Your regisration fee provides you with full access to all pre-recorded OTS sessions. Registration closes on March 19, 2021. Session access ends on March 26, 2021.

GCSAA awards the 2021 Ontario Turfgrass Symposium 1.2 Education Points.

Pre-Recorded Sessions

A Detailed Guide to Understanding Permit to Take Water (PTTW) in Ontario 

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Golf

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: Steve Kajan, R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited

Session Description

Permit to Take Water (PTTW) regulations have been in place since the late 1960s, but major changes in 2005 and 2007 brought in a more formal process to securing a permit. Since that time, regulations have only become more stringent, with the scrutiny of golf course water taking ever increasing.

This 60-minute presentation will:

  • Review the current regulations and how they apply to the golf industry in Ontario
  • Provide a detailed breakdown of the language in the permits and how it relates to meeting compliance at your course
  • Help you to develop a detailed understanding of the application/renewal process
  • Discuss the various online tools and resources available to superintendents related to PTTWs
  • Provide an overall review of our industry as it relates to water taking and monitoring

Presenter Biography

Steve Kajan.

Stephen Kajan is a professional engineer with over 15 years of hydrogeological and environmental consulting experience at R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited. Stephen has been primarily focused on servicing the golf industry and has been involved in over 350 golf projects involving environmental approvals, design, and water management, specifically related to Permits to Take Water in Ontario.

Stephen has completed numerous hydrogeologic projects involving existing groundwater supplies as well as exploration and the design/development of new high capacity wells, primarily for golf course irrigation. He has also developed well rehabilitation programs for existing wells to restore well yield and improve water quality.

Stephen has extensive experience in the development of groundwater and surface water monitoring programs, as well as preparing scientific studies in support of PTTWs.

Stephen has been actively involved in the golf industry for over 17 years, starting in 2001 with the Niagara Parks Commission during the construction of Legends on the Niagara, and later transitioning to golf construction in 2004, before starting with Burnside in 2006. Stephen is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Groundwater Association, and a licensed well technician.

Email: skajan@rjburnside.com
Website: R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited

Assessing Microclimates for Successful Management of Home Lawns

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Lawn Care

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 0 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter:  Mike Van Beek, University of Guelph

Session Description

This presentation will cover a step-by-step process to identify and assess specific microclimates and growing conditions on your clients’ properties. This information will help you to educate your staff and make informed decisions regarding management strategies to improve turf health, reduce insect pest potential, and the incidence of disease. You will also be equipped with the tools to better communicate and inform your clients of their unique property challenges and potential solutions that you can incorporate as part of your lawn care service program.

Presenter Biography

Mike Van Beek completed a B.Sc (Agr) focused in environmental horticulture at the University of Guelph in 1981. He has operated his own landscape service company for over three decades, taught at Seneca College in the Golf Course Technician (GCT) program for 26 years, and has instructed in the Turfgrass Management Program at the University of Guelph for over five years.

Bentgrass Selection Tool 

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Golf, Nursery Sod

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenters: Dr. Bobby Kerr, Chicago District Golf Association, and Dan Dinelli, North Shore Country Club

Session Description

With the development of new bentgrass varieties, selecting the right bentgrass for your situation can be challenging. Factors impacting this decision include your budget, disease pressure, and turfgrass management philosophies. This session will discuss methods and decision-making tools for the selection of the best bentgrass for your situation.

Presenter Biographies

Bobby Kerr.

Dr. Bobby Kerr joined the Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) in May 2019. As senior director of Turfgrass Programs, he is responsible for overseeing a rapid golf course diagnostic service to all CDGA member organizations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Additionally, this position coordinates the applied research program in collaboration with other industry professionals across the midwest. These research findings are disseminated to turfgrass practitioners through various in-person and online avenues including educational meetings, field days, bi-weekly scouting reports, social media, and other digital platforms. Dr. Kerr has worked in the turfgrass industry for over 23 years.

He has practical greenkeeping experience on various high-profile golf courses around the world. In 2014, he completed his M.Sc. in plant agriculture at the University of Guelph. The focus of his thesis was the winter hardiness of cool-season turfgrasses. In 2019, he completed his PhD in plant and environmental sciences at Clemson University. The focus of his dissertation was the biology and control of goosegrass in turfgrass systems.

