The annual Golf Property Managers conference is the largest gathering of Alberta’s golf maintenance professionals. Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Horticulturists, Equipment Managers, Irrigation technicians, Turf Interns, Turfgrass students and Foremen all attend this 2 day educational conference every November.
Every year, speakers from across North America and around the world gather in Canmore to discuss the newest ideas and management techniques for managing AB golf course properties. This year, keynote speaker Cassie Campbell-Pascall will address our audience while technical speakers from across the U.S. and Canada, will shed the newest light on turf and golf management techniques.
The Sunday Pre-Conference seminars offer CEU credits towards Pesticide Applicator licence requirements and the joint CGSA / AGSA Seminar always offers up top notch Golf Management training. There is a full social slate of activities as well, from the Grey Cup Party, to the Monday night Reception to regular luncheon get togethers for visiting with your peers – the Conference offers something for everyone.
The 2019 Property Manager's Conference is a great opportunity to combine turfgrass education and networking with your peers in the industry. And some Grey Cup action if you arrive Sunday.
Below you will find information on the conference presenters, seminars, and the associated educational credits you can earn.
Arden Nering has worked in the nursery industry in Alberta for over 25 years. She is a Native Forb seed collector, a grower and a business owner with over 15 years dedicated to studying and growing native forbs for use in landscaping and naturalization projects. She currently owns and operates Wild About Flowers –Native Plant Nursery west of Okotoks, AB.
"Realities of climate change introducing and maintaining new and existing varieties on the golf course."
Arnold has worked for the last 40 plusyears in the Nursery and Landscape Industry.
He currently works as a HorticulturalConsultant giving advice on practical applications to move the industryforward. Because of climate change and insect challenges we need to beinnovative and he assists in adjusting to those new realities.
Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department at Auburn University, AL
“Using your soil tests to make solid fertilizer and nutrient decisions.” Beth Guertal is a Professor in the Crop,Soil and Environmental Sciences Department at Auburn University, AL. Dr. Guertal received her BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University, and her PhD from Oklahoma State University. Her research program focuses on soil fertility issues in turfgrass management. Guertal served as a Technical Editor for CropScience, and as an Associate Editor for the Soil Science Society of America(SSSA) Journal, Crop Science (CSSA) and Agronomy Journal (ASA). She is a past-Chair of Division C-5(Turfgrass Management, CSSA), a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of CSSA, SSSA andASA.
Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department at Auburn University,AL
“Types of Nitrogen Fertilizers.”
Beth Guertal is a Professor in the Crop,Soil and Environmental Sciences Department at Auburn University, AL. Dr. Guertal received her BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University, and her PhD from Oklahoma State University. Her research program focuses on soil fertility issues in turfgrass management. Guertal served as a Technical Editor for CropScience, and as an Associate Editor for the Soil Science Society of America(SSSA) Journal, Crop Science (CSSA) and Agronomy Journal (ASA). She is a past-Chair of Division C-5(Turfgrass Management, CSSA), a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of CSSA, SSSA andASA.
At age five, Cassie Campbell laced up her first pair of skates. As the former Captain of Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team and a heroine of Canadian sport, she has taken part in three Winter Olympic Games, seven International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championships,nine Four Nations Cups and the Torino Ice Tournament. Campbell is the only captain, male or female, to lead Canada to two Olympic gold medals, and she isthe longest serving captain in Canadian hockey history. Her teams have won 21 medals in total - 17 gold medals and four silver medals.
Campbell joined Hockey Night in Canada as a rinkside reporter after retiring from professional hockey in August 2006. On October 14, 2006 she became the first woman to do colour commentary on a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
Campbell holds an honours sociology degree from the University of Guelph, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia. She runs an annual street hockey tournament that raises over $200,000 a year for the Ronald McDonald House. Along with Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Mike Bossy, she is a spokesperson for Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey Program. The Cassie Campbell Community center in her hometown of Brampton, Ontario, opened in September 2008, and Prince Edward Island officially named March 14th as Cassie Campbell Day. In June of 2012 Cassie received the Order of Hockey in Canada alongside hockey legends Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Jean Beliveau. She also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee from Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June of 2012.
