November 15, 2019
Snow pros discuss latest issues at Snowposium 2019
The commercial vehicle safety demonstration was led by Halton Police Services.
Over 250 snow and ice removal professionals gathered at the newly-renovated Landscape Ontario education and training facility in Milton, Ont., Snowposium 2019.

Held Sept. 23, the day featured a full conference with expert speakers, great panel discussions, networking, trade show, and live, interactive demonstrations.

Richard Burch, owner of Burch Landscape Services in Waterloo, Ont., attended the event and commented: “I thought it was a perfect opportunity with the new building. With all that is going on in our industry — with liability insurance, people not getting insured, salt shortages, that was one of the reasons I decided to attend.” Burch said he was glad to hear about the private members bill that is aimed to level the playing field in regards to slip and fall claims.

In addition to the hot topic of insurance, conference sessions on liquid de-icing proved to be very popular as well.

Kassandra Frankis, sales manager at Tillsonbrands, says she received a lot of questions from contractors on her line of ice melter products after sitting in on some of the liquid de-icing discussions. Frankis says the event allows her to support dealers, raise brand awareness and display new products.

Dan Anderson, Ontario sales rep for Gryb was also displaying product at the trade show. The Quebec-based heavy equipment manufacturer recently opened a manufacturing facility in Ontario and the company’s rotary ice breaker attachment is being used by the City of Ottawa. By using the technology, the City plans to save money on salt and ice melters, which can also become ineffective at extremely low temperatures.

Two outdoor demonstrations, one on salt calibration, the other on commercial vehicle safety, drew large crowds to the outdoor trade show, where attendees got a first-hand look at how things worked, what to do, and what not to do.

The event was the first large conference held at the newly-renovated Landscape Ontario facility and many attendees were very impressed with the new meeting space.

Congratulations to Helen Pantis from TCG National, the lucky winner of the two Toronto Raptors tickets, donated by Draglam Salt.