Canadian Turfgrass Conference
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Speakers

 

CARLOS ARRAYA, CGCS, is the Director of Grounds & Agronomy at Bellerive Country Club located in Saint Louis, MO.  Bellerive Country Club was founded in 1897 and is currently ranked as the 32nd Platinum Country Club in America.  The course was originally designed by Robert Trent Jones SR, and since has been renovated by Rees Jones in 2013.  The club has hosted numerous tournaments throughout the years with the most recent the 2018 100th PGA Championship.  Bellerive CC has a rich golf history and is one of only 3 courses in history to host all four travelling men's major championships.  

Arraya earned his associate of science degree in electronics engineering technology in 1998 from ITT Technical Institute and subsequently obtained an associate degree in golf course operations in 2001.  Carlos has been leading private golf and country clubs his entire career and since 1996 his teams have hosted, managed and prepared championship course conditions for several PGA, USGA and major state championships.  He is an accomplished executive golf course project manager and received national recognition from Golf Digest in 2006 and 2007 for a national accredited top redesign.  In 2012, Arraya earned the GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent designation.  In August 2018 he and his team hosted the historic 100th PGA Championship.

 

 

 
WADE BORTHWICK is currently the Equipment Manager at Uplands Golf Course in Victoria, BC.  Borthwick began his career in turf at Seymour Golf Club in North Vancouver, BC and then completed the Turfgrass Equipment Management certification at Fairview College, graduating with honours and on the Dean's list.  After completion Wade worked for Oakcreek Golf and Turf as a service tech.  He then moved to Beach Grove Golf Club and then Shaughnessy Golf Club.  Wade has been guest instructor for Recreation Management classes as well as Horticulture Technician and Turf Management classes.  He's also shared his knowledge by teaching irrigation to the Horticulture techs at Camosun College.  Wade has also been instrumental in organizing and chairing Vancouver Island Equipment Technician's Meetings.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.  He's an avid runner that has completed three marathons, multiple 10K's and a couple triathalons.  He is the volunteer clinic coordinatior for the annual TC10K in Victoria.  Wade has been recognized by the turf industry as the 2016 CGSA Equipment Technician of the Year, by Turf & Rec as one of the Top 10 Under 40 and has served on the 2017 GCSAA Equipment Managers Task Group.

 

  JACK FRY, PHD is a Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University where he has been since 1991. Jack teaches courses in turfgrass culture and golf course and sports turf operations, and conducts research on turfgrass environmental stresses, establishment, and pest control.   Dr. Fry is a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America and recipient of that society’s Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award.

 

BETH GUERTAL, PHD has taught and conducted turfgrass research for 23 years in the United States.  She lectures frequently on turfgrass issues around the world.  She is the president of the Crop Science Society of America.

 

 
BILL JANUSZEWSKI (informally known as Bill J) entered the realm of Turf Equipment when he was offered a position as Fleet Manager at Capilano Golf & Country Club in West Vancouver, BC.  Bill's experience in Fleet Management is diverse, having managed equipment ranging from forklifts and automobiles to Class 8 tanker trucks and Heavy Construction Equipment.  Despite this diversity in experience, moving into the golf course environment created a whole new set of challenges.  OUtisde of work Bill enjoys his classic car a 1958 Pontiac (Canadian model of course) and is a licensed Ham Radio Operator.  He lives with his wife Faye in a beautiful setting at the foot of Mount Seymore in North Vancouver, BC.

 

 

LAURA KATEN, Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Executive Coach and President of New York based professional development training company, KATEN CONSULTING.

Ms. Katen is the President of KATEN CONSULTING which conducts workshops for various organizations on the topics of Executive Presence, Individual and Team Presentations, Communication and Business/Social Etiquette.  She is a licensed Business and Dining Etiquette Specialist, having attended the Protocol School of Washington in Washington, DC.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with extensive training in Voice and Speech from Carnegie Mellon University graduating Cum Laude, and she attended Chatham College for Education.  Prior to co-founding Katen Consulting in 2002, Ms. Katen began her corporate career in the financial services industry at Merrill Lynch helping to manage $100 million dollars in client assets and training new hires in customer service and communication techniques.  

