Ontario Turfgrass Symposium

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THE LEADING EDGE OF INFORMATION

As Canada’s foremost event for the turf sector—including lawn care, sports turf, golf, recreation facilities and nursery sod—the annual Ontario Turfgrass Symposium offers sessions on the latest research and innovations in turf management.

The next Ontario Turfgrass Symposium (OTS) is taking place on Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20, 2025. OTS 2025 will be hosted in Rozanski Hall at the University of Guelph.

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ONTARIO TURFGRASS SYMPOSIUM 2024 PROGRAM

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Day 1- Wednesday February 21, 2024

8:30

Registration open in lobby

 

Room 101

Room 103

Room 105

9:00

Opening remarks

GTI Update

Opening Remarks

STC Update

Opening Remarks

NSGA Update

9:30

Matt Legg - The Art of Application and Turf Pests in 2022/2023

1.0 IPM Credit

Trevor Warner - Better, Safer Ball: the Tip O'Neill Reconstruction Project

 Dr. Scott McElroy - Autonomous Mowers for the Sod Industry

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10:30

Break - Lobby

10:45

The Honourable Rob Black, Senator for Ontario - Road to the Senate, Role of the Senate, and the Senate's Study on Soil Health

Session Details- Nancy

General session in room 101

11:30

Cam Shaw - Diploma in Turfgrass Management (DTM) Program Update

General session in room 101

11:45

Draw for door prizes in Room 101

12:00

Lunch - Lobby

1:30

Dr. Alec Kowalewski - Tall Fescue Integrated Pest Management Practices

1.0 IPM Credit

Robert Heggie - BMO Field and the Road to the World Cup '26 

Dr. Nancy Xiao - Fertilizer and Supplement Registration: An Industry Perspective 

0.25 IPM Credit

  Session Details- Nancy Session Details- Robert Session Details- Alec

2:30

Break - Lobby

2:45

Dr. Eric WatkinsImproving Knowledge and Management of Winter Stresses on Golf Greens in Cold Climates

1.0 IPM Credit

Dr. Sara Stricker - #NoMowMay and #LeaveTheLeaves, What Does it Mean?

0.25 IPM Credit

Dr. Casey Reynolds - Market and Consumer Trends in Turfgrass Production 

  Session Details - Eric W Session Details - Sara S Session Details - Casey R

3:45

Social Event at The Bullring

Day 2 - Thursday February 22, 2024

8:30

Registration open in lobby

 

Room 101

Room 103

Room 105

9:00

Opening remarks

OTRF Update

Opening Remarks

ORFA Update

Opening Remarks

PLCAO Update

9:30

Ed McNab - A Case Study on the Effects of Long Term DMI Use on Dollar Spot Populations

0.5 IPM Credit

Jason Winter - Negotiating Employment Agreements

Panel Discussion - We Want Sports Fields, but Not in My Backyard (NIMBY)

 Dr. Eric Watkins - Turfgrass Mixtures as a Sustainable Lawn Care Strategy

1.0 IPM Credit

  Session Details - Ed and Jason Session Details - Eric Watkins Session Details - NIMBY

10:30

Break - Lobby

10:45

Kevin Doyle & Al Schwemler - Utilizing Best Management Practices to Drive Sustainability at Your Facility and Advocate for Golf's Future

0.5 IPM Credit

Mike Greer - Meaningful Access in the Built Environment

Al Pinsonneault - Navigating Tenders and Contracts with Impossible Standards

  Session Details -Kevin D Session Details - Mike Greer Session Details - Al P

11:45

Lunch - Lobby

1:15

Dr. Katerina Jordan - Sustainability and the Future of Turf 

0.5 IPM Credit

Session Details -Rob Black

General session in room 101

2:00

Dr. Scott McElroy - The Future is Now: Autonomous Mowers

Session Details - Scott M2

General session in room 101

2:30

Draw for door prizes in Room 101

2:45

Break - Lobby

3:00

Panel Discussion - OM246 for Testing Soil Organic Matter Content

0.25 IPM Credit

Dr. Eric Lyons - Overseeding for Sports Field Victory

1.0 IPM Credit

Michael Stangl - Regenerative Lawn Care

0.25 IPM Credit

  Session Details - OM246 Session Details - Eric L Session Details - Michael S

4:00

Closing remarks

Closing remarks

Closing remarks

4:30    

OPTC Technician/Exterminator exam

 

SPEAKERS

 

Katerina Jordan

Dr. Katerina Jordan is an experienced plant researcher in turfgrass science and the director of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI) at the University of Guelph. Katerina is an associate professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture, where she has been conducting turfgrass research since 2005. She has taught courses in turfgrass insects, biological control of plant diseases, research methods and statistics, plant disease epidemiology, and integrated pest management to certificate, diploma, undergraduate, and graduate students.  Her primary service to the turfgrass industry is managing the GTI Diagnostic Clinic.

