David Alba is the Oregon Tilth Accredited Organic Land Care Program Manager. He coordinates organic land care training for landscape professionals and manages the accreditation program. In 2009, he helped edit and publish the Oregon Tilth Organic Land Care Field Guide and the Oregon Tilth Organic Land Care Policies and Standards. David has 20 years’ experience in organic horticulture, specifically in the areas of horticultural therapy, small farm management, and restoration.
Upon graduating Bill joined ValleyCrest Companies, where he enjoyed a 29-year career. During his tenure at VCC Bill served in many capacities, starting as a horticulturist trainee and moving up the ranks to supervisor, business developer, branch manager and eventually Vice President. He was responsible for overseeing all maintenance operations in southern California, overseeing a nearly $25-million portfolio with six branch offices, five service lines and over 600 employees. Bill then co-founded an international landscape consultancy known as The Harvest Group, and now serves as the Head Harvester, covering the western United States and Canada where he “Harvests the Potential” of each organization that he engages. Bill is also the author of a new book and recruiting kit.
Dr. Bailey received her B.Sc. (Agr) and M.Sc. in plant pathology and
then joined the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Saskatoon Research Centre as a biologist. She then became a research scientist after receiving her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology/Plant Breeding at the University of Saskatchewan. Her career has focused on the development of scientific innovations that improve plant health through the management of plant pests, primarily pathogens and weeds, which has resulted in a reduction in our reliance on synthetic pesticides. Karen is
internationally recognized for her expertise on soil-borne pathogens and biological control, being an advisor or collaborator on scientific projects in the U.S., Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, India, Switzerland and Belgium. She has more than 250 publications, 23 patents and 7 other inventions disclosures in progress.
She has received the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) Award for Achievements in Plant Disease Management, CPS Award for Outstanding Research., and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canadian Agriculture.
Maria is President of J and W Condominium Management. She entered the condominium property management profession in 1995, and became a property manager shortly after having purchased a condominium unit and serving on the board of directors. She has been living in a condominium for 19 years and believes this helps her evaluate issues from both sides; as a manager and an owner. Maria is a Director on the board of the Golden Horseshoe Chapter of CCI, and participates in various educational sessions for Condominium Directors and Managers organized by CCI.
Darrell lectures on subject matter related to arboriculture with a focus on the horticultural practices for young trees. He teaches several plant identification courses, including conifers, deciduous trees in summer and deciduous trees in winter. Curatorial responsibilities for the Niagara Parks Commission include the Arboretum, the Residence Gardens and the Woody Plants within the Botanical Gardens. Darrell has taught courses for the Continuing Education Horticultural Certificate Program at Niagara College for the past 25 years, and has spoken at several national and international conferences on a wide variety of horticultural topics.
Gerald is president and founder of Boot’s Landscaping and Maintenance of Toronto. A Landscape Ontario Honorary Life Member, he has been on the LO Board of Directors since 1994, having served the association as President in 2004 and 2005. He is currently the LO Snow and Ice sector group board rep., and the LO board rep. for the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. He is currently CNLA’s 2nd Vice Chair on the Board of Directors, as well as Insurance Chair. Gerald has previously represented LO on the Canada Blooms Board, serving three of those years as chair.
Carole has a B.S. degree in Education from Indiana University, M.A. in Home Economics from Ball State University and an Honours Specialists from the University of Toronto. As a Family Studies teacher of 34 years, Carole taught all of the courses in this subject area, but specialized in the food and nutrition and parenting courses. She is President of the Board for a self-managed 69-unit townhouse complex, and currently sits on education and communication committees.
Jason began his career as an illustrator and designer. In 2005, Jason founded Compass Creative with the goal of building a professional team to meet his clients’ growing demand for more strategic creative services. In 2007, Jason accepted the Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s Award for Excellence in Small Business on behalf of his company. His art has appeared in magazines, on packaging and more recently, on several commemorative coins released by the Royal Canadian Mint. But it is his strategic and consultative approach to the design process that led him to brand identity development and eventually marketing. He has over 15 years experience as a creative professional, but his upbringing in a blue collar family gives him unique insight into the professional trades he specializes in helping promote. Jason started his first job working in greenhouses at the age of 12. He put himself through college working alongside his brothers in the family construction businesses. He has operated heavy machinery, can swing a hammer and can finish concrete. The calluses have worn off at this point but not the respect Jason has for those who work with their hands.
Mark Bradley founded TBG Landscape (The Beach Gardener) out of his backyard 14 years ago. Since then, TBG has not only won many Awards of Excellence for its innovative design-build work, but has also grown to one of Lawn and Landscape’s Top-100 landscape contractors in North America. He is president of the Landscape Management Network. Mark is never short on ideas on how we can improve our companies and our industry.
