Four Pre-Conference Seminars to Choose From

2019 WCTA Pre-Conference Seminar Information

12:30pm - 4:30pm, Wednesday, February 20th at the River Rock Casino Resort
(afternoon coffee break is included, pricing varies, space is limited)

We’re not bluffing with four separate pre-conference seminars kicking off the program all taking place 12:30pm – 4:30pm on Wednesday, February 20th at the River Rock Casino Resort:  

- 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!).

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


For All Managers
12:30pm – 4:30pm, Weds, Feb 20th, River Rock Casino Resort
Kaylee Hansen, KayH Consulting
Co-hosted by the BCGSA & WCTA 
$227 person incl. coffee service

Too busy?  Not enough time?  Need to tune your management and organizational skills?  Kaylee Hansen is our management workshop ace and is providing a two part, pre-conference session that will help you get your stuff together:

'Power of Choice - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People'
What does it mean to have choice, to acknowledge the difference between what is in your control and what is not?
How does this affect your personal and professional relationships? Productivity?
How does an understanding of this principle become the foundation to being effective in all aspects of life?

‘Time Management – How to do it and Make it Stick!'
Four quadrants of time spent
What activities are falling into each quadrant, where are you spending the majority of your time?
Identify where you are actually losing time when focusing on only the urgent things and not the important.
Big rocks vs small

Kaylee works with a half dozen industries with all levels of the organization, facilitating high quality training programs and coaching for change.  She is accredited in Discrimination & Harassment prevention, Franklin Coveys 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Train the Trainer offering personalized coaching that will “Inspire, Lead and Connect” with clients from any industry.

For All Turf Managers
12:30pm – 4:30pm, Weds, Feb 20th, River Rock Casino Resort
Jerad Minnick, Natural Grass Advisory Group
‘Grass Can Take More’
$227 person incl. coffee service

Jerad Minnick is Founder and Lead Advisor of Natural Grass Advisory Group™, the first fully independent, natural grass specific testing and support firm in the USA.  Minnick, who holds a BS in Plant Science/ Turfgrass Management from the University of Missouri, is a former sports field manager who brings his on-field experiences to his clients and into the classroom.

Jerad’s work is dedicated to better ways of maintaining high traffic natural grass fields and will deliver a four hour pre-conference seminar called ‘Grass Can Take More’.  This trademarked system considers that with evolving maintenance, new technology, and objective data, the most important elements of natural grass field maintenance can be pieced together to deliver stronger, safer and more affordable playing fields.  ‘Growing Green Grass’ is a one hour talk on the main program focusing on lessons learned from Jerad’s blog of the same name.

Pesticide Applicator CEC Workshop
12:30pm – 4:30pm, Weds, Feb 20th, River Rock Casino Resort
Mario Lanthier, CropHealth Advising & Research
$227 person incl. coffee service

Mario Lanthier has been a popular speaker at WCTA, CGSA, ISA and other conferences over the years, and has been teaching the BC Pesticide Applicator Certificate course at the WCTA conference since 2003.  He has been working in the horticulture industry since 1980 and his company, CropHealth Advising and Research, offers consulting services and pest management recommendations with or without pesticides.  

This 4-hour pre-conference seminar will focus on the hard-to-get categories of Safety & Environment and Application Technology and we anticipate 4 points in both BC and Alberta (applications in progress at time of writing).


Introductory Turf Management Workshop
12:30pm – 4:30pm, Weds, Feb 20th, River Rock Casino Resort
Jason Pick, Olds College and Stan Kazymerchyk, Kwantlen University
$97 person incl. coffee service and Thursday trade show access

This 4-hour session designed for front-line staff needing better turf management knowledge to perform their daily roles, is being delivered by the lead instructors of Olds College and Kwantlen University.  For years, both institutions have delivered industry leading programs in horticulture/turf management each with a long list of successful alumni excelling in the areas of golf course and sportsfield management.

Topics include:  Grass Plant Basics, Mowing, Water, Fertility, Area Math, Fertility Math


Call 1-866-748-3718, indicating ‘1802WESTER’ as your group code
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