Email: bkerr@cdga.org
Twitter: CDGA Turfgrass Program

 

Dan Dinelli.

Dan Dinelli is a third-generation golf course superintendent with comprehensive success meeting rigorous performance standards for resource management, agronomy, plant science, sustainability, environmental regulations, business operations and staff management. Known for innovative thinking with significant achievements in ecology, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic amendments, applied microbiological principles, turfgrass and use of plant protectants. He focuses on continual improvement in developing a systems approach to soil and plant health while delivering high-level playing conditions. Dan has experience in integrating plant genetics, physical, chemical, cultural practices and biological systems to enhance soil and plant ecology under a sustainable framework. He has successfully integrated this knowledge into golf course operations culminating in becoming a recognized resource within the golf course management industry.

City of Brampton - The Journey to Become the Cricket Capital of Canada 

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 0 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: Brian Macklin, City of Brampton

Session Description

This presentation will provide you with an overview of the steps Brampton is taking to become the Cricket Capital of Canada. I will look at how and why the journey started, its implementation, including new construction projects and new maintenance practices, and identifying the corresponding budget. I will focus on how the city assessed the current state and set in place the necessary planning and turf management changes that came with higher user expectations, lower-cut turf and natural turfgrass pitches. I will explore with you the varying cultural practices and product changes that have been implemented—including mowing, fertilizing, irrigating, rolling, aerating and managing disease, and seed variation— and the challenges and successes that these changes have created.

While the discussion is focused on Cricket, there are many takeaways that can be utilized situationally when required to increase maintenance to reflect user groups’ expectations as well as how to apply what we have learned to turf management moving forward.

Presenter Biography

Brian Macklin.

Brian Macklin has been working in the turfgrass industry for over 20 years. He started his career in the golf industry working at various courses before switching into the municipal environment. Brian completed the Diploma in Horticulture at the University of Guelph and returned to complete the Turf Managers’ Short Course. Brian has been working with the City of Brampton for seven years and is currently the supervisor of parks maintenance and operations. He is also on the Board of Directors for Sports Turf Canada.

Email: Brian.macklin@brampton.ca

Embodied Carbon in Landscape Materials: A Life-Cycle Analysis of Sod and Ideas for a Regenerative Future

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Nursery Sod

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 0 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenters: Brendan te Brinke, GSP Group, Sandra Iris Cook, MJMA, and Jonas Spring, Ecoman

Session Description

Landscape designers and builders want to better understand the environmental impact of their projects. Materials are a critical piece of a project’s impact and yet the true environmental and human cost of most building materials is not readily available or comprehensible.

In early 2020, Design Climate Action (DCA), a group of landscape practitioners engaged in addressing the climate crisis, started a working group called 'Embodied Energy and Material Life Cycles'. Sod, as a ubiquitous piece of many designed landscapes, was chosen as a material of study.

This presentation will share the results of DCA’s study, including their methods of research, evaluation process, and recommendations for designers and producers looking to specify and produce sod in a more sustainable way.

If designers want to build sustainable sites, they need sustainable materials. Through this presentation we hope to start a conversation between landscape practitioners and the sod industry to envision a net-zero, biodiverse and regenerative sod product to help achieve a sustainable future.

Presenter Biographies

Brendan te Brinke, Sandra Iris Cook and Jonas Spring are all members of Design Climate Action, a group of allied landscape practitioners engaged in addressing the climate crisis. Design Climate Action acknowledges that, as shapers of the built environment landscape, practitioners have played a role in creating the global climate crisis. Design Climate Action members commit to educate, advocate and design for a socially-just transition to a carbon-neutral economy. Change is needed urgently. Collective action must be sustained. Now is our moment to develop new modes of practice rooted in land-based climate solutions.

Email: design.climate.action@gmail.com
Website: Design Climate Action

Foundations of Artificial Turf Maintenance 

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 0 CGSA CEC
IPM: 0 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: Cam Lawrie, University of Guelph Athletics

Session Description

Artificial turf is not a zero-maintenance product. In order to keep artificial sports fields safe and playable, and to extend their usable life, turf managers must develop a robust maintenance program including basic daily maintenance and more complex periodic maintenance. With examples from my own experience, I will share important suggestions to build and plan a maintenance program that focuses on knowledge, training, and managing new and aging artificial turf systems.

