All 2016 Conference CEC Approvals Are In

15.06.05-2016.conf.teaser.smIf you were waiting to find out what CEC/CUE points are available at this year's conference, here is the complete listing for BC, Alberta and ISA.

2016 WCTA Conference and Trade Show
February 23-25, 2016 
Seminar Detail & CEC Point Accreditation

BC Continuing Education Credits (CEC) Total of 14.5 credits available
Dispenser Continuing Education Credits (CEC) Total of 14.5 credits available
Alberta Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits:  Total of 19 credits available
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) CEU’s: Total of 96 credits available


Tuesday, February 23rd

8:00am - noon
The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses
Tara Donadio, Audubon International

Incorporating environmental projects on golf courses can increase wildlife numbers and diversity; reduce the use and cost of pesticides, fertilizers, energy, and water; boost patron interest and loyalty; and enhance job satisfaction.  Projects can be small and easily incorporated into regular maintenance routines or, depending on interest and support, large and more expansive.  This presentation will focus on how the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses can help you protect wildlife habitat, environmentally sensitive areas, and surface and ground water from golf course maintenance practices; keep maintenance costs under control; enhance the golf experience for your customers; as well as help you along the road of environmental stewardship from whatever point you are starting.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs, administered by Audubon International, are educational programs that works with any landowner or land manager on any type of property to enhance wildlife habitat, conserve resources, reduce waste, and protect water quality.  Members receive guidance in developing sanctuary projects and, if minimum requirements are met, can have their registered property designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

BC: 2.0 IPM (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  1.0 Environment, 2.0 Pest Management, 1.0 Professionalism
ISA:  n/a

8:00am - noon
Not All Sportsfields are Created Equal
Pam Charbonneau & Rob Witherspoon, DCS & Associates

This workshop will include wide-ranging discussion on the factors affecting sportsfield quality from construction to use management focusing on performance expectations imposed.  A section of the talk will explore integrated pest management in an attempt to minimize the need for pest control products, through proper plant health, ie. fertility, cultural practices, use management.

BC: 1.0 IPM (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  n/a
ISA:  n/a

1:00pm - 5:00pm
Case Studies in Pesticide Saftey & Environmental Protection
Jason Pick, Olds College and Rick Munro, Greenside Environmental Services

The objective of this workshop is to promote problem solving in collaborative groups relating to specific challenges in two of the key areas of pesticide training, Safety and Environmental Protection and Application Technology.

Following each topic overview, case studies will be distributed.  Groups will have 15 minutes to discuss, deliberate and record their responses.  Each group will briefly present their case and their solutions based on the flowing subject matter:
1. Legislation – Gov’t structure and PCP Act
2. Labels – Reading the label and doing the math
3. Evaluating Toxicity – Understanding the risks
4. Storage, Loading and PPE - Requirements
5. Equipment Selection and Setup
6. Emergency Response – How pesticides move in the environment

BC: 3.0 Safety & Environment, 1.0 Application Technology (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  1.0 Regulations, 2.0 Health & Safety, 1.0 Environment
ISA:  Certified Arborist: 4 Utility Specialist: 4 Municipal Specialist: 4 BCMA - Practice: 3 BCMA - Management: 1 TW Climber Specialist: 4 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 4

Wednesday, February 24th

8:30am - 9:30am
Reflecting on a Career in Sportsturf
Rob Witherspoon, DCS & Associates

Rob Witherspoon retired in 2015 after a 28-year career as an educator with the University of Guelph. He was the first full-time director of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute and led the creation of the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management program.  Rob graduated from the University of Guelph with Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Master of Science degrees. His new role as a consultant with DCS & Associates provides him with an opportunity to share his extensive experience and expertise in helping industry professionals grow great grass and have outstanding careers.

BC: n/a
AB:  1.0 Professionalism
ISA:  n/a

8:30am - 10:00am
An Inside Look at the Largest Botanical Garden In Canada
Troy Sykes, City of Calgary

Troy Sykes is currently a Zone Superintendent for Calgary Center City for Parks.  He has gained extensive field experience from more than 15 years in Parks operations.  In 2010, he developed the Asset Management Plan for Calgary Parks.  He has presented at the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (National Conference in Canada); he was actively involved in developing curriculum and training staff on the PARIS project. Troy is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management.