Twitter(X) Logo @TurfGirl68

Website icon Plant.UoGuelph.ca/KJordan

Eric Lyons

Dr. Eric Lyons is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. Dr. Lyons specializes in nutrient management, stress physiology and plant competition in sports field, golf course and landscape turf.  In addition, Dr. Lyons oversees extensive testing of new emerging products for turfgrass managers and focusses on outreach and education to further the turfgrass industry. 

 @CanadaTurfDoc

Website icon Plant.UoGuelph.ca/ELyons

Alec Kowalewski

Dr. Alec Kowalewski has over 20 years of research experience and multiple publications on various turfgrass species obtained while employed at Michigan State University, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, the University of Georgia, and Oregon State University. Alec is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University and teaches several undergraduate classes in the Department of Horticulture. Alec also provides Extension material for stakeholders in turfgrass and landscape management. His primary research interest is improving the economic and environmental sustainability of turfgrass. 

 @OSUBeaverTurf

 AgSci.OregonState.edu/users/Alec-Kowalewski

Matt Legg

Matt Legg is the Technical Lead for Syngenta Professional Solutions, based out of Toronto, ON, where he leads all technical outreach, advanced troubleshooting, and product development on behalf of Syngenta Canada.  Before joining Syngenta, Matthew worked in a golf course setting, serving in the capacity of Director of Agronomy within the private golf sector. Academically, Matt holds a diploma in turfgrass management from the University of Guelph, along with his Bachelor of Science, in Turfgrass Science, from the Pennsylvania State University. Outside of Syngenta, he provides educational outreach as a seasonal lecturer of Turfgrass Entomology at the University of Guelph, where he educates up-and-coming Turf Managers about the biology, ecology, and management of turf and landscape insect pests. 

 @MLeggTurf

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and embarked on a career in golf course management lasting 17 years. Kevin also earned a master's in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2010. He has authored articles in various trade magazines, including GCM. He began working with, and advocating for, the members and chapters of GCSAA as the regional field staff representative in 2012.

 @GCSAA_NE

 gcsaa.org

Al Schwemler

Al Schwemler is a former superintendent and the Past President of the Ontario Golf Superintendents' Association (OGSA). He holds a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a BSc in Geology from the University of Windsor. Al’s storied career includes experience at Essex G&CC, Westmount G&CC, Board of Trade CC, Toronto GC, and York Downs G&CC. Al continues to support the turf industry by serving on the OGSA Board of Directors and spearheading the recent BMP’s for Ontario project through OGSA and GCSAA.

 @AlSchwemler

 www.ogsa.ca

Mike Greer

Mike Greer is on a mission to help those with a disability have a greater voice around accessibility, in the home, office, and travel. Born with a condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, he learned to adapt and deal with many challenges over the course of his life. In 2020 he joined the Rick Hansen Foundation as a Sr. Engagement Specialist for the Accessibility Certification program (RHFAC) based out of the Toronto office, focusing on cultivating relationships within the public sector, municipalities, and government entities. 

Mike is a past member of the City of Guelph‚ Accessibility Advisory Committee. He currently is a board member at Guelph Independent Living & GW United Way, plus other local civic organizations and causes. These activities have given him greater opportunities to have a voice for inclusion for all. His speaking engagements bring both knowledge and a new perspective around people with a disability by using humour and thought-provoking questions in many of his engagements to further his message.

Mike also uses his social media persona of BloodSweatandWheels, to further his ability to share in many stories and information around his personal journey and other accessibility topics and issues. He has a passion for wheelchair racing, completing his first half marathon in September 2016, and his 3rd Marathon in January 2024. He is part of a strong adaptive racing community, from all over the world that shares a common narrative around adaptive sports, as well as working with Race Directors to make races more inclusive.  He wants nothing more than to share his racing story with others providing them with a deeper insight and motivation around dedication and life goals.

