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Branching Out

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"Adaptation: From Traditional to the New and Beyond..."

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020

12pm-4:30pm

KPU Langley West Building - Gathering 1020

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 open networking, industry panelists and a networking roundtable as the main event. 

EVENT SCHEDULE

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REGISTRATION:

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Networking Roundtables

The main event consists of a networking roundtable and followed by an open networking session. During the networking roundtable section, 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 a 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. The Career Development Centre will also have ‘conversation strips’ to help move the conversation along.

For more information, email careers@kpu.ca.


2020 INDUSTRY PANELISTS

Hedy Dyck, Chief Operating Officer of BC Landscape & Nursery Association

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Owen Croy, Professor at the University of British Columbia

  

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Owen Croy worked in the forest industry and was also a program officer with Agriculture Canada before joining the City of Surrey in 1992.  There, he managed Surrey’s park system for 25 years and also taught in the Surrey Leadership Program.  He is a founding member of the Municipal Forestry Institute, where he teaches leadership courses to international participants.  Owen is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia where he teaches urban forestry and park management.

In 2018 he received two international awards: The International Society of Arboriculture’s Presidents Award for his involvement in mentoring the next generation of urban foresters in North America, and Tree Canada’s Royal Galipeau Award of Distinction for his contributions to urban forestry in Canada. He was also awarded the Life Membership Award by the Society of Municipal Arborists for contributions to international municipal forestry and was the co-recipient of the Fraser Institute’s Award for Economy in Local Government for developing a model for continuous improvement in city operations. Owen writes and lectures widely on various aspects of governance in municipal park operations and urban forestry.

 

Ruben Houweling, General Manager of Houweling Nurseries

 

In an industry that’s centred on hands-on education and training, helping out in the family business came second nature for Ruben Houweling.

As a young boy of seven, he started out washing flower pots and mixing soil, gradually adding to his duties as he grew older. With a father, two uncles, siblings and cousins involved, Ruben knew at an early age that this was where he belonged.

Three decades later, he’s still very much involved in Houweling Nurseries as the General Manager in Delta. Ruben knows there’s no such thing as a typical day in the greenhouse business but that’s part of what keeps him going. He and the rest of the staff bend their schedules to whatever the plants need, planning their lives around the crop and seedling cycles.

For Ruben, nothing compares to seeing that first cluster of tomatoes on the vine, after watching it grow from seed to plant. It’s a feeling that hasn’t changed for him in over twenty years.

 


2020 EMPLOYERS

Municipalities

City of Surrey

City of Surrey

As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, City of Surrey is a globally recognized leader in building vibrant, sustainable communities through technology and innovation. City of Surrey employees are talented innovators, inspired by meaningful work and the opportunity to drive our city - and their careers - forward. Build a City. Build a Future at the City of Surrey

Employment Opportunities:

parks labourer

City of Coquitlam

The City of Coquitlam is the sixth largest city in BC, home to more than 150,000 residents. Our municipality continues to grow through innovative urban design, inspiring arts, culture and recreation programs, and state-of-the-art transportation systems. Our brand is built on managing our resources in a responsible and sustainable manner, while supporting a vibrant, growing regional urban centre. Located in the heart of the Lower Mainland, Coquitlam is a rapidly growing city with a vibrant and dynamic community. We are an equal opportunity employer, striving to promote diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace. At present we have approximately 1600 active employees working in various capacities throughout the City.

Employment Opportunities:

Temporary Full Time & Auxiliary Seasonal Park Operations and Horticulture staff

Landscaping Employers

Fossil Landscape Construction

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FOSSIL has been building Vancouver’s most challenging outdoor spaces for more than twenty years. We specialize in the construction and maintenance of custom high end residential landscapes in Vancouver.

Employment Opportunities:

Landscape Construction Worker, Landscape Maintenance Worker, Softscape Worker, Irrigation Technician

Category: Landscape

Horizon Landscape Contractors

Horizon

Award-winning Landscape Contracting company that hires for Landscape Construction/Concrete (Labour to Foremen), Landscape Maintenance (Labour to Foremen), Tree Care (Arborist).

Employment Opportunities:

Labour, Lead Hand, Foremen. No Design/Architect Positions.

Category: Landscape

Note: Horizon Landscape Contractors do not hire landscape designers. Landscape design is not done in house.

Katsura Landscaping Ltd.

Katsura

Katsura Landscaping is a landscape services company founded in 2006. Katsura Landscaping provides high-end softscape design, planting and maintenance for West Vancouver and North Vancouver residential properties. We look after many beautiful gardens on Vancouver's North Shore. We specialize in lawn and garden maintenance, and are looking to hire people with horticulture training. We are a proud member of the B.C. Landscape Nursery Association.

Employment Opportunities:

Crew Leader, Lead Hand, Labourer

Category: Landscape

The Great Canadian Landscaping Company

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We are experts in landscape maintenance, installation, construction & Design services. We deliver great landscaping services every time through our qualified and experienced crews who specialize in lawn & garden maintenance, garden installs & renovations, turf and synthetic turf installs, irrigation, landscape lighting, fence & deck installs, retaining walls, paving stone and natural stone installs, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living spaces, landscape design and more. We serve residential properties in North and West Vancouver, Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Corridor. We service commercial & strata properties in the greater Vancouver area, North Shore and Sea to Sky Corridor. Founded in 2000, The Great Canadian Landscaping Company's main objective was to provide quality landscape & construction services and develop a business with core values based on community & culture. Our purpose is to develop our community with our ‘Buy Local’ program whenever possible and give back to local organizations in need of extra assistance. The overall goal is to become a leader in the local areas we serve and change the way the landscaping industry operates.