In 2007, Campbell was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and was the first female hockey player to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. She also was inducted to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. She is currently working for TSN and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and has recently published her first book, H.E.A.R.T.The book examines Campbell’s career and offers insight and advice on how to be a better athlete, and a better person.
Bold, dynamic, and passionate, Campbell draws on he raccomplishments as an athlete and broadcaster to explore the themes of leadership, teamwork, motivation, and determination. A lively, passionate, and engaging speaker, she knows firsthand about the key roles that teamwork,determination, and great leadership play at the most challenging times. The result is a keynote speech that inspires, informs, and entertains.
“Gardens of Inspiration: Alpine Gardens”
Cathy was introduced to gardening by her parents, Glenn and Jean McCullough, who had an award winning garden in North Haven. Her first garden was a steep backyard hill in Signal Hill, which prompted her to become afounding member of the Alpine Study Group, which later became the Calgary Rock and Alpine Garden Society. Cathy has served on the Board of Directors of both the CHS and CRAGS and was the President of CRAGS from 2009-2015. Her gardens have won awards in the Rock Gardening, Water-Wise, and Plant Lovers categories.Throughout the years, her current garden has been open for viewing by CHS members during the months of May, June, July, August and September. Cathy’s large garden is rarely given any supplemental water and includes an alpine mound, xeriscape rock garden, and large borders comprised of water-wise plants.Cathy taught for many years with the CBE and latterly at the Calgary Science School. Since retiring she keeps busy by growing many plants from seed each year and maintaining several gardens. She loves to educate others about gardening.
Bearspaw Country Club
“Learning from an Implosion”
Darren Reddekopp has 31 years experience in Turfgrass Management,having held senior positions at eight different golf courses in Alberta and B.C and managing a great variety of teams, landscapes and organizations. Reddekopp has served on numerous boards and is part of the faculty teaching at Olds College. He has 8 years of post graduate education focused on the golf industry, business, leadership, and of course turfgrass. His most famous achievement is a near fatal incident where he almost ran over his own head with a golf cart he was driving. Most recently, Reddekopp was acting as the primary leadership contact in a complex and uncertain situation at Bearspaw Country Club, a place where he has focused his efforts on not only growing the grass but also the people for the last (7) years. By the time you read this I may be working for my third owner in the past seven months or I may be unemployed.Therefore, I am or was the Superintendent at the Bearspaw Country Club. The bio in one line – 31 years in the Turfgrass Management Business, 8 years of higher education (should have been a doctor but turfgrass management is too much fun), worked at 8 different golf courses – one with sand greens (no grass), teach once and a while, served on some boards, won some.
Health & Safety Manager for The Glencoe Club
“Ready –Set – GO! Basic First Steps in the Creation of a Health & Safety ManagementSystem (HSMS)”
Derwin is the Health & Safety Manager for The Glencoe Club and The Glencoe Golf & Country Club. He has been in health &safety for over 20 years with experiences ranging from fitness facilities, to outdoor & adventure activities. Derwin endeavours to bring a measure of levity and reasonableness to otherwise difficult conversations.
Dr. Jesse Benilli, PhD
Bayer Crop Science Inc.
Environmental Science - Canada, CropScience
Dr. Benelli is the Green Solutions Specialist for BayerEnvironmental Science in Canada. Dr. Benelli is a graduate of the PennsylvaniaState Turfgrass Program and received his MS and PhD degrees from the Universityof Tennessee. Prior to joining Bayer, he was the Director of Turfgrass Programsfor the Chicago District Golf Association where he directed an onsitediagnostic service and managed the applied research program.
Entomology Instructor in the School of Animal Science& Horticulture at Olds College
“The Lily Beetle in Alberta: Biology, Distribution & Management”
Dr. Ken Fry, Entomology Instructor in the School of Animal Science & Horticulture at Olds College, has been involved in insect pest management research, teaching, and extension for over 25 years. His research is focused on biological control of insect pests and integrated pest management. Current research projects include the introduction of a parasitic wasp to manage the lily beetle, surveillance of invasive species affecting the urban forest, and evaluating the effects of Aphodiine beetles on turfgrass. Ken’s “happy place” is in the Olds College Insect Collection where he serves as curator for 75,000 specimens. Ken is co-author, with Doug Macaulay and Don Williamson of “Garden Bugs of Alberta” and a contributing author to“Organic Farming on the Prairies”.
