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IPM Symposium

  • Date

    January 9, 2017

  • Time

    7:30 am – 4:30 pm

  • Location

    Cohen Ballroom

  • Building

    Toronto Congress Centre



The key to lawn 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 set and get ready for 1st session at 8:00 AM.

Registration Fee
$140 for a member or non-member.
Admission to Congress '17 Trade Show Exhibits and the Tailgate Party is included in registration prices. The Congress Conference and other special events are a separate fee.

  • Registration and Refreshments
    7:30 am – 8:00 am
  • Soil Health: The Role of Bio-stimulants and Bio-fertilizer To Create Good Biology For Healthy Turf
    8:00 am – 9:30 am
    In this session Tim will cover the basics of soil biology; its role in growing turf and how the relationship affects the promotion of healthy turf, discouraging disease and weeds. What are bio-stimulants and bio-fertilizers? What are the roles of bio-stimulants and bio-fertilizers in the achievement of a healthier turf that requires less inputs and less water while maintaining the levels that the public expects in their green spaces? Attention will also be spent on the unique requirements of sports fields and high use areas. New technologies and products such as bio stimulants and bio fertilizers have shown some promise for turf performance especially in an increasingly social, economical and environmental reality of doing more with less… less inputs, less water, less budget. Tim will provide the audience a ‘refresher’ on the soil’s microorganisms inter-relationships with plants to assist the audience’s understanding how bio stimulants and bio fertilizers work and to assess its effects on turf from a soil health perspective. presented by | TIM PENSTONE
  • Refreshment Break
    9:30 am – 9:45 am
  • Perception vs Reality: How Science Can Help Dispel Common Misconceptions
    9:45 am – 10:45 am
    From GMO’s, to organic farms, to the growing fear of glyphosate and environmental exposure - public opinion about conventional horticultural practices and the use of pesticides continues to be shaped by viral, pop-culture, marketing messages. Often times, the information is not based on science, but rather scare-tactics and emotional reasoning which threatens the future of pest control, the advancement of biotechnology, and horticultural productivity in the future. In this session Paul will dig into some of the common misconceptions about pesticides, biotechnology, and the turfgrass industry, using peer-reviewed science and empirical data to better understand the true ramifications and realities of our pest control activities both today and in the future. presented by | PAUL GIORDANO
  • What's Wrong With This Tree? Common and Uncommon Problems in the Urban Landscape
    10:45 am – 11:45 am
    There are many issues affecting trees; knowing and identifying problems in trees can be challenging at times, and force you to become a detective. Abiotic and biotic complications can cause serious health concerns for your prized specimens, from pests such as insects and disease, as well as the human kind, to environmental and site conditions. In this presentation some commonly seen issues will be discussed, with various treatment options, along with unique and interesting scenarios that have been observed in the inner-city landscape. Presented by | BECKY MOULE
  • Lunch and Supplier Showcase
    11:45 am – 12:30 pm
    Cost of lunch included with registration.
  • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Update
    12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
    Scott Olan from the MOECC will provide the audience with inspection and compliance updates from the Ministry of the Environment, discussing the do’s and don’ts for pesticide use in Ontario. This session will outline some of the details you may be wondering about to help you and your applicators understand and be prepared to pass your next inspection. presented by | SCOTT OLAN
  • The Way Forward with IPM in Turf: Opportunities, Challenges and Managing Clients Expectations
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    How close are we to a functional IPM program for turf in Ontario? Certainly pesticide restrictions and changing home-owner expectations create the environment and need, but there are many challenges along the way to developing a system that can be readily implemented and delivers the desired results. This presentation considers some of the components and how they may be used to shape an IPM program, and provides some insights that may help the way we can communicate the benefits of this approach to clients. presented by | MICHAEL BROWNBRIDGE
  • Refreshment Break
    2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
  • Enhancing IPM Success with the Correct Tools: Doing Better With What We Have, and Doing it Right
    2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
    Join Michael Brownbridge for this panel discussion as he opens a technical toolbox for IPM success with leading industry experts. Nematodes, overseeding, fungicides, aeration, fertilizing... what tool should you use, why... and when. Bring your questions! moderated by | MICHAEL BROWNBRIDGE panelists | KEN PAVELY, CHUCK ANDERSON, TIM TRIPP, RICHARD REED, JOHN GRAHAM
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    With colleagues and sponsors, including a Grand Prize Draw. Must be present to win. Visit with our sponsors in the lobby; your best opportunity for one-on-one time with professional IPM suppliers.

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Closing Session Sponsor

Tabletop Sponsors






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


  • Tim Tripp

    Tim Tripp M.Sc.

    Neudorff North America

    Brentwood Bay, BC

    Tim is the Canadian Business Manager for Neudorff North America, a position created January 2011 largely due to the strong sales of Fiesta lawn weed killer in Ontario.

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  • Ken Pavely

    Ken Pavely

    Lawn Life Natural Turf Products

    Mono, ON

    Ken is the sales manager for Lawn Life Turf Products.

    Full Bio
  • Paul Giordano

    Paul Giordano Ph. D.

    Bayer CropScience Inc.

    Guelph, ON

    Giordano is a turfgrass pathologist and Green Solutions Specialist for Bayer Environmental Science in Canada.

    Full Bio
  • Tim Penstone

    Tim Penstone B.Sc.

    Enviroperfect Solutions

    Duffield, AB

    Tim Penstone has a degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Waterloo and is a graduate of world-renowned soil microbiologist, Dr.

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  • Michael Brownbridge

    Dr. Michael Brownbridge Ph.D.

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    Vineland Station, ON

    Michael received his Ph.

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  • Scott Olan B.Sc. (Agri)

    Scott Olan B.Sc. (Agri)

    Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

    Toronto, ON

    Scott Olan, B.

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  • Richard Reed

    Richard Reed

    Lawn Life Natural Turf Products

    Mono, ON

    Richard is president of Dufferin Lawn Care and Lawn Life Turf Products.

    Full Bio
  • John Graham

    John Graham CCA

    Graham Agriservices

    Port Hope, ON

    John is co-owner of Graham Agriservices and President of Port Britain Chemicals Incorporated which retails pesticides to agricultural and aquatic applicators.

    Full Bio
  • Chuck Anderson

    Chuck Anderson B.Sc.

    The Andersons Inc

    Maumee, Ohio

    Chuck received a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from Ohio State University and started his career working as a Tree and Shrub Specialist for Chemlawn in the 80’s.

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  • Becky Moule

    Becky Moule ISA, TRAQ

    Olympic Tree Care

    London, ON

    Becky Moule, known to her clients as the “tree doctor”, and as “Becky the bug lady” to some of her client’s children, has been practicing plant health care through Arboriculture for 14 years.

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