Brownbridge brings an extensive research background in greenhouse technologies and pest management to the Horticultural Production Systems unit at Vineland Resesarch and Innovation Centre. He leads a research team in biocontrol and IPM systems for greenhouse floriculture, nursery and landscape horticulture, in addition to developing sustainable lawn turf management techniques for industry. One of Vineland’s flagship programs, World Crops, is spearheaded by Brownbridge, delivering fresh, healthy, ethno-cultural vegetables to the Canadian consumer.
Scott is a successful entrepreneur in the environmental sector. A biologist by training, Scott is passionate about the environment and is focused on lowering the carbon footprint of our business. He also manages franchise support, coaching and training as President for the Grounds Guys Canada. Scott is a former professional triathlete who enjoys an active life-style. With his extensive leadership experience he now leads Canada’s largest landscape management company into the future.
Richard Burton is Manager of the Occupational Health and Safety Programs & Standards with the Ministry of Labour’s prevention office. He has over 21 years of health and safety and prevention experience having worked for the Ministry of Labour and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Richard was fortunate enough to follow prevention when it went to the WSIB, and now as it has landed in the MOL. This is Richard’s second tour of duty with the MOL and one of his assignments upon his return was to undertake a review of WSIB prevention programs: Workwell, Safety Groups and the Safe Communities Incentive Program (SCIP). Richard will give us an update on how that is going along with other updates related to the Prevention office as a whole.
Charbonneau has served as Turfgrass Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food for 22 years. She works with golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, lawn care operators and sod farmers to provide information and advice on turf management. As part of her service with OMAFRA, she writes turf related factsheets and government publications for web and print publication. She contributes regularly to Ontario-based turf trade journals and association newsletters. Charbonneau also gives seminars on a host of turf-related topics, and has been actively involved in the Golf IPM Accreditation program. Her main area of expertise is Integrated Pest Management and her passion is insects.
Chatfield is an Associate Professor with Ohio State University Extension in Wooster and in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and the Department of Plant Pathology. He holds an M.S. in Plant Pathology from Ohio State University and a B.S. in Botany from Ohio University, with experience managing a greenhouse in Denver, Colo. and working in a number of plant diagnostic labs. He teaches throughout Ohio and the U.S. at green industry programs and publishes articles in a number of scientific, extension outreach, and trade journals. His poetic allusions to the beauty and splendour of crabapples, his ability to explain the hierarchy of pathogenesis to the President of Iceland, and even his most recent feat of sending apple seeds into space on the last NASA Space Shuttle mission illustrate a drive to teach and learn.
Owen is an award-winning, internationally admired landscape architect, author and educator. He is the principal of Owen Dell and Associates, Corvallis, Ore., specializing in sustainable landscape architectural services. Owen has been part of the landscaping profession since 1971, and he has pioneered many of the practices of sustainable landscaping presently in use worldwide. Owen lectures around the country and internationally on sustainable landscaping and related topics. He is the author of “How to Start a Home-Based Landscaping Business” and “Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies.” Owen is also a regular contributor to many national and regional horticultural publications. For five years he was the co-host and co-creator of the popular Santa Barbara television series, “Garden Wise Guys.”
Beth is an award-winning Certified Landscape Designer with over 25 years of experience. Her work has been published in several trade publications as well as numerous consumer magazines, not to mention being seen on HGTV, the Wnetwork, and CityTV. Beth is very active in her industry and has served on many industry advisory boards. She runs Designs By The Yard design studio and boutique. Beth teaches part-time at several schools, and in her spare time raises three children and has recently added Hockey Mom to her resume.
Diarmuid studied amenity horticulture at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin in Dublin. Following this he established his own U.K.-based garden design business. The year 2011 saw Diarmuid’s ambitious Garden In the Sky design being awarded Gold at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He is currently developing his 9th Chelsea offering, the largest exhibit ever displayed there, a Chocolate Factory Garden. Diarmuid has worked for all the main broadcasters on both radio and television in the UK and Ireland, is currently on a daily morning show, and has also been presenter and garden designer on other several television programs. Diarmuid has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Art in recognition of his contribution to garden design, is a patron of the Southport Flower Show, Trees for Cities, Cricklewood Homeless Concern and is a supporter of the Niall Mellon Township Trust, The Rose Project which supports AIDS sufferers in Africa and the Cill Riallaig Arts Centre in Co. Kerry. Diarmuid has authored 11 books and currently runs a Dublin based garden design studio, with clients in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East and has recently worked with Moscow City Council examining the work of Russian contemporary designers. His design philosophy follows the standard form and function, always listening to the client but adding a twist, an element of surprise and often fun.