Presenter Biography

Cam Lawrie.

Cam Lawrie’s experience with field maintenance began in 2006 as a facility operations attendant at U of G and expanded to include artificial fields when the Athletics department installed their first artificial field in 2009. After earning an M.Sc., Cam returned to Guelph and has been a facility supervisor with U of G Athletics since 2015. The University of Guelph has six artificial sports fields of varying surface type and brands which range in age from 8 to 11 years. Each facility has unique challenges to keep them in safe playable condition. From basic daily maintenance to advanced grooming experience, Cam has developed a maintenance program to suit the needs of the aging facilities and ensure a positive playing experience for everyone.

Highlighting the True Value of STC's Sports Field Construction Manual 

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 0 CGSA CEC
IPM: 0 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: Mike Rossi, Dol Turf Restoration Ltd.

Session Description

Failing sports fields are a very real phenomenon. Just about every municipality, school yard, and recreation centre has at least one field that suffers from drainage issues, overuse, poor density, excessive compaction, poor growing environment, or all of the above. The real tragedy occurs when these fields get rebuilt or renovated, but the knowledge, tools and resources are not there to ensure it is being done properly.

This presentation is designed to outline for you, AND the decision makers within your operation, the value of the Sports Turf Canada’s Sports Field Construction Manual to help navigate the decision-making process of renovating older sports fields and establishing new ones. When used during the planning and building of sports fields, this manual will do three things for you:

  1. Help the decision makers within your operation choose the right field based on use, budget and resources
  2. Provide specifications and parameters to list in your contracts to ensure contractors use the right materials and methods of construction
  3. Outline future use guidelines to promote sustainable and safe use long term

Presenter Biography

Mike Rossi.

Mike Rossi has spent over 25 years building and maintaining recreational properties across Canada. He is a sports fields and grounds specialist and his years of experience allow him to understand the challenges faced. Mike’s career has primarily focused on the grounds maintenance industry and he has worked on projects in four provinces. His areas of responsibilities have included starting operations from scratch, design input for grounds, golf and buildings of various sizes and uses, purchasing, staffing, customer service, marketing, public relations and budgeting. He is the general manager of Dol Turf Restoration and the current vice president of Sports Turf Canada.

Email: mrossi@dolturf.com

Introducing Soils at Guelph

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Lawn Care, Nursery Sod

Continuing Education Credits:

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation

Presenter: Cameron Olgilvie, University of Guelph, Soils at Guelph

Session Description

This session introduces the Soils at Guelph initiative and what sustainable soil management might mean for nursery sod producers. Soils at Guelph shares its resources on the latest soil research, study summaries and upcoming webinars.

Learn about soil health, the capacity of the soil to function, soil health indicators, five principles of sustainable soil management and considerations for lawn care operators and nursery sod producers.

Presenter Biography

Cameron Ogilvie.Cameron Olgilvie is the outreach and communications coordinator for Soils at Guelph, a University of Guelph initiative to advance sustainable soil management in Ontario by bridging gaps between farmers, researchers, and the general public. He has an M.Sc. in cropping systems and agronomy from the University of Guelph, where he studied the impacts of cover crops (he prefers to call them “service crops”) on water and nutrient cycling.

Email: cogilvie@uoguelph.ca
Twitter: Soils at Guelph
Website: Soils at Guelph

Managing Creeping Charlie in the Age of Cosmetic Pesticide Bans

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Lawn Care

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: Cameron Shaw, University of Guelph

Session Description

This session will introduce and review the many challenges associated with managing and controlling the invasive weed Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) aka Ground Ivy in the age of the cosmetic pesticide bans. Through a brief discussion of proper identification, plant biology, growth habits, and preferred environments, this presentation will provide insight into what solutions do and do not work. At the end of the session, you will have a list of reasonable, and achievable, solutions that will help in the battle against this tough weed pest.

Presenter Biography

Cam Shaw.

Cam Shaw has been working in the turfgrass industry for over 20 years and is now managing and instructing in the Diploma in Turfgrass Management Program at the University of Guelph. In Cam’s previous role with the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, he worked closely with all sectors of the Canadian turfgrass industry through various service-based, extension and outreach programming.

