Final Look at 2013 Conference in Penticton

12.08.17-show.logo2013By Jerry Rousseau
all images credit Bob Wick unless otherwise noted

Taking place in Penticton, BC March 2013, our 50th anniversary conference and trade show was an incredible success.  With just over 300 turf managers participating, attendance was better than expected.  Supplier support was staggering with 79 companies selling out the trade show floor (26 of them new) even after additional space was created several weeks prior to the event to meet the needs of increased demand for booth space.  This number was up significantly over the 62 companies participating in Victoria last year and is historically second only to a tie of 81 exhibiting in Victoria in 2009 and Penticton in 2005 (see below for full list of exhibitors).

 13.04.16-Pent.conf2Our name in lights!        

13.04.16-Pent.conf23Great crowd at this year's show.

Education program feedback has been very positive and we were pleased to be able to present a mixture of local and international talent.  Highlights most definitely included Doug Carrick, top Canadian Golf Course Architect, Tom Serensits, sportsturf guru from Penn State University and Dr. Joe Schwarcz from McGill University’s Office of Science and Society.  And we now know that a bigger room is required for Mario Lanthier’s CEC point talks!

Every delegate left with more than they arrived starting with the 50th Anniversary Conference memento, a beautifully done ball mark repair tool with magnetic ball marker presented in a keepsake tin case with WCTA logo.  Other extra lucky participants include the following prize winners:

13.05.24-Early.bird.prize.winnerEarly Bird Registration - $350 Gift Package from Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Paul Richards, District of North Cowichan (credit Jerry Rousseau) 

13.04.16-Pent.conf2250/50 Draw - $760 Cathy Beglau, St. Michaels University School

 13.05.24-conf.priz.winnersFrom left to right: $1000 Grand Prize Ernie Whitelaw, Mt. Brenton Golf Club - Private Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing Day Trip for four people $650 value Russ Eitner, Mt. Brenton Golf Club - Rukus Boom Box Solar Powered IPod Player: Tim Vannice, St. Andrews by the Lake - Cactus Club $100 Gift Certificate: Alex Inglis, Twin Lakes Golf Course - 3 RC Choppers: Adam Graham, Prince George Golf & Curling Club Rick Munro, Fairwinds Golf Course Scott Mitchell, Target Products

We take our education program and trade show seriously but there should always be room for some fun.  At the WCTA Conference and Trade Show, we strive for balance! Here are some images of some of the extra-curricular activities delegates experienced:

Kwantlen Ulumni Dinner

Organized by the KPU Turf Club and Turf Management Instructor, Stan Kazymerchyk, the 75 available tickets sold out in a hurry to what was a great, relaxed event that started the 2013 conference.  

 13.05.24-alumni.party1Random pic1

 13.04.16-Pent.conf4Random pic2

 13.05.24-alumni.party3Random pic3

  13.05.24-alumni.party42012 WCTA President Scott Mitchell wonders if the putting green is leaning a little to the left or if it’s him

  13.04.16-Pent.conf7Great job guys! (Stan Kaz on right)

President’s Reception

The Penticton Lakeside Resort was commissioned to host our 50th Anniversary Conference President’s Reception.  This function is seen as the real kick-off to our show and gives delegates a chance to connect and catch-up with friends and colleagues.  For the last couple of years, we’ve also used this event to make several presentations but we may need to rethink this process as it was a little loud and boisterous in the room this year!  Once things finally quieted down, we were able to proceed with the awards and we thank everyone in attendance for their cooperation.  From an event planning perspective, it was a positive to see so many happy and excited people at our show!

13.04.16-Pent.conf13Let’s get this party started!

13.04.16-Pent.conf15Good food, great times

13.05.24-prez.rec1The crowd thickens

 13.05.24-prez.rec2Smile everyone! (Except for you Ron)

 13.05.24-prez.rec3Ken Bruneski receives Super of the Year Award from Davin Marr

13.05.24-prez.rec4Brian Youell accepts the BCGSA Pinnacle Award

 13.04.16-Pent.conf20Dena Gent wins the inaugural BCGSA Industry Supplier Appreciation Award

13.04.16-Pent.conf1950 Year celebration – no one was hurt during the balloon drop

13.04.16-Pent.conf18The Tab gag

BCGSA Monday Night Social:

 The Dave Creamer Memorial Hockey Game was another epic battle pitting Vancouver Island’s finest turf industry talent against that of the Mainland and Interior.  It was a fast paced, back and forth, action packed thriller that many called a battle of the goalies.  Thanks to the BCGSA Board and Larry Olson for all their organization efforts and of course the warriors on ice and the crowd who came out to support them!