Employment Opportunities:

Landscape Maintenance and Installation - Foreman, Leadhands and Assistants

Bartlett Tree Experts

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For over 100 years, Bartlett Tree Experts has been providing residential and commercial property owners science-based solutions and expert care for trees and shrubs. This work takes you to all sorts of properties, from homes, to private estates to city parks, golf courses, and college campuses. Bartlett jobs are more than just a résumé line. They’re a pathway to adventure and an invitation to flourish. Whether you’re working in the office or among the highest branches, at Bartlett Tree Experts, you’ll find opportunities to grow and a team that truly cares and supports you every step of the way.Bartlett employees find more in their work than just a paycheck. They find the sense of purpose and fulfilment that comes with the appreciation and cultivation of authentic skills in a supportive, safety-first environment. They find belonging in our family. They find themselves on the cutting edge of arboriculture science and technology. They find themselves doing and being more than they ever thought possible. They find themselves champions.

Employment Opportunities:

Grounds Person, Climbers, PHC techs, Arborist Represntatives, Consulting Arborist 

Birchwood Landscaping Ltd

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We are a growing company specializing in high- end residential yard renovations, new home installations, as well as residential/commercial maintenance.

Employment Opportunities:

Looking for quality hires at all positions. We also offer intensive, fully-paid supplemental training

High Country Landscaping

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A Landscape maintenance and installation company in business since 1984. Located and operating from our Garden Center in Whistler, British Columbia.

Employment Opportunities:

Working with either one of our Maintenance teams, construction teams or at our Garden Center.

Wild Shore Landscaping

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North Vancouver based company. Primarily residential landscape maintenance and one or two small design/install projects. 28 years of gardening on the North Shore.

Employment Opportunities:

Maintenance crew and leaders

Higher Ground Landscaping and Design

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Our niche is serving clients in single family landscape renovation for mid to high end projects, with detailed work using artistic and functional landscape solutions for living in, with environmental consideration in every project!Serving Langley, Surrey, White Rock, and Abbotsford.We're ITA registered! Pursue your Red Seal, and Landscape Industry certifications with us!Serving the Lower Mainland since 2006, we pride ourselves in approaching all of our clients, suppliers, and team members with our core values of Quality, Loyalty, Integrity, and Collaboration. If this sounds like a good fit for you or someone you know, we want to talk with you! :)

Employment Opportunities:

Landscape Technician, Landscape Lead Hand (depending on experience). 

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 Greenhouse/Production Employers

ICMS

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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:

Full time and Term

Category: Greenhouse, Production, Agriculture

Nordic Nurseries

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Nordic Nurseries is a wholesale grower providing rooted cuttings to growers and garden ready plants to garden centers throughout Canada. Our production site is over 100,000sq.ft with the addition of our new greenhouse.At Nordic Nurseries we strive to provide only the top quality plants available.

Employment Opportunities:

At Nordic we are looking to hire both assistant growers and experienced growers.

Randhawa Farms Ltd.

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We are a vegetable greenhouse company located in beautiful Abbotsford, B.C.! We are a family owned and operated company that prides itself on delivering the best quality produce to our consumers! We grow over 75 acres of bell peppers, long English & mini cucumbers with plans of further expansion in the near future. Our continued dedication and talented team have led to our growth & success with the launch of our own brand "Perpetual Vegetable Co." this past year! We will continue to strive to deliver the best while investing in our team to be the best - teamwork makes the dreamwork!

Employment Opportunities:

Various positions

Rainbow Greenhouses Inc

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Rainbow Greenhouses Inc. is a wholesale grower and distributor of indoor, outdoor and seasonal plants, and we are committed to providing the market with high quality plants. We also partner with local greenhouses for them to custom grow their specialty crops for us, as well; we source many types of plants internationally to bring them into our market and our communities.With three location: Iron Springs, AB., Rosedale, BC. And our head office location, which is in Chilliwack, BC., the company serves various markets in Western Canada and Northwestern US. We endeavor to stay on the leading edge in every aspect of the business, including structure and equipment, research and development, environmental stewardship and industry involvement. As Rainbow Greenhouses makes every effort to be inspiring to the industry, automation and recycling have become an important way of completing day-to-day tasks. We rely a lot on high tech computer systems as we advance in the world of robotic systems.

Employment Opportunities:

Growers, Head Supervisors, Operations Manager in Alberta Location, Production Line, Office Administration, General Labor...

Westcoast Vegetables Ltd.

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We are fourth-generation greenhouse growers. Founded in 1999, Westcoast Vegetables Ltd. grows and packages 53 acres of greenhouse sweet bell peppers in Delta, B.C. We use the latest growing and packaging technology.

Employment Opportunities:

Assistant Grower, IPM specialist