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FAQ

Q.  DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW I CAN GET APPROVAL TO ATTEND THE CANADIAN IN Banff?

A.  In the current economic climate we understand the need to justify what amounts to a significant expenditure.  In the whole scheme of things, conference attendance by the superintendent needs to be considered as an investment rather than an expense.  As much as that sounds like a "cliche", continuing education and industry connections are crucial to your professional development as well as the success of your facility.  The opportunity to learn about advances in golf course management techniques and improvements in equipment and cultural practices more often than not save the course much more than the cost of registration.  More importantly, not knowing about new innovative practices or legislative requirements could cost the course much more than they think they are "saving" by not approving your attendance at the conference. 

Here are some suggestions to help your employer understand how your attendance at The Canadian Golf Course Management Conference can add value to the overall operation of your facility:

Educate the Manager / Owner / Employer about the content and format of the Conference and Trade Show

Provide an overview of the size and scope of the Conference.  It may be helpful to give your employer a copy of the education program and the link to the conference website. 

Identify specific challenges at your facility and the education sessions you plan to attend, showing their relevance

  • Highlight the trade show hours and who you plan to meet and how this will help you to develop relationships with suppliers and compare prices and services;
  • Share the networking opportunities available at the conference and note how these give you a chance to share ideas and challenges with peers - its like conducting your own focus group with experts in the field;
  • Note how this event will provide you with many of the CEU's you will need toward certification or recertification;
  • Explain how innovations in products, new research, and cutting edge management techniques continually change, and why it is important to keep in touch with those changes;
  • Reinforce how the success of your facility and operation ultimately depends upon the continued professional development of you and your staff;
  • Identify one thing that you learned the last time you attended the conference that you were able to implement that saved the course money or solved a particularly problematic situation, and;

Know the Cost
Make the case for the efficient and effective use of your facility's training dollars.  By attending the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference, you will be exposed to the most relevant education and technology available in one place, making it the most effective use of training dollars - Canadian dollars!

If you upgraded your benefits by taking advantage of one of CGSA's new benefit options you'll save some money from registration fees!  The Premium Option saves 10% and the Ultimate Option saves 20%. 

Show how the All Access Package includes many of your meals.

And if you register early you can save nearly $200!

Have a Plan

Promise to prepare and present a report on the information you learn and how you plan to put it into practice at your facility.

Demonstrate how you will share the information with your staff and, by doing so, stretch the value of the conference investment.

Don't forget to point out the Live Learning Centre - as a registrant you will have access to the sessions following the event to review and share.

Q.  ARE THERE ANY DEADLINES I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?

1.  Early Bird Registration rates will end on January 31, 2019.  Make sure you register early to save the most!

2. January 4, 2019 cancelation deadline - all cancelations must be received in writing and a $75 administration fee will be charged.

4. January 20, 2019 - deadline for special rates for delegates at the conference hotels.  Note that rooms may sell out before this date.

5. February 10, 2019 do not mail registration forms - fax or email or register online!

6.  On Site Rates Start on February 1, 2019 and are significantly higher!

Q. HOW DO I BOOK MY HOTEL ROOM?

A. Check out the ACCOMMODATIONS page on our 2019 Banff conference website.  There are links to our various conference hotels which allow you to book online or telephone numbers so that you can book via phone.  Don't forget to mention The Canadian Golf Course Management Conference to get the best rates!

Q. HOW DO I ACCUMULATE MY EDUCATION POINTS?

A. Following each presentation during the CGCMC that is approved for CEC's staff or volunteers will be outside each presentation room with forms.  If you do not sign these for the session, points will not be credited following the event.

Q.  WILL I RECEIVE ANY DISCOUNTS IF I REGISTER FOR BOTH MEMBERSHIP AND CONFERENCE AT THE SAME TIME? (mORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW)

A. YES you will definitely receive significant discounts.  The difference in conference registration fees vary depending on selected package; but will range from $50 - $200 with membership in the CGSA.  For information on membership, contact Lmicucci [at] golfsupers [dot] com (subject: Conference%20and%20Membership) (Lori Micucci )and she'll be able to help you out!  

Also if you took advantage of one of our membership benefit packages you'll save some money from your conference registration fees.