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Congress focuses on building a better business

November 5, 2012  By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Nov. 5, 2012, Milton, ON — Landscape Ontario will continue a 40 year tradition of helping lawn, garden and landscaping professionals improve their prospects, hone their skills and build a better business.

From Jan. 8 to 10, 2013, Landscape Ontario’s Congress trade show and conference returns to the Toronto Congress Centre. The huge annual event brings together more than 600 vendors, and close to 13,000 professionals from around the world to share their expertise and secrets.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Congress and Congress Conference. It is an opportunity to get re-acquainted with popular speakers and inspired by some new industry experts. Power-packed days are kicked off daily by motivating keynotes, and a newly formatted program offers maximum value that includes the opening keynote, panels, owners-only workshops, life lesson lunches and networking.


“With a full schedule of guest speakers, seminars, networking events and a show floor crammed with new and exciting products, Congress is the ideal platform for discovering innovative ways to expand your business,” said Heather MacRae, Landscape Ontario’s director of events and trade shows. “As an association, it is an ongoing effort to help our members better their businesses, and what we do at Congress is fundamental to that effort.”

Now into its fourth decade, Congress has grown into the premier trade show for the lawn and garden industry, showcasing new and emerging trends and products and offering best practices from experienced professionals. The format of Congress 2013 offers lawn and garden industry professionals a prime opportunity to network with their peers and exchange trade secrets that will help them maximize their profits and please their customers.

Seminars will address ways to maximize a business’s presence on social media, improve customer service and implement best practices in human resources. Special owners-only workshops will emphasize ways to utilize all the tools available to improve staff relations and grow your business.

The New Product Showcase will feature the latest equipment, tools, plants and products that delegates will be seeking next season.

Exhibitors, presenters and patrons at Congress include people from every aspect of the lawn and garden industry, including landscape contractors, landscape designers, interior plantscapers, lawn care professionals, owners and staff of retail garden centres, municipal parks and recreation managers and grounds maintenance managers.

“Congress literally covers every facet of the lawn and garden industry; offerings will impress new-to-the-business landscapers as well as veteran contractors,” said MacRae. “But no matter how much experience you have, there is always room for improvement. That is where our education seminars, workshops or even just networking on the show floor will help your business better meet the needs of your customers and foster strong relations with your staff.”

For more information about Congress, or to view the entire schedule of workshops, seminars and discussions being held at Congress, visit All professional development programs at Congress qualify for Landscape Industry Certified Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).

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