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Congress readies for January conference


October 15, 2014
By Mike Jiggens

Landscape Ontario will present its 42nd Congress show Jan. 6-8 at Toronto's Congress Centre. The event is regarded as Canada's premier industry trade show show and conference for green industry professionals.

Congress offers eight acres of more than 600 multinational vendors, under one roof; the ideal purchasing environment for design-build, fence, landscape and pool contractors looking to see the latest technologies, equipment, tools and products on the market. If you influence purchasing decisions for your business, then you won’t want to miss this event.
 
The co-location of Congress with the Canadian Fence Industry Association’s Fencecraft and Landscape Ontario’s multiple partnerships in the Green Infrastructure Pavilion, a show-within-a-show, offers a glimpse into allied industry’s products and creates multiple business opportunities from new and untapped markets.
 
Skilled trades are the backbone of the landscaping industry. Attracting new workers is top of mind with business owners looking to prevent a skilled trade shortage in the future. Responding to this, Landscape Ontario (LO), having partnered with many universities and colleges, will present its revitalized Education Hub. The new feature area will consist of a massive 3,000-square-foot garden that demonstrates the creativity, collaboration and integration of talent from the professors, students and suppliers responsible for the design, construction and dismantling of the garden during the show. Business owners looking to identify and connect with young skilled workers will find them at the show.
 
One of the most valuable investments to be made, personally or professionally, is to increase your knowledge. At Congress, attendees will not only increase their product knowledge from the 600-plus vendors, but will also have the opportunity to participate in the industry’s most popular conference. Landscape Ontario’s four-day conference program begins on Warm-Up Monday, Jan. 5 (pre-trade show), with industry-specific seminars on integrated pest management (IPM) and landscape design, hosted by the sector groups. The year 2015 sees the launch of a peer-to-peer workshop, and the Cultivate and Connect (formerly known as Connecting Educators), both on Monday. Thursday features a reformatted Irrigation Conference that now includes lunch and more time for delegates to learn about new products and technologies in water conservation.
 
The full conference, running Jan. 6-8, presents new concepts, ideas and valuable insight from leading industry experts. The program is full of options for employees and business owners wanting to stay a step ahead. The event also includes the Awards of Excellence Ceremony presented by Draglam Salt and Earthco Soil Mixtures and supporting sponsor Connon Nurseries CBV Holdings, and the annual Tailgate Party, sponsored by Landscape Ontario’s Hardscape Committee.

For more information, visit http://www.locongress.com .