April 1, 2019

CNLA news - April 2019


Snow and ice risks

Given the challenges the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) and associate provincial members face related to snow and ice liability, and obtaining cost-effective and sustainable insurance, the need for standardized Snow and Ice Operations Risk Management Guidelines has long been recognized. In October 2018, Marsh Risk Consulting worked together with the Landscape Ontario Snow and Ice Management Group to complete the first iteration of the CNLA Snow and Ice Operations Risk Management Guidelines document. For more information, go to gfl.me/h4r6 to read more. For business insurance, please contact Marsh Canada Limited at 1-888-949-4360 or cnla.hortprotect@marsh.com.

Last call for certification!

If your certification has lapsed, we want to give you one last chance to renew. Landscape certification will continue and is currently being revamped to become Canadian owned and controlled, aligned with the Red Seal Occupational Standard and streamlined to be more convenient and accessible.

The new test will be launched in early 2020. Equivalency tests will be developed to ensure in-progress candidates transition seamlessly.

CNLA has always, and will continue, to be the administering body for landscape certification in Canada. If you were certified in Canada and kept up your certification, you will automatically be grandfathered into the new program. Recertify now to avoid having to take the new test.

Why recertify? Many credible accreditation programs require recertification (e.g. Health Care, Accountants, Lawyers, HR Professionals, Arborists, Landscape Architects). It is important to keep current with emerging information and technology, especially in an evolving industry such as ours. Recertification fees are directly invested back into the certification program and go towards promotion and continual upgrades.

Please recertify to help build the critical mass of certified landscape technicians and increase public recognition of our profession. For the recertification form, visit: cnla.ca/uploads/pdf/Recertification-Form-2018.pdf. If you have any questions or want help with the form, please contact Professional Development at CNLA; certification@cnla-acpp.ca, 1-888-446-3499 ext. 8620.

Provincial shows throughout the year

It can be challenging to keep track of all the trade shows that occur each year. We encourage you to mark your calendars now with the dates of these upcoming trade shows and conferences that are hosted by your provincial associations.   

JANUARY: Landscape Ontario Congress
This show, put on by Landscape Ontario in early January at the Toronto Congress Centre, is a great way to start off the year. Plan ahead by checking out equipment you might need for the upcoming season or connect with different suppliers. Congress is the annual trade show and conference for Canada’s horticultural and landscape professionals. Rated as one of North America’s top shows for the green industry, it features over 600 booths covering eight acres, and more than 60 professional development sessions. Next year’s event is scheduled for January 7-9, 2020 — be sure to mark your calendars now! Registration will be open in September. Visit LOcongress.com.

Grow is hosted by the Manitoba Nursery Landscape Association at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park in Winnipeg. The date for this year’s event was February 13, 2019. Building on the tradition of the Manitoba Green Show, Grow delivers more of what everyone wants. This one-day event is jam-packed with everything you need to get excited about the upcoming season — education, awards and a fun evening!  Registration includes food, seminars, inspiration and a great opportunity to mix and mingle with peers and industry suppliers. No date has been set yet for 2020, but we will be sure to announce it when it becomes available. Visit grow.mbnla.com.

CanWest will be held on Sept. 25 - 26, 2019, at Tradex in Abbotsford, B.C. With the season for landscaping still underway, this is the perfect opportunity to find tools, equipment, or supplies you need to complete your projects. With a lot of work already completed, you can also use this show to think ahead for next year, see what changes you can make and how to better prepare yourself. CanWest is Western Canada’s premier horticultural trade show, connecting buyers and sellers throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Visit canwesthortshow.com.

NOVEMBER: Green Industry Show and Conference
The Green Industry Show and Conference (GISC) is Alberta’s premier trade show for the landscape, greenhouse, nursery, garden centre, turf and tree care industry. It is the largest trade show of its kind between Toronto and Vancouver, with over 140 exhibitors located in one convenient location. With a tradition of rotating between Edmonton and Calgary, the 2019 GISC will be held Nov. 14 - 15 in the BMO Centre at Stampede Park in Calgary. November weather may be tough to predict, but you can count on the wealth of knowledge and expertise you will acquire at GISC. To find out more about what you can expect, check out greenindustryshow.com.

The HortEast trade show, traditionally held each November, rotates between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Moncton will host the event in 2019. HortEast is billed as the annual trade show for those who have an interest in the landscape industry in Atlantic Canada and surrounding areas. Network with new and old friends at social events,  including a welcome reception and kitchen party, learn at pre-show workshops and conference sessions, participate in industry exams and visit over 50 exhibitors from across Canada. To keep track of all the updates, go to horteast.com.

Whether you attend one or all the trade shows produced by Canada’s provincial associations, there is always something to be gained. Each of the shows strives to have something for everyone, including landscapers, retailers, growers and suppliers. Contact your provincial association to see what other events are planned in upcoming months.
The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association is the federation of Canada’s provincial horticultural trade associations. Visit www.cnla-acpp.ca for more information.