BC: n/a
AB:  n/a
ISA: Certified Arborist: 1.5 Municipal Specialist: 1.5 BCMA - Practice: 1.5 

8:30am - 10:00am
IPM Legislation Changes in BC & the Recertification System Explained
Robert Au & Christine Woodhouse, BC Ministry of Environment

Part 1 - Update from BC MOE on the status of the IPM legislation changes.
Part 2 – Explaining the pesticide certificate renewal via ongoing education program.

BC: 1.0 Safety & Environment (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  n/a    
ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1.5 Utility Specialist: 1.5 Municipal Specialist: 1.5 BCMA - Management: 1.5 TW Climber Specialist: 1.5 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1.5

9:30am - 10:30am & 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Turf Technology Tools
Bill Brown, Turf Republic

Can you look at a plant and tell when it needs water or fertilizer?  A variety of tools and applications based on new technology are now available for Turfgrass managers to help be more precise with inputs.  Many of these are designed to measure and record, ie. portable moisture sensors, drones, sunlight tracking and others.  Bill will present a wide range of new technology and explain how it can be used to better manage plant health with the goal of reducing fertilizer, water and pesticides.

BC: n/a
AB:  1.0 Pest Management    
ISA:  n/a

10:15am - 11:15am
Tree Care at Butchart Gardens
Rupert Evans, Butchart Gardens

Tree care focusing on maintaining health. This session will cover Integrated Pest Management including indicators of root decay and remedial tree care options.  Rupert will be covering the use of pheromone traps and predator/parasites that have proven very effective at Butchart’s in controlling pest problems. He will also discuss the benefits of mulch to help control opportunistic root pathogens.

BC: 1.0 IPM (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  1.0 Pest Management
ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1 Utility Specialist: 1 Municipal Specialist: 1 BCMA - Science: 0.5 BCMA - Practice: 0.5 TW Climber Specialist: 1 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1

10:15am - 10:45am
Phytotoxicity of Common Pesticides
Mario Lanthier, Crophealth Advising and Research

As the title suggests, the discussion will focus on the phytotoxicity to turf of common pesticide products..

BC: 0.5 Application Technology (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  n/a    
*ISA: Certified Arborist: 1.5 Utility Specialist: 1.5 Municipal Specialist: 1.5 BCMA - Management: 1.5 TW Climber Specialist: 1.5 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1.5
*combined total for Phytotoxicity of Common Pesticides and Public Posting After Pesticide Application

10:45am - 11:45am
Public Posting After Pesticide Application
Mario Lanthier, Crophealth Advising and Research

Outlining the requirements for public posting after pesticide applications.

BC: 1.0 Safety & Environment (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  1.0 Health & Safety
ISA:  see note Phytoxicity of Common Pesticides

11:15am - 11:45am
Keep fit Advice for Those with Physically Demanding Outside Jobs
Andrea Bolgna, Crophealth Advising and Research

Dr. Andrea Bologna graduated from Parker University in Dallas, Texas with a doctorate of chiropractic in 2005. She completed a 180 hour certification in Chiropractic Pediatrics from The Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. She is Webster Certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Dr. Andrea specializes in pediatrics and pregnancy, and sees a variety of world class athletes as well as weekend warriors.

BC: n/a
AB: n/a
ISA: Certified Arborist: 0.5 Utility Specialist: 0.5 Municipal Specialist: 0.5 BCMA - Management: 0.5 TW Climber Specialist: 0.5 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 0.5

1:30pm - 2:30pm & 3:30pm - 4:30pm
What You Should Know About Soil Biodynamics & Complexities of Soil Organic Matter Made Simple
Dr. Paul Voroney, University of Guelph

Understanding soil organic matter is an important component of understanding plant health.  Cultural and soil management practices can have a deleterious effect on beneficial soil organic matter, causing increased destructive disease activity and the need to use synthetic pesticides.  Pesticide reduction can be achieved through proper soil organic matter management.  This seminar will focus on strategies that positively affect soil biodynamics.