Ms. Katen and her team travel nationally to conduct group seminars and facilitate one-on-one coaching sessions to corporate and government executives, Fortune 500 companies, academia and national not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Katen is author of the strategies handbook How to Communicate with Confidence, Clarity and Credibility: For Organizational and Individuals Success!; works as adjunct faculty in the Communications Department at Manhattanville College in Purchase NY; and is invited to be the keynote speaker at various national conferences.

 

 


ADAM MOELLER is the Director, Green Section Education of the United States Golf Association.  Moeller joined the Green Section's Northeast Region as an agronomist in 2008, conducting Course Consulting Service visits in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ontario. He now serves as Director of Green Section Education, guiding education and outreach materials related to golf course management.

Moeller graduated from Purdue University with a Master of Science degree from the department of agronomy.  His graduate research included the investigation of putting green rootzone management, fertility, PGR's wetting agents, creeping bentgrass cultivars performance and bunker sands.  A Wisconsin native, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin.  He gained experience working on several golf courses in Wisconsin.  

Adam is based at USGA headquarters in Liberty Corner, PA.

 


GRANT MURPHY is the Associate Superintendent at The National Golf Club of Canada and has held this position for 15 years.  He currently serves on the selection panel for the GreenStart Academy and is a speaker at the Golf Industry Show.  He is married to wife Nicole and is the father of 6 kids.  

He says, "I love to speak to - and listen to - people who are invested in improving their personal story.  I truly believe that being a manager is a privileged position.  We play an impactful role in the lives of our employees.  If you choose to invest in the relationships in which you find yourself - the rewards are often surprising."

 


DERWIN PARKER, BPE, CRSP 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.

 

 

 

MELANIE PEACOCK is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with almost 30 years experience in Human Resource Management.  She brings a rich and diverse set of experiences to her work and has guided HR teams to create and implement numerous processes and systems that enable organizations to engage their employees and achieve strong results.  Projects have included facilitating strategic planning and team building sessions, developing corporate performance management and recruitment systems and developing/implementing training programs.  Melanie has been a speaker at numerous professional development events and is known for her energetic and informative presentations.  She is also an active local, provincial and national media contributor and has been a Board member for CPHR Alberta (formerly Human Resources Institute of Alberta).

As testimony to her exceptional work within the HR profession, Melanie was presented the CPHR Alberta Distinguished Career Award in 2014.  As well, Melanie was awarded the inaugural Mount Royal Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and the Western University Alumni Association's 2016 Professional Achievement Award.  In addition, Melanie was recognized in Human Resources Director magazine's 2017 Hot List featuring 30 of the most outstanding HR professionals in Canada, serving as a further testament regarding her contributions to, and status within the profession.

 

  PAUL ROBERTSON, is the Golf Course Superintendent, Project Manager and Club House Manager at Victoria Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia.  He holds a Diploma in Turf, a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Horticulture and an MBA.

 

  MIRANDA (MOE) ROBINSON, is the superintendent at Summerlea Golf Club in Ontario.  She is Consulting Superintendent at Western Trent Golf Club.  You can find her on Twitter @moes_cakes

 

  CHRIS TRITABAUGH, is the Golf Course Superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.  In 2016 Hazeltine played host to the 41st Ryder Cup matches  In 2019 and 2020 respectively, Hazeltine will host the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and the USGA Boy's Junior Amateur.  In 12 years as a Golf Course Superintendent, Chris has worked hard to develop and fine tune a work-place culture focused on providing employees with an enjoyable, stimulating and inspirational experience.  Chris is a 2001 graduate of the University of Minnesota.  He and his wife Lindsay have two daughters; Olive (10) and Penelope (8).

 

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