Harry started landscaping when he was 14. He attended Sheridan College for Horticulture and Ryerson University for Design, and is Landscape Industry Certified. Before joining Gelderman, Harry ran a small landscape maintenance company, and went on to own and operate Landview Landscape Contractors for seven years. Harry started working at Gelderman in 1993 as a designer, a salesman and a site worker. He moved on to Sales/Supervisor directing landscape designs and coordinating job sites. Harry is presently responsible for design and landscape sales. Always with a view to giving back and helping where he can, Harry is an active volunteer in the industry, the local community and his Church. Harry most enjoys spending his time with his wife of 27 years and their five sons. He enjoys camping, canoeing and spending time in nature, and in more sedentary moments can be found reading some good fiction...or landscape industry material.
Denise has been involved with WSI and internet marketing since 1997. She is well known for taking what can be a confusing technology topic and turning it into a language that any business owner can understand. Denise has been speaking publicly throughout her entire career, and has been featured in over 30 countries. She leads the team at WSI in Milton, Ont., and has been a friend to the green industry for some time. Being a farm girl and having Dutch blood in her veins has produced a fondness for the landscape industry and nothing pleases Denise more than hearing about landscape owners having their best seasons ever after they’ve implemented their internet marketing services.
Hart is president of Water’s Edge Landscaping in the Muskokas, an award-winning firm, as well as program development manager for Landscape Ontario’s Prosperity Partners program. She is an active partner in Jump-Point, an innovative consulting team, as well as president of Consulting by Hart. In addition, Hart also manages the Clarity for the Boss program.
Nathan is president of Gelderman Landscape Services. Waterdown, Ont. He is passionate about finance, people and business development, and provides leadership and direction to the company as well as spearheading new initiatives. Nathan embraces the Gelderman value system, The Gelderman Way, a company mandate around showing customers respect and care through daily actions. Nathan also volunteers in several forums; he is on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Condominium Institute Golden Horseshoe Chapter, and currently serves as their Chair on the Professional Partners Committee and is an ACMO Associates Committee member. Nathan was instrumental in founding Landscape Ontario’s Environmental Stewardship Committee, and is involved in Landscape Ontario’s Show Committee. He frequently contributes landscaping and other industry-related articles to ACMO’s CM Magazine and the CCI-GHC Condo
Johnston is the Contracts Manager, Senior Consulting Arborist and Partner with Strybos Barron King Landscape Architecture in Mississauga. He is a member of Landscape Ontario, International Society of Arboriculture and American Society of Consulting Arborists. A graduate from the Humber Landscape Horticulture program, Alistair has over 20 years of experience in landscape construction and arboriculture. He sits on the Humber Landscape Technician Advisory Board, is a past instructor for their Landscape Technician Program and is a frequent guest lecturer. He is active within Landscape Ontario as an Awards of Excellence judge and a presenter at ceremonies and conferences. Although he is dedicated to his work, the most important part of his life is his wife and two boys.
Kearney is owner for more than 25 years of Garden Creations of Ottawa, an award winning landscape firm, serving its clients’ design and maintenance needs. He has served for many years on a variety of committees and the Landscape Ontario Provincial Board of Directors.
Robert Kennaley is a former landscape contractor and an honourary member of Landscape Ontario. He now practices construction law with McLauchlin and Associates, out of offices in both Toronto and Simcoe, Ont. His day-to-day practice involves negotiations, contract drafting, construction lien and trust claims, claims involving owners, consultants and insurers, tendering issues, building code violations, claims against performance and labour and material payment bonds, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act claims and Occupational Health and Safety Act issues. He also speaks and writes regularly on construction law issues.
Anwar is a proud Canadian broadcaster, actor and television producer. His career began years ago as an accomplished stand-up comic at Yuk Yuk’s. He practiced and perfected his act daily while hosting his own show at some of the most successful radio stations in the country. More recently, his warm and energetic personality has come to enlighten TV audiences on a variety of networks. Anwar has been a part of some of the most successful television news teams in the country including The Weather Network, Global News, and Oasis-HD, the world’s first all- Hi-Def Nature Channel. Today Anwar is an integral part of Canada’s most watched news team on CTV. He anchors the weather while reporting live on location from around the GTA. His quick wit and humour are also prominently showcased as a regular fill-in co-host on the country’s only national morning show, “Canada AM”. His creativity, talent, experience and abundant energy have made him a popular household name in Canadian Broadcasting.
