March 1, 2018
More interaction and excitement than ever at Congress ’18
Landscape Ontario’s Congress once again saw strong attendance numbers, with nearly 14,000 landscape professionals visiting Canada’s premier green industry trade show and conference Jan. 9-11 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The 45th edition of the show featured over 600 exhibitors across each sector of the profession, marking a sold-out show floor.
“The attendee experience at Congress just gets better and better every year, as exhibitors create interesting and imaginative ways to engage visitors to their booths,” said show manager Heather MacRae. “Whether it was through virtual reality and technological experiences, or creative games, this was an exciting Congress to be at.”
Congress ’18 was highlighted by the Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence ceremony, held on Jan. 9. Toronto, Ont.-based Landscape Plus Limited received the Dunington-Grubb Award for the highest overall score in the construction categories; Roger Wills Contracting won the Casey van Maris Award, given to the project awarded the highest marks for execution of unique and innovative design in landscaping; and Urban Garden won the Don Salivan Award, which recognizes top marks in the maintenance categories.
The event also featured live events on the show floor including: Drive Live! with police officers outlining vehicle and trailer safety regulations; Hardscape Live! with new presenter Frank Bourque; and the new Green Live!, a partnership between LO and the International Society of Aboriculture Ontario (ISAO), which demonstrated professional tree planting and maintenance techniques.
Next year’s Congress will take place Jan. 8-10, 2019, at the Toronto Congress Centre.