January 15, 2010
LO’s new president Tom Intven has a long history with the association, back to its formation in 1973.

Intven is president and manager of Canadale Nurseries Wholesale Division, St. Thomas, which became a charter member of Landscape Ontario back when Tom Intven’s father Bill ran the business.

He will follow a long line of strong LO presidents who have served in the lead role. There is little doubt that level of strength will continue during Intven’s term. He has already announced his intentions over the next two years, “I would like to emphasize to our members and prospective members that the more they become engaged in what our community has to offer, the more success they will achieve and the stronger our association will become, especially in these rapidly changing times.”   

Intven has the track record to prove that statement is more than words. He lives the philosophy: Twice president of the London Chapter of Landscape Ontario; recipient of LO Past President’s Award for outstanding contribution to the industry; chair of the IPPS 1998 and 2007 Site Committees (Toronto and Montreal meetings); president of the International Plant Propagators’ Society (ER) 2006; radio garden talk show host for CJBK and CFPL in London for four years; board member of Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation from 1999-2009; member of the local school board, chairing finance and building committees; Chamber of Commerce board member, serving as chair of the Agri-Business Committee; chair of the Elgin Community Lottery, with profits going to charitable organizations throughout Elgin County; chair of St. Thomas’ Elgin Hospital Foundation fundraising drive in 2007, raising over $250,000 for cystoscopes and related equipment.

“I would like to emphasize to our members and prospective members that the more they become engaged in what our community has to offer, the more success they will achieve.”

— Tom Intven

Canadale, well-known to LO members, has won numerous awards over the years, including 50 LO Awards of Excellence in retail and wholesale and the company was named Ontario’s Favourite Garden Centre five times. The business has also won the Better Business Bureau (Western Ontario) Business Integrity Award in 2001; Second place in the North American BBB Business Integrity Award, 2001; Winner of St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise Award, 2000; Twice national record holder of most attendees at a Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 Networking Event and holds the current record at 1,453 attendees.

Intven’s parents, Bill and Joan, emigrated from Holland and opened Canadale in 1955. They had seven children. Tom Intven, who graduated in 1977 from Queen’s University with a degree in plant biology, and his sister, Pauline, became involved in Canadale. He rapidly expanded the production of the nursery and increased the wholesale division.

The new president has been married to Laurie, an elementary school principal, for over 30 years. They have four daughters.  

Members will have an opportunity to meet Tom Intven during the President’s Reception, from 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m, followed by awards night at the Doubletree Hotel, during Congress 2010 from Jan. 12 to 14, www.locongress.com.

New board at AGM

The LO board of directors for 2010 was elected in November, and will be officially named at the AGM on Jan. 13. The members are: Tom Intven, president, Bob Adams, past president, Tim Kearney CLP, 1st vice president, Phil Charal, 2nd vice president,  Jacki Hart CLP, treasurer/secretary, chapter representatives: Mark Humphries of Durham, Mark Goodman of Georgian Lakelands, Walter Hasselman of Golden Horseshoe, Peter Vanderley of London, Bruce Morton of Ottawa, Ryan Heath of Toronto, Paul Doornbos CHT, CLP of Upper Canada, Mike Hayes of Waterloo and Garry Moore of Windsor; sector representatives: Beth Edney, landscape designers, Bob McCannell, garden centres, Brian Marsh, grounds maintenance, Dave Braun, growers, Stephen Schell CHT, interiorscape, Steve Macartney CIT, irrigation, John Higo, lighting, Alan White, lawn care, and Gerald Boot, snow and ice. A representative for the landscape contractors is to be announced, while two members-at-large will be named at the AGM election on Jan. 13. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 655 Dixon Rd., in Toronto.