What to put on your business agenda in September 2017

Nourishment for the corporate mind and soul

Nourishment for the corporate mind and soul


Managed by the BC Landscaping & Nursery Association, CanWest has been the meeting place for the province’s nursery and landscape buyers and sellers for 35 years. Over a two-day period, 3,000 industry professionals will visit nearly 300 booths. Among the highlights: outdoor equipment demos; the greenhouse zone, showcasing the latest structures and technology for growers; the arborist symposium; the landscape designers’ conference; and the eighth annual container gardening competition.
Tradex, Abbotsford, September 27 and 28 BCLNA members $15; non-members $20; after September 8 or at the door: $25; canwesthortshow.com



The focus of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities’ 59th annual conference and general meeting is “Navigating a Sustainable Future.” ACPA 2017 will bring together professionals and decision makers from across Canada to discuss port and trade topics and issues. Speakers will address the challenges in achieving sustainable port operations, with an emphasis on economic, environmental and social aspects of Canada’s ports and shipping community.
Fairmont Waterfront hotel, Vancouver; September 18 to 20 Members $1,550, non-members $1,750; acpa2017.ca



“The coal conference is THE place for networking, sharing intel and debating the international market scenario of supply and demand with global colleagues,” Angela Waterman, the Mining Association of British Columbia’s environment and technical affairs VP, commented on the CAC website. As well as industry and government speakers, this year’s event includes an environmental forum with researchers Gordon Stenhouse of the Foothills Research Institute Grizzly Bear Research Program and Beth MacCallum of environmental consulting firm Bighorn Wildlife Technologies Ltd., both located in Hinton, Alberta.
Westin Bayshore, Vancouver; September 27 to 29 Full conference $1,150 (members or government), $1,350 (non-members), $350 (students). Tickets for one-day and individual events also available; coal.ca



The Ernst & Young Global Ltd. Entrepreneur of the Year program encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. In the past 24 years, EY has presented more than 1,000 awards to Canadian entrepreneurs and welcomed some 71,000 guests to regional award banquets—like this year’s gala honouring the Pacific region finalists and winners, who will be profiled in the October issue of BCBusiness.
Vancouver Convention Centre, September 29 $275; ey.com/ca/eoy



Members of 11 surgical societies attend this event to learn from interactive symposia, panel discussions, postgraduate courses, debates, plenary sessions, video sessions and Breakfast With the Professor roundtables. There are also opportunities to network with other Canadian surgeons and residents and unwind at social events that include the Suturing Challenge, Surgical Jeopardy and the CSF Soirée.
Victoria Conference Centre; September 14 to 16 Members $725, $375 (one day); non-members $950, $500 (one day); fellow/resident/student/nurse/retiree $200, $105 (one day); canadiansurgeryforum.com



Last year’s inaugural event attracted more than 400 travel agents and just under 6,000 potential travellers. This year’s gathering offers free seminars in three presentation theatres, with expert speakers on hand to answer questions. Some 200 exhibitors will showcase destinations around the world. There will also be more than $50,000 in travel prizes, including cruise and land packages, airline tickets, and hotel and resort stays.
Vancouver Convention Centre, September 29 and 30 $10 per day, vitexpo.ca



The central challenge of collaboration is crystallized in its two dictionary definitions: “to work jointly with” and “to cooperate traitorously with the enemy,” notes Adam Kahane, whose latest book is subtitled How to Work With People You Don’t Agree With or Like or Trust. Kahane, who cofounded Reos Partners, a social enterprise that helps people work together to address complex challenges, explains how flexibility and improvisation can lead to what he calls stretch collaboration. He outlines the five misunderstandings that keep people from effectively collaborating and offers exercises to help readers learn to stretch. Kahane lives in Cape Town and Montreal.
Berrett-Koehler Publishers $24.95 (paperback); bkconnection.com



Saul Holiff, who also represented Tommy Hunter and the Statler Brothers, started managing American country singer Johnny Cash in the early 1960s before suddenly quitting in 1973 and moving to B.C., where he earned a BA in history from UVic. He died in Nanaimo in 2005. Now Nanaimo journalist Julie Chadwick relates the ups and downs of Holiff’s career and his relationship with the Man in Black—and reveals why they parted.
Dundurn Press $19.99 (paperback); dundurn.com