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Dr. Tim WebsterResearch Scientist
Tim has been a research scientist with NSCC’s Applied Research Group since 2000. He has an MSc from Acadia University and a PhD from Dalhousie University. The 2010 recipient of the Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Award previously worked in the private sector for a GIS software developer in Ottawa before becoming a faculty member in remote sensing and GIS at NSCC’s Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS).
Tim is the principal investigator on a Canada Foundation for Innovation award to purchase bathymetric lidar and other related equipment. This technology can be used in several areas including coastal zone management, river and coastal flood risk, erosion and land stability studies. In addition to his research, Tim supervises courses and students at COGS. He also co-supervises graduate students in the Acadia–NSCC joint MSc program in Applied Geomatics.
Tim’s focus includes lidar and other high-resolution remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques for mapping, monitoring and modelling processes in the coastal zone, with an emphasis on flood risk and erosion. Tim will continue to expand his research efforts in the area of climate change and flood risk. His work focuses on coastal communities located on major river systems where the threat of heavy-rainfall runoff events can combine with higher sea levels of storm-surge events that compound the flood-risk issues. He’s also interested in expanding into the application of mobile mapping technology.
Jamie Aalbers graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. (Agr) in Horticultural Science and Business and has since been involved in the ornamental horticulture sector in many capacities, including greenhouse grower, mini-rose breeder, research director, trials’ manager and consultant. For 14 years he worked with Flowers Canada and Landscape Ontario, managing a portfolio that included research, business risk management and government relations. Fifteen years ago, he took on a part time role to manage greenhouse flower trials and the SR&ED technical reports resulting from those trials.
Currently Jamie is the Growers Sector Specialist for the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, responsible for managing a wide array of national nursery grower issues which include plant health and trade, research and new plant development.
Jim Hole knows the business of farming and horticulture like no other. He learned about growing and selling produce from his parents, Ted and Lois Hole, who set up a vegetable farm in St. Albert in the mid-1950s, expanding the business into a successful greenhouse operation, the “Enjoy Centre”. The Hole family has been in the greenhouse business for more than 68 years in which started as a backyard business on their family’s farm outside of St. Albert, AB. Ted and Lois Hole transformed the red barn on their farm into the family’s first retail store on their vegetable farm in St. Albert in the mid-1950s and eventually expanding the business into a successful greenhouse operation.
In 1979, Jim Hole, Bill Hole, and Valerie Hole took over the company and expanded it where it became one of the largest independent retail garden centers in Canada. In 2009, Jim constructed the Enjoy Centre, a multi-use facility featuring a greenhouse, conference center, café, restaurant, market, and pop-up shops. Jim and the family recently sold the Enjoy Centre to focus on other projects. He is ardent about plants, the environment, and business.
Jim Hole’s humor and engaging spirit are legendary, making him a highly sought-after speaker across the country. In addition to writing bestselling books, newspaper columns for a variety of major newspapers, Jim can be heard on CBC radio and seen on various TV stations sharing his messages and tips on gardening and horticulture, continuing his family’s legacy.
Jim Hole is also the past President of the University of Alberta Alumni Association and Co-Chaired the University’s Centenary Celebrations. Jim Hole has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Plant Science major) from the University of Alberta. Jim is a Certified Professional Horticulturist with the American Society for Horticultural Science. Jim Hole is also a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.
Grant has been in the landscape industry since he was 15 years old. He has shovelled snow, planted trees, built decks, laid interlock stone, built retaining walls, cut grass and dug post holes. He knows the technical side of the industry. He then managed field production staff, quality control, hiring and firing, and customer care. He knows the operational side of the industry.
Grant opened his own landscape design/build business. He dealt with the burden of cash flow, staff management, customer expectations, growing pains, lack of support, balancing working in the business with working on the business and trying to balance
family life in the midst of it all. He knows the business ownership side of the industry.
Most recently, he has worked in both franchise and branch systems. Grant has been instrumental in building structure, processes, accountability and standardization to help these businesses grow leaner, stronger and more profitable. He knows the support side
of the industry. Grant is convinced that creating a strong team, knowing your numbers and establishing a network of support is foundational to business growth and personal success. He is a
believer in constantly learning, asking questions and using technology. He has a passion to see business owners and their staff experience success and satisfaction in the industry that he knows and loves.