Email: cshaw12@uoguelph.ca
Twitter: Cam Shaw
Website: Guelph Turfgrass Industry

 

MLSN and Nutrient Management - Myth and Truths: Sorting Out What You Really Need to Know 

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Golf

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: John Bladon, The Chimera Group

Session Description

This session will focus on nutrient management and the recent launch of the minimum levels of sustainable nutrition (MLSN) guidelines. Are they understood? What do the guidelines mean and how can we best use them during a time of IPM? What are the common misconceptions about key nutrients and MLSN? What questions about MLSN are we asked most in the field? Can we actually become more sustainable by embracing MLSN? What else can we do? Where should we focuse our efforts when we are short on labour but still need to execute key maintenance events focused on reducing turfgrass stress and pest pressures? Do we need to do more in conjunction with cultural methods? How can we consolidate to save resources and assist with our IPM strategies? This session will address these questions and more!

Presenter Biography

John Bladon.

John R. Bladon has been immersed in the environment since childhood. His love affair with the outdoors was nurtured by his father, a horticulturalist and manager of Grounds at the University of Guelph. Since studying agriculture, horticulture and agronomy at the University of Guelph, John spent time as a golf course superintendent at both private and public facilities. He has worked with a large multinational within the marketing and innovation division as an agronomist providing research, innovation, product development, regulatory support and training, and technical support to the company’s global efforts.

Now a more active participant in many facets of the industry, a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a PAg and a 30-year industry veteran, John has authored in excess of 50 articles and executed more than 50 presentations ranging from business and agronomy, to physiology and chemistry to communications and sustainability. He has lectured to students, golf superintendents, golf course owners, boards of directors and club memberships, regulatory groups, greenhouse operators, growers and farmers, lawn care operators and employees, governments and municipalities on a “common sense” approach to management strategies and crop systems. John has executed presentations in Canada from BC to NL and has successfully engaged the BCGSA, MGSA, OVTA, ASGQ, AGSA (Atlantic) and NGCOA as well as Sports Turf Canada and presenting at the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium.

John operates The Chimera Group, his own management, communications, and consulting firm, and works with a wide variety of parties within the green industry providing an array of strategy-based services. Interestingly, as interest in sustainable operations grows, Chimera continues to expand into other industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, retail, and other industries assisting them with refinements to workflow, energy consumption and other sustainability-based initiatives.

In his spare time, John enjoys golf and travel, and is an avid photographer. He has visited and photographed more than 30 countries around the globe including time spent in New Zealand and Australia, Central and South America, and the Middle East.

Email: john@thechimeragroup.ca
Twitter: John BladonThe Chimera Group
Website: The Chimera Group

Myths and Solutions for Chinch Bug Control in Cosmetic Landscapes

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Lawn Care

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: Cameron Shaw, University of Guelph

Session Description

Hairy chinch bug has become a leading pest in the Ontario cosmetic landscape industry. Unreliable products in the marketplace with poor science and strong advertising have blurred the lines between what actually works and what doesn’t.

This presentation will review the challenges associated with controlling hairy chinch bugs, dispel the myths and faulty products on the market, and share the best management practices for controlling this challenging pest under the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban.

Presenter Biography

Cam Shaw.

Cam Shaw has been working in the turfgrass industry for over 20 years and is now managing and instructing in the Diploma in Turfgrass Management Program at the University of Guelph. In Cam’s previous role with the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, he worked closely with all sectors of the Canadian turfgrass industry through various service-based, extension and outreach programming.

Email: cshaw12@uoguelph.ca
Twitter: Cam Shaw
Website: Guelph Turfgrass Industry

Potential and Progress in Endophytic Inoculants to Improve Turf Health by Improving Nitrogen and Drought Tolerance

Turfgrass Area of Focus: General

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: Manish Raizada, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph

Session Description

Probiotic microbes for turf represent potential technologies to reduce the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer and water on golf courses, sod farms and residential lawns by improving nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and water usage. Probiotics can be coated onto seeds or sprayed in the field. Following 10 years of research, we have discovered and tested NUE promoting probiotics from maize, which boost the growth of different turf species (under controlled indoor conditions) in the absence of all N fertilizer by stimulating root growth, while likely improving water uptake and drought tolerance. We have now begun to breed these microbes to adapt them to different turf species and make them more stable to diverse climatic conditions in the field, which will be tested in multi-year field trials starting in 2021. The goal is to make turfgrass more resilient to climate, less dependent on inputs, less polluting, and healthier to combat pests and disease, while ultimately becoming more profitable for diverse sectors that rely on healthy turf.