BC: 1.0 IPM (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  1.0 Pest Management
ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1 Utility Specialist: 1 Municipal Specialist: 1 BCMA - Science: 1  TW Climber Specialist: 1 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ball Field Maintenance
Josh Teucsher, University of Washington

Josh Teuscher is an assistant athletic grounds supervisor since 2014 for the University of Washington in Seattle where he currently manages the maintenance of the Softball Complex.  He received a BA in history from the University of Nebraska and received a Horticulture Technician Citation from Kwanlten University in Langley BC.  Josh began his professional sportsturf management career as a grounds crew member for the Chicago Cubs 2004-2007.  He was hired as the Head Groundskeeper for the Ottawa Lynx (AAA) baseball team and spent two seasons in Ottawa.  He spent three years working in the golf industry as a greenskeeper at Redwooods Golf Course and spent a summer working for the Township of Langley Parks Department.  In 2013 Josh returned to the sportsturf sector  accepting a position with Bellevue High School to oversee the maintenance of the athletic fields.

BC: n/a
AB:  1.0 Pest Management
ISA:  n/a

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Lesson in Water Use Reduction from California
Jeff Jensen, GCSAA SW Field Representative

Jeff Jensen has served as the GCSAA Southwest Field Staff Representative since 2012 covering Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.  Jeff started his career in the golf business in 1994 and has worked for Golf Enterprises, American Golf, KSL, and OB Sports in a variety of positions including course operations, maintenance, tournament operations and sales/marketing.  Jeff’s responsibilities include serving as a liaison between GCSAA and its affiliated chapters, assisting chapters with developing and implementing best practices, expanding the superintendent’s role as being a leader in the golf community and government relations and advocacy.

BC:  n/a
AB:  n/a 
ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1 Utility Specialist: 1 Municipal Specialist: 1 BCMA - Practice: 1 TW Climber Specialist: 1 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Did You Read the Label?
Rick Munro, Greenside Environmental Services

A pesticide label is a legal document.  Principle information can be found on the front of the pesticide container along with secondary information found on the back or side of containers or sometimes attached in booklets.  This seminar will explain the importance of reading and following pesticide label directions.

BC: 1.0 Safety & Environment (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  1.0 Labelling
ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1 Utility Specialist: 1 Municipal Specialist: 1 BCMA - Practice: 1 TW Climber Specialist: 1 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Factors Affecting the Efficacy of Pesticides
Rick Munro, Greenside Environmental Services

A thorough discussion on the factors effecting pesticide performance including classification by mode of action, formulations, proper tank-mixing and chemical incompatibilities, application timing, product degradation and more.

BC: 1.0 Application Technology (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  1.0 Pest Management
ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1 Utility Specialist: 1 Municipal Specialist: 1 BCMA - Practice: 1 TW Climber Specialist: 1 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Turf Management - West VS. East
Bert McFadden, Georgian Bay Golf Club

Bert McFadden is the Golf Course Superintendent at Georgian Bay Golf Club.  Bert grew up in the Ridgetown area of Southwestern Ontario and moved to Thornbury with his wife Karen and young son Leif to begin construction of The Georgian Bay Club in 2002. Prior to returning home to Ontario, Bert was the Superintendent at Chateau Whistler Golf Course in British Columbia and is a graduate of the Turf Grass Management Programs at Penn State University and Seneca College.  Bert is also a Certified Stream Keeper from Capilano College.

BC: n/a 
AB: 1.0 Pest Management
ISA:  n/a

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pesticide Alternatives
Pam Charbonneau, DCS & Associates

A discussion on the alternatives to traditional synthetic pesticides, what works and what doesn’t.

BC: 0.5 IPM (Landscape, Dispenser)
AB:  1.0 Pest Management
ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1 Utility Specialist: 1 Municipal Specialist: 1 BCMA - Practice: 1 TW Climber Specialist: 1 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1

Thursday, February 25th

No BC points available
No Alberta points available

8:00am - 9:45am
Year of the Drought Panel Discussion
ISA:  Certified Arborist: 1.75 Utility Specialist: 1.75 Municipal Specialist: 1.75 BCMA - Management: 1.75 TW Climber Specialist: 1.75 TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 1.75



Some notes on the WCTA tracking program:
• You must fax a copy of your current Pesticide Applicator’s Certificate to the WCTA office for our records.
• We cannot service your recertification by Continuing Education Credits (CEC) without it. 
• BCLNA and WCTA members are eligible.
• WCTA Fax: 1-866-366-5097
• Call the WCTA at (604) 869-9282 for further information or check