Get Extra Smart, Attend a Pre-Conference Seminar (4 To Choose From)

Take your pick of four separate pre-conference seminars kicking off the conference education program all taking place 12:30pm – 4:30pm, Tuesday, February 11th, at the River Rock Casino Resort:  

In partnership with the BCGSA, Dr. Doug Soldat from the University of Wisconsin will help you navigate the complexities of turf health with ‘Building a Fundamentally Sound Fertilization Program’.

Internationally renowned synthetic turf expert, Dr. John Sorochan from the University of Tennessee, will deliver ‘Mythbusters – Turf Performance and Safety’.  Dr. Sorochan is often called upon to answer high level questions from around the world related to athlete safety and factors affecting turf performance.

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 on 'Hard to Get CEC Points'.  

Our most popular pre-con seminar is back with a twist!  Top turf teachers, Jason Pick of Olds College and Stan Kazymerchyk of Kwantlen University will build on previous iterations with the all-new ‘Intro to Turf Management 2.0’.  No prerequisite is required and attendance includes trade show access on Feb 12.  Perfect for front-line staff, greens committee chairs or anyone needing more basic turf knowledge in their daily roles.

EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION AT THE RIVER ROCK CASINO
FROM $160 / NIGHT IF BOOKED BEFORE JAN 30, 2020
SPACE IS LIMITED! 
Call (604) 247-8900 indicating ‘2002WESTER’ as your group code
or for online booking, visit: http://wcta-online.com/conference/accommodation 

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For All Turf Managers - $199 person incl. coffee service
12:30pm – 4:30pm, Tuesday, Feb 11th, River Rock Casino Resort
Co-hosted by the BCGSA & WCTA
Dr. Doug Soldat, University of Wisconsin
‘Building a Fundamentally Sound Fertilization Program

Doug Soldat is a professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Doug completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Soil Science from UW-Madison and earned a Ph.D. in Plant Science from Cornell University. His research and outreach programs are focused on improving turfgrass nutrient and water use efficiency. Doug advises the turfgrass management students at the UW and teaches courses on turfgrass management and general soil science.
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Synthetic Turf Specialty Session - $257 person incl. coffee service
12:30pm – 4:30pm, Tuesday, Feb 11th, River Rock Casino Resort
Dr. John Sorochan, University of Tennessee
‘Mythbusters – Turf Performance and Safety’

A native of Calgary, Dr. Sorochan began working on the grounds crew at Earl Grey Golf and Country Club in 1988. He received his Ph.D. in Turfgrass Science from Michigan State University in 2002, and is presently a Distinguished Professor of Turfgrass Science and Management in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee.
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Pesticide Applicator CEC Workshop
$227 person incl. coffee service
Mario Lanthier, CropHealth Advising & Research
12:30pm – 4:30pm, Tuesday, Feb 11th, River Rock Casino Resort
‘Hard to Get CEC Points’

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 has been approved for BC CEC points, 2.0 for Safety/Environmental Protection and 2.0 in Application Technology.  AB application is in progress.
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Introductory Turf Management Workshop 2.0
$97 person incl. coffee service and Wednesday trade show access
12:30pm – 4:30pm, Tuesday, Feb 11th, River Rock Casino Resort
Jason Pick, Olds College and Stan Kazymerchyk, Kwantlen University

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
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