Presenter Biography

Manish Raizada.

Manish Raizada is a professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. He holds a PhD in plant molecular genetics from Stanford University and conducted post-doctoral research in microbial engineering at Caltech with Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold. The Raizada lab is attempting to discover and apply probiotic microbes (endophytes and rhizobia) to crops, including turfgrass, to combat disease and improve crop nutrition. They are also empowering the world’s smallholder farmers by developing low-cost Sustainable Agriculture Kits (SAKs) which have thus far impacted an estimated 272,000 rural peoples. Dr. Raizada has authored 85 scientific publications. The Lab's research has been featured in national TV, radio and print media, reaching an estimated 3 million Canadians. He has been invited twice by the Parliament of Canada as an expert witness in agriculture.

Email: raizada@uoguelph.ca

Reducing Pesticide Use on Golf Courses 

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Golf

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: Gregory McFarlane, The Thornhill Club

Session Description

The Ontario Government’s Cosmetic Pesticide Ban was enacted in 2008. Before the ban came into law, it was unknown if golf courses would be included in the ban. At the time of the discussion on the ban, I was approached by Global Organic Partners (GOP), a company whose goal was to reduce pesticide use on golf courses. Using the latest turfgrass research and ongoing visits by some of the best researchers in the world, GOP's goal was to reduce the use of pesticides while not impacting the quality of the golf course. As a first step, they emphasized improving plant health to reduce the dependence on pesticides. The GOP team provides research information, advice, and recommendations on cultural practices and product selection.

Presenter Biography

Greg McFarlane

Gregory McFarlane was born and raised in Australia. While backpacking in Europe, he met a Canadian and has been married for 33 years. Gregory moved to Canada permanently in 1992. After being a plumber for 13 years, Gregory started his career in the golf industry at The Bayview Golf Club, working under Jim and Dave Wyllie. In 1993, he went to Seneca College and graduated from the Golf Course Technician program in 1994.

Gregory moved to The Thornhill Club in the winter of 1995, working as an assistant superintendent for Keith Bartlett. He worked for Keith for 12 years until Keith moved to St Georges Golf Club to be the superintendent. Gregory was fortunate to be hired as the superintendent of The Thornhill Club in late 2006. Gregory continues to serve in the position today.

Email: gmcfarlane@thornhillgcc.com 

Seed Selection for Success

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Lawn Care, Nursery Sod

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenter: Eric M. Lyons, University of Guelph

Session Description

Proper establishment and overseeding turfgrass areas are crucial in creating resilient lawns. Species, cultivars, purity, quality, endophytes, enhanced seed technologies and price need to be considered when selecting seed to maximize success and to minimize the need for pest management.

This session will cover regulations and labelling for seed in Canada, selecting the right seed, and assuring seed is stored and applied properly to maximize the success of seeding programs to produce resilient turfgrass stands and minimize the need for pest management.

Presenter Biography

Eric Lyons.

Dr. Eric Lyons is an associate professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture and director of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute at the University of Guelph. Dr. Lyons specializes in nutrient management, stress physiology and plant competition in sports field, golf course and landscape turf. In addition, Dr. Lyons oversees extensive testing of new emerging products for turfgrass managers and focusses on outreach and education to further the turfgrass industry.

Email: elyons@uoguelph.ca
Website: Guelph Turfgrass Institute

 

Sustainability: What does it mean and how does the turfgrass industry turn this cliché into reality?

Turfgrass Area of Focus: General

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 1 CEC
GCSAA: TBC 

Presenter: John R. Bladon, The Chimera Group

Session Description

This session will focus on sustainability. The word sustainable is becoming more commonplace (and even overused according to some turfgrass industry professionals) in everyday conversation. We will discuss sustainable energy, sustainable businesses, and sustainable agriculture, just to name a few; but, when we talk specifically about professional turfgrass management and golf course management operations, do we know what it means to truly be sustainable?

