IPM Symposium

  • Date

    January 7, 2019

  • Time

    7:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • Location

    Cohen Ballroom

  • Building

    Toronto Congress Centre

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The key to turf IPM is the use of cultural practices that optimize growth of grasses and minimize conditions favorable to pest insects, weeds, or pathogens. Landscape Ontario's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium has been a uniquely respected event since 1965. Attendees will earn 6 CECs from the IPM Council of Canada.

Coffee will be hot and ready so get your seat and get ready for 1st session at 8:00 AM.

$120 for Members and Non-Members until December 14
$160 for Members and Non-Members after December 14

Admission to Congress 2019 Trade Show and Tailgate Party is included with registration. The Congress Conference and other special events are a separate fee.

  • Registration and Refreshments
    7:30 am – 8:00 am
  • Effective IPM Problem Solving Skills
    8:00 am – 9:30 am
    Integrated pest management requires a range of techniques to effectively evaluate landscape problems and determine the most appropriate response - altered cultural practices, biological control, use of resistant species/varieties or selection of a pest contro product. This session will provide a review of current landscape IPM strategies including pest identification, soil and water management, species selection, cultural practices and lower risk pest control products. Case studies will be used to help participants develop their skills in creating IPM strategies as well as how to assess their efficacy.

    presented by | Rob Witherspoon, B.Sc. (Agr), M.Sc. | DCS & Associates
  • Refreshment Break
    9:30 am – 9:45 am
  • Ticks and Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know
    9:45 am – 10:15 am
    With rising summer temperatures and mild winters, tick populations are growing in many regions. Although ticks don’t directly threaten overall turf health, they do threaten turf care professionals. Jim Wilson, Founder and President of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, will explain what Lyme disease is, how it is contracted, how to prevent it, and what to do if you become infected.

    presented by | Jim Wilson | Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
  • Choose The Right Spray Nozzle for Your Application
    10:15 am – 10:45 am
    There are hundreds of different nozzle types available for pesticide and fertilizer application. Wray simplifies the process of selection to make sure your product gets to the target.

    presented by | Wray Mason | Precision Turf Technologies
  • Invasive Species Management in Ontario
    10:45 am – 11:45 am
    Join the Invasive Species Centre for an overview of invasive species policy and management for Ontario’s horticulture industry. We will review key initiatives at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to prevent invasive introductions, and improve control of current nuisance species. We will then review how to identify and control Ontario’s most notable invasive plants, including giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, Phragmites and other species impacting Ontario’s horticulture industry.

    presented by | Tracey Cooke & Colin Cassin | Invasive Species Centre
  • Lunch and Supplier Showcase
    11:45 am – 1:00 pm
    Lunch included with registration.
  • MECP Update
    1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Understand the dos and don’ts for pesticide use in Ontario, helping you and your applicators prepare for your next inspection. Karl will review regulations and legislation under the Ontario Pesticide Act and Ontario Regulation 63/09, and give a compliance update overview, with case studies of recent non-compliant use. He will also walk attendees through the new MECP online licencing system for renewing and maintaining both operator and applicator licenses.

    presented by | Karl Soetemans | Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Soil Health is Fundamental to Good IPM
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    What happens in the soil is just a critical to plant health as the factors we can see. IPM professionals understand that soil is alive rather than inert; that healthy soil fosters healthy plants. Greg Patterson is uniquely qualified to discuss how soil promotes IPM success, since he heads up A&L Canada Laboratories, providing analytical lab services for clients around the world. Learn how — and why — to measure the complex characteristics of soil, so you can develop the best integrated programs for plants.

    presented by | Greg Patterson, PAg | A&L Canada Laboratories Inc.
  • Refreshment Break
    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
  • Turfgrass and the Built Environment
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
    A well-structured greenscape can significantly enhance the quality of our built environments. Green components mitigate effects of climate change, such as extreme heat and rain events. Green spaces improve health and add value to residential properties. To get maximum functionality out of landscapes, though, requires work — from selection of the right plant species to proper upkeep and maintenance. Research can answer questions related to optimizing the performance and health of our living landscapes. This presentation provides an update on turf trials, implications for day-to-day management, and considers the role of turf and other green components in our urban landscape.

    presented by | Michael Brownbridge, Ph.D. | Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
  • Prize Draw
    3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

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Keynote Sponsor

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Net proceeds from the IPM Symposium are donated to lawn care research or a suitable alternative.


  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon BSc (Agr), MSc

    DCS & Associates

    Gravenhurst, Ontario

    Rob retired in 2015 after a 28-year career as an educator at the University of Guelph.

    Full Bio
  • Jim Wilson

    Jim Wilson

    Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

    West Kelowna, BC

    Jim Wilson, President and Founder of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, has been involved in networking with Lyme victims and providing information for over 20 years.

    Full Bio
  • Karl Soetemans

    Karl Soetemans

    Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

    Karl is a Pesticides Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, based out of the Southwest Region.

    Full Bio
  • Michael Brownbridge

    Dr. Michael Brownbridge Ph.D.

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    Vineland Station, ON

    Michael received his Ph.

    Full Bio
  • Tracey Cooke

    Tracey Cooke

    Invasive Species Centre

    Sault Ste Marie, ON

    Tracey Cooke has been the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Centre since 2015.

    Full Bio
  • Colin Cassin

    Colin Cassin

    Invasive Species Centre

    Sault Ste Marie, ON

    Colin Cassin is a Program and Policy Analyst with the Invasive Species Centre.

    Full Bio
  • Greg Patterson

    Greg Patterson B.Sc. (AGR.) C.C.A., P.Ag.

    A & L Canada Laboratories Inc

    London, ON

    President and CEO A&L Canada Laboratories East, Inc.

    Full Bio
  • Wray Mason

    Wray Mason

    Precision Turf Technologies Inc

    Scarborough, ON

    Educated at Humber College in Toronto.

    Full Bio