University of Kentucky
“Moss Control on Greens: Where are we?”
Kenneth Cropper, PhD., is the Research Coordinator for the turfgrass program at the University of Kentucky. He obtained Bachelor and Master’s of Science degrees from the University of Kentucky and completed a doctorate degree there as well in 2015. His graduate studies focused on reduced inputs and organic control options for dollar spot disease on creeping bent grass. Since then, he has been working with many of the turf chemical companies to examine new products for efficacy against turf weeds and diseases and recently began looking at cultural control methods for silvery thread moss.
University of Alberta Botanic Garden
“The Power of Time in Green Space”
Dr. Lee Foote is a professor of conservation biology and the Director of the 240-acre University of Alberta Botanic Garden in Edmonton, Alberta. His disciplinary expertise is in wetland ecology and plant competition, however,the social dimensions of natural resource use is a theme in much of his research. The Botanic Garden hosts over 100,000 visitors annually and provides experiential immersion into nature. One challenge is the impacts of programmable space in a place dedicated to aesthetic engagement.
Dr. Robert Sandford
EPCOR Chair, Water Security
United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health
“Learning from the Burning: Maintaining Hydrological Function in an Epoch of Abrupt Global Change”
Bob Sandford holds the EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health.In this capacity Bob was the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also lead author of Canada in the Global World, a new United Nations expert report examining the capacity of Canada’s water sector to meet and help others meet the United Nations 2030 Transforming Our World water-related Sustainable Development Goals.In his work Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international example to bear on local water issues. To this end, Bob is also senior advisor on water issues for the Interaction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than thirty former Heads of State including Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, U.S. President Bill Clinton and the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Brundtland. Bob is also a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. He is also a member of Canada’s Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a national water policy research group centred in Toronto. Bob is also the author, co-author or editor of more than thirty books including Cold Matters: The State & Fate of Canada’s Snow and Ice; Saving Lake Winnipeg; Flood Forecast: Climate Risk & Resilience in Canada; The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer;Storm Warning: Water & Climate Security in a Changing Canada and The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity, which heco-authored with former Deputy Minister of Environment Jon O’Riordan, all published by Rocky Mountain Books. The Columbia Icefield and North America in the Anthropocene followed in 2016, both published also by Rocky Mountain Books. They were followed in 2017 by The Hard Work of Hope: Climate Change in the Trump Era, co-authored again with Jon O’Riordan. Our Vanishing Glaciers:The Snows of Yesteryear and the Future Climate of the Mountain West recently won the prestigious $10,000 Lane Anderson Award for the best science writing in Canada in 2017. His latest book Quenching the Dragon: The China-Canada Water Crisis was published by Rocky Mountain Books in the fall of 2018.
Ball Seed Company, Ball Horticulture
“2020 Vision: New Varieties for Next Year and Beyond”
Dustin is the Sales Rep in Alberta for Ball Seed Company, a subsidiary of Ball Horticultural based out of West Chicago, IL. Dustin was born and raised on a mixed dairy farm in south western Manitoba and studied at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta. Dustin has been fortunate to work in a number of different areas in the industry including retail sales and buying, seed testing and diagnostics and most recently, in greenhouse extension with the Government of Alberta. When not driving all over the province visiting greenhouses, Dustin and his wife Anna and their four kids own and operate Parsnips and Paddocks, a small market garden and boarding stable in central Alberta.
Jason Pick, MSc., BASc.,Dip.Bus, Dip. Ag, CEP
Instructor, Golf Course Management Olds College, School of Environment
Jason holds diplomas in Business and Agriculture, Bachelor of Applied Science, and Master of Science in Turfgrass Management from Penn State. Active in industry for 35+yrs, he's a former golf course superintendent, practiced among eight golf courses across Canada and Caribbean. He is past president of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association,Executive Director of the Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation, and tenured faculty of Olds College's Golf Course Management program.