So, how do we define sustainability for the turfgrass industry and why should we be embracing it? Do managers and superintendents and others understand the impetus? Is sustainability even possible or just a myth? How can we adapt our operations with sustainability in mind? Can we improve the use of water and other resources with increased responsibility? Can we use data and key metrics to improve our operations? What should or can we gather and archive? How and when should we gather it? How do IPM and sustainability synch up? Can it assist us with management of key pests? Can it assist us with planning and executing our pest management methods? What are externalities? This session will address these questions and more!

Presenter Biography

John Bladon.

John R. Bladon has been immersed in the environment since childhood. His love affair with the outdoors was nurtured by his father, a horticulturalist and manager of Grounds at the University of Guelph. Since studying agriculture, horticulture and agronomy at the University of Guelph, John spent time as a golf course superintendent at both private and public facilities. He has worked with a large multinational within the marketing and innovation division as an agronomist providing research, innovation, product development, regulatory support and training, and technical support to the company’s global efforts.

Now a more active participant in many facets of the industry, a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a PAg and a 30-year industry veteran, John has authored in excess of 50 articles and executed more than 50 presentations ranging from business and agronomy, to physiology and chemistry to communications and sustainability. He has lectured to students, golf superintendents, golf course owners, boards of directors and club memberships, regulatory groups, greenhouse operators, growers and farmers, lawn care operators and employees, governments and municipalities on a “common sense” approach to management strategies and crop systems. John has executed presentations in Canada from BC to NL and has successfully engaged the BCGSA, MGSA, OVTA, ASGQ, AGSA (Atlantic) and NGCOA as well as Sports Turf Canada and presenting at the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium.

John operates The Chimera Group, his own management, communications, and consulting firm, and works with a wide variety of parties within the green industry providing an array of strategy-based services. Interestingly, as interest in sustainable operations grows, Chimera continues to expand into other industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, retail, and other industries assisting them with refinements to workflow, energy consumption and other sustainability-based initiatives.

In his spare time, John enjoys golf and travel, and is an avid photographer. He has visited and photographed more than 30 countries around the globe including time spent in New Zealand and Australia, Central and South America, and the Middle East.

Email: john@thechimeragroup.ca
Twitter: John BladonThe Chimera Group
Website: The Chimera Group

The In-House Build of Woodstock Minor Football’s Home

Turfgrass Area of Focus: Sports Turf, Recreation Facilities

Continuing Education Credits: 

ORFA: 1 ORFA professional development credit towards recertification of any ORFA professional designation
CGSA: 1 CGSA CEC
IPM: 0.25 CEC
GCSAA: TBC

Presenters: Chris Kern, Supervisor of Parks and Forestry, and Trevor Warner, City of Woodstock

Session Description

A presentation covering a unique project within the City of Woodstock where a Category 3 soccer field was converted into a Category 1 football field. The presentation will discuss various aspects of the project with specific reference to: 

  • Public consultation and communication
  • Budget planning and forecasting
  • Construction and renovation details
  • Soil requirements for improved plant health and performance
  • Fertilizer and seed rates during renovation
  • LED lighting installation
  • Review of the completed field post-renovation

Presenter Biographies

Chris Kern.Chris Kern has worked the last 13 years for the City of Woodstock—the last eight years as the Supervisor of Parks and Forestry. Before that, Chris operated his own independent landscaping company. Chris is a graduate of the Niagara College Horticultural Technician program and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Parks Association. Chris enjoys fishing and family vacations portaging through Killarney Provincial Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trevor Warner.Trevor Warner: While playing junior college baseball in Tennessee, one of our team was to maintain the field. I enjoyed it and had a knack for it. When I returned to Canada for summer break, I found a job maintaining fields for the City of Welland Sports Complex. Upon my completion of college, I was then fortunate enough to work and learn from some of the best in the southeastern United States sports field construction and renovation industry. 

A year and a half later, I returned to Ontario to become the head groundskeeper for the Niagara Stars which were part of the Canadian baseball league. I was also responsible for completing all the major renovations in Quebec for the league. From there, I started with Mar-Co Clay Products and worked there for 10 years. While at Mar-Co, I completed the Turf Managers’ Short Course Certificate at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute. I then made the change to the municipal environment with the City of Woodstock Parks Department in 2014, gaining a full-time position as their sports field skilled labourer in 2015.