September 9, 2011
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The Snow and Ice Sector Group of Landscape Ontario, the Ontario Parks Association and the Municipal Equipment and Operators Association are hosting an annual conference and trade show program.

Mark your calendars for September 15 to attend at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex in Kitchener, Ontario.
Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, 400 East Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 1Z6

In addition to a display of equipment, this year's conference program features many opportunities to help you make your operations more efficient and cost effective.

CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW: September 15, 2011
This full day program is a general overview of many different components of snow and ice control, as well as parks and landscape management. This series of short talks will give employees a great training and refresher opportunity.

Schedule of Events
7:30 am               Registration Opens
8:00 - 9:00 am      OPA AGM, Viewing Lounge
9:00 am               Trade Show Opens
9:30 - 10:15 am    Plenary Session: Snow Operations, Subscribers Lounge
11:00 - 11:30 am   Floor Demonstration: Truck and Trailer: Load & Hook-Up with MTO, OPA Amphitheatre
11:30 - 1:00 pm     Lunch Served, Trade show floor
1:00 - 1:45 pm      Plenary Session: Weather, Subscribers Lounge
2:00 -2:30 pm       Floor Demonstration: Small Equipment Emissions and Sustainable Practices, OPA Amphitheatre
2:30 pm               Floor Demonstration: Chainsaw Safety and Awareness, OPA Amphitheatre
4:00 pm              Trade Show Closes

Trade Show
On September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., participants will be treated to indoor and outdoor displays of some of the latest equipment and technologies for the snow and ice control industry, including the Municipal Equipment and Operations Association. From trucks to plows and from electronics to software, you will find the tools to help improve your business from over 100 exhibitors!

Plenary Sessions:
(paid registrants only)

Snow Operations, Presentation by Paul Johnson of County of Wellington

9:30 – 10:15 am

Paul has taught courses on winter maintenance and use of liquids in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Alberta, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario and the USA, having made over 100 presentations and written dozens of articles over the last 27 years. He will highlight liquids, anti-icing and training and then take your questions.

Weather, Presentation by Rob Kuhn of Environment Canada

1:00 – 1:45 pm

Rob is a Severe Weather Meteorologist for the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre, and will provide you with the Environment Canada perspective. Attend this session to learn more about: weather statements that are issued including watches and warnings; winter storm tracks and major winter snow and ice storm events, lake effect snow and other winter weather issues.

Floor Demonstrations & Information Sessions as part of the OPA Educational Theatre:
(free with registration, trade show floor and outside)
  • Chainsaw Safety and Awareness
  • Truck and Trailer: Load & Hook-Up with MTO
  • Small Equipment Emissions and Sustainable Practices
OPA Annual General Meeting
Thursday, September 15
This meeting will take place at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Viewing Lounge, registration at 8:00 am.
Please contact Shelley May at Ontario Parks Association:, (905) 864-6182.

Who Should Attend the Show?
  • Snow and ice contracting professionals
  • Municipal snow and ice managers
  • Commercial and multi-unit residential property managers
  • Landscape and snow removal business owners and managers
  • Technical staff
  • Snow and ice management suppliers and distributors

What is the Cost?

September 15:
Trade show entry with lunch and plenary sessions is $40.
Entry-only to trade show is free of charge.
(does not include lunch or entrance to plenary sessions)
To ensure a lunch, registration must be completed by September 12.


Venue for both days: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, Kitchener, Ontario, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Click Here to view the "Request for Exhibit Space" contract
Click Here to view the Floor Plan

To Exhibit: Booths are available from just $150, and sponsorship packages are also available.
Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

For more information contact Paul Day,Landscape Ontario,, (800) 265-5656 ext 339.

For information on Education Sessions:
Contact Kristen McIntyre at Landscape Ontario,, (800) 265-5656 ext 321.


The SIMA Build a Bid & Beyond the Bid Workshops,

scheduled for September 14, 2011 have been POSTPONED until further notice.

Hotel information: Radisson Hotel - Kitchener, Waterloo
2960 King Street East
Kitchener, ON N2A 1A9
(519) 894-9500
Quote Conference Code: MEOA/LO
Rate $102.99/nt

Click here to view the Show Fact Sheet