Grow Schedule of Events

This years show is packed full of fantastic speakers and events. Be sure to also join us for the Grow Social!

February 15, 2018
• Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park • 1405 St. Matthews Avenue

8:00 am to 8:45 am
  • Registration and Refreshments
8:45 am to 9:15 am
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    • Growing Pains & Hiccups Turning the Side Effects of Growth & Change Into Success
    If you are tired of the discomfort or feeling like the changes in your world are continual, you are not alone. We live in a world of constant change that causes us to deal with growing pains and hiccups along the way. They can wear you down and stop you from moving forward if you allow them.
    Wendy will present insights to help you understand that growing pains and hiccups are milestones along the journey of change to achieve growth. Her approach is to provide practical tools to help you work through the pains and hiccups, become better and help reach the next level in your success.
    Participants will learn:
    • The cost of fighting against growth and change
    • How to identify, embrace and use the signs of growth
    • Ways to “Stretch” your comfort zone – consistently and confidently
    • Strategies to help yourself and others get to the next level

    ― Wendy Hofford, Wendy Hofford Leadership Training & Consulting

15 MINUTE BREAK

9:30 am to 10:30 am
  • Incorporating, Contracts and the ‘Fine Print’
    Philippe will cover several topics ranging from business structures to contract law and builder’s liens.

    ― Phillipe Richer, Teffaine Labossiere Richer Law Group
  • Market Your Business with Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
    More info coming soon!

    ― Nick Dueck, Barkman Concrete
  • Selling Plants Online with Deb
    Join Deb in this 1 hour session to learn how you too can sell plants online, increasing sales and loyalty. Learn what has worked and what hasn’t, ask questions and learn something new!
    ― Deb Foisy, Deb’s Greenhouse
  • Options for Shade Tree Diversity
    • ISA CEU certified
    With the discovery of Emerald Ash Borer in the city of Winnipeg, the need for intelligent diversification has never been greater. In his talk, Philip will examine the present state of Winnipeg’s urban forest in the light of proposed diversity guidelines. This seminar will also feature an overview of shade and flowering tree species for zone 3 including their strengths and weaknesses as well as best applications.
    ― Philip Ronald, Jeffries Nurseries Ltd
  • CFIA’s Regulatory Requirements for the Emerald Ash Borer
    • ISA CEU certified
    Learn about the newest detection in Winnipeg and the steps that CFIA is implementing to prevent the spread of it further.
    ― Jason Watts, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