 OI_Mike13

 @BloodSweatAndWheels

Website icon RickHansen.com

Mike Stangle

In the dynamic realm of regenerative lawn care and sustainable landscaping, Michael Stangl stands as a seasoned visionary with over 43 years of unwavering dedication. His journey commenced in 1981 when, at the young age of 16, he co-founded Stangl's Lawn Spray, setting the stage for a remarkable career.

With a relentless thirst for horticultural knowledge, Michael pursued a year of Horticulture at Niagara College in 1985. In 1986, he furthered his expertise by attending the 17th Annual Turf Managers Course at Guelph University, a pivotal moment in his educational journey. However, Michael's quest for innovation didn't stop there. He embarked on a remarkable journey of exploration, delving into organic, natural, and chemical approaches to lawn care. This extensive research and experimentation culminated in his pioneering work in regenerative lawn care. In 2014, driven by a global perspective, he earned a Sustainable Ag Certificate from renowned experts Graeme Sait and Joel Williams from NTS Australia in Guelph. His global quest for knowledge continued with immersive courses, including Dr. Elaine Ingham's Soil Food Web Course and Microscope Intensive Course at Farming Secrets Australia in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Michael's expertise isn't confined to scholarship; he's also a captivating storyteller and educator. He's graced prestigious events, such as the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario's DIGGING DEEPER – ONline event in 2021 and the 2023 February Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario – Composting, Biosolids, and Organic Amendments – London ON. Throughout his career, Michael garnered accolades and recognition, including the Niagara This Week's Readers' Choice Diamond and Platinum Awards in 2021 and 2022, respectively. In 2023, his unwavering commitment to excellence was once again acknowledged when he received the Niagara This Week's 2023 Readers' Choice Diamond Award. Today, Michael Stangl stands as a luminary in the field of regenerative lawn care, armed with decades of wisdom and a vision for a greener, more sustainable world. Join him at the 33rd Annual Ontario Turfgrass Symposium to embark on a journey into the frontier of regenerative landscaping.

 @StanglsEnviro

 @StanglsEnviroLawncare

 Stangls.com

Eric Watkins

Dr. Eric Watkins is a professor in the Department of Horticultural Science and vice provost for distributed learning at the University of Minnesota. Eric received his Ph.D. in plant biology from Rutgers University. Current research activities involve germplasm improvement of several turfgrass species and projects investigating approaches to reduce winter damage on cool-season turfgrasses. He is also involved with cultivar evaluation and other turfgrass science research focused on low-input systems. In his administrative role, Eric provides leadership for online educational programs across the five-campus University of Minnesota system. 

 @EricWatkins

Scott McElroy

Dr. Scott McElroy is a Professor of Weed Science and Turf at Auburn University, Alabama. Scott holds a PhD in Crop Science and a Masters of Science in Agronomy and Soils. His research focus includes evaluation of herbicide se in turfgrass management and the use of autonomous mowers. In addition, he studies weed geonomics and herbicide resistance. He teaches, among other courses, Advanced Turf Management and Applied Weed Science Technology at Auburn University. 

 Agriculture.Auburn.edu/Scott-McElroy

 

Nancy Xiao

Dr. Nancy Xiao currently works as the research and innovation director at Ferti Technologies Inc. based in Montreal, Quebec. She works on developing fertilizer, soil, and biostimulant products, testing and bringing innovative bio-technologies to market for our business partners and customers. She also oversees fertilizer product registration and compliance in Canada. She received her PhD in plant physiology from the University of Guelph and M.Sc. in turfgrass management from Michigan State University. 

 @NutriteCanada

 Nutrite.com

Al Pinsonneault

Al Pinsonneault established Al’s Lawn and Garden in 1981 at the early age of 18. Al’s motto, “He cares” hasn’t changed in 42 years of business.  What started as a small lawn cutting venture driven by a young entrepreneur has grown into a full service horticultural and landscaping company. Al also serves as the President for the Professional Lawncare Association of Ontario and on the organizing committee for the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium.

 AlsLawnAndGarden.ca

 www.plcao.on.ca

Casey Reynolds

Dr. Casey Reynolds is the Executive Director at Turfgrass Producers International (TPI), a trade association that represents turfgrass seed and sod producers worldwide. He is a passionate advocate for the proper use of natural grass in urban and suburban spaces worldwide. He has been an author or co-author of over 300 publications in trade magazines and research journals and has been an invited speaker at almost 100 events. Prior to joining TPI in 2017, he was a faculty member at Texas A&M University and received his PhD in Turfgrass Science from North Carolina State University.

