General Information

Here’s the short version of what you’ll need to make the most out of this year’s show, a MUST READ rundown on what’s happening.  We’ll highlight some key points and provide tips to make your visit to the River Rock Casino Resort a great experience.

WCTA 56th Annual Conference & Trade Show
River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond, BC
Feb 20-22, 2019

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EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION AT THE RIVER ROCK CASINO RESORT FROM $162 / NIGHT IF BOOKED BEFORE FEB 1, 2019
Call 1-866-748-3718, indicating ‘1802WESTER’ as your group code or for online booking

EXHIBITORS CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  (trade show is now sold out but we have started a wait list)
   - trade show floorplan (SOLD OUT!)
   - list of exhibitors by booth number

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SPEAKER BIOS
PRE-CON SEMINAR INFO
CEC/CEU AVAILABILITY 
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#1 – Pre-Conference Seminar Day Wednesday, February 20th

We’re not bluffing with four separate pre-conference seminars kicking off the program all taking place 12:30pm – 4:30pm at the River Rock:  

Partnering with the BCGSA, ‘For All Managers’ features Kaylee Hansen of KayH Consulting.  Kaylee will fine tune your managerial skills with ‘Power of Choice – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ & ‘Time Management – How to do it and Make it Stick!
‘For All Turf Managers’ is a turf technical talk presented by Jerad Minnick of Natural Grass Advisory Group called ‘Grass Can Take More’.
So you can earn CEC points and still take in all the regular program talks, Mario Lanthier from CropHealth Advising & Research presents a 4 point workshop, credit applications for BC and Alberta are in progress.
Back by popular demand, ‘Intro Turf Management’ will be presented by a couple of top turf teachers, Jason Pick of Olds College and Stan Kazymerchyk of Kwantlen University.  Perfect for front line staff needing some turf basics or anyone else within your operation that could use a little better turf understanding (golf pros, GM’s, greens committee chairs welcome!).

Catch up with friends and colleagues at the first of our social events, the annual President’s Reception, starting at 7:00pm in the River Rock Show Theatre Upper Foyer, just up the stairs from our registration desk.  Full package delegates and exhibitors will find tickets in their packages.

#2 – Education, Trade Show and Hockey Game Thursday, Feb 21st 

TSN Golf Analyst, Bob Weeks, opens our show at 8:30am followed by two more don’t miss plenary sessions.  Four education tracks follow the lunch AGM with the trade show running 3:00pm to 6:30pm. 

The Dave Creamer Memorial Hockey Game puck drops at 8:00pm, bus leaves front of the River Rock at 7:30pm returning at 11:00pm, one round-trip only.  Full package delegates who didn’t opt out will find a ticket with their credentials.  

#3 – Education and Trade Show Friday, Feb 22nd   

Multiple education tracks go at 8:30am including one for Equipment Technician’s so don’t forget to bring your mechanic!  Lunch takes place in the trade show from 11:30am – 1:00pm followed by the afternoon education session.  We’ll end with Steve Keating’s (Toro Company) closing keynote talk, introduce your new Board of Directors and give away some slick prizes.

Wait, There’s More!

Be sure to peruse this year’s Silent Auction on Thursday from 3:00pm to 6:30pm and Friday 11:30am to 1:30pm.  Bid winners make sure you come back after 1:30pm on Friday to claim your item as they won’t be shipped.
Please sign the CEC sheets as they go around if you want to collect points.
Enjoy the River Rock Casino Resort after the show, our special room rates are extended three days post-event.
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CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE BUSINESS CASE

A WCTA member recently wrote:
I’m required to draft up a business case on the benefits of attending the conference.  Like last year, there’s a chance I won’t make this one either due to cutbacks relating to the economy and that fact that we are trying to obtain our education through in–house development and training.

Our reply:
It’s worth noting that an individual attending our conference is subsidized in two ways.  Firstly, the trade show reduces cost to delegates by about half (delegates, make sure to support the trade show!).  Secondly, the economy of scale kicks in enabling us to spread speaker costs over hundreds of delegates.  And don’t forget, while difficult to quantify, there are always tons of ways to save money for your facility by attending whether it’s a purchase at the silent auction, an idea picked up from a colleague or implementing knowledge learned from any number of seminar speakers.

Member reply:
I’ll definitely use this information in my business case.  Looking back at my other business cases, I may have been a little light on what these conferences actually offer.  Your comments help to put things into a broader perspective for me.  Thank you.

Check the conference and trade show heading at www.wcta-online.com for more information and to register.