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Branching Out

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Thank you to everyone that participated Branching Out 2019!

Stay tuned for our next year's event.

Branching Out Horticulture Career Expo is an opportunity for KPU Horticulture students and employers to engage insightful conversations about careers in the horticulture industry. The event consists of an open networking, industry panelists and a networking roundtable as the main event. 

Networking Roundtables

The main event consists of student roundtables and open networking. Students will spend 15 minutes at each table with 4 rotations in total. Guests will remain at their pre-assigned table and host a discussion each round. Conversations range from discussion on generic information about working in the industry to specific job duties or hiring techniques. Overall, students will be looking for information to help guide them with their career exploration. Career Services will also have ‘conversation strips’ to help move the conversation along.

For more information, email careers@kpu.ca.


2019 INDUSTRY PANELISTS

Heather Lee, Co-Owner of Victory Gardens

Heather is the newest member to join Victory Gardens' Co-operative. Originally from Toronto where she studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Ryerson University after completing her undergraduate degree in Physical Geography, Heather’s strong passion for environmental education and making change in the food system, found here at Victory Gardens! This is a Vancouver-based worker co-operative of urban growers who build, teach, and educate people on growing organic food. Their vision is to create a secure and holistic food system where urban, suburban and rural space is maximized and individuals have regained the lost basic skill of food production.

 

Dr. Christine Thuring, Faculty, Centre for Architectural Ecology, BCIT

Christine Thuring is an environmental scientist and plant biologist who has been working with living architecture for 20 years. She has designed and installed green roofs and habitat gardens in North America, central Europe and the UK. Her current research, at BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology, screens native plant performance on an extensive green roof, with interest in pollinator response. She is also supporting the City of Vancouver in developing a green roof policy

 

Hanako Amaya, HAPA Collaborative Principal

Hanako’s unique background of technical rigor and design sophistication injects the Hapa studio with a strong engineering competency and modern design aesthetic. Hanako enjoys nearly ten years of local, regional, and international field and design experience and a background in eco-environmental civil engineering and landscape architecture. Her work strives to marry contemporary landscape design with sensitive analysis of physical and cultural context.

She completed her graduate degree in Eco-Environmental Civil Engineering from Ritsumeikan University, and a Masters of Landscape Architecture at UBC in 2005.

She joined Hapa Collaborative in 2011 to continue the successful working relationship on projects such as the Moda Residential Tower in Burnaby, The Concord Private Residences in Calgary, and Evergreen Line Station plazas located throughout the Lower Mainland, for which she is the project manager.

 


BRANCHING OUT HORTICULTURE CAREER EXPO 2019 Exhibitors

 

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CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION

Canopy Growth Corporation ("Canopy Growth") is a listed company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (WEED), the New York Stock Exchange (CGC) and part of the S&P Composite Index. Its wholly owned subsidiaries, including its flagship Tweed and international medical companies operating under the Spectrum Cannabis brand, are leading producers of legal, regulated cannabis. With millions of square feet of licensed cannabis production, and operations spanning five continents, Canopy is the largest legal producer of cannabis in the world.

 

Headquartered in Smiths Falls Ontario, Canopy Growth recognizes that employees are at the core of our success and take pride in a corporate culture that emphasizes inclusiveness, collaboration and diversity. Our employees stem from a wide range of professional backgrounds; each bringing their own unique skills and talents to the table, working together to continue our incredible momentum of growth. 

Employment Opportunities: IPM Specialist, Trimmer, Irrigation, Sanitation, Maintenance 

Website: https://www.canopygrowth.com/


 

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PARA SPACE LANDSCAPING

Since August 1, 1979 Para Space has been an award winning leader in the Canadian landscape industry. We have been built on care for those we work for and those who work here. Our company has always provided progressive landscape maintenance programs, along with contemporary designs, installations, and ecologically conscious plant health care. We have been able to grow our operation through hard work, efficiency, innovation, and by enhancing the wellbeing of our employees. Our active participation in trade associations has helped to advance our industry, especially in the areas of employee training and workplace safety. Para Space is the most accredited landscape firm in British Columbia. We were also voted one of BC Best Companies to work for by our staff. We are very proud of our staff’s level of education and the knowledge they bring to the job each day.

Employment Opportunities:  Landscapers, Landscape Supervisors, Summer Internship 

Website: https://www.paraspaceinc.com/

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THE GROUNDS GUY OF ABBOTSFORD

The Grounds Guys has been in business since January of 2012. We are a full service Landscape Maintenance Company servicing large stratas, commercial properties and estate type residential. We offer lawn care, garden maintenance including pruning, weed control and fertilizer, irrigation maintenance as well as landscape enhancements. We are a values based company that does our best to offer great service to our clients in a positive and fun atmosphere. As an employer, our goal is to be the employer of choice for our team and prospective team members. 

Website: https://www.groundsguys.ca/abbotsford/

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BC PLANT HEALTH CARE INC.

Since the beginning, we have prided ourselves on providing conscientious care to clients and the environment. BC Plant Health Care has continuously grown over the past decade, developing a reputation based on professional and ethical practices, with a team built on solid values, continued education and monitored safety practices. Our three core values are safety, quality and efficiency. We have highly effective safety and training programs, the results of which are obvious with our WCB rate. Our advertising is generally by word of mouth, and our continued success is proof of the standards of excellence we have created.

Employment Opportunities:  Arborist Apprentice, Arborist Crew Leader, Junior Consulting Arborist, Plant Health Care Technician 

Website: https://www.bcplanthealthcare.com/

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FOSSIL PROJECT SERVICES LTD.