 @TPITurfTalk

 TurfgrassSod.org

Senator Rob Black © Senate of Canada / © Sénat du Canada

The Honourable Rob Black has worked in the rural, agricultural, and leadership arenas for much of his working career. He has worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for 15 years. Following his time at OMAFRA, he spent 5 years as the Executive Director of 4-H Ontario. Rob then accepted the role of Executive Director of the Centre for Rural Leadership, which morphed in to the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI). On February 27, 2018, Rob was sworn in as a senator representing the province of Ontario. Since then, he has been working on several issues of importance to Canadians through his role, and is the Chair of the Standing Committees on Agriculture and Forestry, and a member of Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament and the Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament.

 @SenatorRobBlack

 SenCanada.ca/en/senators/black-robert

Rob Heggie

Robert Heggie started his career in turf at the young age of sixteen. Before long he realized he wanted to make a career out of it. After graduating The University of Guelph for both Horticulture in 2006 and Turfgrass Management in 2008, he found himself in Barbados building Apes Hill Club, one of the top golf courses in the Caribbean. Upon construction completion, the opportunity to be a part of The BMO Field conversion from artificial grass to natural grass came up which he jumped at. In the past 14 years with MLSE, he has built up the field from a modest pitch to one of the most technologically advanced pieces of sports turfgrass in the world. Hosting both soccer and football consecutively is no short order and in Toronto’s harsh climate it requires special tools. Robert was the first to bring many technologies to Canada including, Grow Lighting, Undersoil Heating (soccer specific), Hybrid Grass, and more. He also oversaw the construction of the BMO Training Facility where all of TFC’s teams practice and play out of. Accomplishments include, 2015 Sports Turf Canada Manager of the Year, 2020 Turf and Rec 10 under 40, 2015 PanAm games (72 rugby 7’s games), 2016 and 2017 MLS Cup host, 2017 NHL Centennial Classic, 2016 Grey Cup, 2015 and 2017 Gold Cup 2023, and the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2026.

Ed McNab

Ed McNab is a PhD student in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree majoring in biochemistry and a MSc in environmental sciences. Ed's masters research focused on developing a field assay for turf managers to assess the sensitivity of the dollar spot fungus in the field. In addition to the field kit, Ed has also investigated the effects of repeat fungicide use on the creeping bentgrass microbiome. Ed's PhD is on further developing his research into the effects of fungicide use on the microbiome of turf grasses, and he is also attempting to determine the genetic mechanism(s) that are responsible for DMI resistance in dollar spot, pink snow mould, and other DMI-resistant fungi in the turfgrass microbiome.

 GuelphTurfgrass.ca/people/Edward-McNab

Trevor Warner

Trevor Warner's dedication to sports field maintenance began while he was playing junior college baseball in Tennessee. He enjoyed maintaining the field and had a knack for it. He considers himself fortunate to have been able to learn from some of the best in the southeastern United States sports field construction and renovation industry. He has maintained fields for the City of Welland, for the Niagara Stars (which were part of the Canadian baseball league) and completed major renovations in Quebec for the league. He then expanded his industry awareness with Mar-Co Clay Products. He has been in the municipal environment with the City of Woodstock since 2014. Trevor is a strong believer of continual professional development and completed the Turf Managers’ Short Course at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute. Trevor is a long standing member of Sports Turf Canada and won the Sports Turf Manager of the Year in 2021. Trevor presented at the Sports Field Management Association’s Conference in Florida in January.

Jason Winter

A versatile individual with a passion for golf, Jason Winter has been a golf course superintendent for the past 18 years and in the golf industry for 26 years in various roles. Born and raised in St. Thomas Ontario, Jason developed his interest for the game of golf from an early age. This early passion laid the foundation for his journey in becoming a golf course Superintendent. Jason is a graduate from the University of Guelph 94A diploma program, a graduate from the 2-year certificate program at the Pennsylvania State University and currently holds the designation of Master Superintendent with the CGSA. After working in the US for 5 years, Jason returned to Canada where he worked for Marriott Golf at the Rock Golf Club and most recently at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener. Throughout his career, a significant amount of his time has been focused around golf course construction, renovations, and several extensive projects. Outside of this, the focus for Jason has primarily been creating and maintaining championship playing conditions through sound agronomic programs and has hosted both provincial and national championships in his most recent role. Jason is looking forward to embarking on new adventures, while remaining steadfast in his pursuit of excellence and insists on having a positive impact on those around him. 

