October 15, 2012
Coming back home proved the right move for the Landscape Ontario Snow and Ice Symposium, held on Sept. 20 at LO’s Milton home office.

More than 250 people participated in educational events, trade show and networking. Both the trade show and conference were sold out.

The show was last held at the LO home office in 2009, later moving to larger quarters in Kitchener when it was felt the show had out-grown the facilities at LO. By reconfiguring the set-up for the show at home office, this year proved that the home office could accommodate attendance numbers.

Rain held off until half-way through the day, and then really came down, which proved a benefit to the exhibitors inside the greenhouse. Also, the smell of fresh popped popcorn didn’t hurt.

Appreciation went to the symposium sponsors Tillson Brands, Jet Blue and Allstone Equipment.

Three conferences were available. Managing Your Risk was a panel presentation moderated by Gerald Boot CLP, interim chair of the LO Snow and Ice Sector Group. Panel members included Robert Kennaley from law offices of McLauchlin & Associates and Lyne Erwin from Marsh Canada. Ice Melters: Success Stories! was a presentation by Brian Perras, director of the LO Snow and Ice Sector Group. This presentation included Dr. Liping Fu of the University of Waterloo, and William and Nicole Jordan from Urban Meadows Landscaping.

Another popular presentation was entitled What’s New? The Latest Equipment and Technology. This presentation was by Robert Roszell, RELinks, with John Schroeter of Ideal Surfacing, Mark Kough of Henderson Truck Equipment and Tim Van Seters of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

One of the most popular demonstrations was by the Ministry of Transportation.

Companies exhibiting products in the trade show included Allstone Equipment – Meyer Products, HM Snow Removal Markers, Cubex Limited, DEL Diesel Equipment, Da-Lee Professional Dust and Ice Management Solutions, Draglam Salt, Drive Products, Drivetec, Eastern Farm Machinery, Eco Solutions, Eloquip, Ground Control Contracting, Innovative Surface Solutions, Joe Johnson Equipment, Marsh Canada, Martek Supply, MegaDome/Harnois Industries, Nisco National Leasing, Rittenhouse, Road Equipment Links, Snow and Ice Management Association, Smart about Salt, Tillson Brands, Total Equipment Rentals, Twin Equipment and Voth Sales and Service.