 Fossil Project Services is a leading landscape construction and maintenance company that has built some of Vancouver’s most spectacular and challenging outdoor spaces. Our company offers landscape design, construction and management services on residential projects in the lower mainland. 

Employment Opportunities: http://www.fossillandscape.com/

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HORIZON LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS

Horizon Landscape Contractors is an award winning Landscape Construction and Maintenance Company. We employ full-time permanent (Landscape Construction) as well as seasonal (Maintenance and Watering) labour employees. Working on jobsites ranging from Squamish to Abbotsford and beyond. Some of our most recent work includes the Vancouver Art Gallery, Parq Casino, the Vancouver Library and the McArthur Glen shopping centre at YVR.

Follow us on Instagram (@horizonlc) or check out our website for more information: horizonlandscape.ca

Employment Opportunities: labour positions (Maintenance, Watering, Landscape Construction)

Website: https://www.horizonlandscape.ca/

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City of Surrey

The City of Surrey is one of the fastest growing and culturally diverse cities in Canada. Recognized as a top employer, we are dedicated to building a vibrant, progressive, world-class city that enhances quality of life for our citizens, while delivering meaningful and rewarding career opportunities for our employees.

Employment Opportunities:  Labourers 

Website: https://www.surrey.ca/

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ICMS

About the company:  If YOU like agriculture, have a passion for growing crops and are inquisitive, then ICMS is the place for YOU. As a member of this team, YOU will assist with greenhouse experiments that evaluate products and systems which improve the health and quality of Canadian crops. ICMS is recognized as a premiere provider of contract research services in the development, implementation and conduct of research in the areas of crop breeding, agronomy, evaluation of product efficacy for conventional and bio-pesticides, inoculants, plant growth regulators, fertilizers, seed coatings, and many other agricultural products. We are dedicated to providing accurate and meaningful data to local, national and international clientele. This is a great opportunity to work with a company that offers innovation, excellent earning potential with competitive salary, great benefits, learning experience in all aspects of agriculture, and a great opportunity to apply your education to everyday tasks.

This position is based at our Abbotsford Research station conducting trial work in the Fraser Valley region with the primary focus of conducting research on greenhouse crops such as tomato, pepper, cucumber and ornamentals. Depending on the workload distribution, you may also be conducting trial work on field crops such as canola, corn, soybean, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, tomato, cucumber, pepper, wheat, and barley to name a few. The Research Technician will be responsible for assisting the Research Agronomist with setting up research trials on various crops to conduct product evaluation experiments. They will be responsible for planting and maintaining the crops, applying treatments, collecting data, irrigation, tractor operation and communicating with management. This position will report to the Regional Manager on a regular basis.

Employment Opportunities:  seasonal, full time labour, trades, and supervisory opportunities

Website: https://www.tol.ca/

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PREMIER LANDSCAPING INC.

Premier Landscaping is a growing community of landscape maintenance professionals, working on some of the most significant properties in the Lower Mainland. Service is the foundation of our team and we love to work with like minded individuals. We are focused on our people, encouraging individual growth and education. Our people are empowered to lead and work with passion and pride which adds value to our clients’ experiences. If you are a skilled, customer-oriented individual who is proud of the difference you can make in the surrounding community, we want to hear from you! 

Employment Opportunities:  Landscape Supervisor, Landscape Lead Hand, and Landscaper 

Website: http://www.premierlandscapingbc.com

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TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY

Agrima has been at the forefront of the cannabis movement since long before it became topical. As a leader in therapeutic cannabis, our name can be traced back to not only cannabis and agriculture, but to the Sanskrit word “Agrima” — meaning “Leader”. We aim to empower ‘the agrima’ within each and every patient, equipping them to lead a higher quality of life. Naturally. Agrima is a patient focused, medical cannabis company. 

Employment Opportunities:  Cultivation 

Website: https://www.tol.ca/

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HUNTERS GARDEN CENTRE

Hunters Garden Centers is a full-service garden centre. Our customers come to us for our selection of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, and trees as well as soil, fertilizer, pots and everything that they need for your garden. We have a reputation as having an enjoyable work environment with knowledgeable customers and long term employment. Some of the benefits of working for Hunters Garden Centre include:

• Being part of an enthusiastic team

• Working in an outdoor environment

• Flexible working conditions

• On the job training

Website: https://huntersgardencentre.com/employment/ 

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TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY

We are local government providing various services for the residents of the community. In Parks, we deliver outdoor recreational spaces for people to enjoy. These amenities include trails, open spaces, playgrounds, sports fields, and horticultural displays.

Employment Opportunities:  seasonal, full time labour, trades, and supervisory opportunities

Website: https://www.tol.ca/

RANDHAWA FARMS

 

RANDHAWA FARMS

We are a local family owned & operated vegetable greenhouse in beautiful Abbotsford, BC! We are a year-round operation, producing 4 acres of Long English cucumbers & currently 60 acres of bell peppers. It's definitely an exciting time for us and our amazing team of experts as we are currently expanding our local pepper operations with an addition of 15 acres at our newest facility! We believe that our people are our most important investment! Being a multicultural employment environment, we feel that company culture is a top priority for us! We continue to promote that culture through various team building events throughout the year. At Randhawa Farms we are continually looking for dedicated & innovative minds to join us and work towards exciting new changes in the agriculture industry! 

Employment Opportunities:  Various positions 

Website: https://oppy.com/our-growers/our-grower-family/randhawa-farms