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Speaker Program - Thursday

2016 Program Highlights

 Canadian growers can leave their passports at home as the 2016 Canadian Greenhouse Conference is bringing expertise from around the world to Niagara Falls.




John Stanley, a world renowned retail consultant, speaker and author, started his career teaching perishable retail management at Merristwood College, UK.  His ability to create rapid stock turnover launched his global consultancy and made him highly sought after in all retail industries.  Today John sees high tech lifestyles changing customers focus and needs. His presentations and workshops teach retailers how create solutions for a new generation of customers and bring them the new experiences they crave. As a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), John is one of the world’s top 10% of speakers.  His retail ideas and charismatic presentations make him one of the most highly sought after horticultural retail speakers globally.

Stanley will speak in the Garden Centre session on Wednesday and lead workshops on Thursday morning and afternoon.


Dr. Silke Hemming holds a PhD in Horticultural Sciences from the University of Hanover. Since 1999 she has worked at Wageningen University and Research Centre at different institutes in a variety of positions, most recently as Head of the Greenhouse Technology scientific research team.  The Wageningen UR LightLab is a unique facility with the most modern measurement equipment for optical properties of greenhouse materials.

Hemming is a well known expert on the field of novel greenhouse design concepts and modern greenhouse coverings. She is leader of the ISHS (International Society of Horticultural Sciences) scientific working group “Light in Horticulture”. She conducts several international research projects on greenhouse systems in different climate zones world-wide.

 Hemming will speak in the Vegetable session(s) as well as deliver the keynote address.


Thursday, October 6th

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ROOM 201/202

9:30 - 11:00 AM




Cynthia Scott-Dupree

University of Guelph

Guelph, ON

Insecticide Resistance: Mechanism & Management

Insect life cycle development - one generation to the next, is typically efficient and rapid. If insects are exposed to insecticides consistently during their development, it is inevitable that they will become resistant to the insecticides they are exposed to. This presentation will focus on the mechanisms of resistance that insects use to reduce their susceptibility to insecticides and describe some of the management strategies that growers can use to prolong the period of effectiveness of insecticides by slowing the process of natural selection. 

Graeme Murphy

bioLogical control solutions

Welland, ON

 Economics of Biocontrol

As your biocontrol program moves from initial implementation to ongoing maintenance, it is important to start looking more closely at the cost effectivness of the program. Graeme outlines the steps necessary to gain a better understanding of where biocontrol costs have occurred.  


Stan Kostka

Aquatrols Corporation of America

Paulsboro, NJ


Surfactants 2.0 - Understanding the Basics

Do you know what surfactants, wetting agents, and/or adjuvants are and when to use them? Stan will give provide some insights in how these agents can help during the production cycle.


ROOM 204


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM



Bill Fonteno

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

The First Three

Do you have roots reaching the bottom of your containers in 7 to 10 days?  For faster root development, greater precision, better timing and healthier plants, the first three weeks are critical - this includes one week before and two weeks after planting. Specific attention to pre-plant substrate moisture content, container filling/stacking and initial plant hydration create a more optimal environment for faster root system development.  This will happen with less water and fertilizer runoff from drip systems and more efficient water uptake from subirrigation systems.

Erik Runkle

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

 Technology Option for Photoperiodic Lighting

Many ornamental crops have a photoperiodic flowering response, meaning that they flower in response to day and night length. When the days are naturally short, fixed incandescent and fluorescent lamps have been traditionally used in greenhouses to deliver long-day lighting, but there are now several other lighting options to deliver long days to regulate flowering. Runkle will discuss different kinds and colors of LEDs - some of which work and some don’t - as well as alternative lighting techniques including boom lighting. The different lighting strategies will be compared including a brief discussion of their economics.

This session sponsored by:    fafard logo 

ROOM 207/208



9:30 AM - 11:00 AM



John Stanley

John Stanley Associates

Nannup, West Australia


Passport to Excellence - Make sure you OWN your market 


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from retailing expert, John Stanley. Morning and afternoon interactive sessions cover the topics below.

  •  Why change is inevitable
  • The Millennial consumer - understanding their mindset and why this is important to grow sales, marketing and merchandising with this generation in mind.

  • Changing role of your sales team

  • The new look category management and why it is so different from the past

  • Weekday and weekend marketing strategies

  • Developing a plant sales area that actually grows sales per square metre.

