Landscape Designer Conference

  • Date

    January 6, 2020

  • Time

    8:30 am – 5:15 pm

  • Location

    International Ballroom

  • Building

    Delta Hotels Toronto Airport

Congress Registration
#LOCongress 2020
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A full-day event, with lunch and closing reception.
An initiative of Landscape Ontario's Landscape Designer Sector Group.

The 2020 Designers’ Conference is Presented With Recognition of the OALA.
Sessions qualify for OALA Continuing Education Credits.

● $145 for Members and $195 for Non-Members until December 13
● $195 for Members and $275 for Non-Members after December 13

Admission to Congress 2020 Trade Show and Congress 'After Dark' is included with registration. The Congress Conference and other special events are a separate fee.

  • Registration and Refreshments
    8:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Designers AGM
    9:00 am – 9:15 am
    Join your sector peers and learn about what the Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association Designer Group is doing on your behalf, and help shape future initiatives and projects.

    presented by: Haig Seferian | Chair, Landscape Design Sector Group
  • Plant Choice For Landscape Design
    9:15 am – 10:15 am
    Choosing plants to incorporate in landscape design can be daunting. After all, there are so many to choose from! Which types will best suit your client’s home, style and environmental conditions? Hear from our panel of plant experts, who will discuss what’s new and hot in plant material for the upcoming year, plus available inventory and native plants. Panelists will also review underused plants. If you are looking for inspiration or new ideas to energize your landscape designs, this is the session you don’t want to miss!

    presented by:
    Jon L. Peter NPD OAC | Royal Botanical Gardens
    Brent Vanderkruk | NVK Holdings Inc.
    Stefan Weber | Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance
  • Networking Break
    10:15 am – 10:30 am
  • Top Three Business Tips You Didn't Learn in Design School
    10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Through her own experiences, Sabrina shares what she had to learn along the way to find success, deal with stress and take control of her path as a designer and businesswoman.

    presented by: Sabrina Goettler | The Site Collective
  • What Inspires Your Creativity?
    11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Creativity is defined as the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. Creative inspiration is different for everyone; sometimes creativity doesn’t come easy. Panelists have each been invited to share an eight-minute ‘TED Talk’ style presentation on what motivates and inspires them to be creative, and their creative process. A panel discussion with questions from the audience will follow the brief presentations.

    Moderator: Haig Seferian | Chair, Landscape Designer Sector
    Paul Brydges, CLD, APALA, ASLA, CNLA, CSLA, OALA, FLP | Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc.
    Lexi Dearborn, CLD | Dearborn Designs and Associates
    Ron Koudys, BLA, MED, OALA, CSLA, ASLA, RLA (MICHIGAN), CLD | Ron Koudys Landscape Architects
    Mike Pennington | Paver King Enterprises
    Welwyn Wong, Welwyn Wong Landscape Design
  • Lunch and Supplier Showcase
    12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
  • Box Tree Moth - Update
    1:15 pm – 1:30 pm
    presented by: Jennifer Llewellyn | OMAFRA & Thomas Intven | Canadale Nurseries
  • Round Table Networking
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    Attendees will move around the room, meet new people and discuss hot topics, providing a more personal and interactive setting for exploring key issues pertaining to landscape designers. Some topics include:
    Design software
    Client management issues
    Project management issues
    Pests and wildlife in gardens
    Landscape lighting design
  • Networking Break
    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
  • Restoring Nature's Relationships
    2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
    Specialized relationships between animals and plants are the norm in nature rather than the exception. They provide our birds with insects and berries, that disperse our bloodroot seeds, that pollinate our goldenrod, and so on. Plants that evolved in concert with local animals provide for their needs better than plants that evolved elsewhere. Tallamy will explain why this is so, why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, and how we can use our landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. It is time to create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than degrade them.

    presented by: Doug W. Tallamy, Ph.D. | Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware
  • Closing Reception
    4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    Enjoy refreshments with colleagues and event partners.
Meet with our Partners!
They will be waiting to speak with you in the International Plaza Lobby during the conference.

Presenting Partner


Supporting Partners


Aquascape Inc


Select Stone



Proven Winners


  • Brent Vanderkruk

    Brent Vanderkruk

    NVK Holdings Inc

    Dundas, ON

    Brent Vanderkruk is a graduate of the University of Guelph Horticulture Program with honours as well as the School of Hard Knocks.

    Full Bio
  • Jon Peter

    Jon L. Peter NPD, OAC

    Royal Botanical Gardens

    Burlington, ON

    Jon L.

    Full Bio
  • Sabrina Goettler

    Sabrina Goettler

    The Site Collective Inc

    Sabrina Goettler has her own Landscape Design and Project Management Studio.

    Full Bio
  • Paul Brydges


    Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc

    Guelph, ON

    In 2004 by Senior Landscape Architect and President of Landscape Ontario (2016-2017), Paul R.

    Full Bio
  • Lexi Dearborn

    Lexi Dearborn CLD

    Dearborn Designs & Associates

    Barrie, ON

    It's Simple | Get People Outside | Have Fun! Lexi Dearborn is owner, principal designer, and project manager of Dearborn Designs & Associates, a Barrie based landscape Design Build firm.

    Full Bio
  • Ron Koudys


    Ron Koudys Landscape Architects Inc

    London, ON

    Ron Koudys retired as professor and coordinator for the Landscape Design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario after 31 years.

    Full Bio
  • Mike Pennington

    Mike Pennington

    Paver King Enterprises

    Mike has spent the last 30 years honing his craft and living the #Hardscapelife of long days and short nights and calls Paver King Enterprises his home.

    Full Bio
  • Welwyn Wong

    Welwyn Wong BLA

    Welwyn Wong Landscape Design

    Manotick, ON

    Welwyn Wong, has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Guelph.

    Full Bio
  • Douglas Tallamy

    Douglas W. Tallamy BS, MS, PhD

    University of Delaware

    Doug Tallamy is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 95 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 39 years.

    Full Bio
  • Stefan Weber

    Stefan Weber BAS, MSc, PhD ABD

    Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance

    Stefan is the director and co-founder of the Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that helps to create 'Seed Conservation Orchards' in support of rare plant restoration.

    Full Bio