Paul Brydges is the Senior Landscape Architect, and founder of Brydges Landscape Architecture; established in 2004. Paul brings over 40 years of combined horticultural and design/build experience to the design process.
Paul is Past President of Landscape Ontario and he is a member of the AALD, APALA, ASLA, CNLA, CSLA, LNS, OALA.
Paul lectures throughout North America on the values of design, the environment and collaboration.
Currently Paul is the Chair of the National Designer Sub Committee with CNLA and on the Vimy Oaks Legacy Committee, he is a CLD and Fusion Landscape professional.
For Paul, it is truly important to create unique and environmentally responsible designs. Not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to align with the company value of "honouring" nature.
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, Matt worked in a golf course setting, serving in the capacity of Director of Agronomy within the private golf sector.Matt obtained has obtained both 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 Matthew 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.
DLF Pickseed Canada Inc
Manager Professional Turf, Eastern Canada
As the Manager of Professional Turf with 12 years of experience focused on the seed industry, I am deeply rooted and passionate about turfgrass. With field experience as both an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent and currently managing the Professional Turf Division at DLF Canada, I know what it takes to manage and produce healthy and attractive turf. My enthusiasm for the turfgrass industry, paired with my dedication to family and passion for cycling, reflect my professional and personal strengths. I welcome every opportunity to connect with honesty and engage with confidence.
Jeff is the Chief Development Officer & Co-Owner of The Smart Energy CompanyThe Smart Energy Company based our of Quispamsis in New Brunswick. The Smart Energy Company has installed over half of the grid tied solar in the Province of New Brunswick and has been focused on the agricultural sector since its inception in 2016. Jeff will simplify the new federal incentives related to renewable energy.
Laura Anderson BSc., PAg.
Laura Anderson is the Atlantic Territory Sales Manager for Envu Canada in the golf and turf segment. She holds her BSc. (Agriculture) in Plant Science from Dal-AC and is working to complete here MSc. Weed Science this year. Laura has worked as an agrologist throughout Canada and internationally in both the private and public sector. In her current position, Laura assists turf and lawncare managers as well as golf course superintendents in pest management control strategies by providing technical product
training and support.
Gordon is a golf and commercial irrigation sales/service rep for Turf Care Products, one of Canada’s largest equipment and irrigation product suppliers to the turf and golf industry. Previously he spent 16 years as a golf course superintendent, sitting on the Environmental Committee of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) and acting as president of the Ottawa Valley Turfgrass Association (OVTA). His educational pursuits have resulted in certificates in the fields of environmental protection and turf management. Responsible resource use has always been of interest to Gordon and this past year highlights the need to manage all resources wisely, especially water.
Tracey is an environmental horticulturalist with over 40 years of experience in the Landscape Industry. He is a Senior Instructor who has been recognized with the distinction of University Teaching Fellow at Dalhousie University for his effectiveness in teaching and other primary duties and responsibilities that support the dissemination of knowledge and understanding in the Department of Plant, Food and Environmental Science. He is red seal certified in Landscape Horticulture, a certified Arborist and certified Tree Worker having worked for all of the top three Arboricultural Companies in North America as a trainer and consultant.
Peter Duinker is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, having retired from the School for Resource and Environmental Studies in 2019. He continues to work with graduate students and do projects through his consulting firm Sylveritas Ltd. Peter’s scholarship has embraced the issue of climate change and forest management, both rural and urban, since the late 1980s.
Ann-Marie is the Landscape Designer and Sales Manager for Price Landscaping Services in Moncton, NB. She started in the landscaping industry as a laborer on an installation crew and over the last 20 years has had the opportunity to work in virtually all aspects of the design/build industry. She draws on that technical knowledge daily to produce designs that are as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing. Ann-Marie is Past President of AALD (Atlantic Association of Landscape Designers).
Frank Bourque has been part of the Green Industry for over 25 years. As a business owner, he has built, scaled and sold multiple million-dollar companies. Now, as an industry leading consultant, he coaches and speaks at some of the largest conferences and contractor events throughout the US and Canada. He is part of the speaker line-up at over 80 events per year, including Hardscape North America, GIE Expo, Landscape Ontario Congress. Frank is dedicated to helping landscape business owners and their teams to improve efficiency, systems, profits and their quality of life.