The MTO Contractor’s Breakfast 

Our FREE Business-Building Education Seminar Series

And the MTO Contractor’s Breakfast for GreenTrade Expo

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We’re pleased to announce Officer Marc Stang of Ministry of Transportation for Ontario (MTO) will be speaking at this popular, informative, transportation regulations update session. If you have company vehicles of any kind on the road – then this should be a must-attend session.

New for GreenTrade Expo 2017 – The MTO has warned us they’ll be presenting their “new definition of a commercial vehicle” as part of their session.

We don't know what the new definition is or what it means, but we think you should plan to attend so you and your team won’t risk fines because you didn’t know about this change!

Everyone will have a chance to ‘ask the experts’ during this interactive, lively, and always entertaining exchange with the the ‘in-the-know, go-to’ folks from the MTO… all while enjoying a great, hot buffet breakfast, spirited conversation and tons of networking.

Where – The EY Centre, just outside the Ottawa Airport – click here for directions

  •  Doors open – 7:00 am (Show opens at 9:00 am)
  •   BBBreakfast begins – 7:15 am

  •   The MTO presentation begins – 7:45 am – 9:00 am

Presented by Bradley's Insurance and Manderley Turf Products


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GreenTrade Expo 2017 proudly presented the following the Business-Builder Educational Seminar Series Seminars!

The GreenTrade Expo 2017 Business-Builder Educational Seminar Series was be our biggest one yet.

To accommodate that growth, we had to present seminar sessions in 2 halls at the EY Centre this year – Halls C & D.


Following are the presenter's names, along with the time, topic and brief description of their respective sessions.

Hall “C” Sessions

9:15 - 10:00

“Employment Insurance Changes and the Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Program”


Monique Moreau – Vice President, National Affairs, Canadian Federation of Independant Business (CFIB)

Michelle Auger – Bilingual Coordinator, National Affairs, Canadian Federation of Independant Business

The Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) program offers employers the opportunity to increase their employee’s weekly earnings by providing supplemental payments to Employment Insurance benefits during a period of unemployment due to temporary work stoppage, training, illness, injury or quarantine.

Join Michelle Auger and Monique Moreau from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to learn more about the Employment Insurance SUB program – as well as changes to the Employment Insurance program introduced in 2016-2017 – and how these programs and changes will affect your business.

The Canadian Federation of Independant Business (CFIB) represents the interests of the small business community (over 109,000 members) across Canada to all levels of government. Some of their services include lobbying on business issues, offering business support to help you manage your company, as well as offering CFIB Privilege Programs to help you reduce the operating costs of your business. 



10:15 - 11:00

The Ontario Parks Association presents…
“Québec City Sportsturf Management Programs”
Head and shoulders photo of Jean Blanchette, Interim Director, Horticulture, Quebec City - Business-building Educational Seminar Series, GreenTrade Expo 2017.

Presenter – Jean Blanchette – Interim Director, Horticulture, Quebec City Environment & Water Department.

Recognized for the quality of its sports fields, Quebec City boasts nearly 200 of them.

Comprised of soccer, baseball and ultimate sports fields, they're used by over 30,000 players a week and cover over 720,000 square metres of turf and synthetic playing surfaces.

Jean will present information and insights on how they run their turf management programs, their maintenance classifications system, the equipment they use, and the renovation and upgrading programs associated with them. 

About Jean…
Jean has worked in horticulture since 1984, specializing in lawn care, sports fields and management of public services. He was a founding member (in 1991) of L’Association des Responsables d’Espaces Verts du Québec (AREVQ) (The Quebec Association of Green Space Managers).

Jean has been the Interim Director of the Horticultural section in Quebec City since 2015.



 11:15 - 12:00

The Ontario Parks Association presents…
“MosaiCanada 150 Gatineau 2017 – an ‘insiders’ look at how it will all happen!Photo of Raymond Carriere, Business-building Educational Seminar Series Speaker at GreenTrade Expo 2017

 Presenter – Raymond Carriére – Founding President, Communities in Bloom

MosaiCanada 150 Gatineau 2017 will be an exhibition of mosaiculture (the term refers to a melding of the art of glass mosaic and artistic horticulture) works celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary and showcasing our country’s heritage, traditions and cultures.

From Anne of Green Gables or Joe Montferrand, to Paul Henderson’s goal in 1972, the exhibition will be the “must-see” event of 2017.

And by fostering the participation of Canada’s provinces and territories, it will surely be the pivotal event of the 150th anniversary celebrations.

This presentation will be an “insiders” look at how it all happens, and will be of particular interest to those involved in the greentrades.

About Raymond
With a degree in ornamental horticulture, a Bachelors in Business Administration, and a Masters in Public administration, Raymond has enjoyed a long and storied career in public green space management. He's a strong believer in the value of green spaces and a passionate advocate of their societal benefits.

In addition to managing the Communities in Bloom organization, Raymond is Vice-Chair of the Board of Diectors, chairs, the Program Committee, and serves as President of the Communities in Bloom Foundation.



12:15 to 1:00

“Using plants for screening; and leveraging the flexibility of Dwarf Conifers” Photo of Joan Johnston, speaker at GreenTrade Expo 2017

Presented by Joan Johnston – Co-owner, Peter Knippel Nursery Inc.

Part 1 – Using plants for visual and auditory screening

What trees and shrubs you can use to block unwanted views and prevailing winds, while keeping utility and aesthetics in mind.

