2015 West Coast Conference Update

14.10.10.conf.teaser.finalOrganization of the 2015 WCTA Conference and Trade Show, taking place March 9-12, 2015, is well underway.  All turf management industry personnel from all sectors are invited to participate in this tremendous educational, networking and live action trade event (not a simulation) taking place in “The Garden City”, beautiful, sunny, downtown, Victoria, BC.

CLICK HERE for the 2015 WCTA Conference and Trade Show highlights.

CLICK HERE for the 2015 WCTA Conference and Trade Show program.

Please support your regional turf management associations by attending!

The March 9-12 dates will take full advantage of typical spring Vancouver Island weather. 


Escape the western Canada winter deep freeze and make a point of attending!


There are ample reasons to be in Victoria next March besides the weather and Victorian charm of BC’s capital.

• Five individual education tracks will feature 34 presenters delivering 47+ hours of educational programming in total.  Here’s a quick glimpse of our confirmed speakers:

  • Jim Reger, The Reger Group, specializing in professional development management “Committed to assisting individuals & organizations increase their effectiveness.”
  • Robert Thompson, Golf Writer and Analyst, SCORE Golf and Global Televsion
  • Dr. Ron Calhoun, former professor and coordinator of the Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program at Michigan State University 
  • Dr. Frank Rossi, Cornell University and arguably the world’s most sought after turf management speaker. 
  • Dr. Alec Kowalewski, professor and turf researcher at Oregon State University.
  • Mark Nicholls, founder and president of TURFIndustry, one of the synthetic turf industry’s most notable brands. 
  • Adam Zubek, Golf Course Manager, Mississauga Country Club and former Superintendent at Capilano G&CC, Vancouver's most highly respected golf club.
  • Josh Lewis, Superintendent, Chambers Bay Golf Course and very busy preparing for the 2015 US Open which will be the largest sporting event ever to be held in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Dean Piller, Superintendent, Cordova Bay Golf Course, current BCGSA President and avid spokesperson for superintendents on the regional, national and international stage.
  • Tim Fredericks, principal in Fredericks McGuire, a full service irrigation consulting firm.
  • Verna Mumby, 'The Tree Lady' has been providing tree care throughout western Canada since 1991.
  • Dave Duncan, THP Co.  Dave has  delivered many presentations across the province over the past decade geared toward proper application of turf plant health products and served tirelessly on the WCTA Board, his term culminating with the Presidency in 2010. 
  • Darcy Lepine, Earthfort Laboratories, a world leader in soil microbiology for over 20 years
  • Kevin White, Lead Field Technician, Seattle University, winner of the 2013 STMA Field of the Year Award
  • Brian Dougherty, General Manager, Horizon Landscape Contractors, specializing in small and large scale hardscape installations

• Obtain valuable CEC recertification points.  An entire education track will be dedicated to those who require CEC points for the pesticide applicator certificate.  Speakers include:

  • Gwen Lohbrunner, BC Ministry of Environment
  • Mario Lanthier, CropHealth Advising & Research
  • Rick Munro, From the Greenside
  • still more speaker information to come!

• Explore the trade show where 55+ suppliers will exhibit every imaginable turf industry product and service.  It’s an opportunity to see, touch, feel, discuss & learn about products/services in person.  Check out the new stuff, chat with local and national sales representatives, plan your purchases and save your facility money!

SPECIAL PRESENTATION – FIRST GREEN FOUNDATION - As our special guests, First Green, a Seattle based organization that uses golf courses as a classroom to teach environmental education to school aged kids, will present their unique learning program.  Funded in part by the USGA, First Green has already seen over 15,000 kids participating since inception in 1997.  The Canadian launch, sponsored by the WCTA, took place this past May at the Vancouver Golf Club. Karen, First Green Executive Director, Karen Armstead, Steve Kealy, Superintendent of the Glendale Country Club, David Phipps, NW Field Representative for the GCSAA and Lynn McKay, Education Program Coordinator, will deliver a no cost workshop introducing the program in detail to Canadian golf course supers and interested sportsturf managers.

• Take full advantage of the social program where most of the networking takes place.  Learn from your colleagues, share your experiences, talk about the trends.   Attend the BCGSA Monday Night Social and Dave Creamer Memorial Hockey Game, Tuesday evening President’s Reception and new this year, Exhibitor’s Reception Wednesday evening on the trade show floor.

 Did we mention golf?  Take part in the ‘Tournament for Turf Research’ taking place at the Olympic View Golf Club, Monday, March 9, hosted by superintendent Brett Finlayson and organized by the Kwantlen University Turf Club.  Your participation will directly assist turf research programs and you’ll have a chance to swing the clubs at one of Vancouver Island’s premier facilities.  The whole shebang for only $60 includes bus transportation from downtown.

• Great value!  The WCTA regional show packs a punch and is easy on the budget. 

We almost forgot.  The WCTA has partnered exclusively with the world famous Fairmont Empress Hotel for our accommodation needs.  Rates start at only $99/night (whaaat???) to stay in one of Canada’s hotel gems located on the Inner Harbour directly across from the BC Parliament Building and attached to the Victoria Conference Centre.  This one-of-a-kind setting and pricing might be considered the perfect opportunity for your significant other to experience everything Victoria has to offer from double decker bus tours to whale watching to the Royal BC Museum, Emily Carr House, Craigdarroch Castle and so much more!  BOOK THE EMPRESS ONLINE NOW

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the 52nd Annual WCTA Conference and Trade Show.
More information will be distributed as it becomes available.
Prepare for the 2015 season by charging your batteries in Victoria this March!