Keynote Presentations

Learn more about each of the keynote presentations and their presenters below.

February 26 Keynotes (Maintenance focus)

Opening Keynote: Top Trends in Parks for 2020

Top Trends in Parks for 2020  •  Richard J. Dolesh

♦ OPENING KEYNOTE  |  February 26  |  8:15 — 9:15 am

Do you wonder what will be the most significant trends in park design, management, and technology in the coming year? This session covers the most intriguing trends, including the promise of technology to improve efficiency and reduce costs, and the impacts of disruptive technology that will inevitably bring change such as micro-mobility devices, geo-fencing, and surveillance technology. Dolesh will cover topics ranging from the sobering impacts of climate change on parks and recreation to blue-sky thinking about barkless dog parks, microbreweries in parks, and e-sports centers that actually promote health and physical activity. Dolesh is widely regarded as NRPA's top trendspotter and his presentation is guaranteed to make you think about the future that is right around the corner.

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Richard J. Dolesh

Richard J. Dolesh worked 30 years in parks and natural resource management at the local and state level in Maryland, and has recently retired from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) where he served as the Chief of Public Policy, Vice-President for Conservation, and most recently Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives. Richard facilitated the implementation of NRPA's three strategic pillars – conservation, health and wellness, and social equity – and assisted in developing strategic partnerships to benefit the Association. His recent work includes exploring the role of parks in adapting to the impacts of climate change, engaging park systems in green infrastructure stormwater management and climate resiliency, and assessing the impact of private funding for public parks. He is a frequent contributor to NRPA's Parks and Recreation Magazine and has written for numerous other publications including The Washington Post, and National Geographic Magazine.

Closing Plenary: Taking the Fear out of Asset Management for Parks

Taking the Fear out of Asset Management for Parks  •  André Kolbér, Gabe Metron, Jesse Neufeld, and Chris Vanderheyden

♦ CLOSING KEYNOTE|  February 26  |  2:15 — 3:15 pm

All communities are in the business of asset management, whether its a formalized process or not, and all parks staff, including service providers and operators, are playing a key role. In this session, learn how your day-to-day activities are contributing to the management of your community’s assets through data collection and reporting.  Hear examples and stories that highlight the connection between your daily work and asset management, and leave with a broader understanding of your contribution to municipal asset management programs.

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André Kolbér

André Kolbér is Parks Operations Supervisor at the City of Burnaby’s Still Creek Works Yard. His work mainly focuses on park capital projects as well as working on the Park’s Sports Field & the Playground Asset Management Plans. Kolbér has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from UBC, and is a graduate of the BCIT Financial Management Program. André has also recently completed a Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning through NAMS Canada. Kolbér helps facilitate the internal Asset Management Training Program in Burnaby.

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Gabe Metron

Since 2009, Gabe Metron has managed the implementation of more than 100 CityWide Software projects with local governments and is thoroughly involved in the training, consulting, and ongoing support of those projects. As Regional Director at PSD Research Consulting Software, he has worked with over 90 municipalities to implement asset management plans and continues to develop and enhance the asset management experience for all departments within PSD's local government clientele. Gabe serves as a Senior Advisor for clients across Canada and utilizes this experience, working with municipalities to oversee successful asset management program implementations in accordance with Canadian and international best practices and standards. Gabe has completed his certification in Asset Management from the Institute of Asset Management (IAM).

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Jesse Neufeld

Jesse Neufeld is a utility and asset management Engineer with public and private sector experience. Jesse joined Kerr Wood Leidal in early 2019, having previously been at the City of Vancouver. Jesse’s approach is to combine his analytical optimization strategies with hands-on experience and knowledge of municipal assets to provide full-service asset management in tune with organizational capabilities. Jesse is an Envision accredited professional and brings his environmental and sustainability ethos into every project.

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Chris Vanderheyden

Chris Vanderheyden is a Senior Asset Management Consultant at PSD Research Consulting Software with substantial experience in municipal infrastructure planning, development, design, and data management. In his current role, he specializes in implementing robust asset management programs and strategies for municipalities across Canada. Chris formerly served in Corporate Services in the GIS Asset Management group for Oxford County, as well as in the County's Public Works and Engineering department. His role in GIS Asset Management involved maintaining and analyzing municipal infrastructure data for the County and lower-tier municipalities. Prior to Corporate Services Chris supported Public Works and Engineering designing sanitary, storm, and road infrastructure. He also supported the Utilities group with water treatment facility PNID's, schematic diagrams, and GPS infrastructure data capture and inspection.

February 27 Keynotes (Horticulture focus)

Opening Keynote: There is no “I” in team – but there is “M E”

There is no “I” in team – but there is “M E”  •  Christine McLeod

♦ OPENING PLENARY  |  February 27  |  8:15 — 9:15 am

You are an “everyday leader” when you take personal responsibility for making the team a success. The sweet spot between your unique talents, your passion, and the work is what creates the greatest workplace engagement and satisfaction. So the question to ask is… are you ready to be an Everyday Leader? In this engaging Keynote, Christine McLeod will challenge you to consider your strengths, better identify what any given situation calls for and bring your A game to work every single day. By doing this you will feel more capable, engaged and fulfilled.

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Christine McLeod

Christine McLeod is a leadership advisor, facilitator and trainer. She works with leaders in organizations of all sizes who want to take their skills to the next level. She has lived in Whistler and Squamish for over twenty years and when she is not leading through work contracts, she is leading through volunteer roles in her daughters’ schools, the Squamish BMX club and an organization close to her heart, 100 Kids Who Care Squamish Chapter. Her vision is a world where each of us  are "Everyday Leaders" – making contributions to better workplaces, communities and the world through our actions and personal leadership.

Closing Keynote: The Generation Shift

The Generation Shift  •  Joel Beatson

♦ CLOSING KEYNOTE  |  February 27  |  2:15 — 3:15 pm

Many baby boomers are set to retire and millennials are ready to take their place. Are you prepared for the shift?  Many of the changes will be shared across sectors, while others will be unique to the green industry. Learn how things are changing and what we can expect in the next decade by examining the economic and demographic data points that impact your business. From human resource challenges to changes in consumer buying habits - do you plan on surviving the shift or thriving?

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Joel Beatson

Joel Beatson is the CEO of Landscape Alberta and staff to Landscape Saskatchewan and the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association.  Joel has worked for the horticultural industry in Canada for the last 17 years including time with Flowers Canada and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.  Joel enjoys cooking for friends and family, and almost always has a new spot to try in every place he visits.  Joel lives in Edmonton with his wife Laura and their sons Declan & Wesley.

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