Show Features

Preview the Highlights for 2019

Make the most of your time at CanWest and take advantage of all the show’s resources that extend beyond the trade show floor!

Theme

The 2019 CanWest Hort Expo theme is “Vintage” – what will this year’s exhibitors take inspiration from? So many images come to mind: old tools and farm equipment, classic cars and trucks, root beer floats and roller skates, typewriters and rotary telephones, daffodils and dahlias… what Vintage images come to mind for you?

Education Program

CanWest features an extensive education program, including:

New Product Showcase | Sponsored by Green Theory Design

The 2019 New Product Showcase lineup is now online: see this year’s New Product Showcase here.

Check out the latest plants and products to hit the BC marketplace. Located along the centre aisle in Hall A, make sure you vote for your favorite new plant and product in the People’s Choice Awards.

Greenhouse Demo Zone | Sponsored by Goodwin’s Greenhouse Supply & Service Ltd.

Look for the big greenhouse showcasing the latest technology and products for greenhouse growers.

Finning Tailgate Party & Happy Hour | Sponsored by Finning (Canada)

Opening Day Tailgate Party
Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrate CanWest’s opening day with appetizers and live music at the Finning Lounge!
Featuring the Bruce Coughlan Trio and Classic 50’s Rock & Roll.

Closing Day Happy Hour
Thursday, September 26, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kick off Happy Hour with the “Green Theory Design Container Wars” at 3:00 pm. Enjoy treats served along the aisles. Jack Ray’s musical sounds of vintage banjo and jazz will be featured throughout the afternoon.

Job Board

The CanWest Job Board effectively allows companies to instantly meet with potential employees. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to find your next employee, or post a notice. Send your notice in advance to Michelle Linford at [email protected]

Need Job Help?

Meet with Ann Walsh at the Job Board to discuss your labour needs. Whether you are looking for direction in your horticulture career path or needing assistance in finding labour for your company, Ann is available to provide consultation and assistance.

Ann is a contractor to BCLNA and is managing the Labour Market Partnership Projects for Agriculture – Horticulture and Landscape Horticulture. She will be at the Job Board during these hours:

Wed., Sept. 25: 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Thurs., Sept. 26: 11:30 – 1:00 pm

Attendee Prize Draw 

Win cash just for being at CanWest! All CanWest attendees have a chance to win a daily draw prize of $250. If you submit a sales order during the show, then you can enter a Bonus Draw for a chance at winning another $250. Drop your ballot in the box located at the BCLNA Booth. Prize draws made at the end of each day of the show.

CanWest Show Specials

Exclusive for CanWest Attendees, exhibitors offer great show specials. Be sure to check back in September to see the list of deals that you can use towards pre-booking your spring products!

Free WiFi | Sponsored by TSD IT Solutions
Free Parking & Shuttle Service

The CanWest Show Committee strives to make the show affordable by negotiating reasonable hotel rates, free shuttle service to and from the hotels on show days…and free parking and WiFi!

Food Trucks

Delicious food trucks will be onsite to serve lunch: plan your lunch before arriving.

New Features at CanWest!

Arborist Demo Zone

Info Resource Booth I Arboriculture Canada    Located in Hall A
Arborists and tree care companies engage in hazardous work. They use chainsaws, climb trees, rig and remove trees, and work under the trees as others perform duties above them. Safety is of critical importance. Visit Kyle Larden of Arboriculture Canada in Hall A for the safety and training resources you need for climbing, gear inspection and chainsaw maintenance. On-demand demos provided for your crew. Climbing demos scheduled each day.

Bug Zone + Pest ID Challenge

Located in Hall B
Take a closer look at the pesky bugs that impact our landscapes and obtain valuable resources on ticks, Japanese Beetle, European Chafer, aphids and more. Obtain valuable resources on Lyme disease from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation. Test your knowledge and take the Pest ID Challenge for a chance to win $250. One winner announced each day.

Green Theory Design Container Wars

Thursday, September 26, 3:00 pm
Get ready to have some fun watching this new contest, emcee’d by Joel Franske of Green Theory Design. Horticulture celebrities including Brian Minter, Frankie Flowers, Paul Zammit, Shelly Levis and Leanne Johnson, will race against the clock to create beautiful containers using only the plants, pots and props provided.

Exhibitor Passport Program

Pick up your Show Guide and visit 12 designated exhibitor booths listed on the back page and get your “passport” stamped. Drop your completed passport into the Draw Box located at the BCLNA Booth and you could win a fantastic prize. Draw will be made at the end of the show.

Returning Attractions

Find the Gnome

Have some fun and look for three hidden gnomes that will be placed somewhere on the show floor each day. Bring the gnome to the show office and claim your prize.

Inline Nurseries (2010) Inc. Plant ID Contest

Test your Plant ID knowledge at the Certification Zone for a chance to win $250! Set up as if it were administered by the CLNA’s Landscape Industry Certified program, each completed contest form is your ticket into the draw. One winner is announced daily!

Ceramica Pottery Container Competition

CanWest’s 10th Annual Container Competition showcases the hottest trends in container gardening. Containers are showcased on the show floor and judged by industry professionals.

Interested in Participating in the Competition?
Showcase your “Vintage” container design to CanWest delegates and competition judges. You provide the plants, CanWest will supply the containers. There are 15 containers available and they will be reserved on a first-come basis. Fill out the form below to secure your container – more information on the Container Competition is also in this form.

Register for the Container Competition

Best of Fraser Valley Tour

Experience the best of the Fraser Valley’s horticulture and agriculture industries on this tour! Visit the Best of the Fraser Valley Tour page for more information, including registration prices, departure times and tour stops.

Green Careers Youth Tour

Learn more about BC’s horticulture industry, discuss potential jobs, network with industry professionals and meet your next employer. Visit the Green Careers Student Youth Tour page for more information about this tour, or contact Fanny St.Hilaire at [email protected] for details.