15 MINUTE BREAK

10:45 am to 11:45 am
  • Workplace Safety – Violence in the Workplace
    Chika will provide employees and employers with a better perspective on the rights and responsibilities they have regarding violence in the workplace.
    ― Chika Modozie, Winnipeg Police Service
  • Conducting Forestry Related Pesticide Applications Under a Pesticide Use Permit + Emerald Ash Borer Provincial Update
    Sara & Krystal will discuss pesticide licensing requirements relating to Landscape and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Continuing education credits required to re-certify in IPM will also be discussed. Additionally, she will also cover record keeping requirements and other regulatory requirements pertaining to the industry. Fiona will give an update on where the province stands in regards to Emerald Ash Borer, and their plan going forward.
    ― Pratisara (Sara) Bajracharya, Manitoba Agriculture
    ― Krystal Penner, MB Sustainable Development
    ― Fiona Ross, MB Sustainable Development
  • Succulents: Leading the DIY Craze
    Succulents are hot! In this quick presentation, Deb will teach you some of the key things she does to lead the DIY craze. Be a leader in your area –become the go-to place for newest, trendiest plants and attract your ideal customer and then sell them more once they’re in store.
    ― Debbie Foisy, Debs Greenhouse
  • Emerald Ash Borer – it’s here, now what?
    • ISA CEU certified
    Emerald Ash Borer has arrived in Winnipeg and with that a whole new set of challenges and questions. This session will cover the US experience, how the insect behaves in northern China and what Manitoba might expect.
    ― John Ball, SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department
  • 30 Gadgets That Make Life Easier in the Greenhouse
    Michiel will take you on a tour of his greenhouses and show you some of the gadgets used at High Q Greenhouses and some that he’s discovered in the industry. Use these unique ideas to make your life and business run smoothly!
    ― Michiel Verheul, High Q Greenhouses
11:45 am to 1:15 pm
  • AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE LUNCHEON
    •   Join us for a delicious lunch, included with most Grow tickets.
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Ethical Management & Family Succession–Paying it Forward – Part 1
    Business performance, environmental stewardship, and the extent of a legacy one wants to leave for succeeding generations often reflect the family’s values and aspirations. Legacy-related intentions may, therefore, have the potential to influence the day-to-day management decisions. What management practices and decisions will the current family nursery and landscape firm owners, who desire to have their family name and positive reputation carry through to succeeding generations, need to institute in order to achieve those legacy objectives?
    ― Jeremy Funk, Providence University College
  • Human Resources 101
    Todd will provide an overview of the key foundations of HR and their importance in supporting managed growth.
    ― Todd Nadeau, People First HR Services
  • Annuals and Perennials Worth the Hunt
    Each year brings many new and tempting introductions to the market for us to consider adding to our landscape designs and gardens. The choices can be overwhelming. Join Paul as he highlights many of his top picks of both new and tried and tested proven favorites. He will also share maintenance tips and tricks that he has picked up during his more than 25 years of experience in the industry.
    ― Paul Zammit, Toronto Botanical Garden
  • Trees are good moms: an introduction to the wood-wide-web!
    • ISA CEU certified
    Trees did not evolve to grow as isolated specimens (our frequent choice), but instead survive and thrive as a herd. This session will cover just how trees interact with one another through their own web
    ― John Ball, SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department
  • Emerald Ash Borer and Ground Zero
    • ISA CEU certified
    Joe will discuss how EAB was discovered, handled, and managed in Southeast Michigan.
    ― Joe Aiken, Arborjet Inc.
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Ethical Management & Family Succession–Paying it Forward – Part 2
    Business performance, environmental stewardship, and the extent of a legacy one wants to leave for succeeding generations often reflect the family’s values and aspirations. Legacy-related intentions may, therefore, have the potential to influence the day-to-day management decisions. What management practices and decisions will the current family nursery and landscape firm owners, who desire to have their family name and positive reputation carry through to succeeding generations, need to institute in order to achieve those legacy objectives?
    ― Jeremy Funk, Providence University College
  • Keep the Cash Flowing
    One of the most important but often neglected practices of small businesses in ensuring your receivables are paid on time. Join Kevin in this session to learn crucial tips and strategies to get your accounts are paid on time. Learn what do to when your customer won’t pay you.
    ― Kevin DeBlaere, Commercial Credit Adjusters Ltd.
  • Container Gardening: Drama for Every Season
    Just as outdoor landscapes change throughout the year, Paul believes seasonal transformations should also be reflected in dramatic container arrangements. Join Paul for an energetic presentation where he will discuss the steps to creating an eye catching and lasting planter. He will also highlight many of his favorite choice plants, container combinations and planter accents for every changing season.
    ― Paul Zammit, Toronto Botanical Garden
  • Dutch Elm Disease and Now Emerald Ash Borer – What’s Happening with Winnipeg’s Urban Forest?
    • ISA CEU certified
    Dutch elm disease (DED) is at a critical point in Winnipeg whereby the current incidence of the disease hasn’t been seen since the 1990’s coupled with a more mature elm population and increased urban stresses. Now emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Winnipeg threatening over 350,000 ash trees. Winnipeg is at the greatest risk of significant urban canopy losses and costs just due to EAB alone. This presentation will discuss the City’s current plan to halt the increase in DED incidence, the City’s response to EAB, the impacts to Winnipeg’s canopy, and implications for industry.
    ― Martha Barwinsky, City of Winnipeg
  • Part 1: Lead the Way with LED Lighting (30 min) | Part 2: Bug Out with Biologicals (30 min)
    Part 1: Learn of our “first year experiences with LED lights”. Michiel will tell you what worked and what did not also he will explain the different types of lighting and when you may want to use these. You will see that the transition can have some unexpected bumps. most of all he will tell you what we are doing now and the results.
    Part 2: Michiel will explain our biological approach to insects and fungus in our greenhouses. We have used biologicals for 3 full years now in ornamental greenhouse production and Michiel hopes to show you how to lower the threshold about biologicals and show you that this can be done effectively and what the advantages are for you as his young plant customer.

    ― Michiel Verheul, High Q Greenhouses
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • GROW SOCIAL & SILENT AUCTION
    • Connect with Industry Leaders. Enjoy Food, Prizes, & Fun!