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Landscape Designer Conference

  • Date

    January 9, 2017

  • Time

    8:30 am – 5:30 pm

  • Location

    International Ballroom

  • Building

    International Plaza Hotel



A full-day event, including lunch and closing reception.
An initiative of the Landscape Ontario Designer Sector Group.

The 2017 edition is Presented With Recognition of the OALA.
Sessions qualify for OALA Continuing Education Credits.

Registration Fee
$190 for members and $270 non-members.
Admission to Congress 2017 Trade Show and Tailgate Party is included with registration.

  • Registration & Refreshments
    8:30 am – 9:00 am
  • Landscape Designer Sector AGM
    9:00 am – 9:30 am
    Join your sector peers and learn about what Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association's Designer Group is doing on your behalf, and help shape future initiatives and projects. Highlights will include an update on CNLA's Landscape Standards, an address from OALA Executive Director and President, important information about upcoming certification requirements as well as the Fusion Partners from the Regional Municipality of Peel and the Regional Municipality of York.
  • OPENING KEYNOTE - The 2040 Biosphere Challenge: Maintaining and increasing Our Natural Capital in the Face of Climate Change and Environmental Deterioration
    9:30 am – 10:45 am
    Over the next 23 years our global population will continue to grow by over one billion people to just over 8.1 billion. The bad news is that this increase in population combined with increasing global industrialization will significantly magnify our species’ global ecological footprint and the accelerating deterioration of our biosphere. The good news is that after 2040 our global population will start to decrease, and with it our species’ environmental footprint. It is therefore very clear that our most important challenge over the next 24 years, and a challenge that landscape architects, designers, and horticulturists have the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to, is maintaining and increasing the health of our biosphere and the natural capital that supports it. In his presentation, Craig will explore the environmental challenges we now face, outline a framework for understanding how we should understand these challenges, and present a number of strategies for addressing these challenges. Although the challenges we face are enormous, landscape architects, designers, and horticulturalists have a very important role to play in our species ability to understand and develop real and implementable solutions.
    10:45 am – 11:00 am
  • Leading Social Change – A Unique Opportunity For Our Profession
    11:00 am – 12:15 pm
    Our society is in the midst of a health crisis based upon the sedentary lifestyles spanning every age group and demographic. The ultimate definition of this crisis is found in the statement from the New England Journal of Medicine that “For the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children may have shorter life expectancies than their parents” due to health issues directly related to our sedentary lifestyles. The Come Alive Outside movement is a landscape profession initiative to increase the awareness, intention and opportunities for society…our clients…to live a healthier life outside. Our profession is in a unique position of stewardship on these issues. If we don’t lead this cause for societal change in a collaborative and collective way, who will? Scott will examine the opportunities to align our clients, corporate teams and families with the five core principles of the Come Alive Outside movement: Get Active Outside, Grow Something You Can Eat, Connect with Nature, Learn With Your Hands in the Dirt, and Play Unplugged. presented by | SCOTT WENTWORTH
    12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
  • The Changing Face of Green in the Media
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Television and magazines have impacted how homeowners perceive their outdoor spaces. This change has positively impacted the landscaping industry by introducing the outdoor room to a generation of homeowners wanting to invest in their homes. New numbers are showing that this is all about to change. Make sure you are ahead of the curve with your customers; join Carson for this enlightening session. presented by | CARSON ARTHUR
  • Refreshment Break
    2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
  • Better Return From Your Project Team
    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
    Lei and Glenn are both well versed on the necessity of collaboration to get the job done right. When the City of Toronto decided to modernize the plaza area in front of the East York Civic Centre and incorporate a permeable pavement demonstration area, they stipulated very specific aesthetic criteria and demanded assurances of long term structural and hydraulic performance. It was through a synergistic effort of the entire project team that ensured the end result combined a truly unique visionary design, along with technical validation based on the most recent industry studies and best practices for a quality installation. Join Lei and Glenn for this enlightening look at collaboration. presented by | Lei Chang and Glenn Herold
  • CLOSING KEYNOTE: Collaborate or Die
    3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
    Landscape design is becoming a very specialized field that requires the expertise of a wide range of consultants working together to develop a design solution. The days of the “Jack of All Trades” is long gone as the complexity of what a landscape designer is asked to deliver becomes much more complex and challenging. Join Ron as he walks the audience through why collaboration is the key to a successful design practice. presented by | RON KOUDYS
    4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
    Enjoy refreshments with colleagues and event partners; more time to visit the partner exhibits.
Meet with our Partners!
They will be located in the International Plaza Lobby during the conference.

Presenting Partner


Supporting Partners


Select Stone


Peel Region

York Region


  • Craig Applegath

    Craig Applegath OAA, AIA, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C


    Toronto, Ont

    CArchitect, urban designer, and a pioneer in planning and design of regenerative buildings, urban resilience, and symbiotic cities, Craig is a principal and founding partner of DIALOG’s Toronto studio.

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  • Scott Wentworth

    Scott Wentworth OALA, CSLA

    Wentworth Landscapes

    Picton, ON

    Scott Wentworth is Owner/Founder of Wentworth Landscapes in Picton, Ontario.

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  • Ron Koudys

    Ron Koudys BLA, MED, OALA, CSLA, ASLA, RLA (MI), CLD

    Ron Koudys Landscape Architects Inc

    London, ON

    Ron Koudys retired as professor and coordinator for the Landscape Design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario after 31 years.

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  • Glenn Herold

    Glenn Herold P. Eng., M. ASCE

    Oaks Concrete Products by Brampton Brick

    Brampton, ON

    Glenn Herold, P.

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  • Lei Chang

    Lei Chang BARCH, MLA, OALA, CSLA

    Forrec Inc


    Lei Chang is a registered landscape architect whose creative, professional approach ensures that each of her projects elegantly resolves problems, innovates new possibilities, and runs smoothly from concept to construction.

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  • Carson Arthur

    Carson Arthur

    Corus Entertainment

    Carson Arthur is an international landscape designer with a focus on environmentally friendly design.

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