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Congress 2017

Learn something new at Congress '17

Revitalized event features Garden Expo and Fencecraft

August 7, 2017 — For immediate release

Contact: Heather MacRae, Tel: 416-848-7577, Email: hmacrae@landscapeontario.com

Milton, ONT. – From fresh faced newcomers, straight out of school, to industry veterans with decades of experience, Landscape Ontario Congress  '17's diverse lineup of world-class educational sessions and learning opportunities offers something for everyone. Led by engaging and knowledgeable green industry professionals and business leaders, this year's sessions, conferences and live demonstrations aim to make Canada's landscape industry better than ever. 

Learn all about Congress '17's can't-miss educational program in the official Conference Guide, available now.

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is set to change perceptions of the horticultural /landscape industry on January 10-12, 2017 with a revitalized version of Congress. The 44th edition of the show will draw all horticulture / landscape professions together in a 3-in-1 show including Garden Expo, Fencecraft and Congress. The perennial favourite trade show and conference offers:

  • 600 multinational exhibitors
  • 12,000 professionals from all sectors
  • 49 acclaimed speakers
  • 62 hours of professional development
  • 7 social events including 2 exciting parties

“To achieve modern gardens, landscapes, nightscapes, outdoor living space or to source the latest trends in hobby gardening, our members and visitors need to have a one-stop buying venue.” comments Heather MacRae, Director of Events and Trade Shows. “Congress’ popularity with our contractors makes us proud. Welcoming back retail suppliers and independent garden centre owners, our partners from Garden Expo, will lend added excitement to the show after a 16-year hiatus.”

All professions, from garden centre owners to landscape and fence contractors, can see the suppliers, hear from industry experts, network and socialize in a world-class trade show that offers a conduit for professional and business development, personal growth, relationship building, networking and enriched learning. We are better together.

“Sean Trevisanutto of Thunk Bay, Ont.- based Trevisanutto's Landscape & Design, is a regular Congress attendee, who enjoys checking out all of the latest products, services and equipment on the trade show floor. During Congress '16, he told Landscape Ontario magazine that he "met lots of good people" and that attending the show encouraged him to consider expanding into the pool installation business. "We have been here for two days and we could have easily been here for three or four days because there is so much to take in," he said.

The perception of the industry is set to change. Education and on-the-job-training has created a new generation of landscape professionals. The consensus from a recent Landscape Ontario volunteer’s meeting was that industry members are “professionals who want to work together with others to create a better world, run better businesses and participate in building better communities.” The professions work as a team and collaborate to beautify environments for customers — homes, commercial properties, public parks and outdoor spaces. The profession uses Congress to find the products, services and related professionals to make their companies more efficient and effective.

MacRea says that "having live, interactive demonstrations on the show floor brought more more attendees to the show" in 2016, and she is looking forward to building on that success. "It shows how much our industry is willing to share ideas to improve the skill level for everyone. Congress is just one free educational lesson after another." 
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About Congress
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association's Congress is Canada's premier green industry trade show with nearly 600 leading-edge suppliers exhibiting on more than eight acres of show floor, it's the perfect place to find new products, ideas, equipment, services and people connections to make your business grow and prosper. The Congress Conference offers dozens of inspirational and educational sessions run throughout, making Congress a once-a-year opportunity to learn about emerging industry trends, access products and build new relationships.