Jeff is the author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business (Wiley 2013), an Amazon Top 10 Social Media for Business bestseller that delivers proven methods for converting social marketing best practices into profitable outcomes. He is a small business marketing expert helping mainstream businesses use social media and Internet marketing to create exceptional customer experiences that accelerate business growth. Korhan was a Fortune 50 Sales and Marketing Executive who later founded a landscape services company in suburban Chicago, that was twice named Small Business of the Year during its two decades of operation. Jeff is a syndicated publisher and regular content contributor to leading business publications, with his own New Media and Small Business Marketing site ranking among the Top 100 Small Business blogs in the world by Technorati Media.
Ron Koudys recently retired as professor and coordinator for the Landscape Design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ont.; he was instrumental in developing its design, horticulture and land planning programs. He holds a landscape architecture degree from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto. Koudys is a practicing landscape architect with memberships the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects. His clients include Ford of Canada, General Motors, 3M, Michigan DOT, City of Mississauga, Home Depot, Loblaws and Agriculture Canada. He is a founding member of Landscape Ontario’s Landscape Designer Sector Group.
Christene is co-owner of a family-owned and operated landscape business, Highland Landscapes for Lifestyle of Sydney, N.S. Her firm specializes in landscape design/build, commercial contracting, brownfield reclamation and turf production. Highland has received many Landscape Nova Scotia Awards of Excellence since 1999, and received the 2012 National Award of Landscape Excellence in Landscape Design. Christene is proudly continuing a long family tradition of association work and industry volunteering, with her grandfather being a founding member of the Atlantic Nursery Trades Association and father serving as APNTA President; she is currently the President of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.
Bernie has been the Regional Program Coordinator in the Employment Standards Program with the Western Region of the Ministry of Labour for over three years. He acts as a specialist resource for Employment Standards Officers who investigate claims and perform inspections in the enforcement of the Employment Standards Act. Prior to his appointment as Regional Program Coordinator, he was an Employment Standards Officer for 18 years.
Jim is an international Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), strategist and best-selling author. He has been strategizing, speaking and consulting for over 33 years. He helps business leaders who want to reinvent their businesses in changing economic climates. Jim has much to share about business marketing strategy. He is president of The Mathis Group, based in Atlanta, and author of the best-selling book: “Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results,” and “Reinvention 101: Bold Ideas for Reinvention.”
Ron graduated from the University of Guelph in 1970 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. His work has included residential and commercial landscape designs and planning/design of retail projects, entertainment centres and theme parks. Among the many projects he has undertaken include West Edmonton Mall, The Meadowhall Shopping Leisure Centre in Sheffield England, Centro Oberhausen in Oberhausen Germany, The Supermall in Jakarta Indonesia, The World Trade Centre in Rhyad Saudia Arabia, Metrocentre in Newcastle England and the Warner Brothers Movie World in Queensland Australia. He has also spoken at numerous conferences in Canada, England, The Netherlands and France. Mr. McCarthy is known for being an innovative designer and a team leader in retail/entertainment projects from small to complex mixed use developments. He has been sought after by retail developers in different parts of the world to bring a unique concept and feel to a project that will make it stand out from the others. He has also taught at Ryerson University and Humber College in Toronto.
Jeff McMann has been in the green industry for nearly 30 years. A graduate of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, he is also an ISA-certified arborist and works for the City of Markham. Having worked extensively in the construction and maintenance sectors of landscaping has allowed Jeff to expand his experiences in the industry. His award-winning gardens and turf work have been featured in magazines, books and newspapers. He has been asked to judge for many programs including Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association National Awards and Canada Blooms Feature Gardens. Jeff has had the privilege of being a guest speaker at many venues across Canada, teaches for Landscape Ontario, sits on Landscape Ontario’s Grounds Maintenance Group, and is often asked to consult on tree, turf and maintenance issues. In his spare time he enjoys travelling with his wife Nancy visting the many gardens the world has to offer.
Brent is currently the Industry Development Director for the Irrigation Association. Most of his work days are occupied with the development of standards and codes that affect irrigation products and practices. He brings more than 35 years’ experience working in both the landscape and irrigation industries as well as for a large water agency in Colorado. He has written numerous articles and helped develop many of the training manuals and books offered by the Irrigation Association. He is certified as an irrigation designer, contractor, auditor and water manager and in his spare time likes to ride bicycles with his wife and spoil his grandchildren.
Olan holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Degree (Horticulture) from the University of Guelph and has been a licensed exterminator for almost 30 years. He has worked with the Ministry of the Environment as a Regional Pesticides Specialist in Eastern Region for the past eight years. He works with a variety of committees, groups, and agencies providing expert advice on Ontario’s pesticides legislation. Olan has helped develop and implement a variety of Ministry programs and outreach initiatives.
