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Partners gearing up for Congress 2010

December 22, 2009  By Dave Harrison


Partners gearing up for Congress 2010
landscaping industry has experienced tremendous growth for many years,
providing several economic benefits to society, especially with regards to

Dec. 22, 2009, Toronto – The
landscaping industry has experienced tremendous growth for many years,
providing several economic benefits to society, especially with regards to
employment. However, the industry also provides many other social benefits
beyond the economic measurement such as environmental, community pride,
lifestyle, tourism and recreation. 


The industry is positioned for continued future growth because of many
social trends, including:

• Aging baby boomers interested in garden and garden-related activities
during retirement.

• The return of “staycation” and the rising concern for the environment.

Given these trends, the landscape industry is fostering strategic
alliances with other business professionals to act on these social trends and
work towards professional development.

At Congress 2010, a three-day horticultural, lawn and garden trade show
taking place Jan. 12-14 at the Toronto Congress Centre, Landscape Ontario is
partnering with the Ontario Parks Association, Communities in Bloom (Ontario),
the Canadian Fence Industry Association, as well as the aquatic leisure
industry, as a means of creating a one-stop buying and networking experience
for business professionals.

The Ontario Parks Association will be running their annual Explorations
2010 trade show in conjunction with Landscape Ontario’s Congress 2010.  The 17th annual parks,
grounds and recreation facilities trade show is dedicated to showcasing
products and services related to parks and green spaces sectors.

“We are extremely excited about the partnership that we have established
with Landscape Ontario and other business professionals at Congress 2010,” said
Paul Ronan, executive director of the Ontario Parks Association. “By
collectively combining the mandates of Ontario Park’s Association’s Protecting
Tomorrow Today, Communities in Bloom – Ontario’s People, Plants and Pride and
Landscape Ontario’s Green for Life, as well as the mandates of other
businesses, we believe that these partnerships will influence our sectors
future with positive growth”.

The Canadian Fence Industry Association is returning to Congress to host
a showcase dedicated to high quality fence products and related services.
Delegates will discover a wide selection of fence wholesalers and manufacturers
of aluminum, bamboo, chain link, steel, wood and even some certified green
composite fencing suitable for LEED projects.

Several vendors from the aquatic leisure industry are also participating
at Congress 2010. Some of these vendors include builders and contractors,
retailers, service providers, manufacturers and distributors of swimming pools,
hot tubs and water feature products. 

The Green Forum is also back for its second year at Congress 2010 and is
dedicated to the exchange of information and best practices on sustainable
green initiatives as a means of planning for a sustainable future in Ontario
and throughout Canada. The Green Forum is an opportunity for both corporate and
municipal leaders to work together on solutions for the environmental
challenges ahead.

Congress 2010 is also hosting the Second Annual Mayors’ Green Eggs
Breakfast to officially open Congress/Exploration Trade Show and the Green
Communities and Green Parks half-day event. Free transportation for mayors and
elected officials is provided from VIA Rail Canada on their Green Mayor’s



Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is one of the most vibrant
associations of its kind, comprised of over 2,000 members, ten sector groups
and nine local chapters. Its trade mission is to promote the horticulture
industry in Ontario, and its public mission is to promote the joys and benefits
of green spaces.

The Canadian Fence Industry Association is a non-profit organization representing
contractors, retailers, agents, wholesalers and manufacturers of fence products
and services. They are dedicated to representing high construction standards as
well as a high level of ethical business behavior in a competitive market

The Ontario Parks Association is a registered charity organization that is
devoted to bringing together those people who are interested in the development
and protection of parks and green spaces. The OPA is committed to educate park
professionals and enable them to meet or exceed industry standards while
actively advocating for the protection and enhancement of parks and open
spaces. Our motto “Protecting Tomorrow Today” is a commitment to civic
beautification and the advancement, protection and conservation of parks, open
space and the environment in the province of Ontario.


Communities in Bloom Ontario is a non-profit Canadian organization committed to fostering
civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community
participation and the challenge of a friendly competition. The Communities in
Bloom program helps inspire communities to enhance and sustain the visual
appeal of neighbourhoods, public spaces, parks and streetscapes through the
imaginative use of regionally-appropriate flowers, plants, trees and
landscaping. A focus on the preservation of heritage and cultural assets with
attention to environmental stewardship is an integral part of its success
resulting in an improved quality of life for all.



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