Canadian Turfgrass Conference
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The education program at The 2019 Canadian is exclusively sponsored by Syngenta.  Programming will run on Tuesday, March 5, Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7. All education sessions will be held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Conference Centre.

As part of the CGSA Redesign process we listened to what topics were of importance to turf managers.  You'll see the leadership, business and human resources management topics incorporated throughout the program alongside some key turf sessions as well.

Conference Education Sessions are Offered
Tuesday, March 5 - Thursday March 7, 2019

Current Human Resource Challenges and Developments in the Canadian Landscape
Presented by Melanie Peacock, PhD, MBA, CPHR, Double M Consulting

As a manager understanding the evolving nature of Human Resource Management within Canada is a key responsiblity.  Awareness of what is occuring will help you anticipate and plan for, key issues that are likely to impact your employees.  This session will provide:

  • A deeper understanding of evolving HR legislation in Canada and how to plan for these amendments;
  • Critical examination of changes to performance management processes in Canada;
  • An overview of changes to recruitment and selections practices within Canadian organizations;
  • Emerging trends that keep Canadian Chief HR Officers awake at night;
  • Leading edge practices to create an engaged, motivated workforce.

New Trends in Putting Green Surface Management
Presented by Adam Moeller, USGA

This session will focus on management practices that directly impact putting green surface performance and turf health.  Topdressing frequency and sand size selection, mowing heights and frequency, and rolling practices are highlighted.  Plant growth regulation programs and data collection also will be included as they relate to managing surface smoothness and turf health.  Learning Objectives of this session:

  • Determine the key practices that are necessary to improve the performance of putting greens;
  • Use data collection to determine how they can fine-tune management inputs to produce high quality playing conditions;
  • Implement regular double cutting and regular rolling without a dramatic increase in operating expenses;
  • Select topdressing sand that will work best for their putting greens.

Here's What I Think I Know - 31 Years Watching Grass Grow Has Taught Me This
Presented by Grant Murphy, The National Golf Club of Canada

"I do not know what I've said until you tell me what you've heard."  

We hear the lamentations industry wide about the difficulty we all share finding good people.  What if we were the problem? What if we were better at leading people? Would people then be better at following us?  What if our relationships with our staff were as strong as our agronomic plans?  Is this stuff learnable?  YES!  Come out and hear Murphy tell you his belief that there is a vast room for us to improve the effectiveness of our largest budget item - our people.  Those people - individually - are the source and substance of every success we have on our golf courses.

Thatch - How to Best Control
Presented by Beth Guertal, PhD, Auburn University

Description to come.

Be The Leader for The Generational Workplace
Presented by Carlos Arraya, CGCS, Bellerive Country Club

As professionals we all desire to be great leaders and more importantly, become better leaders.  In this session we will discuss leadership styles and learn to use your leadership voice to deliver a message that develops individuals and your teams while enhancing your operation.  Embracing the leadership voice wihtin to improve your team is the future of our industry.

Moss Control:  What We Know Now
Presented by Jack Fry, PhD, Kansas State University

An overview of the biology of mosses commonly occurring on putting greens and how cultural practices can enhance or dter their growth and expanion.  This session will understand what causes the spread and development of moss on putting greens, recognize how cultural practices can enhance or reduce moss populations and understand chemical control for moss.

New Rules of Golf and Course Management
Presented by Jack Fry, PhD, Kansas State University

The Rules of Golf underwent a major overall for 2019.  Some of the new Rules that are in effect will have significant impact on course management and particularly the way that marking is done on the course.  This session will assist turf professionals recognize and understand the changes made to the Rules of Golf and how the course marking options have changed.  Participants will also get advice on how to develop a plan for communicating the impacts of Rules changes to golf course administration.


There will also be Specialized Learning Workshops, presented by Toro on Monday, March 4, 2019 (additional charge). 

*Speakers, times and presentation topics are subject to change.