Part 2 – The flexibility of using Dwarf Conifers in design

Using containers, dealing with small spaces, and creating focal points using dwarf conifers.

About Joan…
Joan & Peter Knippel started their business in 1978, and Joan’s son Kennedy is now leading the company.

Known as a place where people and plants truly do come first, Peter Knippel Nursery Inc. has been an active member of Landscape Ontario since 1981. The Knippel team strives to service Eastern Ontario with great advice, and the best in shade trees, evergreens, shrubs, roses, vines, perennials, annuals and garden accessories.

Hall D Sessions

9:15 - 10:00

“Snow Removal Contractors – A plan to protect your business from the uncertainty of insurance issues!

Presenters:Photo of Stacy Elliott, Bradley's Insurance - Speaker at GreenTrade Expo 2017

Stacy Elliott – Partner, Bradley's Insurance

Kevin Gilbride – Executive Director, Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA)

Snow and ice are a reality – especially in the Ottawa area. And any contractor working in this sector has experienced the insurance woes associated with snow removal.
  •  Insurance rates continually increase
  •   Claims are frequent
  •   Liability deductibles can be highPhoto of Kevin Gilbride, Accredited Snow Contractors Association - Speaker at GreenTrade Expo 2017

       …to name just a few.

Indeed, insurance renewal time can be a stressful time for both the snow contractor and his/her insurance broker.

As such, Stacy and Kevin are committed to improving the insurance environment for snow removal contractors. They believe that by getting everyone in the industry working together, change is possible!

If you’re involved in snow removal, be sure to join the conversation and learn what you can do to remove some of that stress!

About Stacy…
With nearly 20 years in the insurance industry, Stacy has earned designations as a Registered Insurance Broker of Ontario (RIBO), a Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB, and a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP). He has extensive experience providing and supporting the insurance needs business owners – one of the key markets he serves is the landscape trades – and consequently, the snow contractor community.

About Kevin…
Kevin has over 20 years of experience working with landscape-oriented magazine publisher, GIE Media, the folks behind Lawn & Landscape Magazine.

As Group Publisher, Kevin and his team created Snow Magazine, launching the magazine’s Leadership and Top 100 Conference, a first-of-its-kind, executive-level education conference, where industry leaders spoke passionately about the negative impact insurance issues were having on the industry – namely skyrocketing premiums.

 .Snow Magazine assessed these issues, resulting in GIE Media creating the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA), naming Kevin Executive Director. ASCA established the industry's first professional standards, developed an education-based certification program, and instituted an ISO9001-based certification program – all specifically for the professional snow removal industry. ASCA has also been active in tort reform, having given testimony to Congress regarding frivolous slip-and-fall claims and their impact on small business. 



10:15 to 11:00

“Leveraging Government Funding for Employee Training with the Photo of Wendy Trudel, one of the speakers in the GreenTrade Expo 2017 Business-building Speakers Seminar SeriesCanada-Ontario Job Grant”

Presenter – Wendy Trudel – Community Employment Resource Centre, Kanata

Are you an employer interested in learning more about funding available to help offset some of the costs of training your workforce? Want to discover how your business can qualify for up to $10,000 per employee for training?

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) is a program for employers interested in getting funding to offset some of the costs of external/third party training, while allowing them to choose the people to be trained, and the training to best meet their needs.

Attend this session to learn about the Canada-Ontario Job Grant and how to leverage it to improve the skillsets in your company.

About Wendy…
As a seasoned Business Development Professional and Registered Social Worker, Wendy understands the importance of leveraging workforce skills and strengths to balance productivity and business success.
She acitvely culitvates employment apportunities in our community by building strategic partnerships and engaging with employers, community members, and agencies to maximise government funding for economic growth. 



11:15 to 12:30

“Landscape Designer Sector Group Update Meeting”

Chaired by Chris Clayton, LA and Paul Brydges, LA

Join Landscape Ontario Designer Sector Group Chairperson, Chris Clayton LA, and Landscape Ontario President Paul Brydges LA for an update on events and activities for 2016/2017 relevant to Landscape Designers and Landscape Architects.

While there’s no charge to attend, for facilities planning, if you plan to attend please pre-register for this event with your GreenTrade Expo 2017 registration.



1:00 to 1:45

“150 Years of Canadian Landscape and Garden Design”Photo of Mark Burleton, speaker at GreenTrade Expo 2017

Presenter – Mark Burleton – Manager of Grounds & Greenhouses, NCC

Mark will reflect on the changing landscape and garden designs over the last 150 years – using as examples…
  •  Rideau Hall, Ottawa
  •   Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay, BC
  •   Reford Gardens/Jardins de Métis,
Grand-Métis, QC

  •   and beyond…

Essentially Mark will offer us an historical retrospective on the evolution of Canadian landscape design as we celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary (150 years of Confederation).

About Mark…
As the Manager of Grounds & Greenhouses with the NCC, Mark is responsible for the horticulture & landscape portfolio of the six Official residences in their Official Residences Division in Ottawa, including the…
  •  Prime Minister’s residence (24 Sussex Drive)
  •   Prime Minister’s summer residence (Harrington Lake)
  •   Leader of the Opposition’s residence (Stornoway)
  •   Governor General’s residence (Rideau Hall)
 Official guest house  for distinguished visitors, heads of state,
       and high-level government officials (7 Rideau Gate)
  •    Speaker of the House of Commons residence (the Farm,

       at Kingsmere Lake).


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