13.05.24-hockey.game1Thanks to the sponsors as well!

13.05.24-hockey.game2Battle of the goalies1

13.05.24-hockey.game4Battle of the goalies2

13.05.24-hockey.game3No conference photo montage is complete with a shot of Garth and Dave

13.05.24-hockey.game5All for a great cause! (credit David Phipps)

13.05.24-hockey.game6 But in the end, there can be only one… 

Education Program and Trade Show:  

13.05.24-edprogram1Dale Miller golf pre-con seminar

13.05.24-ed.program2Tom Serensits sportsfield pre-con seminar

13.05.24-ed.program4Golf track

13.05.24-ed.program3Sportsfield track

13.05.24-ed.program5Thanks for speaking Ron and thanks to all our speakers

13.05.24-ts1Trade show floor

13.05.24-ts2Trade show floor2

13.05.24-ts3Trade show floor3

13.05.24-ts4Some time to chat at the Mentor Booth

13-04-16-Pent.conf21Syd runs another successful Silent Auction

13.05.24-ed.program6Thanks to our student helpers!

 13.05.24-closing1Passing of the gavel to new WCTA President, Keith Lyall

13.05.24-WCTA.Brd.2013The new WCTA board…

On behalf of the conference organizing committee and WCTA Board of Directors, thank you to our sponsors,  suppliers and of course delegates, for attending the 2013 show.  We would also like to thank the Penticton Conference Centre and Lakeside Hotel’s hospitality and hard work to ensure the production was flawless.  And if it wasn’t for the tremendous efforts of the Kwantlen University Turf Club, things just would not have happened so effortlessly.

Thanks also to our conference staff team who come together once per year but operate like a group that works together daily and thanks to hometown hero, Larry Olson for his onsite efforts over the past year of organizational legwork that is put into an event of this scale.

We hope to see everyone at our 2014 Joint Conference and Trade Show being organized in partnership with the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and taking place in Vancouver February 17-21.


2013 Exhibitor List:

A.R. Mower & Supply
Astro Turf
Bartlett Tree Services
BC Golf Superintendents Association
Bos Sod Farms Inc.
Bron and Sons Nursery
Canadian Turf Specialty Products
Centaur Products Inc.
Chick's Irrigation Developments
Club Car
Corix Water Products
Direct Solutions
DMA Sports Group
Eagle Lake Turf Farms Ltd.
Earth Smart Solutions
Eljay Irrigation
Emerald Bay Ag Services
English Lawns
Explorer Marketing Group Inc.
Falcon Custom Tee Markers
FarmTek Service / TDS West
Foreshore Equipment & Supply
Forestar Golf Sales
Griff Building Supplies
Growers Supply
Harco Fittings
Hutcheson Sand & Mixes
Inside Golf Magazine
Interior Turf Equipment
Irrigation Industry Association of B.C.
Island Park Equipment
Keso Turf Supplies
Kubota Canada
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Marathon Surfaces Inc.
N.A.T.S. Nursery
National Leasing Golf & Turf Financing
Nature's Gold
OakCreek Golf & Turf Inc.
Okanagan Fertilizer / Fusion Turf
Okanagan Regional Goose Mgmt Committee
Olds College
Overton Environmental Enterprises
PMRA Health Canada
Prairie Coast Equipment
Precision Labs
Premier Pacific Seeds
Professional Gardener
Quality Golf Services - Planet Air
RecTec Industries Inc.
Redden Net
RF Binnie & Associates Ltd.
Rollins Machinery / Advanced Equipment
RTF Water Saver Canada
Sports Turf Association
Sports Turf International
Suttle Recreation Inc.
Synthetic Turf International
Target Products Ltd.
Taylor's Turf Care Products Ltd.
Terra Equipment Ltd.
Terralink Horticulture
The Anderson's
Tomko Sports Systems Inc.
Toro Irrigation / Irritrol
Van-Ed Equipment
Van-Kel / EMCO Corporation
Vermeer Equipment BC / Bobcat Country
Wallah Golf
WCTA Mentoring & Research
Western Rootzone(DBA Turfcat Enterprises)
Western Turf Farms Ltd.
Wood Bay