November 1, 2019
A vibrant trade-fair tradition:
The best thing about Congress, according to Ed Chanady, owner of Avalon Landscaping in Holland Landing, Ont., is, “new, innovative equipment and materials.” Chanady is a second-generation contractor who has faithfully been attending Congress for more than 35 years.
Exhibits cover acres of show floor at Congress; over 600 suppliers will participate this year. Congress has a respected reputation with suppliers from North America and beyond. It is known as a must-exhibit show; an ideal launch pad for new offerings. Visit the New Product Showcase to scan new products, and then visit booths to get their in-depth stories.
While many professionals spend two or three full days on the Congress floor, others make time for its outstanding Conference program. Top-notch speakers deliver sessions that are tailored to green industry success. Many business owners support staff members with Conference passes. Beyond the individual sessions, half- or full-day professional development events are offered on business leadership, Integrated Pest Management and landscape design.
Congress action is complemented by its Live series, free show-floor demos on hardscape, transportation compliance and everything to do with trees. A new feature area is Recruit Live, offering a job board and space for employers and potential hires to meet. Just drop by any of the Live areas, rest your feet and pick up some new ideas.
Wednesday night is time for social energy. Every delegate is invited to Congress After Dark, where making new connections mixes with relaxing fun. The Congress venue is the Toronto Congress Centre, convenient to Pearson Airport and hotels. Parking is free.
When asked if he had ever found productivity solutions at Congress, Ed Chanady answered, “Absolutely. We used a new vacuum lift for the first time last month — we couldn’t have done the job without it. Without the show, you don’t know new equipment exists.”
Congress 2020 takes place on Jan. 7-9. Visit www.LOcongress.com for information.