Father& Sons Power Equipment
Jason de Leeuw is the owner of Father &Sons Power Equipment. A social enterprise that hires, trains, and certifies youth at risk in the power equipment trade. Along with assisting them in honing their skills in customer service in an active repair facility, the youth also receive hands on training and theory classes for outdoor power equipment. They also engage in financial literacy courses and receive income matching of 4:1 –at the end of which receive $2500 for tuition, books, and tooling. Jason is a certified Journeyman mechanic in Outdoor Power Equipment with Alberta Trades, a certified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Alberta Trades, and has over 13 years of professional experience with mechanics having worked at Springbank Airport and another major airline. He and his wife Jessica (of 10 years and counting) have 5 children, 1 of whom is semi-adopted. He knows the barriers youth face having overcome some of them himself when his father suffered septic shock in his adolescence leading him down a path of negative influence and mental health struggles.Jason is passionate about young people and enabling them to become the best version of themselves.
Mingay Golf Course Design
“10 Things to Learn from the Top 10”
Since 2009, when he established Mingay Golf Course Design, Jeff Mingay has principally specialized in golf course renovation and restoration.Based in Toronto, Mingay is currently working on projects throughout Canada and the United States. Along with projects underway in Seattle, Minneapolis and Chicago, Mingay is in the midst of restoring a handful of courses in Canada originally designed by pioneer architect’s A.V. Macan and Stanley Thompson. Mingay’s first 18-hole solo design at the Derrick Golf and Winter Club, in Edmonton, opened for play in 2016. Prior to establishing his own firm, Mingay worked as senior associate to fellow Canadian golf architect Rod Whitman,assisting with the design and construction of Cape Breton’s Cabot Links,Sagebrush in British Columbia, and Edmonton’s Blackhawk Golf Club.
President, The Chimera Group
Director and COO, Turf Prophit
Specialist, Agronomy & Sustainability, CTAG
“Sustainability: What does it mean and how do we turn this cliché into reality?”
John R. Bladon has been immersed in the environment since childhood. His love affair with the outdoors was nurtured by his father, a Horticulturalist and Manager of Grounds at the University of Guelph. Since studying agriculture,horticulture and agronomy at the University of Guelph, John spent time as a golf course superintendent at both private and public facilities and worked with a large multinational within the marketing and innovation division as anagronomist providing research, innovation, product development, regulatory support and training and technical support to the company’s global efforts. Now a more active participant in many facets of the industry, a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a PAg and a 30 year industry veteran, John has authored in excess of 50 articles and executed more than 50 presentations ranging from business and agronomy, to physiology and chemistry to communications and sustainability. He has lectured to students, golf superintendents, golf course owners, boards of directors and club memberships, regulatory groups, greenhouse operators, growers and farmers, lawn care operators and employees, governments and municipalities on a “common sense” approach to management strategies and crop systems. John has executed presentations in Canada from BC to NL and has successfully engaged the BCGSA, MGSA, OVTA, ASGQ, AGSA (Atlantic) and NGCOA as well as Sports Turf Canada and presenting at the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium. John operates The Chimera Group, his own management, communications and consulting firm and works with a wide variety of parties within the green industry providing an array of strategy-based services. Interestingly, as interest in sustainable operations grows, Chimera continues to expand into other industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, retail and other industries assisting them with refinements to workflow, energy consumption and other sustainability based initiatives. In his spare time, John enjoys travel and is an avid photographer. He has visited and photographed more than 30 countries around the globe including time spent throughout Canada as well as in New Zealand and Australia, Central and South America and the Middle East.
Husqvarna Battery Products
Justin Kellock (Alberta Forest &Garden) Outdoor Power Equipment Dealership Located in Calgary, Ab
Servicing Calgary & Southern Alberta for 40 years!
Justin is Chainsaw Safety Instructor& Member of the (WTA) Woodlands Training association.
MST (Master Service Technician) for Stihl/Husqvarna and Echo
Justin is a Terrible Golfer but loves to play! He also enjoys spending his free time camping with his Family!
Todd MacMillan (Husqvarna Canada)
Territory Manager for Southern Alberta and Southern B.C.
Todd has spent the last 10 years in the Outdoor Power Equipment and Compact Tractor industry & is also a Terrible Golfer. He spends his free time Coaching High levels of Hockey and Ringette in both Alberta and B.C.