  • Implementing change in your business

This session sponsored by: farm credit logo



9:30 AM - 11:00 AM



Justine Taylor
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers

Vicki Hilborn
OMAFRA, London


Greenhouse Water Management:  Tips, Tricks and Regulation

An overview of observations made in the proverbial "field" over the spring of 2016.  This Joint OMAFRA-OGVG initiative focused on identifying barriers to achieving 100% recirculation and increasing grower awareness about phosphorus in the Great Lakes, identifying potential sources of on-farm nutrient loss and regulatory requirements.  An introduction to the new MOECC streamlined Environmental Compliance Approval for  greenhouse storm-water ponds will also be given.

Henry Gordon-Smith
Brooklyn, NY

The Low-Down on Vertical Farming

There has been a rapid increase in the number of vertical farming operations and technology companies around the world. Despite the growth of this nascent industry, there is still limited evidence of economic viability to justify mainstreaming vertical farming. What are vertical farms, and what is all the hype about? This presentation explores technical examples of vertical farms, business models and some of the main reasons why they can fail.

Cara McCreary
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
Harrow, ON

Breaking the Patterns with Non-traditional IPM

Pest management has evolved over many years to include integrated approaches to management of pests and diseases. These techniques are used in combination with the traditional methods of conventional pesticide use. More recently, non-traditional techniques such a bio-pesticides and bio-innoculants have a stronger presence in integrated pest management programs. This discussion will include the importance of non-traditional pest management strategies, what is available and how to successfully incorporate these techniques into your IPM program.


ROOM 201/202


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Ten-minute presentations update growers with progress reports and outcomes of current research. The varied topics will interest and inform while providing an excellent overview of what is happening in the industry.

Chevonne Carlow
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
Vineland, ON

Producing high quality bedding plants with less fertilizer

Jason Lanoue
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON

Effects of LED spectral quality on carbon export & sugar partitioning in vegetative tomatoes

Xiao Ma
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON

Comparing HPS & LED supplementary Lighting systems for chrysanthemums and lisianthus

Travis Cranmer
Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Vineland, ON

Effect of substrate on the efficacy of bio-pesticides against root diseases in hydroponic vegetables

Michelangelo La Spina
Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Vineland, ON

It’s raining aphids, hallelujah?

Viliam Zvalo
Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Vineland, ON

Asian eggplant - The greenhouse experience

Ashley Summerfield
Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Vineland, ON

How to turn on a tomato: Bio-inoculants & their implications for pest management

David Gholami
Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Vineland, ON

Robotics & automation: Current and future technologies

Youbin Zheng
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON

Optimal supplemental LED lighting level for greenhouse cut gerbera production

Sarah Jandricic
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture,Food & Rural Affairs, Vineland

On-farm Research Update:Whitefly control in winter

 This session generously sponsored by  vric logo




ROOM 204

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM



Theo Blom
Theo Blom Advisory Services
Beamsville, ON

Humidity: First learn the Lingo

Humidity is a very important factor in the greenhouse environment; affecting plant growth, energy consumption and disease development. In the session, Theo will explain various terms such as absolute and relative humidity; vapour pressure or moisture deficit, condensation point and the effect of temperature on these factors and how these interrelate in the greenhouse. An explanation will be given on why the control of humidity has such a great effect on energy consumption.

Kurt Parbst
Envirotech Cultivation Systems
Richmond, CA

Managing Humidity

When you dehumidify your greenhouse, you remove a lot of energy contained in the moisture (latent energy) as well. Have you ever considered how to capture this latent heat while removing the moisture out of the greenhouse air? Kurt will explain the principles behind the Agam Ventilated Latent Heat Converter.

Albert Grimm
Jeffery’s Greenhouses
St. Catharines, ON

 Energy for your Crops: Managing greenhouse humidity

Greenhouse humidity control costs energy, and it feels like “blowing money out of the window”. Albert aims to change this perception and explain how proper, well planned humidity control allows growers to deliver energy to their crops with accuracy and efficiency. Money may leave the windows, but returns with improved crop quality, reduced losses and better profits.


ROOM 207/208

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


A continuation from the morning workshop




This session generously sponsored by:   farm credit logo


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Group Tour on Exhibit Floor 

Hosted by a knowledgeable facilitator , groups will visit pre-arranged exhibitors on the trade show floor for presentations then return to Ballroom D for follow-up questions and discussion. Informal and informative.  This year’s theme: Communicating with the Plant for Production Optimization 

Meet in Ballroom D at 2 pm to break into groups.


Looking for a presentation from our past conference?  Please note that not all speakers allow their work to be posted.

2015 Canadian Greenhouse Conference Presentations