December 31, 2008
Ottawa Chapter This Week
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Happy New Year
A Happy New Year from your Ottawa board of directors. Here is an \'Old Irish saying\' as you begin this new year: \"In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship and never in want.\"
SCIP in Ottawa
Safe Communities Incentive Program (SCIP) is scheduled each Tuesday, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 and Mar. 10th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This SCIP program promotes safety in the workplace and can help small businesses reduce their WSIB insurance premiums. Participating firms gain access to health and safety training programs, resources, and health and safety experts to help them create better, safer workplaces. Register by calling Joanne Gordon, WSIB, 1-800-663-6639, ext. 2447.
Program helps members succeed — Jan. 14 and 15
LO\'s Prosperity Partnership program is like no other program available. Developed by landscape professionals for landscape professionals, it is intended to help green industry companies clarify what they excel at and what components of their business need attention and improvement. Click here to register for the introductory seminar on Jan. 14 and the Jan. 15 best practices seminar, both in Napanee.
Winter is time to brush-up business skills
Ottawa is presenting an exciting series of green industry business management courses, based on the six required modules to achieve CLP certification. These are stand-alone business courses; if they wish, participants may write the corresponding CLP exam at the end of the day. Ottawa will be hosting all six modules of the program:
• Strategic Planning - Mon., Jan. 26
• Leadership and Corporate Citizenship - Tues., Jan. 27
• Human Resource Management – Wed., Jan. 28
• Corporate Financial Management – Wed., Feb. 4
• Marketing and Sales Management – Thurs., Feb. 5
• Exterior Production Operations and Risk Contracts and Legal Requirements – Fri., Feb. 6.

For more details, or to register today, visit
GreenTrade open to exhibitors
Are you supplying products or services to the green industry? Consider exhibiting at GreenTrade Expo in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario\'s premiere green industry buying show. It’s on Wed., Feb.18, 2009, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Over 1,000 attendees will attend at Lansdowne Park, Ottawa Civic Centre, Ottawa. For exhibit space or sponsorship inquiries, contact Lynn Lane, 613-796-5156 or

LO This Week
Receive profile ribbon
Members are invited to drop by and see us at Landscape Ontario\'s Congress 2009, from January 6 - 8 at the Toronto Congress Centre. Visit the LO Resource Centre, Booth #728 to receive your ‘profile ribbon’ and your chance to win a free membership! We will have a draw, so bring a business card with you. Get recognized as a: Commodity Group member, Chapter Board member, Prosperity Partner, CLP, CHT, CIT, CLD. Also, take the opportunity to visit the Green Forum stage, New Product Showcase, Green Products Showcase and catch a couple of seminars at the Congress Conference. To register for the trade show or conferences, or for more show information go to
Awards to honour landscapers – Jan. 6
The top landscape contractors, designers and maintenance contractors in the Ontario horticulture industry will be honoured at the Awards of Excellence Ceremony and President\'s Reception at Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 655 Dixon Rd., Toronto during Congress 2009. The President\'s Reception, is from 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. and the Awards of Excellence Ceremony, is from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The annual awards ceremony is a ticketed event.
Latest landscape design newsletter
Just in time for Congress, the third installment of the Landscape Design newsletter is out. To read all the interesting articles go to
SCIP needs registrations
The Safe Communities Incentive Program (SCIP) has announced that due to lack of registrations, all SCIP programs for Landscape Ontario will be cancelled, other than the one booked in Ottawa and at LO’s Milton office. These two venues will also be cancelled if not enough registrations are received by January 15. For information contact Carol Divitkos at 1-800-663-6639, ext. 3431.
Learn why what worked doesn\'t work
A half-day workshop, entitled \'Why What Worked Doesn\'t Work Anymore and How to Make it Work,\' for business owners and managers is scheduled for Feb. 12 at the Best Western in Milton and Feb. 20 at the RA Centre in Ottawa. The workshops begin at 9 and until 12-noon, with lunch provided. A minimum of 25 registrations are required to justify running the event, with a maximum of 50 seats available. Those numbers must be confirmed ten days previous to the respective workshop. Register after Jan. 12 through the website. For information, contact Sally Harvey at, 1-800-265-5656, ext. 315, or fax 905-875-3942.
Great opportunity at Canada Blooms
Don\'t be left behind - ensure your company stands out amongst the crowd by showcasing your skills and services at Canada Blooms 2009. There are a limited number of small, walled gardens available to LO members to showcase their skills to over 80,000 people from March 18 to 22nd. Participants have access to mulch, sand, equipment, volunteer material handling, tickets to Canada Blooms and $9.00 per square foot of garden. For information contact Charlie Dobbin at charliedobbin@canadablooms, or via phone at 905- 508-3806, fax 905-508-7489, or cell 647-283-1841.

Allan Dennis Editor, Landscape Ontario 905-875-1805, ext 320 To unsubscribe to this email, please click here