Greenhouse Canada

From the Editor: Awards season is upon us

March 1, 2024  By Amy Kouniakis

This April marks my one-year anniversary with Greenhouse Canada. I still have a lot to learn about the industry but in the short time I’ve been here, there’s one thing I know for sure: this community is made up of some of the hardest working and innovative individuals I’ve ever met, working collectively to support this vital industry.

Whether it’s by opening the doors of one’s business to others to share solutions and innovations to address common challenges; or facilitating knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities; or even contributing content to these very pages, there is no shortage of people who deserve acknowledgement for their dedication to the Canadian commercial greenhouse industry.

Greenhouse Canada hopes to highlight and honour some of that hard work with its Grower of the Year and Top 4 Under 40 awards, for which nominations for 2024 are now open. If you know someone who is an innovative leader in the field who is driven to make this industry a better place for all to work and succeed, please consider taking a moment to fill out a nomination form. If you’ve seen someone’s positive impact first-hand, take the time to share that story with us and perhaps we can honour and highlight that dedication through these awards programs. 


Nominations for Grower of the Year and Top 4 Under 40 will be accepted up until May 10 and winners will be announced at Grower Day on June 18.

Speaking of Grower Day, planning is in full swing for the 29th annual event. This year, we have a stable of top-notch exhibitors displaying the latest in products and services; we’re in the very early stages of developing a stellar lineup of speakers that will dive into topics like decarbonization, waste management and pest management, among others (stay tuned for more updates). This year, we’re intorducing a New Varieties section to the event to give growers and opportunity to see first-hand what’s up and coming. Registration for exhibitors and attendees is now open on our website.

In the meantime, take a gander at this month’s issue of Greenhouse Canada for a little brush up on root zone management from Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza who goes in-depth on managing the bottom part of the plant by looking from the top. Get the basics on banker plants for those looking to maintain a cheap and highly effective bio control strategy on page 14, while on page 22 we compare sustainable irrigation practices for greenhouse operations. 

On page 30 we learn about the Weston Family Foundation’s Homegrown Innovation Challenge, whereby 11 teams, made up of experts and professionals from many industries and institutions across the country, are working to create the most productive, sustainable solutions for growing berries in Canada — out of season and at scale.  

For more information about the awards programs mentioned above, as well as our Grower Day event, visit our website and check out our enewletters. Happy growing everyone! 

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