CGSA, NGCOA Canada and PGA of Canada Announce Collaboration

November 20th, 2018

MOU Signed to Align 3 Conferences and Share 1 Trade Show.  The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, National Golf Course Owners Association Canada, and PGA of Canada are pleased to announce their intentions to collaborate on a new vision for their respective conferences.

The new vision is to schedule the three national conferences simultaneously and in the same city. Although each conference will remain independent, some sessions will be shared for the mutual benefit of all delegates, such as opening keynotes and receptions.

In addition, a combined trade show will bring together exhibitors from the turf, business and pro shop sectors into one larger event for the greater benefit of all delegates and improved marketing value for suppliers.

Branding for the trade show will be the “Canadian Golf Industry Show”, while the three related conferences will maintain their existing branding.

“We’re very excited about this new opportunity,” stated CGSA president Kendall Costain, MS. “We’ve talked about this possibility for years and the CGSA is pleased to see the vision now becoming a reality. This model just makes sense for the good of the entire golf industry.”

Newly elected NGCOA Canada president, Lesley McMahon, noted “When we signed the MOU on the weekend, it was very well received by those in attendance and we look forward to this opportunity to work together. It’s very exciting and the NGCOA Canada fully supports this vision.”

“The PGA of Canada is a big believer in this kind of collaboration and we’re honoured to be a partner with the CGSA and NGCOA Canada here” added Mark Patterson, PGA of Canada president. “Since each conference will still deliver their own content to their own delegates, there is nothing lost. But there is much to be gained through additional shared sessions, plus the importance of industry wide networking and the advantages of a bigger trade show.” 

Further details, including dates and locations, will be announced once agreements are all finalized with host hotels and convention centres.

The MOU proposes a two year initial commitment by each Association, allowing for a trial period before engaging in a longer term legal agreement.

The CGSA is a society committed to excellence in golf course management and environmental responsibility through the continuing professional development of its 1000 plus membership.  CGSA is the only national organization dedicated to supporting golf course superintendents and golf course management professionals in Canada.  CGSA provides benefits including representation and promotion of the profession, advocacy, certification, professional development and awards dedicated to this golf sector.  For more information on the CGSA please visit or on Facebook or Twitter.

The NGCOA Canada is a not-for-profit trade association representing the business interests of Canadian golf course operators and related stakeholders, with a membership of over 1300. Key initiatives include the Golf Business Canada Conference & Trade Show, Spring Warm Up Meetings, Golfmax Purchasing Programs, Take A Kid To The Course, Get Golf Ready, GOLFEXPOs, Golfer’s Red Books, Rounds Played Reports, Revenue Tracker, Weather Impact Reports, Compensation & Benefits Reports, Business Consultation, and Government Advocacy.

PGA of Canada is the Lifeblood of the Game of Golf. Established in 1911, the PGA of Canada is the second oldest and third largest professional golf association in the world. The PGA of Canada is a non-profit Association comprised of nearly 3,600 golf professionals across the country. The association’s mandate is to develop, promote and support its members in living a better life and earning a better living while growing participation, excellence and passion for the sport of golf. The association consists of the national office located in Acton, Ont., Zone Offices across the country.

Kathryn Wood, COO, CGSA
kwood [at] golfsupers [dot] com

Jeff Calderwood, CEO, NGCOA Canada/Executive Director, CGSA
jcalderwood [at] ngcoa [dot] ca/ jcalderwood [at] golfsupers [dot] com
613-226-3616 / 416-626-8873

Kevin Thistle, CEO, PGA of Canada
kevin [at] pgaofcanada [dot] com

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