2017 Spring Training Keynote Presenters

Maintenance Day, Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mario Lanthier

Opening Keynote | Use of organic matter around the world | 8:15 — 9:15 am

Mario Lanthier is the owner/operator of CropHealth Advising & Research, a Kelowna-based company offering services related to pest management and plant health care throughout Western Canada. Mario is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.




Gordon Price

Closing Keynote | Building a good city for good health | 2:15 — 3:15 pm

Gordon Price is the past Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University (2005-16) and ex-Vancouver City Councillor (1986-2002). In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. He also served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999. He has a blog on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, at “Price Tags” (www.pricetags.wordpress.com).


Horticulture Day, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Linda Tarrant

Opening Keynote | Changing perspectives — It's all in your head! | 8:15 — 9:15 am

Linda Tarrant has a wealth of experience delivering innovative and thought-provoking programs to both public and private sector organizations across North America. She is an author, change leader, strategist and master facilitator who holds advanced degrees in Psychology, Sociology, Education and Counseling. She holds the prestigious designation of Certified Speaking Professional and is the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. Linda brings a captivating and contagious energy to every event, and is known for her wit, wisdom, practical approach and down-to-earth style.


Nancy Turner

Closing Keynote | "Adopting a Root" — Indigenous Peoples and plant distribution in British Columbia | 2:15 — 3: 15 pm

Nancy Turner is an ethnobotanist with a strong interest in the rich botanical knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, particularly in northwestern North America, where she has worked collaboratively with Indigenous plant experts and knowledge holders for over 45 years. Her areas of focus include: Indigenous Peoples’ food plants and nutrition, traditional ecological knowledge systems, traditional land and resource management systems, environmental studies and education, forestry issues, biodiversity, traditional herbal medicines and pharmacology, plant nomenclature and folk classification systems, ethnoarchaeology, Indigenous technologies and plant materials, plants in traditional narratives, and ceremony and rituals, and toxic and aromatic plants. One of her books, Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America (2014) reflects her efforts to describe the richness and complexity of Indigenous Peoples’ plant knowledge. 


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