2020 Golf and Sportsturf Management Conference & Trade Show Exhibitor Update

October 24, 2019

To all Golf and Sportsturf Management Industry Suppliers and Service Providers,

57th Annual Western Canada Turfgrass Association

Conference and Trade Show
February 11-13, 2020, River Rock Casino Resort 
Richmond I British Columbia I Canada

Excitement for our 2020 Conference and Trade Show is growing and we’ve been receiving questions and booth requests over the past couple of weeks.  Thanks for the enthusiasm but unfortunately, the trade show registration package isn’t going to be ready until early November, possibly a little sooner.  

Event organization is feverish however and there are a few things we’re ready to share.

The education program is nearly complete (kind of been the holdup) with 20+ speakers on 5 separate tracks plus 4 pre-conference seminars.  This year’s theme ‘Grass is not a Foe’, was borrowed from Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, in response to lawn and turf critics claiming grass is not environmentally friendly.  In fact we know the opposite is true with scientific research showing lawns and turf are equal to trees when it comes to carbon sequestration. It’s certainly a hot topic for sportsfield and golf superintendents, something we will explore in great detail this year.
The social program is not yet finalized.  We had a lot of trouble finding players for last year’s hockey game so there may be a major change, this is still being worked on.

CLICK HERE for a sneak peak of the trade show floorplan.

 Event Outline (some of these may change slightly)

Tuesday, February 11th
12:30pm – 4:30pm  Pre-Conference Seminars X4
7:00pm                     Annual President’s Reception, River Rock Show Theatre

Wednesday, February 12th
8:30am                     Education program begins
11:30am                   WCTA Annual General Meeting
3:00pm – 6:30pm     Trade Show Exhibitor Reception

Thursday, February 13th
8:30am                      Education program begins
11:00am – 1:30pm    Turf Management Industry Trade Show w/lunch
1:30pm                      Education program resumes
3:15pm                      Conference Closing and ending keynote

Much more is still to come and as mentioned, we should have exhibitor registration ready and circulated within a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, thank you for your continued support of the longest running and largest sportsfield and golf course management event in western Canada, the WCTA Conference and Trade Show.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at the River Rock once again this coming February!

Jerry Rousseau
Executive Director, WCTA
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Who is the WCTA?
With nearly 700 members, we serve the largest group of professional golf and sportsturf managers, educators, researchers, students and the supply chain in western Canada.  The WCTA actively communicates with another 2000 golf and sportsturf management contacts from throughout western Canada, providing education, resources and valuable member services, funding turf research and actively lobbying for the turfgrass management industry on multiple levels. 

We’re strong in BC and growing in both Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Our reach in the BC golf market is higher than any other turf industry organization at nearly 50% of the 300+ courses, while on the lucrative sportsfield and parks side, WCTA members represent 56% of major BC municipalities.  Also active are school district, university and private school staff, educators, researchers and turf management students.