Landscape Designer Conference

  • Date

    January 7, 2019

  • Time

    8:30 am – 6:00 pm

  • Location

    International Ballroom

  • Building

    Delta Hotels Toronto Airport

Congress Registration
#LOCongress '19
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A full-day event, with lunch and closing reception.
An initiative of Landscape Ontario's Landscape Designer Sector Group.

The 2019 Designers’ Conference is Presented With Recognition of the OALA.
Sessions qualify for OALA Continuing Education Credits.

$140 for Members and $190 for Non-Members until December 14
$190 for Members and $270 for 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
    8:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Designers AGM
    9:00 am – 9:15 am
    Join your sector peers and learn what the Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association Designers Group is doing on your behalf, and help shape future initiatives and projects.
  • Using Plants as Mulch: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes
    9:15 am – 10:30 am
    This groundbreaking talk presents a powerful alternative to traditional horticulture — designed plantings that function like naturally-occurring plant communities. Join landscape architect Thomas Rainer, a leading voice in ecological landscape design, to learn how plants fit together in nature and how to create landscapes that are resilient, beautiful and diverse. As practical as it is inspiring, this talk explores a new synthesis of ecology and horticulture, resulting in an intentionally designed and managed community where population dynamics are encouraged within an aesthetic framework.

    presented by | Thomas Rainer, RLA ASLA | Phyto Studio
  • Refreshment Break
    10:30 am – 10:45 am
  • The Inspiration and Construction of Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail at Ontario Place
    10:45 am – 11:45 am
    This presentation on the design and construction of Trillium Park at Ontario Place is a discussion on how the design idea was inspired and how this inspiration led to design and construction documentation followed by implementation. The three-year planning and design process will be discussed to show how the client, the Province of Ontario Ministry of Tourism; Sport and Culture and Infrastructure Ontario, the appointed project manager; Urbacon Corporation; the various contractors and the LANDinc team worked together to complete the project on time. Technical details will be major area for discussion, since transforming an eight-acre asphalt parking lot into a new green oasis presented challenges.

    presented by | Walter Kehm, OALA, FCSLA, FASLA | LANDinc
  • How To Make Real Money as a Landscape Designer
    11:45 am – 12:45 pm
    What could be more fun than working with wonderful clients to create beautiful gardens? How about being paid well for providing this service? After 40 years of practice, Ron will share his insights on how to manage a design firm to achieve profit targets. Attracting the right clients, how much to charge, reducing risk, and building a great team are some of the topics he will discuss.

    presented by | Ron Koudys, BLA, MEd, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA, RLA (Mich), CLD | Ron Koudys Landscape Architects Inc
  • Lunch and Supplier Showcase
    12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
    Lunch included with registration.
  • Pop-up Play Design Challenge
    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Interact and get creative with your peers during a 1.5 hour Come Alive Outside design challenge, focused on how the landscape profession helps people connect with nature and live healthier lives outdoors! This challenge is an opportunity to collaborate with your peers, as well as post-secondary landscape design students, to create ideas for pop-up, natural play structures and landscape elements that highlight the importance of outdoor play in communities across Ontario. Winning ideas will be featured at a large pop-up play space at future Canada Blooms, as well as through Come Alive Outside Green Street Challenges in the summer of 2019!

    moderated by | Andy Paluch | Come Alive Outside
    facilitated by | Scott Wentworth, OALA, CSLA | Wentworth Landscapes
  • Refreshment Break
    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
  • An Introduction to Fusion Landscape Design
    3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
    It’s an exciting time for Landscape Designers as public interest and demand for environmentally responsible design is increasing. The Fusion Landscape Professional certification program emphasizes sustainable principles that many landscape professionals have been employing in their practices already, strengthens them and provides marketing strategies for presenting Fusion landscape solutions to clients. This session will provide a basic overview of Fusion elements and principles from a design perspective, as well as explore the program’s multi-sector approach by showcasing successful projects designed by certified FLPs.

    Strengthen your business. Enhance the environment. Create resilient communities.

    presented by
    Certified Fusion Landscape Professionals
    Landscape Ontario
    Region of Peel
    The Regional Municipality of York
    Credit Valley Conservation
  • Closing Reception
    4:15 pm – 6:00 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



Proven Winners

Select Stone



  • Thomas Rainer

    Thomas Rainer RLA ASLA

    Phyto Studio

    Arlington, Virginia

    Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Arlington, Virginia.

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  • Walter Kehm

    Walter Kehm OALA, FCSLA, FASLA


    Toronto, ON

    With over three decades of professional experience, Walter has led numerous multi-disciplinary teams of professionals on design and planning projects throughout the world.

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  • 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.

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  • Andy Paluch

    Andy Paluch

    Come Alive Outside

    Andy Paluch is the Executive Director of Come Alive Outside, a nonprofit organization based in Rutland, Vermont.

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  • Scott Wentworth

    Scott Wentworth OALA, CSLA

    Wentworth Landscapes

    Picton, ON

    Scott Wentworth brings thirty-seven plus years of experience in all aspects of landscape design, construction, and project management, including twenty-seven years as president/founder of Wentworth Landscapes.

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  • Jeremy Harris

    Jeremy Harris BA

    Region of Peel

    Brampton, ON

    Jeremy Harris has been working as a professional in outdoor water efficiency with the Region of Peel since 2007.

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  • Paul Brydges


    Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc

    Guelph, ON

    Paul Brydges is the Senior Landscape Architect, and founder of Brydges Landscape Architecture; established in 2004.

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