August 1, 2017
Montreal hosts SIMA Symposium
North America’s professional association for snow contractors, the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), held its annual Symposium in Montreal in June. An impressive contingent of delegates attended the four-day event, which featured on- and off-site education sessions, a trade show, keynotes and an awards evening. This year’s symposium was SIMA’s 20th such annual event, and its first-ever outside the U.S.
Canadian participation was strong among attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors. Bob Wilton, founder of Markham, Ont.-based Clintar Landscape Management, received SIMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. SIMA’s Cheryl Highley said, “I love Bob. He served on the SIMA board for six years, and he is so proud of his family.” The award is not presented every year; Wilton’s announcement produced a standing ovation.
In more Canadian recognition, David Lammers of Garden Grove Landscaping, Waterdown, Ont., received awards for Business Excellence and Safety.
The annual event highlights SIMA’s commitment to education. Board chair Justin Gamester announced membership dues have been structured to include a $200 training credit.