Sara Stricker

Dr. Sara Stricker is a plant pathologist working as the Communications Coordinator at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute. She aims to make turfgrass research interesting and accessible to the industry and the public. Sara obtained her B.ScM.Sc, and Ph.D degrees at the University of Guelph and completed a Bachelor of Education at Western University. She has conducted research on foliar diseases including tar spot of maple, Stemphylium leaf blight of onion, and Microdochium patch of creeping bentgrass 

 @GuelphTurf

 @GuelphTurf

 GuelphTurfgrass.ca

Cam Shaw

With over 25 years’ experience working with people & turfgrass, Cam Shaw has built his career on being an effective communicator, educator, industry leader and passionate lover of grass and the environment. Having worked in multiple towns, provinces and countries, Cam has developed an intricate understanding of the various challenges our industry faces when it comes to legislation, public perception, and stakeholder communications. In his former role as Communications and Outreach Coordinator at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, Cam had the opportunity to speak with many homeowners and clients of the lawn care industry – which helped to generate the inspiration for this presentation. Now manager of the Diploma in Turfgrass Management program at the University of Guelph, Cam spends his days planning, instructing and preparing the next generation of Canadian turfgrass managers

 @CShaw04

 Plant.UoGuelph.ca/CShaw

NIMBY Panelists:

Terry Piche

Terry Piche has been in active in the field of recreation since 1979. Starting as a frontline practitioner with no training, he has subsequently obtained diplomas, through distance learning, in both arena management and leisure services, while working his way through the ranks of supervisor, manager, and director. This passion for life-long learning is what he strives to instill in the next generation of recreation facility professionals. Today, his work focuses on monitoring legislative change in many of the complex regulations, codes and acts that impact recreation. Further, he collaborates with key governing authorities so that they are better informed of ORFA’s leadership role in the recreation sector and how the association is investing its resources to assist their respective efforts in compliance. In addition, he captures industry experiences and best practices, and develops actionable, easy-to-implement and practical solutions that comprise components of ORFA training courses, which result in professional accreditation. Terry has been recognized with numerous industry awards.

 

Tracy Eso

Tracy Eso is the risk assessment and solutions manager in the Risk Management Department at Intact Public Entities. She has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry—with expertise in insurance claims, risk management, and captive insurance. Her focus at Intact Public Entities is to research risks that municipalities across Canada are facing, develop ways to mitigate those hazards, and educate municipal clients in best-practice solutions to create resilience in the face of an ever-changing risk landscape. Tracy is an instructor for the Insurance Institute of Canada and has spoken at various industry conferences on topics ranging from climate change to liability claims. 

Brad Putnam

Brad Putnam is the Manager of Recreation Facility Services for the Recreation and Park Services Division at the City of Peterborough. He is an experienced facilities management professional with a variety of experience in municipal facility operations and systems. Brad has established supervisory experience of various staff teams as well as third-party services including contract development and management. 

Werner Schwar

Werner Schwar (OALA) is the Supervisor of Parks & Open Space Planning for the Department of Parks & Open Spaces Section at the City of Thunder Bay. He has extensive experience as a landscape architect and more. Werner has led many excellent city projects including a Jumpstart Accessible Playground and the Current River Greenway; one of the biggest urban parks in Canada.

OM246 Panelists:

Corrie Almack - photo credit to David Decorso

Corrie Almack is a professional agronomist and is the President and Owner of Almack Agronomic Services. He has been serving the golf and agricultural industries for over 40 years, providing soil analyses and designing nutrient management programs. Corrie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy and Crop Science from the University of Guelph and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation. 

 

Steve Mann

Steve Mann has been co-consulting with DCS Agronomic Services for over a decade. He is an I.S.A. Board Certified Master Arborist with extensive experience evaluating the health, safety, and environmental significance of individual trees and stands of trees in both urban and rural settings. Steve specializes in large-scale tree inventory, evaluation, management, research, and impact studies. He has managed hundreds of projects related to the identification of important natural features and the significance and/or sensitivity of these features to development. He has developed numerous master plans, arboricultural management plans and replanting plans for golf courses, parks and municipal properties. Steve’s more than twenty years of industry involvement has enabled him to interact with numerous provincial and municipal officials on matters regarding tree conservation and large-scale planning applications. He has provided education and training across Canada on arboriculture and green site evaluations and taught a course on Soils for Horticulture at Humber College.