Kevin MacDonald is a Coach and Facilitator, a Communicator, Storyteller and a Teacher. As a Coach he initiates action from within the people he touches. As a Facilitator and Communicator, Kevin uses humor and wisdom to help his clients crystallize their thinking, define success and live their ideal lives with passion and balance. He partners with people who are passionate about performing at a high level and about achieving great clarity about who they are and what they want.
Hisbusiness and management background combined with his exceptional Coaching skills make him an asset in any people development initiative.
Kevin is a member of the International Coach Federation, a graduate of Coach U. and has developed and led the Coaching Program for the Club Managers Association of America since 2003.
Prior to his coaching career, Kevin spent over 20 years as a manager in the hospitality industry. He managed two prestigious clubs prior to moving into his career as a coach. His focus now as a coach is to inspire his clients and help them learn the skills in that they can use to change their lives. Kevin empowers his clients so that they can take the actions that will start to change their behaviour so they begin to see the results they are wanting in life.
“36 Years of Turf Tips”
Larry Gilhuly graduated in Agronomy from Washington State University in 1975, spent 9 years as the assistant superintendent/superintendent at Seattle Golf Club before joining the USGA Green Section in 1983. He recently retired from the USGA Green Section thisyear after 36 years of service to every western state and province in the U.S.and Canada. He also provided assistance at over 70 USGA national championships.While retired from the USGA he plans to continue providing assistance to golf courses with a primary focus on playing conditions and helping players understand the importance of swing speed and its’ impact on the game.
Living Soil Solutions
“Don’t loose your shirt from growing in Dirt”
Mike Is the owner of Living Soil Solutions which beginnings came from playing with Compost for a back yard garden. Mike continued his education and experimentation with his Permaculture Design Certificate, SPIN Farming, Greenhouse Design, CompostFacility Operators Certificate, and mentoring in Soil and Soil Microbiology. He is currently working on his Soil Food Web Advisor role with the Life in the Soil program put on by Elaine Ingham, and is one of the leads on an Urban Agriculture Pilot Program with the City of Calgary.
A communications and marketing professional who left it all behind for farming, Sarah’s end goal has always been to create an independent, low-impact, productive life for herself on her own piece of land. While living and working in the city, she spent years gardening and informally studying horticulture, preparing for the day she could finally cultivate on a larger scale.
In June 2017, the stars aligned and she took the plunge. She found the perfect five and a half acres near Vulcan,Alberta and, amicably setting aside her office job in the city,she began the whirlwind task of creating a solid and sustainable plan for her farm.
Nothing offers moments of pure, simple bliss quite like flowers do, and during these times of global anxiety, flowers have an even more important role in reminding us to slow down, be gentle, and breathe deeply. Since launching her business, she has seen the demand for sustainable, local blooms grow exponentially throughout her region and beyond.In addition to growing the best blooms she can in the parched Southern Alberta prairies, she has focused her efforts on sharing knowledge, in an effort to grow a healthier, more sustainable local flower industry.
Equipment Manager Ansley Golf Club – Settindown Course
“Process ofwriting the Equipment Management Certificate Program (EMCP)”
Born in North Georgia, Trent Manning has remained close to home as equipment manager at both Ansley and Settindown Creek Golf Club. Manning earned certificates in small engines, electrical and reel theory from Gwinnett Technical College then worked for a Toro Distributor where he was a mobile service technician. Manning has been in the golf equipment industry for over 21 years. He helps his local chapter, GGCSA, develop equipment manager training seminars, has completed GCSAA’s Equipment Management Certificate Program Levels 1 and 2 and serves on the Equipment Managers task group for GCSAA. Manning received first place prize from the CMAA for designing and fabricating a mobile water trailer that is used to water small areas on the golf course. He has been teaching at the Golf Industry Show since 2018 and was GCSAA’s 2018 Most Valuable Technician Award winner.
We are in the process of applying for CEU credits with AB Environment. The following is a list of what we have applied for; there is no guarantee that these will all be approved but there is the POTENTIAL for the following CEU credits.
Speaker Presentation # credits Credit applied for