International, Toro Irrigation, Hunter Industries, SiteOne Landscape Supply, Water Smart Irrigation Professional, Vanden Bussche Irrigation, Turf Care Products Canada, Hydro-Rain, Central Turf & Irrigation Supply, and Bobcat of Toronto.