November 15, 2017
Snow arrives early in Milton
Snow contractors and supplies gather to prepare for the upcoming season.
Snow arrived at the Landscape Ontario office in Milton, Ont., with Snowposium on Sept. 28. After a two-year hiatus, the Snowposium Conference and Trade Show, an initiative of LO’s Snow and Ice Sector Group, attracted over 200 attendees,
30 exhibitors and a sold-out conference.

Conference attendees were treated to a comprehensive session on the legalities of winter maintenance work. Ian Mair, Marie T. Clemens and Taylor Casement, from Moodie Mair Walker LLP, shared their expertise with presentations on recent court decisions, the various stages of a civil lawsuit and what to do to defend yourself. They were joined by Rob Kennaley, Kennaley Construction Law, and Mark Humphries, Humpries Landscape Services, for a mock examination for discovery of a snow contractor.

During the day, two very popular outdoor events included a de-icer equipment calibration demo with John O’Leary (retired, Clintar) and Ken Jorgenson, MPS Property Services, and a police demo including an in-class information session and outdoor vehicle check with officers Pat Martin, Scott Oldfield and Jeff Sandifer, Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspectors with Halton Regional Police Service.

Also included in the conference schedule was a session on Sustainable Salt Research and Solutions with Phill Sexton of Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA).

Snowposium attendees got one-on-one time with 30 snow and ice management exhibitors and suppliers, including: All Ontario Ice Control; Bauman Manufacturing; B.R. Dickson Equipment; Connect Equipment; Cornerstone Landscaping; CoTech/Shaw Bros.; Delta Power; Delaware Pump; Draglam Salt; Duke Distribution; Eastern Farm Machinery; Eloquip; Georgetown Chevrolet, Buick, GMC; Georgian Chev Olds; Hitch City; Holder Tractors; Hort Protect; Kissner Group; Manulift EMI; Metal Pless; Nanophyll; Pro-Power Canada; SiteOne Landscape Supply; Smart About Salt; Specbilt Enterprises; Spucewood Leasing; Tillson Brands; Twin Equipment; Venture Business Solutions; and WPE Landscape Equipment.

Everyone enjoyed a barbecue lunch catered by Milton’s own Troy’s Diner in partnership with Allstone Equipment.

A huge thanks to conference session sponsors: BP Landscaping and Snow Removal, Delta Power, HortProtect and WPE Landscape Equipment. Thanks also to Draglam Salt for donating the door prize of a Toshiba 55-in. TV, won by Mike Alati of Optimal Irrigation.