Professional Development

The Ontario Turfgrass Symposium

Hosted at the University of Guelph during the month of February, this annual conference features educational programming for turf managers in Sports Turf, Golf, Recreational Facilities Management, Sod Production, and Lawn Care.  The event is unique in that any attendee has the choice of 3 or 4 educational streams to choose from at any one time.  OTS is perfect for team professional development get aways, alumni get togethers, and staying up to date with new ideas, research and techniques for maintaining turf and turf related facilities.  Attending OTS not only helps to support our partner associations (Sports Turf Canada, Professional Lawn Care Association of Ontario, Ontario Recreational Facilities Association, and the Nursery Sod Growers Association), but also supports the Guelph Turfgrass Institute.

For more information see the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium website

General Inquiries?


Pat Shaver, Manager, Program Development, Open Learning and Educational Support:
Phone: 519-824-4120 x 54098




Research Field Days

Hosted at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, these events include are partnered with various professional associations within the turfgrass industry. Genrerally the days begin with morning discussions and industry updates over coffee, and then progress into interpretive tours of the various research plots.  Research Field Days often will include hands-on workshops, equipment demonstrations from our sponsors, a BBQ lunch and networking opportunties.

Currently we work with Sports Turf Canada (STC) , Landscape Ontario (LO) and The Ontario Golf Course Superintendents Association (OGSA).  Details and event information will be posted on our e-newsletter, website homepage banner, news articles, as well as our partner websites.


Professional Development Seminars and Workshops

Does your team, group or association require specific training for a particular task or piece of infrastructure?  Perhaps you have some new staff who need to get up to speed on basic principles of turfgrass management.  The Guelph Turfgrass Institute has the facilities, knowledge, staff and experience necessary to create turfgrass and industry related curriculum that can strengthen and improve the skills and abilities of your team.  Inquire with us today about scheduling a professional development workshop or seminar with your group.  Rates and charges vary with the needs of each group.