Jeff Stauffer

Jeff Stauffer began working in the golf industry almost 40 years ago and graduated from the University of Guelph in 1993.  Jeff’s interest in maintaining golf courses while respecting the environment has included an eagerness to learn and willingness to share his own experiences to colleagues and the industry alike. During his tenures at both Rosedale Golf Club and Credit Valley Golf and Country Club, Jeff has consistently maintained a quality conditioned golf course, ensuring the fundamentals of turf management are in place to align with the expectations of a supportive membership. Throughout these many golf seasons, Jeff’s philosophy of promoting healthy soils and environments has lead to success in growing healthy turf while maximizing the performance of resources and minimizing the reliance on others.

 @JeffDStauffer

 www.RosedaleGolf.org

Mike Kooy

Michael Kooy is an independent agronomist and Masters of Science student in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. Michael has been working under the mentorship of Corrie Almack for the past year. His MSc research has focused on disease forecasting a foliar disease of onion in Ontario. 

 @Mike_Kooy

Michah Woods

Micah Woods established the Asian Turfgrass Center (ATC) in 2006 to develop and provide turfgrass information for the golf and sports turf industry. Through the ATC, he provides turfgrass advisory and soil testing services to golf clubs, sports facilities, and select clients around the world. He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee since 2009 and he has been director of the PACE Turf information service sincd 2022.

 
 

 

 

OTS 2024 IS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY:

Media Sponsor:

Turf & Rec

Lanyard Sponsor:

 Vanden Bussche Irrigation - established 1954

Coffee Sponsors: 

DLF

 

Neudorff

Pastry Sponsors:

Alliance Agri-Turf / Knowledge to grow by

Nutrite

Breakout Room Sponsor:

 Weed Man

 

Target Specialty Products

Exhibitors:

Vanden Bussche Irrigation - established 1954

G.C. Duke Equipment Ltd.

ECHO Robotics

Mar-Co Clay

ALLTURF

Dol turf

Turfgrass Solutions

Marmic Solutions

GT Golf & Turf, John Deere Golf

Evergreen Bioinnovations

Plant Products

Bannerman

Simplistic Lines

Nutrite

Ontario Seed Company

Centaur

Podolinsky Equipment Ltd

Graham Turf Seeds ltd.

Door Prize Sponsors: 
 Vanden Bussche Irrigation - established 1954

FIBRAMULCH

Belchim Crop Protection Canada

Aquatrols

Clean Turf Canada

Plant Products

Hutcheson Sand & Mixes

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL TO THE ONTARIO TURFGRASS SYMPOSIUM

Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph

The Ontario Turfgrass Symposium is held at: 

  • Rozanski Hall (ROZH)
  • University of Guelph
  • 50 Stone Road E, Guelph ON

View the interactive campus map here.

Attendee Parking is available in lots P15, P16 (off East Ring Rd), and P13 (off South Ring Road East). Please purchase a parking pass with registration ($9/car/day).
Exhibitor parking and loading is available in P5, off Trent Lane.

Hotels nearby include:

 

Campus map indicating Rozanski Hall (ROZH) and nearby parking lots

 

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ABOUT THE ONTARIO TURFGRASS SYMPOSIUM (OTS)

Designed for turfgrass professionals—in partnership with Sports Turf Canada, Ontario Recreation Facilities Association, Nursery Sod Growers Association, and the Professional Lawn Care Association of Ontario—the annual Ontario Turfgrass Symposium (OTS) is hosted by the Guelph Turfgrass Institute at the University of Guelph, an international leader in the turf sciences.

Take advantage of a great opportunity to grow as a turfgrass professional, network with colleagues in the turf profession, and expand your expertise. Attend a variety of high-quality sessions focusing on the areas of sports turf, recreational facilities, lawn care, golf course, and nursery sod.

For questions about the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium, please email gti@uoguelph.ca or call 226-971-1563

 

Ontario Turfgrass Symposium

Inclement weather policy: If the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, 50% of a 1-day registration fee will be refunded for the date of the closure. The Ontario Turfgrass Symposium will not be responsible for travel or other related expenses incurred by the registrant. Announcements of campus closures are made at 6:00 am on the day of the severe weather event.  

Refund policy: A refund, less a 10% administration fee, will be issued if a written request is received by January 31, 2024. Refunds will not be issued after this date, but you may transfer your registration to another person if written notification is provided in advance. Those who register but do not attend will not receive a refund. 

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