AGSA 2021 Property Manager Conference

  NOVEMBER 21- 23rd, 2021

This is the largest gathering of Alberta’s golf maintenance professionals; Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Horticulturists, Equipment Managers, Irrigation Technicians, Turf Interns, Turfgrass students and Foremen.  Every year, speakers from around the world gather in Canmore to discuss the newest ideas and management techniques for managing AB golf course properties.  This conference allows members some educational opportunities, in addition to, some much needed Pesticide Credits.

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Room Endinburgh Holyrood
9:00 - 10:00
Jason Pick
Environmental  Credit
10:00 - 11:00
Jason Pick
Health & Safety Credit
11:00 - 12:00
Jason Pick
Regulations Credit
12:15 - 1:00
1:15 - 3:30
Jason Pick
Art of Application - Application Technology Credit
Welcome Back Party
Moose Meadows
125B - 306 Bow Valley Trail
Canmore, Alberta
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Edinburgh Room
Balmoral Room
Glamis Room
7:30 - 8:00
8:00 - 8:15
8:15 - 9:00
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Jody Carrington
Sponsored by Syngenta
9:15 - 9:45
Tom Schellenberg
Prioritize Life
Ken Fry
Monitoring for Pests: How best to detect and quantify the pest problem in turf and landscape settings
Dave Schneider
Canmore GOLF & CC
9:45 - 10:30
Erin Lawrence &Roger Kingkade
Marketing & Branding: tangible tips to create great content and videos - even if you've never done it before
Jessica Blumenshein & Val Echevarria
Membership Engagement - A Horticulture Approach
Canmore GOLF & CC
10:30 - 10:45
Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:30
Karen Rumohr
Transition to Superintendent Role
Nick Johnson
Organic Turf Care
Wendell Mcgrath
Canmore GOLF & CC
11:45 - 12:30
Pat Cunningham
The Secrets of Successful Small Talk
Judith Golub
Native Plants
Wendell Mcgrath
Canmore GOLF & CC
12:30 - 1:30
Lunch Sponsored by TBD
1:30 - 2:30
Phillip Nurse & Richard Ingie
GM Transition to Alberta
Amy Fehr
How to Appraise the Value of Trees
Fuel Additives
2:30 - 3:30
Jeff Kinney - USGA
Deacon Update
Micheal Dean & Gaia Green
Healthy Soils
Tom Schellenberg
GCSAA Certification Program

AGSA Annual General Meeting
4:00 - 7:00
Monday Night Reception Sponsored by BrettYoung
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ROOM Edinburgh Room

Sponsored by
8:30 - 8:50
Reid Solodan
Worm Poo Who Knew?
8:50 - 9:10
Wade Peckham
Managing Poa Under the Heat Dome
Sponsored by
9:10 - 9:15
Coffee Break
9:15 - 9:35
Jeff Babich
Timber - A Guide to a  Successful Tree Plan
9:35 - 9:55
9:55 - 10:15
Coffee Break
10:15 - 10:35
Ken MacKenzie
From Whom the Shaw Shanks
10:35 - 10:55
Cameron Kusiek
CREATIVE BUNKERS:  Build It Once.  Last A Lifetime
Sponsored by
10:55 - 11:15
Wade Horrocks
Successfully Developing a  Long-Range Plan
11:15 - 11:20
Coffee Break
11:20 - 11:40
11:40 - 12:00
James Beebe
Cultural Practices for Growing People
12:00 - 1:00
Sponsored by
1:00 - 1:20
Bob Novakosky
From Fowl to "Fore"
1:20 - 1:50
Morgan Creighton
Women in Turfgrass Management
1:50 -1:55
Coffee Break
Sponsored by
1:55 - 2:15
Bob Paley
Are you being Authentic?
2:15 - 2:35
Darren Reddekopp
Evaluating the Dips
Closing Comments


Jason Steadwell, Syngenta

Jason has been working in the golf businessfor over 20 years.  He studied Economics& International Development at the University of Guelph, then followed upwith a Greenspace Management Diploma from Red River College in Winnipeggraduating with Honors.

He is a proud recipient of the CGSA futuresuperintendent award, with that honor came the opportunity for him to work atsome of the most iconic golf courses in Scotland & Ireland such as the OldCourse at St. Andrews, Turnberry, and Royal County Down to name a few.  Jason has also worked as an irrigation techon the construction of Black Bear Ridge golf course in Belleville and as thegrow in superintendent and eventually director of golf operations at Oak IslandGolf before moving to the supply side of the business.  

For the last 10 years he has been workingon the sales and distribution side of the golf business starting at Evenspray& Chemicals covering Mb & Northwestern Ontario as a distributor salesrepresentative, then moving up to Sales Manager overseeing 3 sales reps andmanaging the marketing and new product acquisition for that company.  In 2018 Jason started his current role asTurf Specialist for Syngenta Professional Solutions Canada providing tech supportto retailers and customers and driving Syngenta’s education initiatives such asthese for the Western Canadian Golf Business.  

Jason J. Pick, MSc. Instructor, Golf Course Management Olds College, School of Environment

Jason is faculty of Olds College, specializing in Turfgrass Science, Golf Course and

Resort Management. He holds diplomas in Agriculture and Business, a Bachelor of

Applied Science, and Masters of Turfgrass Management. He is the Executive Director

of the Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation, and advisor to the Prairie Turfgrass

Research Center. He is a past president of the Western Canada Turf association and

former golf course superintendent. His post graduate training spans 8 different Golf

clubs across Canada and the Caribbean. He's been a certified pesticide applicator for

30+yrs, and certified applicator trainer since 2009, and Principal, Pick Sportsturf


Educational Credits

AB Pesticide CEU Credits

We are in the process of applying for CEU credits with AB Environment. The following is a list of what we have applied for; there is no guarantee that these will all be approved but there is the POTENTIAL for the following CEU credits.

Speaker                                                 Presentation                                                                            # credits      Credit applied for

Jason Pick                                           Health & Safety                                                                       1 CREDIT - pre conference

Jason Pick                                           Regulations and Legislation                                                 1 CREDIT - pre conference

Jason Pick                                           Environment                                                                            1 CREDIT - pre conference

Jason Steadwell                                 Application Technology                                                         1 CREDIT - pre conference

Ken Fry                                                 Pest Management                                                                  1 CREDIT