IPM Symposium

  • Date

    January 7, 2019

  • Time

    7:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • Location

    Cohen Ballroom

  • Building

    Toronto Congress Centre



The key to turf IPM is the use of cultural practices that optimize growth of grasses and minimize conditions favorable to pest insects, weeds, or pathogens. Landscape Ontario's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium has been a uniquely respected event since 1965. Attendees will earn 6 CECs from the IPM Council of Canada.

Coffee will be hot and ready so get your seat and get ready for 1st session at 8:00 AM.

$120 for Members and Non-Members until December 14
$160 for Members and Non-Members after December 14

Admission to Congress 2019 Trade Show and Tailgate Party is included with registration. The Congress Conference and other special events are a separate fee.

  • Registration and Refreshments
    7:30 am – 8:00 am
  • Effective Problem Solving Skills
    8:00 am – 9:30 am
    Effective problem solving is an essential component of integrated pest management in landscape environments. This session will provide participants with the opportunity to refine their problem solving skills through a series of examples and exercises using actual landscape case studies. Common biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors that influence plant growth will be reviewed and a logical step-by-step approach to effective problem solving will be explored. At the end of the session participants will have enhanced strategic problem solving skills they can apply to effectively resolve landscape problems they encounter.

    presented by | Rob Witherspoon, B.Sc. (Agr), M.Sc. | DCS & Associates
  • Refreshment Break
    9:30 am – 9:45 am
  • Ticks and Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know
    9:45 am – 10:45 am
    With rising summer temperatures and mild winters, the tick is growing in population in many different regions. Although ticks don’t pose a direct threat to the overall health of your turf, it does threaten the potential well being of those who are in the turf care profession. Jim Wilson, Founder and President of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation will be explaining what Lyme disease is, how it is contracted, how to prevent it, and what to do if you become infected.

    presented by | Jim Wilson | Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
  • Invasive Species Management in Ontario
    10:45 am – 11:45 am
    Join the Invasive Species Centre as we provide an overview of the most important elements of invasive species policy and management for Ontario’s horticulture industry practitioners. We will review the key initiatives occurring at the federal, provincial and municipal level to prevent new invasive species introductions and improve control of existing nuisance species.
    The presentation will provide an overview of important policies and legislation that impact invasive plant control practitioners in Ontario. We will then review how to identify and control Ontario’s most notable invasive plants including giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, Phragmites and other species impacting Ontario’s horticulture industry.

    presented by | Tracey Cooke & Colin Cassin | Invasive Species Centre
  • Lunch and Supplier Showcase
    11:45 am – 1:00 pm
    Lunch included with registration.
  • MECP Update
    1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Overview of the new online licensing system for renewing licences. Updates on regulations for landscape operators.

    presented by | Karl Soetemans | Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Soil Health Fundamental to Good IPM
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    Details coming soon!
  • Refreshment Break
    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
  • Turfgrass and the Built Environment
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
    A well-structured greenscape can significantly enhance the quality of our built environments in numerous ways. All components contribute towards mitigating effects of climate change - extreme heat and rain events for example. Green spaces have a positive effect on our general health and wellbeing, and add value to residential properties. To get maximum functionality out of the landscape, though, requires work. From selection of the right plant species and species assemblages, to proper upkeep and maintenance. Research can play a key role in addressing some of the key questions related to optimizing the performance and health of our living landscape. This presentation will provide an update on turf trials, implications for day-to-day management, and considers the role of turf and other green components in our urban landscape.

    presented by | Michael Brownbridge, Ph.D. | Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
  • Prize Draw
    3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Presenting Sponsor

Keynote Sponsor

Tabletop Sponsors






Net proceeds from the IPM Symposium are donated to lawn care research or a suitable alternative.


  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon BSc (Agr), MSc

    DCS & Associates

    Gravenhurst, Ontario

    Rob retired in 2015 after a 28-year career as an educator at the University of Guelph.

    Full Bio
  • Jim Wilson

    Jim Wilson

    Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

    West Kelowna, BC

    Jim Wilson, President and Founder of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, has been involved in networking with Lyme victims and providing information for over 20 years.

    Full Bio
  • Karl Soetemans

    Karl Soetemans

    Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

    Karl is a Pesticides Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, based out of the Southwest Region.

    Full Bio
  • Michael Brownbridge

    Dr. Michael Brownbridge Ph.D.

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    Vineland Station, ON

    Michael received his Ph.

    Full Bio
  • Tracey Cooke

    Tracey Cooke

    Invasive Species Centre

    Sault Ste Marie, ON

    Tracey Cooke has been the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Centre since 2015.

    Full Bio
  • Colin Cassin

    Colin Cassin

    Invasive Species Centre

    Sault Ste Marie, ON

    Colin Cassin is a Program and Policy Analyst with the Invasive Species Centre.

    Full Bio
  • Greg Patterson

    Greg Patterson P.A.g

    A & L Canada Laboratories Inc

    London, ON

    Full Bio