The CanWest will be held Sept. 23-24, 2009 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, with pre-show workshops on Sept. 22 and industry and garden tours on Sept. 25.

CanWest is Western Canada’s largest horticulture show which gathers buyers and sellers of BC’s nursery, floriculture and landscape products and services. Known for colorful décor and remarkable displays, CanWest welcomes over 3,500 attendees and 442 exhibitor booths! This year, exhibitors are challenged to integrate gold, silver and bronze Olympic flare in their booth design for a chance at winning CanWest’s ‘Best of Show’ award. 

This year’s show features 3 stellar tours and 14 educational sessions ranging from full day workshops to the new one-hour ‘Swap Shops’. The tours offer an amazing opportunity to learn first hand from the local horticulture industry. Tour selections include:

Pastoral & Profitable Nursery Tour
Gold Medal Gardens Landscape Tour
Green Roofs & Living Walls Tour 

“We are thrilled with our line-up of workshops and professional speakers,” said CanWest Show Manager, Karen De Jong. “We are bringing in the best of the best to help horticulture businesses thrive as they prepare for 2010.” Delegates can customize their own schedule to include both business and professional development sessions including:

Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You  Love – Julie Moir Messervy
Effective Leadership Strategies for Lead Hands & Supervisors – Kevin Kehoe
Using the Internet to Your Best Advantage – Thomas Young
Selling to Today’s Demographics – Ian Baldwin
Build Your Brand – Jeffrey Scott
Think Like Customers – Ian Baldwin
E-Marketing in the Green Industry – Jeffrey Scott
Landscape Swap Shop – Moderated by Jeffrey Scott
Retail Swap Shop – Moderated by Ian Baldwin
Lighting the Way – Paul Zammit
Ka-Ching – Ian Baldwin 
The Five R’s of High Performance Teams – Jeffrey Scott
Container Gardening – Paul Zammit
Merchandising Magic –  Ian Baldwin

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