Michael is a plant ‘nut’ and has been one since childhood. Growing up in Cornwall, England, he began his gardening career at age six with a home-built greenhouse. Michael has travelled and worked throughout the world, spending many years in Southeast Asia. He is currently a professor and academic program coordinator for the Horticulture Programs at Fanshawe College, London, Ont. Michael is a graduate of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, The University of Guelph, the University of Sussex and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He holds an M.Sc. with distinction in Plant Conservation and is an award-winning professor. His Kernow Gardens design consultancy is based in Strathroy, Ont. Past projects have included the London International Airport, London Life and Huron College. Michael was the first Canadian to win a Perennial Plant Association (PPA), award for his work on the Cuddy Garden (now owned by Fanshawe College), he won a second PPA award.
Kate is a horticulturist, exterior decorator and floral designer, who also specializes in garden and lifestyle education and events. Prior to pursuing her passion for all things gardening, Kate spent almost 20 years building a flourishing corporate career, traveling extensively and serving as vice-president to two large Canadian companies. Kate is a frequent guest lecturer, is featured regularly in magazines and is seen often as an expert guest on TV.
Haig Seferian is a University of Guelph and California’s Polytechnic Institute School of Environmental Design graduate, and the founding member of the Certified Landscape Designer Association. Haig embarked on his career under the leadership of Bill DeLuca of Aldershot Landscape Contractors, solidifying his construction knowledge and business savvy. In 1992 Haig established Seferian Design Group, striving to attain new levels of innovative design. His goal has been to provide workable and imaginative solutions to the process of site development that are functional, aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. Seferian has a long list of achievements including serving as host of HGTV’s Garden Architecture, co-host of Green Force, author of Hardscaping, chairman of the Provincial Advisory Committee for the Horticultural Industry, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Humber College and instructor at Landscape Ontario’s School of Horticulture.
Andrew is an Occupational Health and Safety Inspector assigned to the industrial program in Ontario’s Western Region. At the Ministry of Labour he has conducted proactive workplace inspections and investigations of complaints and incidents and served as the operations Technical Advisor to the Health and Safety Contact Centre. He has also served the Ministry of Labour as a Regional Program Coordinator and a Provincial Specialist. Andrew is married, has three children and shares with his family a fondness for all things Disney.
After co-founding Plant Interscapes, Senneff spent 27 years helping to grow the company into the eighth largest interior landscape firm in the U.S. Karin attributes the company’s growth and success to the ability to find, grow and keep the people best-suited to the business. In 2011 she founded Viktory Lap, whose mission is to help clients find, grow and keep great employees. As a professional speaker and trainer, she shares her expertise in organizational development and change, human resource best practices, and cultural management at various industry seminars and conferences. Senneff earned her degree in Education from California Polytechnic State University, and is a mother of four.
David is a Professional Agrologist, (P.Ag.) and Certified Golf Course Superintendent, with over 30 years of experience in the golf and turf industry. He provides consultation on construction and maintenance of turf grass facilities including golf courses, athletic fields, residential lawns, park land, sod production and other horticultural plantings and projects.
George is the co-founder of Oriole Landscaping of Toronto, and is currently a popular business coach and instructor for the Landscape Management Network. He has served the industry and spent countless hours as a Past President of LO’s Toronto Chapter, and served on LO’s Provincial Board of Directors as well as the Canada Blooms Board of Directors.
Anna often says she grew up in a garden center. Between the ages of 4 and 15, Anna’s backyard was the Parklane retail garden center on Finch Avenue. She boasts that she was able to read blueprints by the time she was eight, and her super power is to draw the perfect inch. Anna attempted to pursue a career in environmental studies, but the lure of residential landscape proved to be too enticing for her. More suited to healing the earth, “one garden at a time,” Anna refocused and graduated from a Landscape Technology program. Her creative inspiration is heavily influenced by Ontario’s northern beauty, and her secret passion is to create the perfect outdoor classroom for classes in ecology, food security and herbal medicine. Anna is an active volunteer for various boards and groups, including many for LO. Anna is an herbalist and frequently donates her time to present to horticultural groups and schools.
With over 20 years of business success to his credit, Peter is a certified franchise executive and the visionary leader of Sunshine Brands. He is passionate about sharing and teaching the culture and leadership principles found in his book C.A.R.E. Leadership, which shares the extraordinary story of The Grounds Guys, and how eight simple - but powerful leadership principles have enabled the company to see sustained success. In his spare time he can be found fishing with his kids or conquering the local hills on his mountain bike.