IPM Symposium

  • Date

    January 8, 2018

  • Time

    7:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • Location

    Cohen Ballroom

  • Building

    Toronto Congress Centre

#LOCongress '18
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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.

Registration Fee
$160 a ticket (for a Member or Non-Member).

Admission to Congress '18 Trade Show Exhibits and the Tailgate Party is included in registration prices. The Congress Conference and other special events are a separate fee.

Refunds will not be issued, so please send a representative in your place if you cannot attend.

  • Registration and Refreshments
    7:30 am – 8:00 am
  • Weather Patterning for Turfgrass Success
    8:00 am – 9:30 am
    Weather has become more extreme; summers are hotter, winters are colder, and storms provide more moisture in shorter amounts of time. The desired explanation is to point solely to the concept of global warming to explain every inconvenient climactic change. This is understandable, for global warming has the potential to be controlled. Natural climate is uncontrollable. El Niño continues to affect insect and disease activity. So how do business professionals in the landscape industry take their controllable talents and succeed against the rising difficulties of natural climate? Preparation. James Garriss III will provide insight on the short and long-term climate trends that are impacting weather, and what to expect in the near future. This information will allow professionals to be proactive instead of reactive to upcoming weather events, and address the challenges and opportunities the climate presents for turfgrass and related industries.

    presented by | JAMES J. GARRISS
  • Refreshment Break
    9:30 am – 9:45 am
  • Host Ranges of Pests and Pathogens: Why It Matters
    9:45 am – 10:45 am
    Emerald ash borers and Asian long-horned beetles: which plants are affected and which are not? What will rose rosette affect – how about plum black knot – bacterial fireblight – Bot rot? Is American beech affected by the beech blight aphid and European beech by the woolly beech aphid – or is it the other way around? Does pine wood nematode affect native plants more than non-natives, or how about bronze birch borer? And why are black walnuts, a native plant, devastated by a native insect/fungus combination? Developing a knowledge portfolio of which pests affect what plants and keeping straight relationships of plants to each other is a key first step in plant health management and integrated pest management efforts. Let us discuss and learn together such relationships, using specific examples and fundamental generalizations.

    presented by | JIM CHATFIELD, M.S.
  • What The Foliage?!?
    10:45 am – 11:45 am
    This session will discuss current plant health issues on some of our common landscape trees such as environmental stress, diseases, and insect pest issues. Jen will also discuss the various ways to diagnose tree health issues.

    presented by | JENNIFER LLEWELLYN, B.Sc. M.Sc.
  • Lunch and Supplier Showcase
    11:45 am – 1:00 pm
    Cost of lunch included with registration.
  • Update from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
    1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Scott Olan from the MOECC will provide inspection, exemption and compliance updates from the Ministry. He will include details on items professionals may be unsure of to help applicators understand the rules and prepare them to pass inspection.
    presented by | SCOTT OLAN, B.Sc. (Agri)
  • Top Three Invasive Plants Impacting Turf Professionals
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    Join Kellie as she highlights the top three, priority invasive plants impacting landscape professionals, specifically the turf grass industry. She will review how to identify them, their impacts, and most importantly how to properly control them in a safe and effective manner.

    presented by | KELLIE SHERMAN
  • Refreshment Break
    2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
  • Turfer Than It Looks: Sustainable turf systems and how they benefit our environment
    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
    Greenscapes significantly enhance our built environments. Apart from the aesthetic value turf brings to cityscapes, it can aid establishment of other plant species within the landscape and deliver broader environmental benefits that help mitigate effects of climate change. From the humble lawn and beyond, turfgrasses are part of the solution. Selection of new species for challenging environments and anticipated changes in weather patterns, methods to promote establishment and performance, all play a role in ensuring that turf is no longer the forgotten hero. Michael will include an update on turf trials, effects of biostimulants and a brief review of the benefits of turf in the urban environment.

    presented by | DR. MICHAEL BROWNBRIDGE, PH.D.
  • Prize Draw
    3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
    Includes a Grand Prize Draw. Must be present to win.

Presenting Sponsor

Keynote Sponsor

Tabletop Sponsors






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


  • James Garriss

    James J Garriss III

    Browning Media LLC

    Las Vegas, NV

    James began his career with The Browning Newsletter when he was four years old, photocopying jet stream maps from the stacks of various University of New Mexico libraries.

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  • Jim Chatfield

    Jim Chatfield B.S., M.S.

    Ohio State University

    Wooster, ON

    Chatfield is an Associate Professor with Ohio State University Extension in Wooster and in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science and the Department of Plant Pathology.

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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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  • Jennifer Llewellyn

    Jennifer Llewellyn B.Sc. M.Sc.

    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

    Guelph, ON

    Jen is the Provincial Nursery and Landscape Specialist with OMAFRA and has been for over 17 years.

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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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  • Kellie Sherman

    Kellie Sherman B.Sc.

    Ontario Invasive Plant Council

    Peterborough, Ontario

    Kellie started with the OIPC in January of 2014 as the Project Liaison and became the coordinator in August of 2015.

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